Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dim Bulb Special

As I said this past Friday, the Kmart where my daughter works is closing. They had their first round of markdowns, as of Sunday. Anybody who knows anything about retail knows that the original markdowns don't even bring the items down to sale price yet. But the merchandise is flying out the door.

I was there looking around yesterday at some items, mainly dreaming. We were over at the Evil Big Box Store(tm) across the street on Monday. The item I was most interested in was still more expensive at Kmart even with the 10% discount.

Our daughter called us last night to tell us that this man was in the store on Saturday wanting to buy some coffee, which was on sale for $5.99. He decided to come in on Sunday when the going out of business sale began. The coffee then reverted to it's regular price of $6.99, minus the 10% discount of 70 cents. You do the math.

Funny thing is this is happening all over that store. I think this round of cuts is designed to give the employees a good laugh.

11 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

That is so funny.
I feel this same way about outlet malls. Never a good idea.

Leesa said...

Too funny!! Not much of a "sale!" Esp. since the man was in the store the day before and it was cheaper NOT on sale than on sale the next day! Oh well...

Have a great rest of the week!
Leese

Mike Golch said...

true,prices wre marked up that put on "sale"

Margaret said...

Here's a tip I learned- Many retail stores hire outside companies to run the going-out-of-business sales. They are almost never fair, and deals are scarce. One good way to tell if it's one of these companies is if the sale signs are yellow and black.

Jen said...

I think that should be illegal.

Wixy's Gone Bananas Daughter (soon to be former sears holdings employee) said...

Let me tell u what, that is not even the beginning of the stupid people. And the coffee wasn't on sale for 5.99 last week it was on sale for 5.49. I could keep you here all night with stories. Our sale prices beet Wal-Mart’s and targets most times. 10% off is nothing. And most people can't even figure 10% off. I have to do it for 'em. Then they are amazed I can do it in my head. Like I am magic or something. *roll eyes* When people in retail find out I am a teacher I get lectures about how America is dumbing down our youth. Right now I wouldn't call the youth Dumb. ha-ha. You can only imagine the break room conversation. We laugh a lot in there.

Michelle said...

The world seems to get stupider... so much for evolution? ;-)

Cliff... I have an award for you. :-) I'm putting it up on my blog now.

Mike Dane said...

I'm sad to see K-mart closing
those stores and I feel bad for
the employees.
I'm almost out of hope and I sure
as heck don't see any change.

Brenda said...

The kids got some pretty good deals yesterday though. My son's future In-Laws darn near bought out the store!!

Ben said...

We still have a K Mart and I hope it can hold on against that evil big box. But with moves like that super going out of business "markdown", maybe they deserve what they get.

Tracey Axnick said...

I see this all the time at the "going out of business" and "everything must go" type sales. The liquidators come in, raise all the prices, just so they can slap their big, neon colored, obnoxious clearance signs on them. Every now and then you can get a good deal but almost always I've found you pay more than the "regular price". Frustrating ....

I used to buy a lot of baby and kids clothes at the old Kmart years and years ago... but so much has changed. It seems Wal Mart has taken over the world.