(Liz)

Target Still Struggles With Reality, Thinks ‘More Than’ Is A Meaningless Marketing Phrase

It’s kind of confusing when phrases like “more than” and “over” have become nothing more than meaningless marketing buzzwords. Three and a half years ago, we brought you a set of light-blocking curtains that block more than 100% of light. It sounds nice, but is physically impossible. Reader Liz found a similar marketing oddity at Target, where a sign brags about a discount of “more than” $20 when the discount is, in fact, exactly $20. [More]

(Anthony)

Walmart: Prices So Low, We Have To Raise Them To Put Things On Sale

Welcome to Walmart, where our prices are so low, we have to raise prices to put things on clearance! No, wait, that doesn’t really make sense. Hmm. Most likely, some prankster rearranged the numbers in this sign that reader Anthony found this weekend. That’s the story we’ll go with, because we like to retain some faith in the staff of Walmart. [More]

Just Because Sports Authority Says It’s Having A “Sale,” That Doesn’t Make It True

Just Because Sports Authority Says It’s Having A “Sale,” That Doesn’t Make It True

Stephanie saw that there was a sale on Asics sneakers at Sports Authority, and she just happened to be interested in buying some. When she reached the store, she noticed that many of the shoes had “Sale” tags on them, but if you moved those tags aside, this didn’t actually represent a “sale.” [More]

Strictly Speaking, This Party City Sale Sticker Is True, But It’s Still Stupid

Mathemetically, this is true.

Shopping at Party City, Jeff noticed this odd sticker. It advertises discounts of “up to 75% off” and that the item retails at $9.99 and now costs $10. Only that’s not really the confusing part. [More]

Prices.

This Office Depot Sale Isn’t Much Of A Sale

Marie is in the market for a new external hard drive, and last week (before the Presidents’ Day holiday) she heard from an office Depot employee that just the item she wanted goes on sale frequently, and she should wait for one of those sales. Hurray! That’s just what she did. She waited for a sale, when an “instant rebate” brought the price down…to exactly the same price that it had been. [More]

Great savings!

Don’t Miss These Great Sales At Target And Meijer

We don’t hate the foot soldiers of retail here at Consumerist. What we hate are the processes that make lead to pointless non-sale signs posted on shelves that waste everyone’s time and either confuse customers or make them giggle. Here are two. [More]

Can I just refuse the sale?

Puzzling Sales At Staples And The Fresh Market

Perhaps irrationally, our readers assume that chain store employees are supposed to read sale signs before posting them on the shelf. [More]

Sale At CVS Means You Pay Double

Sale At CVS Means You Pay Double

Shopping at CVS, Ajay noticed this odd sale on a seasonal item (sandals). Okay, it’s fine to charge more for seasonal items during the season when they’re used: that’s basic retail. But there’s something terribly wrong when employees put up a sign doubling the price on a sale item without batting an eye. [More]

At CVS, The Word 'Clearance' Is Essentially Meaningless

At CVS, The Word 'Clearance' Is Essentially Meaningless

Reader Juhgail noticed “clearance” tags on an item that she was planning to buy anyway. Since “clearance” nearly always also means “sale” in retail, it’s nice when that happens. Except in CVS’s reality vortex, “clearance” actually means “we stuck a shelf tag on it, but left it at the same price.” Makes sense.
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The Children's Place: Where 3 for $20 Equals $20.97

The Children's Place: Where 3 for $20 Equals $20.97

After Mario bought some shirts at The Children’s Place shortly before Christmas, he discovered that the “sale” the store was running on the items he bought was a bad deal. Using an amazing trick of fuzzy math, the store actually increased the price of the items that Mario bought by putting them on sale. Wait, what? [More]

Best Buy Bungles Sale, Denies Me Refund

Best Buy Bungles Sale, Denies Me Refund

Ian tried to take advantage of a sweet laptop and printer pre-Black Friday sale at Best Buy’s website, but couldn’t check out with the advertised price. A customer service rep suggested Ian pay the higher price for the items, then apply for a refund for the difference later. The plan didn’t work out so well. [More]

Lowe's Holds Sale, Underestimates Demand For 90% Off
KitchenAid Stand Mixers

Lowe's Holds Sale, Underestimates Demand For 90% Off KitchenAid Stand Mixers

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s went on Facebook and invited all of its friends to a totally awesome pre-Black Friday party late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Like all really fun parties, too many people showed up and things got out of hand. Which is to say that the doorbuster item, a KitchenAid stand mixer at 90%, sold out quickly, and took the store’s entire site down with it. [More]

Target Puts iPad On Sale By Adding 99 Cents To Price

Target Puts iPad On Sale By Adding 99 Cents To Price

It’s tough to get too angry at Target for attempting to skim a buck off the top of iPad purchases, but to call the minimally-inflated price a “sale” crosses the line of decency. [More]

Modell's Offers You 2 Swim Trunks For $30 Or $12.99 Each

Modell's Offers You 2 Swim Trunks For $30 Or $12.99 Each

Commenter Randomhookup would like to contribute to the problem of Consumerist posting too many of these. [More]

Red "Sale" Sign At Kohl's Means Item Is FOR Sale, Not ON Sale

Red "Sale" Sign At Kohl's Means Item Is FOR Sale, Not ON Sale

Nice try, Kohl’s, but we see through your game. An item isn’t on sale just because you say it is. You have to actually decrease the price. Noah writes that when he found a tag emblazoned with the word SALE, he thought this meant that perhaps the item was on sale. Don’t be silly, Noah. [More]

Act Now To Pay More For Contact Solution At Target

Act Now To Pay More For Contact Solution At Target

Aaron spotted this example of yet another Target non-sale. This one is even more appealing because it’s for a limited time only. [More]

Walgreens Has A Loose Definition Of The Phrase '50 Percent Off'

Walgreens Has A Loose Definition Of The Phrase '50 Percent Off'

Jason spotted this photo at a Minnesota Walgreens. We ran the numbers and discovered that $7.49 is less than 50 percent off of $9.99. But the giant “50% Off” lettering looks so darn attractive that it’s tough to fault the store’s management from making the incorrect claim. [More]

Go To Subway, Get Two $5 Footlongs For Only $9.99

Go To Subway, Get Two $5 Footlongs For Only $9.99

Tomorrow is Sunday, which means that you can take advantage of the exciting Sunday sale at Mike’s local Subway. Yes, this restaurant does participate in the $5 footlong promotion. We asked. [More]