7 things stores don't want you to know
You're looking for a deal, and they're looking to get inside your head and make you buy more than you had planned. But forewarned is forearmed; here's their game plan.
A method to mall madness
The 'magic' of the display
When BOGO and two-fer deals are good
Don't turn right when entering the store
Why clearance items are in the back
Why the clearance area is messy
Beware the small stuff around the registers
Be selective when shopping with friends
What do you think?
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BOGO is a rip off most of the time...especially in grocery stores. I saw a Safeway ad for Ballpark Angus Franks BOGO but the buy one price was over $8.00. Would you normally spend that much for a pack of hot dogs?
Another rip off is "Save $5.00 by buying any ten items." You don't really save the $5.00 because prices have already gone up to compensate. It is getting so bad in the major chain grocery stores that you need to buy only one item in order to get the true price of that item.
The worst thing at grocery stores is the "4 hour or 8 hour sale" . You walk up to the check stand 5 minutes early or late and you pay full price.
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YEARS OF CLEANING UP CLEARANCE RACKS TO PROVE IT.
THE AUTHOR SHOULD ACTUALLY DO HIS/HER HOMEWORK RATHER THAN MAKE SUCH GOOFY ASSUMPTIONS.
what I don't understand is, instead of all the dumb sales and millions of coupons, price the product at a reasonable price and save a whole bunch of money with the ads and printing costs.
you people remind me of the IRS, get rid of the IRS, tax everyone 10%, you won't have tax cheats and the feds will have more money than they will know what to do with.
So the point of this disertation is cut out the BS, price products fairly and you will elimanate a whole bunch of unnecessary costs, and you retailers will be making a ton of money, and the consumer will be buying from you more often ... Oh yeah and you won't have that person in front of you with 300 coupons when you have a gallon of milk to buy.
Low prices don't mean quality though; if you shop at a Ross or TJMaxx, you ARE getting what you paid for. The soft-line industry of discount stores are there to get rid of faulty or defective merch for less because they know they can still make money. Whether stitches are out of place, or the colours wash out of the fabrics in two washes, it sells, you buy, and the cycle continues.
To retailers, you are the stupid and ignorant farm pigs that reproduce, nothing more.
Stop buying **** that was made in India, China, Indonesia, etc~ You're paying for the hard labour of children who get paid little to nothing for your "great price," and "fashionable" wants, not needs.
Ranting. Safe to say '**** you' to customer service. People are stupid. Go buy your cheap crap and living a sub-par life paycheck to paycheck.
I have worked in Retail for over 30 years. From hourly to management. Though I can not speak for all retailers, I can for those I have worked for. Keeping clearance areas deliberatly a mess is not done! Clearance is a liability to most retailers. They want it gone as quickly and with as much profit as possible. Clearance does not sell when it is a mess! Gross margin can plummet when clearance does not sell. When gross margin goes south so can a company. This seems to be a typical journalistic assumption with no basis in fact!
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