Is a Sale really a good time to buy things?

@grkelly (1216)
Malta
October 20, 2012 12:43pm CST
I love shopping but I am a type of person that really likes to look for bargains. I do not like to buy expensive things as I know I will start feeling guilty afterwards. So I really love shopping during the Sale periods. However I am aware taht some shops do not provide a truthful discount during sales. Some say that the items are at 50% off, but in reality they would have added a percentage increase beforehand, so that the discount is only say 20% in reality. Besides there is the issue that some people are sort of brainwashed that everything is a bargain as it is sale time and so they start buying and buying and buying without taking too much notice of details. Some things could be slightly damaged, or the size might not fit one that well. But they react that as long as it is discounted it is worthwhile. So my point is that one needs to remain level-headed and think wisely before buying during sale time as not all sellers are truthful.
6 responses
• United States
20 Oct 12
I read an article once to tell if an item has really been marked down like they say. I was shocked to learn that most places are discounting the mark up price so it takes several weeks for the item to get marked down to an actual sale price. I never buy anything that is on sale as I know that its not really on sale at all. I will wait till the item gets moved to a clearance rack and then I will buy it. I have learned that most places put items on clearance and they have been marked down to half of what the store actually paid for them so for me the clearance rack is where I get my good deals. It is only a good deal if you need the item and its marked down below the price that the store paid when they got it in. Other wise your feeding into the hype of a sale and not really getting a good deal.
@grkelly (1216)
• Malta
20 Oct 12
feeding into the hype of a sale and not really getting a good deal. - I like the way you put it. Unfortunately, some people do not manage to realize this and buy things without making any real deals at all. That is sort of unethical of the sellers. they are sort of cheating clients. That is why it is important to avoid the hype and try to remain alert and wise to choose well.
@GemmaR (8526)
20 Oct 12
It is good to be able to go to a sale to save money, as it means that you don't have to spend as much on things that you would buy every day. One of the times that I always do this is after Christmas, as I like to buy things like wrapping paper for the next year while it is a lot lower in price. I bought a large pack of cards last year for just $2 and I can see the same things in the shops again now for double that price, so I am very glad that I did it at the time because I know that I saved a lot of money that I could then spend on other things.
@grkelly (1216)
• Malta
20 Oct 12
Yes I agree with you. I like to do the same things too. They are small things which can result in a lot of savings. When one thinks wisely before making a purchase it is so very fulfilling to buy things during sale time.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
22 Oct 12
You know, I've heard a lot of people say that there are places that are not truthful when it comes to sales, but this has never been something that I've observed in my life. Of course, I also have to say that I am very price conscious and know the prices that I am looking for when I am making my purchases. I've definitely come to know that even though you are shopping at a wholesale store, it doesn't mean that you are always getting a better bargain. I think that it is very important to always know your prices.
• Philippines
21 Oct 12
I really don't want to buy things during sales. However, I still do buy things during a sale! But what I observed during sales is that some products were genuinely on sale. However, a lot of products were marked up before receiving a discount sale! I have been canvassing the prices of some products I would like to buy before the sale. And when the sale hits, I noticed that the big discount was really not true. They marked up the price and then put up a huge discount which is equivalent to a lot smaller discount price. Oh well, that is how some of the consumer industry companies do. Marketing strategy of a sale.
@vanessa11 (296)
• Philippines
21 Oct 12
Well, sometimes SALE is not a sale. Like what I have experienced here in few malls (Philippines), and based from the complaints I have read. Store malls put the yellow/orange tag for sale but sometimes the price is way much higher than the original price. Also this is based from the complaints I have read, carefully detached the sale tag to check the original price and they were shocked. And one more thing is that when it is SALE time, the area is too crowded (too much hassle).
@anklesmash (1416)
21 Oct 12
I think that sometimes it is good to buy things during a sale and other times it isn't it just depends on the circumstances. For example if you buy something you need or know you will need in the future it is a good thing.However just because something is cheap doesn't mean it is value for money,people are often tempted into buying things they don't need because it is on sale which is a bad thing.Companies are also quite sneaky with others to make you believe you are getting more of a bargain than you actually are.