$700 in stuff for $30 -- what's the catch?

money heart
money heart

Outside the grocery store the other day, a teen-age boy tried to sell me $50 in gift certificates at local restaurants -- restaurant meals, a fast-food taco, a margarita -- for $5.

The money, he said, would go to fund high school athletics. I declined the offer, figuring I'd spend much more money by buying another meal or two with the gift certificates than I intended to, and walked away realizing the restaurants were probably making money with such discounts or free meals.