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March 20, 2022

Urologist's office offers free pizza when you get a vasectomy

In marketing circles on Madison Ave. and otherwise, catering to men must be like shooting fish in a barrel.

Okay, so men aren’t really buying up URL domain names, one exec probably said a few years back, but what if we toss Danica Patrick in a commercial and suggest there’s nudity to be seen on our website?

And so it goes. Though even where guys are most malleable, can they really be sold on the one thing every man is wired against?

Can a vasectomy become any more attractive if a free … pizza is thrown in?

Certainly, that’s the goofy promotion one American urologist’s office has (rightly) hoped will attract more attention this spring.

*Bing: Are vasectomies permanent?

With March Madness dominating TV screens the next few weeks, the Urology Associates of Cape Cod are hoping men in the area will come in, get their tubes snipped and sit down and relax. With a fresh, free pizza, that is.

According to Cape Cod Online, one local urologist is offering a free pizza to any man that gets a vasectomy, though one of the clinic’s staff quipped of the pie, “It does actually come with one topping. Maybe you can put some meatballs on it.”

Of course this is hardly the first bizarre promotion to boost awareness for a business or product, the most prominent recent example being that gun-for-opening-a-bank-account promo seen in Bowling For Columbine.

But there are others, yes.

We discussed back in 2010 the prevalence of such wacky giveaways, like the discount at a shoe store for nailing a George Bush-like target with a sneaker.

Though you’d be hard-pressed to top this one from the Philippines, where a free packet of Off! mosquito repellent was thrown in with every pack of feminine hygiene wash.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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