Despite the ads, nothing is free
The people who put commercials on TV have you all figured out. I wasn’t stupid when I was 40 and I am not stupid at age 90. The ads saying “children free” or “two for the price of one” do not want you to know you actually paid for the freebie in your original purchase.
Companies are in business to make money; they’re not inclined to give anyone free things. Ad people know Americans are adult children who respond to childish ads. Some ads are even animated.
They also have an annoying habit of telling me what I They don’t even know me. I could be a serial killer who deserves execution. Most ads end with the words, “Call now.” They know if you don’t call now you probably never will. If the ad says the usual price is $298.99 but they will let you have it for $29.99, and you believe it, you might need therapy.
Finally when the ad neglects to mention the price, it’s because they want you to call for a lecture on how great the item is so you will pay a fat price that might have scared you off without the lecture.