We recently asked our readers literally, how far they would travel to get a deal; now we're asking in a more figurative way. If you're the excitable type whose first reaction to either meaning of the question was: "I'd go all the way for a deal! I will even permanently modify my body in an indelible way for savings!" and then you make some kind of primal noise indicating seriousness.... Well, firstly, let us say that such a reaction is a bit surprising. Then, second, let us tip you off to six deals that are right up your alley, as each requires you to get a tattoo to redeem them!
Ecko UnlimitedEcko's ongoing "Branded For Life" promotion gives anyone who inks one of the compay's two logos on themselves a discount of 20% off for life. But before you head to your local shop with dreams of saving coin on some threads, note that this discount applies in-store only. So far, over 40 people have taken Ecko up on this promotion.
MeltThis small grilled cheese chain in Ohio bestows a 25% off discount for life to any customer who inscribes a permanent image of one of the store's three approved logo designs on her body. After a rough count of the images in their gallery, over 300 people have gotten in on this deal.
Rapid Realty NYCIf you work for this realtor in the New York City area and are willing to put its logo on your skin, you will be given a 15% pay raise. Normally one has to go through a whole year of pain at a job to get a raise! [*Rimshot*] Not surprisingly, more than 40 employees have chosen to get a Rapid Realty tat to get a fatter paycheck.
Rocket from the CryptIn a 1992 interview in a Zine (which was like a blog, but before there was the Internet), rock frontman John "Speedo" Reis said that any fan who got a tattoo of his band's logo would get free entry to their live shows for life. While many people get questionable band tattoos simply because they like the artist, this offer includes at least a fringe benefit. Fourteen years later, Reis noted that over 3,000 people have gotten a Rocket from the Crypt tattoo ... which often results in poor ticket sales at their shows.
Casa SanchezThinking no one would actually do it, San Francisco Mexican restaurant Casa Sanchez put up a joke sign in 1998 saying that any customer who came in with a tattoo of the eatery's logo would eat for free for life. Well, the restaurant miscalculated folks' humor and underestimated the lengths they would go for a free burrito: the company suffered losses of $5.8 million after just 50 people got the store's tat. Yet surprisingly in 2010, Casa Sanchez brought the promotion back!
This Chicago hot dog shop will serve up free dogs for life in exchange for putting its logo somewhere on your body. Unlike the other restaurants, it seems like Hot Doug's will let you even pick up items for friends: you don't have to get the Hot Doug tattoo, just be friends with someone who loves getting such random tattoos in general.
Are there any brands or restaurants out there that you would get a tattoo for if they gave you a discount or free stuff? Let us know in the comments section below!