“Our thanks to you!” trumpets this e-mail that Howard received from Canon after buying a printer from them. Well, that’s nice. How is Canon thanking their customers? By offering a free smartphone and Android app to customers…if they sign a two-year contract with Verizon. Isn’t that the deal you can get from Verizon if you walk in off the street?
So let me get this straight. Canon wants to thank me for buying a printer by giving me an Android App that works with my printer, but only if I sign up for a new 2 year agreement with Verizon? What sort of Thank You is that?
Canon, if you’re going to market to your customers, don’t disguise it as a gift. The public isn’t that stupid. Well, at least all of the public isn’t that stupid.