Discount shopping lets you dream of coupons from CouponoBox pouring in and the jam-packed racks on sale. But are these discounts the same as it used to be some years back.
People today are not spending the way that they used to and the discounts that are offered may not be what they seem to be.
The departmental stores have understood the push that makes their customers purchase and for that, they need to give them discounts. But what they actually do is to raise the price of the goods before a sale and they then mark it down to the original price. This lets them price the goods to a level that helps the stores to protect their discount margins.
Outlet stores are believed to let you buy the branded stuff for a bargain price. However, today that connects no more applies. The outlet stores are a brand in themselves. In fact, most of the items in the outlet store were made exclusively to be sold in the outlet stores only. This means that the low-quality products were actually made to reach the outlet stores and reality you do not get any discounts here.
Most stores that promise to be the cheapest may not be the cheapest. Those who shop on an autopilot but do not do comparison shopping could be ending up paying extra for an item that earlier was a better deal. So it is not important that the slogan of the store is true to how it is pricing its stuff.
The value packs are another way to trick the customers. The value packs at times turn out to be more expensive. So sometimes you may be better off buying two small qualities of a particular item than buying a larger quantity of the same items.