If you're like me, you always purchase the least expensive version of gasoline when you're at the pump. My car's user manual gives me permission, although I would probably do it regardless. I've never been able to tell a difference in performance on those few occasions I have purchased the upgrade.
I can remember my grandparents being convinced that the only difference is that they put coloring in the more expensive version...
For years and years, the least expensive gasoline has always been the one on the left. Either the pump on the left or the push button on the left. The one on the right has always been the premium gasoline.
However, now I'm starting to notice gas stations put the least expensive gasoline on the right. I wonder how many people they're fooling into purchasing the more expensive version? How many people, on autopilot, instinctively reach for the pump or button on the left? Do you?
I'm convinced this change is in hopes of people making a mistake, therefore tricking us out of more money.
On another note, in a conversation over the holidays I learned something about one of the national oil change companies (to remain nameless). It is not enough for them to simply change your oil for $24.95. Their employees are expected to make that trip cost you a minimum of $50.
This goes beyond the "would you like fries with that?" concept. They are literally keeping track of each employees' average customer cost, and if they do not meet expectations they are subject to dismissal.
No wonder everytime I go they tell me my air filter is bad or my wipers need to be replaced (even though they just did it last time!).
Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." (Gen 3:13)
Esau said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob ? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he's taken my blessing!" (Gen 27:36)
When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn't I? Why have you deceived me?" (Gen 29:25)
He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. (Luke 21:8)
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Cor 11:3)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Gal 6:7)
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. (Titus 3:3)