A Stateside cataloguer/retailer, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, is offering a silver lining of sorts to customers suffering under the black cloud of redundancies: the Risk-Free Suit. As it explains on its website, "If you buy a suit from Jos. A. Bank during our $199 Sale from March 16, 2009, through April 9, 2009, and you lose your job during the period from April 16, 2009, through July 1, 2009, Jos. A. Bank will rebate the price you paid for the suit, up to a maximum of $199, and you may keep the suit."
This sort of promo could easily be extended over here, and not just for apparel merchants. "Buy a sofa in April, and if your house is repossessed in May, we'll rebate you £199 and let you keep the sofa--even though you'll no longer have a place to put it." Hmmm... needs a bit of a rethink.--SC