Does on SALE really mean saving money?

Egypt
June 23, 2010 2:50pm CST
Have you ever asked yourself why many shops have their 50 or 25 percent off section ? Well the obvious answer is to get people to buy but really consider that for a moment , ITS TO GET PEOPLE TO BUY!!! when your out buying groceries or just taking a walk , you pass by a shop and you read the for sale sign and this is what goes in your head "Hmm,50 percent off for that blouse , I should buy , it would be a great investment towards my money because im saving it" but what i wanna do is go into your head and tell you the truth , it might start with the blouse , then the denim thats goes with it , the heels and the cute scarf , you end up paying far more than what you were planning on paying in the first place. well this is my opinion , what do you think?
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18 responses
• United States
23 Jun 10
While I respect your opinion, I have to disagree. Not everyone who see's a 50% off sign automatically thinks, oh I need to buy that now while its on sale. Most of the time I just walk past it anyways because I know it will probably be that way again in a week or a few weeks. Of course its better to save money than not to save money don't you think? And in that respect, if I am going out shopping because I need cloths, I would rather save 50% than pay full price. And I am very glad for big signs that lead me to the sales because without them I wouldn't know where the sales were. I save a lot of money by shopping clerance, and even more by visiting outlet malls which is basically like 50% of clearnace even better woot! Happy lotting, Wickedspies
• India
23 Jun 10
Hmmm..I would have to say that you would have to be very broke to walk past a 50% sale sign board Face it, it is a very tempting option!
• United States
24 Jun 10
This is true, tempting however doesn't mean its necessary... I am a shopaholic so yes its pretty much hard to pass up a good sell even if it means busting out my last $40... but sometimes its best to wait till ya actually need it ^_^
• Sri Lanka
24 Jun 10
Well agree with you its very hard to pass a shopping store which has a sales board but if you really have a need better buy it if not just let it go
@mspitot (3833)
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
items on sale may really save you but the problem is that some shoppers tend to buy many things on sale even though they don't really need them making them spend more.
• Sri Lanka
24 Jun 10
Well iam one of them sometimes because of sale i used to buy few things which i may not really need and without my knowledge i may be impressed by the display and offers and endup buying and spending more than what planned
@clouds0327 (1390)
• Philippines
26 Jun 10
You have a point there, I am usually tempted when I see a SALE sign, especially 50% off. But usu. I only buy when they are really of good quality and branded for a cheaper price.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
25 Jun 10
Um... it depends. It depends greatly. If you are buying something you would have to buy anyway, then on-sale does matter. But generally sales are on things you typically wouldn't buy. For example I buy huge bags of rice. Rice is never on sale. What's on sale is deluxe pizza and candy and other things. So even if I buy those things, I still would have spent less if I had just bought my rice, even if it's not on sale. I'll never forget my mother coming home with tons of clothes, talking about all the money she saved. I didn't buy any clothes. I saved 100%. Who saved more? I did. If you really don't have any clothes, then yes look for a sale. But if you do, and you are just buying 'extra' stuff, you are not saving money.
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
24 Jun 10
If what is on sale is something you intended on buying anyway, then yes, it's a good bargain. But if the item on sale isn't something you even intended to buy, then no, you're just buying something extra and it's a sale for the seller only!
@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
24 Jun 10
It is as simple as this if you ask me: If you buy stuff that you actually need and would have gotten anyway on a sale, you are saving money. If, on the other hand, you are just buying stuff because it is cheap, and you had no intention of getting such a thing before you saw the sale, you are wasting money. Simple as that!
@lilBro (67)
• Israel
24 Jun 10
What other motive is there for a profitable company to make something cheaper, if not to make more people buy it, and that way make more money than if it was full price? It's awesome for regular shoppers, who were going to buy that thing even at full price, but discounts are only there so people who had no intent to buy, to buy it.
@jesgil (95)
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
that is totally true :) yesterday i just went to the mall to pick up some stuff from my husband but i passed by a store that is on sale so i went inside to check out their products.i ended up buying three blouses and a super cute bag so instead of saving my money to the bank where i have to go after i pick up stuff, now i feel so guilty that i didn't have savings for this month. so sad !
• United States
24 Jun 10
I often buy clothes in Overstock.com,it never says on sale but actually is cheaper than many so-called "On sale"shop,so they really make profit even it's on sale.it's true that some On sale product is really cheap,but not my size.
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
Hi! It all depends if you really need the item you are buying on sale. If you just bought them and you don't even need them then it's not actually saving, it's spending. Happy MyLotting!
@amyson (3509)
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
in my opinion there are two reason to consider first is that sale attracts people to come in the store but it doesn't mean they want to buy the items that has been discounted.second thought of view is that people take advantages of the sale to save money because it was discounted by 25-50% from the real prize so i think they bought a good deal but on a long run people become more impulsive they buy things that are not so important. thus because its sale so i will buy this item so instead of saving their money from buying new clothes they forgotten to buy much more important like food and other necessities. they take advantages of sale but they aren't saving money but they loss a lot sum of money from buying different items from the sale.
@kukueye (1761)
• Malaysia
24 Jun 10
Sales does not mean safe. - Sales does not mean safe if your bought something you don need or of bad quality.
For me, i only buy the stuffs i need,even if it is 30-50% if i don not need it i will not buy it.Secondly i made the stuffs is in working order and wortht the money like quality and such.Usually i get the discount food items like cholocate drinks,coffee , oatmeal and such which are like daily food item.They are sometime cheaper because offer in bulk or the expiry date is 1 years time,which is ok because properly going to finish it within 1 month.
• India
23 Jun 10
Mostly in many shop which sells dresses the discount given is beneficial for them only. Once when i went to buy a shirt. It was priced Rs.700 . The next day they started to sell in discount price. It was priced at Rs.900 with 20% discount. So for increasing their sales the put discount and they earn more. From that time i avoid buying at the time of discount.
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
23 Jun 10
I have to say, I'm a bargain shopper, but I also keep my eye on prices. Some stores tend to raise their prices right before a sale so that they can still get a decent amount of $ on the item. If a price is raised and then a customer sees a 50% sign they'll be likely to buy it, not even realizing that the original price is high. I on the other hand keep an eye on prices of things that I like and that I buy on a regular basis. That way when something goes on sale, I know if it's truly a good deal. I do tend to stock up on things when they go 50% off or more. Especially after the holiday type sales. I know though that the items I purchase are items that I will use, so it's not a waste or unnecessary purchase.
@pooja30 (203)
• India
23 Jun 10
I don't think you necessarily buy everything else in sight when there's an item that's been marked up for sale. Yes, the temptation is higher to buy something when it's marked as 35% off or higher, and maybe you do buy whatever it is because it's on sale, but I think self-control does come into play a little here. If you really don't think it's necessary to buy , then it doesn't matter what the mark-up is on the item. Plus, if I'm right, most stores have sales when they're trying to clear out their old stock and make room for the supply from the new season, and for that reason they don't really mind what price the stock goes for.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
23 Jun 10
Sales are made to sound good to consumers by all businesses. It is how they make a profit from what they sell. You know they do a markup before they would consider a markdown. You have to use your own common sense and judgment when considering how much of a bargain you are really getting.
@Tangeryne (413)
• India
23 Jun 10
Agree my friend. Its just a marketing gimmick to woo customers to buy things they probably don't and won't need!!! The store sign will say 10% off, you walk in and buy as much as possible thinking your getting it for a good bargain. Infact you would be paying more or less the same amount as compared to when there's no sale on!!! Sales only result in huge profits for the store or seller with not much of a bargain for the buyer!!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
23 Jun 10
while i think sales are good but i only go for the drasticly reduced sales such as i paid $3.00 for a blazer at walmart or half off sales at thrift stores. i have a price limit and budget and seldom go beyond that. that being said, i dont think that stores really reduce their prices that much. they have to make money.