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sees an item is discounted by 30% and buys it thinking they are getting a good deal.
It's not a deal, its a purchase. You're not buying it to make money, you're spending.
I have an aunt with terrible shopping habits (and logic). I remember my uncle ending an argument about some expensive dinnerware set she wanted to buy:
"We don't need it"
"But it's 50% off"
"But we don't need it"
"But it's half the regular price!"
"Fine - why you don't buy two sets so you can save twice the money?"
Another favorite of mine - he was complaining about watermelons always going to waste because they're so big, and she's the only one eating them. He suggested she only buys half a watermelon the next time she goes grocery shopping.
She came back with two halves, because they were on sale...
My father always use to say, "Look at that sale! It says, "Buy now and save 50%". I say "Don't buy now and save 100%!". Very true for impulse buyers who almost immediately suffer from buyer remorse. I have always remembered this sound advice.
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Programmers and discounts:
Wife tells her programmer husband:
-Go and buy a pack of bacon and if they have eggs, get two dozen.
He comes back with 24 packs of bacon.
-Why did you get that much bacon?
-They DID have eggs!
If you have Amazon, you either have it or will get it soon. It has only become a thing in the UK since Amazon did a sale and practically every other company/business in the UK did the same. Creeping Americanisation??
In Norway, Black Friday has been big for maybe two or three years. Some stores overdo it, making it "Black Week". Of those who still call it "Black Friday", a large fraction extend the sales to last through Saturday, and Sunday if they are open then.
The last two to four weeks before Black Friday, the newspapers monitor the prices of products expecting to go on sale, reporting when the price are raised to allow the stores to claim artificially high "Was: xxx NOK". (I believe that the the claimed "Was" price must have been effective for at least four weeks for the claim to be legal.)
There was a big discussion this year: One electrical appliances chain store had a lot of signs like "Black Friday - Only 499 NOK", for a lot of products in the store. They didn't claim that the price was reduced, and it wasn't. Of course most people thought it was a special offer, with "Black Friday" and the price stated on the same sign. Is that deceiving (hence illegal), or is it perfectly OK?
Most of the products on sale are those that people didn't want to buy earlier, so the only way to have them sold is to reduce the price. If I didn't need it or want it before, I don't need it any more on a Black Friday. So I didn't waste any money on Black Friday.
(Sidetrack: In Norwegian, "blakk" is a slang term for "out of money". So one newspaper warned: Don't let Black Friday give you a 'blakk' Saturday ... Is "blakk", or something similar, used as a term for "out of money" in any other languages? I suspect that it originates in colored people traditionally often being poor, but I have found no real evidence for this.)
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