Not really pinball related, but I am seeing this type of action happen more and more. I see it when I eat at a chain restaurant that's been "remodeled" and the portions are smaller. Little things like the salad bowls at Outback Steakhouse changed a few years ago, the have a "raised" base on the bowl so the appearance of the contents looks to be the same but there is less food. I see it at the gas pumps with the ethanol content being 10%, yet I pay a higher price still. I see it at the grocery store with the package contents being reduced while the price stays the same for the item. I see it when I need my insurance to provide what they lead me to believe in a few occasions then pull out the legal jargon/flowcharts/small print/ and legalistic malarky.
I could go on and on, but tonight I rented a movie from red box. I don't normally rent the blue ray DVDs cause they cost extra and I don't typically care for the bonus features. The movie I rented was based on a true story I have known about for years and I wanted to see the bonus features for this movie blue ray offers. So I pay the extra money for the blue ray. I go home, watch the movie and at the end, I wanted to watch the bonus features. I was unable to watch them because this particular blue ray DVD was "intended" for rental, therefore the bonus material was not available. Apparently because I do not "own" this disc, but paid extra money for the features of blue ray, I cannot watch the features. So once again, I was taken by the same BS as above. I must just be a sucker.
I know it's only a little bit extra and I most likely burn more money in other ways, but it's a matter of principle. Why charge the extra and lead me to believe I am getting extra upfront, then after I buy and consume a product just to find out I didn't get the extras I paid for? Why is this trend so common place now? Why should I have to find the truth after the sale? Anyway, I suppose I'm done ranting. Also done with Redbox. Carry on.