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<   No. 3757   2017-11-02   >

Comic #3757

1 Wizard Bandit: Ha! They're all gone! Knew I could blow them away with a well-timed fireball!
2 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: AHEM.
2 Wizard Bandit: Oh.
3 Wizard Bandit: Do I get bonus points for style at least?
4 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: SURE, WHY NOT? WHERE YOU'RE GOING THEY'LL BE ABOUT AS USEFUL AS VERIZON SMART REWARDS.

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I was originally going to just cite "frequent flyer points" in the punchline, as an example of some sort of "points" that are almost completely useless for anything practical. But then I searched using Google for "worst reward point scheme" and given what I saw on the first page of hits, I decided that citing Verizon Smart Rewards was almost certainly much, much, much funnier.[1]

[1] At least I'm hoping this is the case. Living in Australia, I don't have any familiarity with Verizon as a company, since they don't operate here. But frankly, given what Google showed me about what a great loyalty reward scheme they have, I bet every single American who read this comic 2 minutes ago is still rolling on the floor laughing uncontrollably.

EDIT: As it turns out, and by complete coincidence, Verizon decided to end their Smart Rewards program, with all of the points expiring if not spent by 31 October, 2017, just 2 days prior to this comic being published. I had no idea that this was happening.

But, if anything, I think it makes the comic even funnier in hindsight, as the points are now even more useless than before.

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