When do you pay full price?

January 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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My entire house seems to be filled with clearance stickers.  More often than not, I wait to buy an item until I find a really good deal.

But sometimes, paying full price for something is worth it.

Take my scarf, pictured on the right.  Of course, the picture does not do it justice. Silk-viscose velvet burnout is bordered with black.  It has all my favorite colors, deep dark purple, lime green, pumpkin orange, peacock blue.  It goes with all my winter, fall and spring coats because I buy coats in my favorite colors!

I spent $35 for the scarf, which seemed very extravagant at the time.  You know what?  Every time I’ve worn it over the years, I get great satisfaction that I’ve gotten my money’s worth.  It also doesn’t hurt that every time I wear it, I get complimented on it! Every time.

I’m so glad that I didn’t wait for this item to go on sale because it never did.

Have you splurged on anything that turned out to be as wonderful as you hoped?

It’s all Smoke and Mirrors

August 18, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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There’s a lot going on behind the scenes at Green Bay Consumer, including the fact that I’m in the middle of writing my presentation for the FREE coupon class next Tuesday.  (And I’ll let you know when you can see a short news story on TV about the coupon class–we shot it yesterday).  And since we’ve gotten so many new readers lately, I thought I’d repost some of The Bargain Sleuth’s” greatest hits”.  This one comes from November 2010.

We’re knee-deep in Back to School shopping so I just thought I’d reiterate something I’ve mentioned before Buy One Get One 50% off is NOT a deal to me! For some reason the casual shopper falls for this trick and I don’t know why. It’s 25% off TWO items AT MOST and you’re forced to buy two items instead of one.  I see this a lot with shoe sales and it personally drives me nuts.

I hate being told how many of an item I have to buy.  It’s also why I rarely use coupons for multiple items ($3 off 2, for instance).  Besides, I don’t like to buy ANYTHING unless it’s at least 30%; you might have another threshold.

In several marketing classes I took in college, I saw study after study that these types of sales work more than a straight 25% off sale, simply because of perception.  Well, they don’t work with me!

My other beef is the sale signs that say “Up to 75% off! when you take an additional 25% off already-reduced prices“. You’ll never get the full 75% off which is why stores can get away with saying “up to 75% off” and many consumers think they’re getting that amount off an item.  But if you do the math, the discount is never that much because you’re not getting 75% off original price.  Here’s an example:

$ 100.00 item marked down 50%
–    50.00
$   50.00 additional 25% off that:
–   12.50
$   37.50 or 62.5% off, NOT 75%.

It’s all smoke and mirrors to make the buyer think they are getting a better deal than they actually are.  Now in this last example, 62.5% is nothing to sneeze at but in the BOGO 1/2 off deal, it’s not really a deal to me at all.  If I can stack a coupon or additional sales on top of the BOGO 1/2 off, then I  might be convinced.  But sometimes those sales exclude any other discount or clearance items.

I also previously talked about how BOGO sales might not be a good idea depending upon the starting price of an item. In the case of Toys R Us last month, their Crayola “sale” was anything but because their prices were so high to begin with. And this week Office Max has a similar deal with jacked up prices on the first item–even getting the second one free doesn’t compare to the prices at other stores.

Just thought I’d throw that out there as everyone and their brother has a “sale” this season.

Ursus flavored vodkas 1.75l FREE after rebate!

January 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Right now Festival Foods on West Mason has a new type of flavored vodka called Ursus.  And one of the great things about new products is they are often on sale.  This is no exception.  Two of the flavors are $9.99 for the 1.75l bottles. And it gets better!  There is also a rebate tag on the bottle for $10 off your purchase of 1-1.75l bottle!

Important to note that not ALL flavors are on sale for $9.99 (one of the three was NOT) and NOT at all Festival stores, either.  I actually checked at the Suamico store yesterday and none were $9.99.  But those same ones WERE on sale at West Mason.  Might want to call your Festival ahead of time if you’re interested.

Thanks for the heads up, Kelly!

Milwaukee Brewers Clubhouse Sale this weekend

December 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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If you’ve got a big-time Brewers fan on your Christmas list, a trip to Milwaukee on Friday or Saturday might be just the thing.  This weekend is the 30th annual Clubhouse sale.  Not only are they slashing prices on this past year’s apparel, they’ve also got souvenirs and jerseys, bats and other items used in actual games for sale.  I even heard that the Klements sausages AND Santa will be on hand at different times during the weekend for pictures with the kiddos.  Santa AND the sausages? Who wouldn’t want to go? For more information, head over to Milwaukee Consumer.

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