Went to Bealls, a regional clothing chain. Got a nice pair of work slacks, 1 shirt, and a package of underwear. Now, every time I go into these places, I see signs everywhere trumpeting how most everything is “on sale,” often with signs saying 30-50% off.
My bill ($100) didn’t seem spectacularly low, tho-but the clerk of course pointed to my receipt while breathlessly exclaiming, “Hey-you saved $60 dollars!”
But I wonder if I saved a single dime, and if this is just some sort of sales gimmick. Is there at least one competitor in town that I can go to and buy the exact same three items for $160, I wonder? $60 off as compared to who or what, exactly?
Yeah, duhhh if it is, call me naive if you must, just wondering why they run their businesses like this. If the “original” prices are utterly fictional, seems like a lot of fuss and bother for nothing. And if this sales model works so great for them, why don’t other businesses use it (to said extent to be specific)?