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If you buy McDonald's coffee you get a free muffin (?)

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If you buy McDonald's coffee you get a free muffin (?)

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Pretty shady that they don't advertise this as afar as I know.
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$1.59 is the regular price of small coffee+muffin. Small coffee alone is a bit less. It has been like this for a looooong time.
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Still liked it when it was $1.39 for small coffee & muffin.
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Why is that shady that they're aren't advertising it? They would be the ones to lose money.
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Sibica wrote:
Oct 10th, 2014 4:17 am
Why is that shady that they're aren't advertising it? They would be the ones to lose money.
Because if it's not on their actual website (at least) people do have to wonder where the deal came from.
It's true that $1.59 has been the price for a while now anyway.
The 20 cent increase means that their muffins are not being made smaller and the quality stays high.
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I actually ordered a medium and they gave me a small. Why can't they differentiate between "small" and "medium"? The two words don't even sound alike and I don't have an accent. I'm thinking as soon as I said I wanted a muffin, they bumped me down to a small for expediency sake.

$11.99 for 20pc nuggets is pretty expensive. This was at the Bathurst/Dundas location. I had some last week at the Dufferin/Dupont location and it was only $8.99 there FWIW.
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Small coffee is $1.33 before tax.. $1.40 w tax
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Muffin isn't free. You still pay for it but prices have gone up
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playnicee1 wrote:
Oct 10th, 2014 5:28 am
Because if it's not on their actual website (at least) people do have to wonder where the deal came from.
It's true that $1.59 has been the price for a while now anyway.
The 20 cent increase means that their muffins are not being made smaller and the quality stays high.
I couldn't see the image in the OP, but my point was, if it was any sort of deal, it wouldn't be shady not to advertise it. Rather, it would be to their detriment. They are the ones losing sales.

These deals don't lose them money (albeit, they earn less profit), and it drum's up customers who "think" they're scoring a deal, when in fact, they're just being ripped off a little bit less.
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Some locations have bigger than life size muffins while others give you puny kid size bite sizes. A treat under $2 is ok with me. Coffee is really nice and flavourful definitely a good alternative to paying $4 for a starbucks.
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Supercooled wrote:
Oct 10th, 2014 11:02 pm
Some locations have bigger than life size muffins while others give you puny kid size bite sizes. A treat under $2 is ok with me. Coffee is really nice and flavourful definitely a good alternative to paying $4 for a starbucks.
Are you comparing EXACT muffin to muffin? If a muffin is smaller, it may be because that particular muffin really does cost more to make.
Instead of calling it a "premium" muffin and charging more, they simply make it smaller and charge the same $1.59.
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I think people forget that these companies like all companies are in business to make money. If they can sell you a crumb for $5, they will. Hell, I would charge you $10 if I could do it and people would pay it. The only worth a given item has is based on what people are willing to actually pay for it.
If I can convince you that you are somehow getting more bang for your buck (ie. a "deal" or a "sale"), you are subconsciously obliged to reciprocate that behaviour buy either buying something else, or later on, buying it at the regular price. That may sound absurd, but it works and is what business is based on (go figure, psychology has some use or merit). It's the reason the j**k-offs at Costco give away free samples (apart from charging those companies to rent their floor space - so in a sense, they are double dipping - brilliant!).

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Sibica wrote:
Oct 11th, 2014 5:38 pm
I think people forget that these companies like all companies are in business to make money. If they can sell you a crumb for $5, they will. Hell, I would charge you $10 if I could do it and people would pay it. The only worth a given item has is based on what people are willing to actually pay for it.
If I can convince you that you are somehow getting more bang for your buck (ie. a "deal" or a "sale"), you are subconsciously obliged to reciprocate that behaviour buy either buying something else, or later on, buying it at the regular price. That may sound absurd, but it works and is what business is based on (go figure, psychology has some use or merit). It's the reason the j**k-offs at Costco give away free samples (apart from charging those companies to rent their floor space - so in a sense, they are double dipping - brilliant!).

As you can tell, I am fascinated with the manipulation of the population.
Yes. In the business to make money. That is why they calculate that while a muffin may cost more to make than a cookie, the actual cost of the coffee is very little.
Putting the two together is very profitable.
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The muffin wasn't free. A small coffee is usually $1.33 so you paid $0.26 for the muffin. Also, the McDonald's I go to has a huge sign outside the door advertising this offer.
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Muffins are frozen par baked blocks of oil. Yum

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