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Post Christmas Sales - Are They Worth It?

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I've just returned from lunch empty handed after checking out the stores for sales.

Clothing marked 40% off is not in my size and I already have plenty of towels and bed linen. TV sets are discounted but I already have 6 televisions, (because I bought them when they were on sale).

A bargain is only a bargain if we intended to pay the full price. It maybe 30%, 40% or even 60% off, but if you don't buy the items you don't need then you are saving 100%.

Has anyone really made a good buy these after Christmas sales?
Posted by Steel Mann, Monday, 29 December 2008 1:38:01 PM
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Dear Steel Mann,

I've made a really good buy.

I was eyeing a handbag and purse set, prior to
Christmas that was around the $200+ range,
and I got it for $80 in the after Christmas
'sale.' It's a spectacular set, and I'm
absolutely delighted. Now all I need is to be
taken out to show it off... :)
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 29 December 2008 7:55:18 PM
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Glad to hear you got what you wanted Foxy. That is a genuine saving because you wanted it anyway.

I usually wait until sales before buying items that I need such as clothing, bed linen and towels. These things are on sale at regular times through the year. I often find though that clothing on sale at reduced prices is never in my size. (I am a normal sized person).
Posted by Steel Mann, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 7:39:49 AM
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I was looking around for and picked up a bargain at Harvey Norman in their refrigerator sale just before Christmas, $1350 for the same product being sold for $2200 at the Good Guys (who discounted to $1850 for cash).

Like most folk, I have enough TV and DVDs etc. I buy a new computer every two years, at the longest interval and always get best prices for those, the one thing I have not bought yet is another coffee maker... and think I will stay with the Instant,

Like Steel Mann observed, only so much bed linen and towels one can use...

It is only ever a "bargain" if you wanted it in the first place.

Personally, I am waiting for the Mortgagee auctions season of 2009, when the recession has biten... that will bring forth a few specials and me and my daughters are cashed up ready for that "bargain sale".
Posted by Col Rouge, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 8:34:16 AM
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'Sales' are the biggest scam ever invented. Shops just roll out cheap stock they cant normally get people to buy (especially cheap, badly cut clothes and out-dated technology), say it's been discounted from a fictional price that is much highter and for some reason people suddenly want it.
Posted by Houellebecq, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 10:31:48 AM
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True, a bargain is only a bargain when you need something and can wait for the sales.
All I bought in the sales is a Tshirt for my son for $25 which was 50% off the full price. Iím a little envious of Foxyís handbag set though!

Col, Iím not trying to personally attack you but trying to find out where youíre coming from in case I miss something, but I find it quite upsetting when I read that someone intends to profit from someone elseís misery. Itís so vulture like to sit in a corner all cashed up waiting for someone to become the victim of a recession.

For a family to lose their house, perhaps at a loss, in a Mortgagee auction is a dreadful thing to happen.
I just wonder whether you find this ethical, just wondering about the reasoning behind this idea of making profit.
Posted by Celivia, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 2:47:09 PM
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