It’s nice to take advantage of a great sale, but sometimes stores will pull a bait and switch.
I wanted to get a bunch of clothing for 70% off after seeing an advertisement on television.
When I arrived at this chain department store’s clothing aisle, there were signs indicating that the 70% off only applied to one specific brand and no others. By the time I got there, anything in my size had disappeared. These stores do this to get you in the door in anticipation that you won’t walk outside empty handed. A lot of people resign themselves to already being in the store and will grab something else off the shelf and buy that instead. They don’t realize that they’re playing directly into what the store is expecting from you. For people like me who are easily made suspicious by the intentions of a business, I don’t like a company that has such little respect for me that they would attempt a bait and switch while assuming I’m dumb enough to fall for it. There’s a cannabis dispensary who is extremely guilty of doing this. They’ll send out emails advertising these massive sales with some items over 50% off, but they purposefully fail to mention the exclusions in the marketing email. The worst is when the cannabis product menu isn’t updated and they have products listed online that are out of stock when you get to the dispensary. They’ll even fill an online order and tell you they have the product when they really don’t. Instead of calling you to be honest that the product is out of stock, they’ll just fill the order with a different strain that you don’t want. It’s maddening to say the least.