Sears and their post Chrismas Savings LIES...

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So my parents have room for a giant christmas tree at their house and I was looking to pick up a 12ft artificial one for them...It was $299 at sears for this tree 2 weeks ago...BEFORE christmas. That was the listed price in the store on the tag...No sales, no offers...nothing...Just a regular old price...So i figured after christmas if they did some sort of 40% off or whatever I could get the thing for less than $200 and be happy...SO they advertise this big sale on all their christmas stuff...50% off and what not, so of course I am thinking that 50% off of $299 will be $150..AWESOME Deal, go buy it...Except this is the Tag that was on the tree in the store yesterday...Notice anything odd?


Now the price is $600 w/ 50% off for a great new price of.......$299...Why are they closing stores? Oh yeah...deceptive practices...
 

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Report them to Consumer Affairs.
 

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That's some shit there! Hey if you've got one of those "5 On Your Side" type of news people...they'd love a story like that.
 

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This could blow the lid off the whole clearance after Christmas dubious sales tactics pricing scam of 2011 cartel.
 
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You should all know by now to ignore percent-off figures at stores, online, and in flyers. Products at JC PEnney are ALWAYS at least 40% off. Pick any item they sell, track it over time, and you'll see it is NEVER sold at the "regular" price. So while the regular price never changes, it's just an artificial number to make you think you're getting a deal.

I always assumed that what Sears did to that tree is standard practice to draw in sheeple consumers.
 

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You should all know by now to ignore percent-off figures at stores, online, and in flyers. Products at JC PEnney are ALWAYS at least 40% off. Pick any item they sell, track it over time, and you'll see it is NEVER sold at the "regular" price. So while the regular price never changes, it's just an artificial number to make you think you're getting a deal.

I always assumed that what Sears did to that tree is standard practice to draw in sheeple consumers.
Kohl's does the same thing. There's never a day where there isn't a 20%+ off sale. Safeway (a Western US grocery chain) does the same thing by having "club card prices" that are often equal to or sometimes higher those at Winco or comparable places.
 

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also remember that, ads are not offers
 

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That's some shit there! Hey if you've got one of those "5 On Your Side" type of news people...they'd love a story like that.
Shame, shame, shaaaaaaaammee shame on you!
 

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It's like they say. Season's greetings.
 

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Pretty sure ALL the retailers do this ALL the time.
 

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There was a large furniture store in Houston that once ran a sale of 50% off everything! I thought it might be a good time to get some furniture. The parking lot was full, but people were walking out of the store in droves. It did not take long to figure out that the sale was 50% off whatever their "suggested retail price" was. So the basically put a price tag with a retail price about 3 times what it should be and then took half of that. Retail stinks. Google shopping.
 
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I honestly thought this was standard practice in retail and wouldn't give it a second thought if they did it to a product I was looking for. I also don't blame them for doing it - it works.
 

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I had a friend who was credit manager at a car dealership in the late 80s. Car lots used to advertise sales like $10 over factory invoice. I asked him about it once. He said the factory will print the dealer an invoice that says whatever they want it to say.
 
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Kohl's does the same thing. There's never a day where there isn't a 20%+ off sale. Safeway (a Western US grocery chain) does the same thing by having "club card prices" that are often equal to or sometimes higher those at Winco or comparable places.
Kohl's is actually the exception to this rule. I can fucking RAYPE Kohl's during Christmas time... I found an old gift card that had around $150 on it a couple weeks ago, and I had the massive 20% off anything you buy coupon.

Long story short I bought 2 Elite Keuregs (one for me, one for a gift) a bunch of clothes, and pretty much all of my Christmas shopping. The original price was something like $600, but between all of the sales, Kohl's cash, and specials running I got the price down to like $200, used the $150 gift card (which I bought on a 2 for 1 price situation last year) and ended up paying about $50 out of pocket for $600 worth of shit.

99% of the time you guys are right, but that 1%... Marketing people are typically idiots, and it takes them awhile to realize they've tried to be too smart and are actually losing money with a certain marketing campaign. It's rare, but it does happen.
 

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I agree Kohl's has great prices most of the time, but they do still have the same marketing practice of always having a sale.
 

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We were in Kohl's looking at Keurigs on Dec 24th. They were all on sale. I asked a clerk how long the sale was for and she said it ended Monday. She told us if we were going to get a Keurig, now was the time. I figured she was just giving me "offer ends soon" spiel, but I picked up a Platinum, which was on sale for $179 from $232.With kohls cash and the 30% discount, I bought this "$232" coffee machine for about $130.

I went back in Monday to use my Kohl's cash to get coffee and to see if I had been worked. The Platinum Keurig was on sale for $214.
 

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Santy Claus put a Keurig in my stockin' last week, and I'm loving it... but, it occurs to me... this thing basically heats up water, and squirts it out. Technically speaking, this thing isn't any more complex than a toaster. I mean, it's a cool design and all, but there's really no reason why this thing should cost 200 bucks.
 

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Santy Claus put a Keurig in my stockin' last week, and I'm loving it... but, it occurs to me... this thing basically heats up water, and squirts it out. Technically speaking, this thing isn't any more complex than a toaster. I mean, it's a cool design and all, but there's really no reason why this thing should cost 200 bucks.
They do make a $50 unit now, but yeah, even that one is overpriced. It's definitely a convenience product...makes a cup of coffee in about 30 seconds...large variety of flavors. And is way more convenient than your typical coffee brewer that makes a pot of one type of coffee at a time. They banked on people paying alot extra for that extra convenience.

They do end up replacing ALOT of units though, due to a flaw in their pump that they've refused to address. They agreed to let me replace my first unit about a month after my warranty ended and just told me to throw out the old brewer. The replacement died within 6 months. I got another replacement, which I gave to a friend. And I decided to just plop down $179 on the Cuisinart model, assuming that was a better design, and I'll soon call to get that one replaced because this one is starting to crap out after 11 months. And I even descale often. My in-laws have the first gen Keurig brewer with the old pump and it's loud as all hell. But after 4 years, it hasn't quit on them. Enough people bitched about the noise though, so Keurig made a quieter, obviously weaker pump. Just keep your warranty close, they are good at replacing the units.
 

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You should all know by now to ignore percent-off figures at stores, online, and in flyers. Products at JC PEnney are ALWAYS at least 40% off. Pick any item they sell, track it over time, and you'll see it is NEVER sold at the "regular" price. So while the regular price never changes, it's just an artificial number to make you think you're getting a deal.
I've noticed the same thing with Domino's and Pizza Hut coupons.
 

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I live right by a Kohl's and they send out free $10 gift cards all the time with no minimum purchase required. Bought a crock pot for $5 and Chicago Cutlery meat cleaver from their clearance section for $7 one time.
 

Biff Hardslab

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Fuck it, I'm going to start a Keurig thread in the food section.