With deceptive ‘discounts,’ retailers are manipulating us to spend more

Source: Kevin Brasler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Discounts are intended to get you to buy items right away while they’re “on sale” or soon face higher prices. They dissuade you from shopping around for a better price.

Washington Consumers’ Checkbook’s researchers tracked prices of big-ticket items sold at major retailers for 10 months and found disturbing pricing practices at 17 of the 19 studied. At these stores, many sale prices — even those that advertise big savings — are in place more than half the time. And at some stores, the “sales” never end.

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