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Buy one and get one free
Well, I don't need two

 6:35 am on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

It's 'marketing', I know, but advertising and tricking (pushing) people into something they don't really had the plan to buy don't seem to have clear distinction.

Places where I don't bother to shop anymore:

  • Buy one, and get one free.
  • Any Sale marked more than 25%
  • Any shop with marketing scheme, 'Buy now, Pay later'
  • Any shop where the staff are made to divert customers attention to items which doesn't normally sell (You can sense that in few seconds)
  • Shop here, and win a 'Hummer'

    This is not for web shops, but merely for B&M Shops




     6:46 am on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Hab, You would have a hell of a hard time finding a place to shop in So. Calif.


     1:29 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    There's a Sports 'discount' shop near me, where everything is permanently on offer, that's their hook.

    You go in an see trainers 70% off for 30 quid. It sickens me that people don't actually realise this is virtually the normal sale price for this stuff, and at full price that makes them 100 quid! So while they are 70% off, they are hugely overpriced.

    Tesco were done a while ago (UK's most profitable business), for the whole of this year they're offering different fruit and veg 1/2 price each week. Price history analysis showed that in the 2-3 months prior to the offer, the price would steadily creep to almost twice it's normal, hence not really an offer.

    A friend of mine went to buy a camera. It was on the shelf at 3,500 (very fancy camera). He went in 2 weeks later to buy it, and found it was on sale and they'd knocked 2,000 off! He realised then that they were charging more than double what it was worth.


     2:53 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    There's a well-known chain of hardware stores in my neck of the woods that regularly runs items "on sale" - for higher than what they usually charge.


     3:40 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Anyone know if there's ever a time when DFS (UK) don't have a sale on?


     3:49 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Anyone know if there's ever a time when DFS (UK) don't have a sale on?

    I rather liked their last ads where they poked fun at themselves at being seen as always having a sale.

    But no, I have never seen them not have one. Imagine you are the sucker who buys a sofa there during the one non-sale day a year!


     4:06 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    I ran a 'Buy 10 get 2 Free' campaign for a few years. It was very successful. No one was pushed or tricked into buying something they didn't want. Most of my customers were very happy to receive the freebies. A few people made moves to get the free stuff without buying anything.

    While I generally agree with the sentiment of the OP, remember that "One man's junk is another man's treasure". You may not need two of an item, maybe not even one. But someone else sure does.


     4:09 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Depends what it is, what were you selling 10 of?


     4:32 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    On a similar note, a local rug store has had it's "going out of business" sale for at least 2 years now.


     4:45 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    >> On a similar note, a local rug store has had it's "going out of business" sale for at least 2 years now.

    Must be doing good business then eh? heh.


     5:51 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    >>Depends what it is, what were you selling 10 of?

    Prophylatics maybe. Of course I'm married, so that would last me a year. :)


     6:12 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Lawman, Its not a good idea to use them over and over. :o)...KF


     8:04 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    what were you selling 10 of?

    I have passed out free condoms, but that was a different situation. Sorry lawman, no free years supply for you :)

    I was selling smelly widgets. Some people really like those things.


     10:43 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

    ok, I can see the use in that. But take DFS for example, if they did BOGOF instead of half price, do you really think people would buy an extra sofa?

    eBay would have to add a category of 'Spare DFS Sofas'.


     2:53 am on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    The only time I go for these deals is:

    1) I'm actually shopping for the item that is on sale
    2) The "sale" price really is a sale price
    3) It is a reputable reseller (online or B&M)


     4:14 pm on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    The one that really gets to me is my wife's favourite shop Holland and Barrett (Health foods and supplements). They currently have a 50% off sale and recently they were advertising on TV 80% off. What a load of old cobblers!

    The bogoffs can be annoying I recently picked up a large bag of new potatoes in Morrisons, they were part of a bogof but I only wanted one bag because it would last us a while. The checkout girl assuming I was some sort of dim old cretin got an assistant (while I was packing and didn't notice) to get my free bag of spuds. When I told her I didn't want it she said "but it's free" I said "You have it then". She couldn't accept the gift (professional ethics I suppose) so I gave them to the woman behind me in the queue.

    On a similar vein what about double glazing salesmen and their pathetic script based sales pitch? I recently tried to buy a new front door, told the company on the phone I don't want to be a show home, I just want a quote. When the poor sod arrived he started to go into his sales pitch, I told him to go because "I don't want to sit here for hours listening to a lot of lies and garbage". After much arguing and me nearly reducing him to tears he phoned his boss for permission not to go through the sales pitch. Then he quoted me over 6000 (for a bloody door) but said if I put his sign in my front garden and became a "show home" the price would drop to 3500.

    Needless to say I showed him the door (the old one). You can buy similar spec doors in B & Q for approx 700 so even allowing 1000 to fit it he was twice the price.

    [edited by: Old_Honky at 4:34 pm (utc) on Nov. 14, 2007]


     4:26 pm on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    For an amusing mickey-take, Go Here [youtube.com].

    [edited by: lawman at 11:00 pm (utc) on Nov. 14, 2007]


     11:46 pm on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

    Ta for the edit.

    Was getting confused there - it's "Crazy Warehouse Guy" you need to be looking for, and this is the clip I was thinking of [youtube.com].


     11:08 am on Nov 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

    On face value, I disagree. I would rather get one free with the one I buy then just get the one I buy. However, freelunchomics kicks in and informs me that the extra money will come from me, in one form or another. I'm either overpaying for the BOGOF carrots or my spuds have been marked up to pay for it.


     2:18 pm on Nov 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

    LOL zCat!

    I love it when double glazing salesmen call or knock the door.

    One told me I could have the upstairs for free when I had the downstairs. I told him the downstairs was fine, but I'd love them to come and do the upstairs as soon as possible considering I wouldn't have to pay for it. I argued with him for 25 mins that he told me it would be free. Eventually he swore at me and walked off. Cheered me up all day that did.

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