If you buy this one, you can get a free bridge. Act now!

I don’t get this one.

Here’s an email I just received:

This may be hard to read, so here’s the part I have highlighted:

On behalf of the entire team at Nuance I’d like to thank you for your recent purchase of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9.

and then…

Between now and December 31, 2006 you can purchase Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9 for just $149.99* (regularly $199.99). Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll include a Philips Digital Mobile Recorder (an additional value of $149.99) for on-the-go dictation.

So let me get this straight. You are thanking me for buying Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 9. You’re welcome. You are offering me a special deal to buy software that I already own for $149 and you’ll throw in a voice recorder that has a value of $149. Since I will get no value out of a second copy of the exact same application, I am in effect getting a $149 voice recorder for $149. Is that right? Oh, and you’ll also throw in a subscription to a magazine that has a street value of maybe $10-20 depending on how you subscribe.

This isn’t an upgrade to the $900 Professional version. This isn’t a pitch to buy a second copy for another computer. Huh?

Nevermind that the street price of the Philips Voice Tracer 7630 is around $90 from online retailers and the list price is indicated as $104.

So I could buy the voice recorder and magazine for $110 together on my own, or get the same thing from Nuance for $149. Gee, Nuance, you shouldn’t have.