So where are the bargains?
I keep seeing articles proclaiming that “no one in their [sic] right mind” is paying asking price for anything, anywhere. To those authors: From what planetary bureau do you hail? Where are the bargains, and where is the bargaining?
I can’t click an offer into my Amazon Shopping Cart. I haven’t the nerve to ask Safeway to drop the price of Fancy Feast, but I can go to Target, where it’s $.08 a can cheaper. I looked for a t-shirt at Target and decided that Target had become too upscale for me–but I didn’t ask anyone if I could buy one for less than the marked price. I’ve never seen anyone else do this, either.
Shopping is already enough of a blood sport. I can’t imagine engaging in a price war with a series of floor personnel, and then work my way up to some managerial potentate with the awesome power to just say “no.”
Really, is anyone finding it a routine matter to negotiate prices of ordinary household items in regular stores? Does anyone have any money for anything else?
Is anyone going to Nordstrom and making an offer on a pair of shoes and matching Jason Wu gown? How about prescriptions–is anyone finding any giveaways on Prempro? My pharmacist doesn’t seem too open to offers.
Maybe it’s a New York thing that hasn’t hit the West Coast yet.
Tip: If you’re headed for the Puget Sound region with limited cash or maxed-out credit, bring your lunch and a coat. No bargains here.