Monday, December 21, 2009

Wal-Mart...I'm on to you...

The commercials this time of year are quite laughable in my opinion. Just this morning I saw one for Toys R Us that said I would see "the savings of a lifetime." I looked at Josh and said, "Well, I'd better hop in my van right now...who can pass up the savings of a lifetime?" We both smiled.

I realize everyone is looking for a good deal. Stores now are constantly telling me how much money I'm saving when I check out each time. Even at K-Mart the other day I read at the bottom of my receipt that I saved $2-something on a box of cards I purchased. JC Penney is famous for this. Everything is ALWAYS on sale there. If it's always on sale, then it's never on sale...it's just that they have good prices. But that's just me.

But I'm really not sure I'm too fond of Wal-Mart's new idea of promoting their prices. Today I was looking for a pair of pj's for Caleb because I really think that kid has grown two inches in the last month. All of his warm, pants pj's are too short, so I thought I'd try to find a set just in time for Christmas. I looked over at one rack, and it said $10 -- was $14. For a brief moment, that nice, warm, fuzzy feeling came over me. You know, the one you feel when you think you're getting a good deal...or at least getting something for a few bucks cheaper? I knew $10 was the most I wanted to spend (I'm quite fond of the $5 sleepers in Sarah and Gabriel's size). Then I looked at the tag, and it was printed on there $10. There was no sticker over the top of it. It was always $10.

If you mosey on through the store, you will find that this is usually the case. If it says it "was" one price and shows the new price, the so-called new price is the price that is printed on the tag. Now...correct me if I'm wrong, but that's pretty misleading at best and lying at worst. They want you to think you're getting a good deal on something by telling you it "was" more.

So I'm on to you Wal-Mart. You may have lower prices (and everyone knows I love my Wal-Mart fix) but you can't fool me. Just tell me what your low price is now. Don't lie and tell me it "was" something when it wasn't.

Do not take this personally dear friends who work at the DC...my BFF's husband works there, too, and really...you all should know I love Wal-Mart. Just an observation!

1 comment:

F&F Mali said...

I have always said that about JC Penny's. I think it is false advertising. I believe a while back they actually got in trouble for it from some government agency, so now you'll see something full price once every couple of months.

I'm like you, though. I do love me some Wal-Mart, even if I don't always agree with their store practices.

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