Lie to Me & Tell Me It’s on Sale!

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The pricing shenanigans at Target could be another reason to blackball them, except so many companies do it. It’s one of the reasons JCPenney failed (see below).

The Black Friday sale at Target is the same as their alleged regular sale price. Target advertises many of its products as on sale. When Black Friday comes along, they put up a new sign with the same price as their usual “sale” price.

They are shifty.

I have not verified this claim, but I have discovered on my own that this is done routinely. Do the research before you fall for any sales. Black Friday in particular is a bust.

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In an article on Time by Brad Tuttle in 2013, titled, JC Penney Reintroduces Fake Prices (and Lots of Coupons Too, Of Course), Tuttle explains that Americans want to feel they’re getting a bargain. Sale prices are often based on inflated prices.

In early 2012, JC Penney promised the end of “fake prices”—ones that were inflated just so that shoppers could be tricked into thinking the inevitable discounts represented amazing deals. Well, it’s already time to welcome back discounts and inflated prices alike.

Among other reasons, JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson lost his job recently because customers seemed to hate the no-coupons, no-discounting “fair and square” pricing that was a core part of the retailer’s dramatic 2012 makeover. In a new ad, JC Penney is apologizing for the changes made under Johnson. “It’s no secret. Recently, JC Penney changed,” the ad’s voice-over states. “Some changes you liked, and some you didn’t, but what matters from mistakes is what we learn. We learned a very simple thing: to listen to you.”…

There you have it.


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Glee
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Glee
2 months ago

I worked at a discount store as a teen, and before sales, helped put out signs that said, “originally X, now only Y.” Except originally it was always Y. It’s a common retail trick. But I wouldn’t shop at Target unless the price was so low I KNEW was helping them lose money. I want a bankrupted Target, Bud, Disney, and Coke. I actively boycott these four.

Ed Cane
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Ed Cane
2 months ago

I NEVER go there. Ever.

Whodunnit
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Whodunnit
2 months ago

I like it when they RAISE the price on an item, a week before BF and then reduce it to the regular price on sale day. Jokers.

Joew
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Joew
2 months ago

Is it just me or do you remember when black friday deals were ridiculous?

tom bergerson
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tom bergerson
2 months ago

Just bought some ovens. Black Friday deal!!!. Except the price is the same as the MSRP just several hundred off the usual retail price at various applicance sellers.