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Shopping habits end Black Friday?

I understand the point of Black Friday to be a store offering some crazy deals in an attempt to lure you into the store. The store doesn’t want to sell everyone a $99 tv, but by offering 3 per store they can get 100 people to show up.

Over the course of the last few years, more and more people are shopping for these deals online. If this pattern continues, the store will only be selling the deep discounted items and will, most likely, not be able to get you to buy those other impulse buys you may have made in the store.

The end result will be stores not being able to offer such deep discounts because of the losses they aren’t making up in extra item sales.

November 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

How to get a deal at Art Van Furniture

Looking to pick up some new furniture, perhaps at a discount? Here are some tips from my most recent furniture purchase.

  • LOCATIONS: Visit multiple locations.  Of the 3 stores I visited, there was different furniture on the floor at each one.  You may find something you like better or a similar piece at a better price
  • SPECIALS: Once you know what you want, check the Art Van website for current specials.  They love to run specials on Wednesday or holidays.  Sometimes it’s no sales tax, other times it’s a percentage off, or no-interest financing.  Also, check the Art Van Facebook page for “member” specials.  You qualify for these too!  If they are vague (ie “Huge Sale”) call the store and ask what the sale entails.
  • PAYMENT TYPE: Ask the salesperson if you can get an extra discount for paying with cash/check
  • SPECIAL ALTERNATIVE: Ask if you can get a discount instead of taking the interest-free financing
  • NEGOTIATE: If you’re salesperson won’t budge on the price, find a salesperson who will.  Find someone who has not spoken with you yet and blatantly ask them “Do you want to make a sale today?” If they can’t help either, be ready to walk away and wait for the next big sale
  • 30 DAY PRICE MATCH: After you make your purchase, you have a 30 day price guarantee.  Check back on the websites for new specials to make sure you got the best price possible (they won’t notify you of a better price, you have to call them on it)

During my experience, I did each of these things.  I found what I wanted at the 3rd store.  The couch was in stock in the color I wanted instead of having to special order a similar couch ($200 savings by not having to special order 2 pieces).  I asked about paying in cash and getting an extra discount instead of taking the financing but didn’t have luck with those.

When my salesperson would not budge on price (current offer was they pay 6% sales tax), I pretended to leave.  I then approached a salesperson and asked “Would you like to make a sale today?“.  I explained what I wanted and he went to talk to his manager and came back with a total of 10% off (+4% discount from existing sale).  When I explained that I was hoping for more of a discount, I was informed of a special at one store only where I could get 20% off (+14% discount from existing sale).  The event was advertised on facebook but did not explicitly state the percent savings.  A quick call to the store confirmed 20% off.

I have been checking the website for better deals now that I’m in my 30 day price match period.  This Wednesday there is a 15% off special.  Not quite what I got, but if you would have paid full price, it would be a significant savings.

Happy furniture hunting!

November 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm 7 comments

Q-Tips: A Better Marketing Campaign

I noticed in Target’s circular this morning a box of Q-tips for sale.  The box contains 750 Q-tips for $3.79.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t clean my ears out every single day.  Why not advertise this box as a whole year’s worth of Q-tips?  Or something to the tone of “Clean ears for less than a penny a day”.  Make people think about exactly what they are getting compared to the cost.  I think a year’s supply sounds pretty enticing, especially for less than four bucks.

April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Waterproof Cellphone

Given that basically everyone knows at least two people who have dropped their cell phone in the toilet (or other body of water) – why don’t cell phone manufacturers make all of their phones waterproof?

Yes yes, you can buy the construction phone that’s water resistant, shock resistant, and impact resistant too. But where is straight waterproofing for everyone’s phone? I don’t want the click to talk crazy looking construction phone.

In my opinion, someone is missing out on a huge market.

July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm 2 comments

Drink Preference While Eating Spaghetti

I prefer to have milk when I eat spaghetti.  If I get it at a restaurant, then I don’t get milk.  But otherwise, I always have milk.  I’ve been told that is odd.  What do you drink with your spaghetti dinner?

June 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm 4 comments

Mini Ketchup Packets – WHY?

If you were a restaurant owner or ketchup maker, why would you package ketchup in 0.6 oz packets? Have you ever seen a customer take just one packet? No, they end up taking a handful and squirt them all over their tray so they can dip fries in them. Even if you only wanted 0.6 ounces worth of ketchup for your hamburger and you ask the drive-through attendant for ketchup, you know you’re getting a handful of packets.

Why do I care? It seems to be a big waste. Not only in costs and resources to make mini packets, but also in my time to have to open 6 packets to have enough for my fries.

May 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

How is Wendy’s Water So Good?

I’m not sure if it’s the extra wide straw, the wax coated cup, or the temperature of the water, but there is something amazing about a cup of water from Wendy’s. Perhaps it’s all three?

It can’t just be the temperature. I can replicate the same thing at home with tap water and ice. Although the temperature may be the least attributable to Wendy’s, this is by far the most important factor.

The cup’s wax coating seems to lend just a hint of flavor to the water. Perhaps not the healthiest, but good nonetheless.

The wide diameter straw is by far my favorite part. While other chains have started to widen the diameter of their straws, Wendy’s has always provided the largest. This allows maximum water flow.

Who knows, maybe it’s something else. But for me, a 16oz cup of water from Wendy’s is gone before you know it.

May 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

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