PSA: Careful of "Fake Sales"
Be careful when a store has something "on sale"!
I was eyeing a case for home use, and it was listed on SW Strings for about $110. It wasn't an emergency, so I waited for a sale.
Lo and behold, I got an email, for a weekend sale! 10% off orders of $100, 15% off orders of $150, and 20% off orders of $200.
Great! I can buy some strings with the case, and get 20% off!
So I logged in for their "lowest price guarantee". Searching for the case...looks good! Same price as before
Clickity click...what is this?
It went up to $130? How sloppy of them, they didn't even change the old price for the upper listing.
Maybe this is just this one item?
My post got cut off. Must be a character limit...
Are you sure the discount does not come off the price at check out? Easy enough to see if you put the items in the basket, then go to pay. You can always cancel the sale before you are fully committed.
I just tried it and it worked fine for me. When you get to the Checkout page, you enter the promotion code, and the 20% is automatically deducted from the merchandise total.
When I was young, I worked at a Hardees. The manager was being pushed to increase sales. He came up with the idea of a weekly "special". The first week it was a Large Coke, a Hot Dog and Fries. The price on the big board outside was the exact same price of the 3 items combined. No one, until Thursday, noticed or asked. Sales of the aforementioned items increased greatly.
I think this is a not an uncommon practice to give "discounts" but raise the price right before the event. It's pretty much the same concept as those items with jacked up retail or "market" price and then saying it's % off.
I wonder if it wouldn't be better if the OP asked SW Strings what was going on first. As George Huhn noted, it worked fine for him. Certainly, it's common practice on most sites (and at the cash register IRL) to apply the discount after adding the item.
George, Neil, you are missing the point. What Miff noted was that SW Strings apparently jacked up the base prices at the the same time they instituted the sale, thereby negating the advertised discount rate.
Ah, I see what you mean. It will be interesting to see if the prices go back down after the sale is over.
Most places raising the price and the marking it down is illegal. That's a deceptive business practice. As for the OP, that sounds like the kind of thing you can handle pretty easily with just a phone call to their customer service team.
After-sale update: Sure enough, the prices went back down to regular today, after the sale ended.
I'm not a lawyer, but I found this pretty quickly:
Arizona Attorney General office of consumer protection:
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