Deep discounts may move inventory, but at what cost?

Nov 24, 2022
Customers love sale prices — but they can pose real risks for retailers and manufacturers.
Markdowns often hurt the profit margins of retailers. Meanwhile, stores are facing higher costs.
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Do consumers expect discounts when inflation is running hot?

Feb 18, 2022
President's Day weekend is usually marked by sales. But both supply chain shortages and inflation are complicating the hunt for a bargain.
Walmart reported strong earnings this week, as consumers try to find bargains at a bargain-scarce time.
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Inside the world of fake discounts

What would you fake to save a little money?
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Restoration Hardware — a classier way to discount?

Mar 29, 2016
Is the chain's new "Grey Card" a pitch to exclusivity or just more discounting?
Restoration Hardware is offering discounts on customers' purchases through a new membership program.
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The recession changed how we shop

Sep 1, 2015
Retailers must deal with frugal customers who grab deals and dash.

The thrill of the hunt for discount prices

Nov 18, 2014
Why don’t aggregators compare prices of retail items like clothing? Because neither retailers nor shoppers really want them to.

Why I don't need a senior discount

Feb 15, 2013
Senior citizens get to purchase a host of goods and services at prices 10-20 percent lower than their under-5o counterparts. But commentator Lorie Eber says it's time for senior citizens give up their discounts.

For public good, not for profit.

Gift cards give retailers a boost

Aug 21, 2012
Retailers make money by selling gift cards to be redeemed at other stores.

Overdoing the discounts

Dec 23, 2011
Who doesn't love a discount? Commentator Kristina Wong has benefited from group discounts on everything from meals to shoes to massages. But even she has a limit.

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