Value City Saves You $1,818,234.50

Flickr pool member Sassenach1 is the greatest shopper in the history of the planet. She saved $1,818,234.50 by shopping at Value City.

Yes, even though she bought a few dresses and not a Harrier Jump Jet, her receipt claimed that she’d saved $1,818,234.50 by shopping Value City.

We accept this at face value with no backtalk. —MEGHANN MARCO

(Photo: Sassenach1)


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  1. rmz says:

    I like going into Albertson’s (where they make a point of circling and verbally mentioning how much you saved by using your “Preferred Shopper” card), buying nothing but things that aren’t on sale (so nothing is “saved” by using my card), and watching what the cashier does.

    It’s usually something like “today, with your card, you saved…uh, ….have a nice day, sir.”

  2. Chicago7 says:

    I hate those things. When they first started using those damn Jewel Food Store Cards, they used to make the cashier say “You saved XXX dollars by using your Jewel Card” and I would say “No, I didn’t. I would NEVER have shopped here if your prices were that high.”

    Albertsons == Jewel in Chicago, IIRC.

  3. AcidReign says:

    …..I quit shopping at Bruno’s and Food World in part because of those damned things. That, and they quit carrying frozen leaf spinach. Publix still has it.

    …..I will say that the Jewel Osco in Wilmette BLOWS AWAY the liquor stores in Alabama on Cuervo. A 1.75 liter at the state store is $39.99 plus 9.5% sales tax. The same bottle at Jewel was $17.99 plus 4% sales tax.

  4. levenhopper says:

    So my sister brings up a good point…what are the odds that this was photoshopped?

  5. roothorick says:

    If it IS shooped (*ducks*) they did a damn good job of it. They even edited in imperfections on every number (note the missing chunk on the 2). It certainly LOOKS like the same font, and is about the same darkness as the letters directly above it.

  6. cedarpointfan says:

    As an experienced Photoshop artist, I can with almost complete certainty tell you that’s not photoshopped. The artifact around the characters is non-uniform, and color matches up flawlessly.

  7. levenhopper says:

    Thats what I thought…but she mentioned it so I thought I’d throw it by ya’ll

  8. cde says:

    As another experienced Photoshop artist, I can with almost complete certanity say that it could possibly be photoshoped. Reciepts are some of the easiest things to ‘shop, even more so when an original is used. Nothing more then shade groups of 2 primary colors and a fix width font.

  9. Gopher bond says:

    That could be the “store” card they use when you don’t have a card. I get that all the time at the grocery store. The manager swipes her card for me and it shows on the receipt that I saved millions.

  10. catnapped says:

    Being that nobody else mentioned it, since when does Value City have a club card? For those in the dark, Value City is a closeout store on the east coast that sells clothing, toys, housewares, some small appliances, and jewelry (among other things)

  11. Coup says:

    I think the odds are much better that the cash register messed up, than someone took the time to photoshop this for no reason.

  12. Triteon says:

    I don’t think this is a case of a shopper using a club card; the “value savings” are usually calculated against comparable merchandise at competing stores.

  13. Chicago7 says:

    Maybe we should find out what they bought. Maybe Value City got some Department of Defense items!!!


    /Of course, it could be just a toilet seat that the Army paid just under $2 million for.


  14. Ran Kailie says:

    Actually with Value City I can believe that price, many years ago went shopping at a Value City, they’d managed to get some pretty expensive couture clothing from some place that went out of business. This stuff was like $1700 and up for single pieces, they still have the original tags from the store on them.

    However everything was marked down 90-95%, then they had a sale, so everything was marked down for an additional 75-90% of the final price after the first mark down. Apparently they were still having trouble moving the stuff.

    I still have a skirt in my closet I paid $20 bucks for that was originally like $1700 bucks. So yeah depending on the dresses I could see saving that much. Value City is the best ^_^ I only go there when I need work clothing, sooo much cheaper. Men’s dress shirts for my boyfriend go from $50 a piece to $12 a piece or less.

  15. Ran Kailie says:

    And pardon all my typos, I can’t type to save my life anymore.

  16. @testsicles: Last time I was in a Kroger the cashier just used a card he had. The question of whether I had my own didn’t even come up.

    I’d be surprised if you’re wrong and that isn’t a lifetime total for a card used by a store employee.

  17. MikeHerbst says:

    Maybe its just me, but the first thing that comes to mind here is that there’s a negative number being interpreted as a positive value…

    Programmers have “signed” and “unsigned” values, whereby the same n-bit number can represent 0 to 2^n or can represent -(2^n-1)-1 to + (2^n-1). (E.g. an 8-bit number can be 0 to 255 or -127 to 128, depending on whether its an unsigned or signed value).

    Obviously going “unsigned” gives you a greater possible range of positive values, which is why programmers use them sometimes. The problem is that due to the “twos compliment” method of representing negative numbers (set the most significant bit, compliment the remaining bits and subtract one), small negative numbers can look like large positive numbers. From my 8-bit example the value 0x81 can be either -127 or 129, depending if its interpreted as “signed” or “unsigned”, respectively. The value 0xFE is either -2, or 254. Get it?

    I’m betting that’s what’s happened here. Something about the club-card calculation resulted in a small negative number in a 16-bit or 32-bit calculation, that was then interpreted as unsigned, resulting in a large positive number.