It really irritates me when people only buy things that are on sale. They don’t buy what they actually need because it isn’t on sale. Instead, they spend more money (because the sale may be something like buy two get one free) to get things they don’t necessarily need. Or worse, they wait until what they want is on sale. What about the time between now and the sale date? What do you do until then?
I know that you can “save” a lot of money by buying what’s on sale, but at the same time, I challenge the notion of a sale price altogether. To me, the sale price is the price I should be paying everyday. That’s the lowest price the store is willing to part with the merchandise for, so I think it should be the same price all the time. I know there’s an entire marketing science behind sales and I’m very naive when it comes to the actual facts behind that aspect, but as a consumer, sales piss me off.
I once worked for a big retailer (Service Merchandise for those of you old enough to remember them). As an employee, my employee discount was the item’s sale price. That’s right, as an employee, I had the privilege to buy the merchandise at the lowest price at all times. How nice.
It drives me batty to see people buy up a whole bunch of something just because “it was on sale”. Just get what you need when you need it. In the end, you’re going to come out best by shopping at that nasty monstrosity we call Wal-Mart anyway.
Where they don’t care what the store looks like, nor do they care if their shelves are neat. They only care to have the cheapest price on the cheapest merchandise out there. No customer service, no clean store, and our Wal-Mart has loud beeping alarms going off in various sections that has been happening since we moved to Savannah (that was almost two years ago). They don’t care to fix things that are broken. Sure, you get the best price in town, but at what cost? None I suppose, if you’re willing to be seen there and you don’t mind waiting extra long to check out since they usually only have two of a possible fifteen registers open.
But back to the sales. It also drives me nuts to see people shop at discount membership warehouses. They spend too much money stocking up on stuff they don’t need because it is cheaper in bulk. If you only get what you need when you need it, you come out better I think.
Oh well, I guess non-perishables make sense in bulk.
But, Dollar General will ultimately win because they sell individual items at a cheap price. You don’t have to spend $200 to shop there, just a few dollars a week to get the essentials. Perfect for that limited budget.
I guess I’m just ranting. But I have my reasons.