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(Cracked)   20+ mind games that major retailers use on the public   (cracked.com) divider line
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2104 clicks; posted to Business » on 30 Sep 2020 at 1:41 AM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-09-29 9:07:13 PM  
sorry, that Best Buy "price in the store different" thing was actually me.  their online catalog service (which powers their website) used a green/blue deploy system. the in-store systems were configured to use the off-line cluster, which has a different rate of pricing updates (you have no idea how hard it was to keep shiat up to date on a catalog w/ 500,000 items & constantly changing prices), and generally more up-to-date software (since it's being updated\ while it's off line).
There really wasn't any big conspiracy.  All the apple product pre-release leaks was me too, for similar reasons.

never attribute to malice what can be easily contributed to incompetence, or me.
 
2020-09-30 2:00:58 AM  
The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.
 
2020-09-30 4:39:07 AM  

karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.


Can you elaborate on that, because it doesn't really make sense. Couldn't the floor people just carry around pennies to give people change? And how did they convince folks that they didn't need to pay sales tax?
 
2020-09-30 4:46:52 AM  
When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.
 
2020-09-30 5:30:11 AM  

karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.


What a load of BS.
 
2020-09-30 5:45:04 AM  

karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.


Incoming history lesson from a quick google search for the idiot spouting shiat out of their ass:

The practice of odd pricing has been used for for more than a century. It's trackable as far back as 1875. At that time, a paper called the Chicago Daily News was founded. It sold for one cent. The problem was there weren't enough pennies in circulation. So the owner of the newspaper went to the retail stores who advertised in his paper, and asked them to lower the prices on their goods by one cent.

The merchants agreed to help the paper out.Then the newspaper owner had barrels of pennies shipped in from Philadelphia to provide the circulation of change. At the same time, distant merchants began shipping their products to the Windy City via the new railroads, giving the local stores competition. But those Chicago store owners noticed that the odd pricing helped them undercut these new competitors.

The odd pricing actually increased sales.


https://www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfl​u​ence/the-real-reason-most-prices-end-i​n-99-cents-1.4731238
 
2020-09-30 7:54:32 AM  
Giving free food samples from a live person creates the first half of an exchange, people feel obligated to buy it.

/some people
//not farkers
 
2020-09-30 7:58:58 AM  

lifeslammer: The odd pricing actually increased sales.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/undertheinflu​ence/the-real-reason-most-prices-end-i​n-99-cents-1.4731238


Around here I've noticed stores changing prices to these odd 86, 23 and 57 cent prices. What they've done is adjust prices so that after you add the tax, it comes to an even dollar amount.

They don't have to handle coins at all.
 
2020-09-30 8:07:36 AM  
"Clothing stores use mirrors to make you feel bad about yourself, so you'll buy more clothes."

...ooooorrrrr, they have mirrors so you can see what you look like wearing what you're thinking about buying.
 
2020-09-30 8:16:51 AM  
The potato chip bags are full of air because it helps the chips stay in one piece during shipping.

/I smell another "snozzberry is the head of a penis" level of making up bullshiat to pad out a list
 
2020-09-30 9:05:28 AM  
People actually prefer the taste of pepsi to coke?   Thats nasty.
 
2020-09-30 9:34:31 AM  

Explodo: People actually prefer the taste of pepsi to coke?   Thats nasty.


on direct comparison of one sip pepsi is sweeter, so people vote that way, but you can't drink a glass of that crap
 
2020-09-30 10:37:41 AM  
The problem is the difference between shopping and buying.  I never shop.  I go to a store knowing what I need in advance.   Go in get my item(s), pay and get out.  Shopping is the problem. Folks go to a store with a need but then wind up exploring and looking around.

buy not shop will save you monies.
 
2020-09-30 11:06:27 AM  

Esroc: When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.


They've had 3 owners in the last three or four years. It was either the second or third one that made it even worse, depending on which particular new deficiencies you're talking about.
 
2020-09-30 11:27:25 AM  

Fireproof: Esroc: When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.

They've had 3 owners in the last three or four years. It was either the second or third one that made it even worse, depending on which particular new deficiencies you're talking about.


I miss after hours that was a good little show
 
2020-09-30 11:31:31 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Fireproof: Esroc: When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.

They've had 3 owners in the last three or four years. It was either the second or third one that made it even worse, depending on which particular new deficiencies you're talking about.

I miss after hours that was a good little show


You should look up the story of what happened with all of that. The cast have done podcasts and stuff where they discuss Cracked's slow implosion that ousted all of them in one manner or another. The drama surrounding that is almost as entertaining as the shows used to be.
 
2020-09-30 11:34:06 AM  

Esroc: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Fireproof: Esroc: When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.

They've had 3 owners in the last three or four years. It was either the second or third one that made it even worse, depending on which particular new deficiencies you're talking about.

I miss after hours that was a good little show

You should look up the story of what happened with all of that. The cast have done podcasts and stuff where they discuss Cracked's slow implosion that ousted all of them in one manner or another. The drama surrounding that is almost as entertaining as the shows used to be.


Hmm, do you know the specific episodes of specific podcasts?
 
2020-09-30 11:45:31 AM  

Fireproof: Esroc: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Fireproof: Esroc: When did Cracked get even worse? It was already pretty bad but they've somehow managed to fine tune their website into and even more ridiculous fustercluck.

They've had 3 owners in the last three or four years. It was either the second or third one that made it even worse, depending on which particular new deficiencies you're talking about.

I miss after hours that was a good little show

You should look up the story of what happened with all of that. The cast have done podcasts and stuff where they discuss Cracked's slow implosion that ousted all of them in one manner or another. The drama surrounding that is almost as entertaining as the shows used to be.

Hmm, do you know the specific episodes of specific podcasts?


Not really. Start with Michael Swain's podcast (Small Beans) where Daniel O'Brien is the guest. Probably one of his most watched on his YouTube channel so shouldn't be hard to find. That one is very specific about beef between Swaim and DOB, but gives the cliff notes of what was going on behind the scenes at the company that exacerbated their falling out and you can jump off from there.
 
2020-09-30 11:49:04 AM  
I worked for this very (very!) high-end jeweler on Palm Beach. I overheard this trick more than once, he would LEND five and six digit jewelry to women OVERNIGHT.

"It's friday night, you and your husband are going out tonight, right? Take it with you, wear it tonight, see if you like it..."

I'm pretty sure it was never stolen, and sold more often than not.
 
2020-09-30 12:08:21 PM  

brainlordmesomorph: I worked for this very (very!) high-end jeweler on Palm Beach. I overheard this trick more than once, he would LEND five and six digit jewelry to women OVERNIGHT.

"It's friday night, you and your husband are going out tonight, right? Take it with you, wear it tonight, see if you like it..."

I'm pretty sure it was never stolen, and sold more often than not.


probably insured for twice the value
 
2020-09-30 3:14:18 PM  

Jack of All Games: karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.

Can you elaborate on that, because it doesn't really make sense. Couldn't the floor people just carry around pennies to give people change? And how did they convince folks that they didn't need to pay sales tax?


I guess if you're a salesperson willing to screw over the retail store by selling the item for cash, you're not going to be too concerned about the sales tax, right?
 
2020-09-30 3:16:53 PM  

toetag: The problem is the difference between shopping and buying.  I never shop.  I go to a store knowing what I need in advance.   Go in get my item(s), pay and get out.  Shopping is the problem. Folks go to a store with a need but then wind up exploring and looking around.

buy not shop will save you monies.


Yup. When I go buy groceries, I have my list. I rarely stray from the list.
 
2020-09-30 3:53:21 PM  

Thosw: The potato chip bags are full of air because it helps the chips stay in one piece during shipping.

/I smell another "snozzberry is the head of a penis" level of making up bullshiat to pad out a list


I bought a bag of Cheddar Cheese Chips at Wawa that the potato chip plant over filled. It was to the tippy top filled. I didn't have a bag of broken chips.
 
2020-09-30 3:57:06 PM  

dericwater: Jack of All Games: karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.

Can you elaborate on that, because it doesn't really make sense. Couldn't the floor people just carry around pennies to give people change? And how did they convince folks that they didn't need to pay sales tax?

I guess if you're a salesperson willing to screw over the retail store by selling the item for cash, you're not going to be too concerned about the sales tax, right?


My question was more about the response when the customer asks about sales tax (you'd be hard pressed to find someone that isn't aware of it as an extra cost).

But since the statement, unsurprisingly, seems to be debunked it's not really worth discussing further.
 
2020-09-30 5:03:12 PM  

Explodo: People actually prefer the taste of pepsi to coke?   Thats nasty.


I can tell the difference by smell, let alone taste. I am definitely not a super-taster and don't even drink that much soda. I continue to find it hard to believe people can't tell they're drinking Coke or Pepsi when they do these blind taste-test things.
 
2020-09-30 7:20:02 PM  

fallingcow: Explodo: People actually prefer the taste of pepsi to coke?   Thats nasty.

I can tell the difference by smell, let alone taste. I am definitely not a super-taster and don't even drink that much soda. I continue to find it hard to believe people can't tell they're drinking Coke or Pepsi when they do these blind taste-test things.


I don't think they actually tell them it's Coke and Pepsi, but rather two different "Brand X." I can tell when something is "not Coke" or "not Pepsi", but I'm not sure I could positively identify either as a mystery brand.  Expectations, or lack thereof, can have a big effect on blind tests.
 
2020-09-30 8:30:52 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: "Clothing stores use mirrors to make you feel bad about yourself, so you'll buy more clothes."

...ooooorrrrr, they have mirrors so you can see what you look like wearing what you're thinking about buying.


Cracked readers tend to believe that dogs are judging them
 
2020-09-30 9:46:24 PM  

Jack of All Games: karl2025: The price tag ending in .99 instead of .00 does impact spending, but its primary purpose was to keep sales people from selling stuff on the floor and move all sales to the cash register where it could be tracked easier. It's a loss prevention thing, not a price gouging thing.

Can you elaborate on that, because it doesn't really make sense. Couldn't the floor people just carry around pennies to give people change? And how did they convince folks that they didn't need to pay sales tax?


One of the reasons I heard/read once about 99 cent vs $1 was back in the day when a cashier rung something up for 99 cent and having to give back a penny (which was real money back then) the bell would ring on the drawer so management would know the drawer was being opened. a $1 item just pocked the cash and no change back no bell dings. Something like that and I guess before sales tax was a thing.
 
2020-10-01 11:06:01 AM  
People are easy to manipulate.
 
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