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Forum topic by Carloz posted 10-21-2017 03:55 PM 2136 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2017 03:55 PM

I see it all the time. It could work 20 years ago but public is very informed now so the trick makes the merchant look dumb. In order to avoid that they try preventing you from being informed, which makes it even dumber.
For example just got email from Acme with an “amazing” deal. $50 off Makita circular saw.

It does not list the model name and it is very hard to find it on the product page. If you do manage to find it you will see that this saw costs $99 without sale on all major suppliers sites.
Tricky huh? I wonder if anyone falls for this


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#1 posted 10-21-2017 04:02 PM

The short answer to your subject question is – yes.

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#2 posted 10-21-2017 04:04 PM

Unfortunately, there are a lot of naive buyers who would fall for this simple deceit, despite the availability of competitive information. If there weren’t, they wouldn’t continue to do it. I try not to buy from suppliers who practice this regularly but most all do it at one time or another.

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 04:32 PM

Actually almost everyone thinks everyone else is stupid and miraculously (well not really) almost all of them are correct.

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#4 posted 10-21-2017 04:37 PM

Remember, 50% of the people are below average!

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#5 posted 10-21-2017 04:55 PM



Remember, 50% of the people are below average!

- johnLT


Huh? What are the other 50%???
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#6 posted 10-21-2017 05:02 PM


Remember, 50% of the people are below average!

- johnLT

Huh? What are the other 50%???
(-:

- Carl10

If you don’t get an answer then apparently, not on this board haha :D

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#7 posted 10-21-2017 05:06 PM



I see it all the time. It could work 20 years ago but public is very informed now so the trick makes the merchant look dumb. In order to avoid that they try preventing you from being informed, which makes it even dumber.
For example just got email from Acme with an “amazing” deal. $50 off Makita circular saw.

It does not list the model name and it is very hard to find it on the product page. If you do manage to find it you will see that this saw costs $99 without sale on all major suppliers sites.
Tricky huh? I wonder if anyone falls for this

- Carloz

Possibly tricky or it’s a Makita deal that is being run from the manufacturer through all vendors so everyone will have the same price. I have seen that a lot.
Wait til the Acme promotion is over and then check the others sites and see if it’s still $99. Then you’ll know whether it’s a trick or legit.

As for Acme, they tend to run some kind of promotion every week but it’s usually not worth getting excited about.

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#8 posted 10-21-2017 05:11 PM


Remember, 50% of the people are below average!

- johnLT

Only 49.5% of people are below average, don’t over hype it!

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#9 posted 10-21-2017 06:07 PM

If you have any doubts about people being stupid, sign up for Facebook.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 10-21-2017 07:14 PM

Possibly tricky or it s a Makita deal that is being run from the manufacturer through all vendors so everyone will have the same price. I have seen that a lot.
Wait til the Acme promotion is over and then check the others sites and see if it s still $99. Then you ll know whether it s a trick or legit
- AZWoody


There are price tracking websites, like 3 camels. $99 is the average price fir this saw and has been for years.

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#11 posted 10-21-2017 07:33 PM



Remember, 50% of the people are below average!

- johnLT

Not to be picky, well, maybe a little.

Here are 10 numbers. They could even be unfortunate IQs:
0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 10

The average is 1 (10/10)

That means that 90% are below average.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 10-21-2017 08:32 PM

I like the one where they say buy one get the other at 50% off. People think the items are half price but it’s actually 25% off each item when you buy two. Sometimes I will say to a sales person. “oh, 25% off each item” and even they think it’s a half price sale.

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#13 posted 10-21-2017 08:53 PM



If you have any doubts about people being stupid, sign up for Facebook.

- Rick_M

ROFLMAO, so true sometimes.

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#14 posted 10-22-2017 12:21 AM

Poor old Wiley E. used Acme for all his gadgets and still never got the bird….... I’d stay away from those guys…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#15 posted 10-22-2017 01:39 AM

Almost like the harbor freight ads?

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