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Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: January 14, 2009 01:36PM
Business is that slow. The McDonalds near work has started offering free samples every Friday. Apparently with the blessings of corporate since they've got four color signage fully compliant with the other ads and posters.

And it's not to flog some new product being test marketed either. This is the everyday fare; nuggets, burgers, salads, their cold coffee drinks.

Brother, can you spare a fry?
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: will2000
Date: January 14, 2009 01:37PM
Almost lunch time. I'm going.
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: Markiscool
Date: January 14, 2009 01:39PM
Wow! That really does say something. Another offer I've seen lately is the one from Kia. With a new program mentioned in the ad from last night, if you buy a car and then lose your job in the next year, you can return the car.

-M
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: tahoedrew
Date: January 14, 2009 01:41PM
The local Kia dealer here in RNO is offering a Kia Rio for $1 when you buy a new Kia SUV.

~A
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: Numo
Date: January 14, 2009 02:23PM
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Markiscool
Wow! That really does say something. Another offer I've seen lately is the one from Kia. With a new program mentioned in the ad from last night, if you buy a car and then lose your job in the next year, you can return the car.

-M

I heard this the other day - I wonder what the depreciation schedule is. They can't afford to take back a car without discounting it for wear and tear, can they?
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: billb
Date: January 14, 2009 04:06PM
Actually McDonalds business is booming despite the economic slowdown and some numbers for last year suggest because of the slowdown.
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: January 14, 2009 06:45PM
I agree with billb. It's a trade down. I've seen and lived through this before. When money is tight, people trade down from fancy restaurants to fast casual. Fast casual regulars trade down to lower family style. Others trade down to fast food, etc.
Personally, we cook larger quantities at home when we do cook, for those nights my wife and I are busy working, meetings etc. Now we heat up the leftovers instead of grabbing something quick on the road.

Dave



Welcome to Dave's BBQ!

Many have eaten here....

Few have died
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: January 14, 2009 06:53PM
The area manager said things are slow, but he's not particularly concerned as far as the long term is concerned.
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Re: Sign #596,438,001,471 of the ongoing economic meltdow - Free samples at McDonalds
Posted by: billb
Date: January 15, 2009 08:12AM
I'd certainly agree that just because McD's overall is doing well, local economies often exceptions.

I'd wager quite a few McD's are not performing well in Michigan. I'm sure there are other places as well.
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