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bait and switch(noun)
a deceptive way of selling that involves advertising a product at a very low price in order to attract customers who are then persuaded to switch to a more expensive product
bait and switch(Noun)
Any similar deceptive behavior, especially in politics and romantic relationships.
Bait-and-switch is a form of fraud used in retail sales but also employed in other contexts. First, customers are "baited" by merchants' advertising products or services at a low price, but when customers visit the store, they discover that the advertised goods are not available, or the customers are pressured by sales people to consider similar, but higher priced items.
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IRS pulled a bait and switch.
It was a bait-and-switch, it wasn't what we've been told. It wasn't what we had been promised.
Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait and switch, when consumers opt for wild-caught U.S. salmon, they do n’t expect to get a farmed or lower-value product of questionable origins. This type of Seafood Fraud can have serious ecological and economic consequences. Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.
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