You have to know when a sale is not a sale. If you don’t, you will find yourself getting ripped-off. Many retailers believe you and I are morons. They show us sales expecting us to buy even when their sale is really not a sale.
Buy One Get One For Fifty Percent Off-This sale seems to be one of the favorite sales of retailers today. They want you to buy (not just one) but two items. They will give you fifty percent off the second. Remember, you do not get one red penny off of the first item. You will get fifty percent off the second item. In reality, you are only getting twenty percent off your whole order. This is simple math, but it confuses many shoppers. What if you needed one item? Okay, you paid full price for that item. You had to buy the second item to get money off. If the item was twenty dollars, you paid twenty dollars for the first item. You paid ten dollars for the second item. You spent thirty dollars. Therefore, you spent one and a half what you wanted to spend in the first place. Now you have two of the same thing. Do you really want two of the same thing? This is a rip-off. This is a sale that is not a sale.
Buy One Get One Free– (BOGO’s That Make You Loco)This deal can be a deal. On the other hand, it may not be a deal. Many stores raise the price of the first item and then they give you the second item for free. Mayonnaise may have been 3.99 last week. This week it is 5.99, but you get the second mayonnaise for free. Okay, so you saved a couple of bucks. Beware of the buy one get one free sale. You may not be getting everything you paid for. You may also be paying part of the price of the second item. This is often a sale that is not a sale. This is a BOGO that makes you loco.
Ninety percent off on selected items-This is often not a true sale. The owner of the store chose a few select junk products and marked them down ninety percent. This is a way to get you into their store. It is kind of like going to a garage sale and the sale is full of junk items. The items you really want to buy are either full price or discounter twenty five percent. Again, the owner believes the shopper is a moron. This is definitely a sale that is not a sale.
Black Friday Sales-This is the whopper of the sale that is not a sale. Retailers want the shopper to wake up at three in the morning. They want you to come to their store. They will deep discount free good products as the bait. You will go to their store. The good items were sold first. Some stores never had the good deals in stock. Other stores had very limited supplies of the good deals. They have other things on sale. Was it really worth you getting out of your warm bed at three in the morning? I doubt it. Remember, some people have actually been killed (in recent years) while waiting in line for the deep discounted deals. Is it worth your life to have a chance for a deal you will most likely never see?
Beware of retailers and the sales pitches they throw at you. In their eyes, you are a moron. They spend lots of time coming up with a sale that is not a sale. This is their job. Your job is to keep your eyes open, so you do not get ripped off. A sale that is not a sale is a sale that is not a sale. Say this five times fast and see what you come up with. By the time you finished, you would have already been ripped-off.