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I caught this news segment last night about Kohl’s and their alleged practice of marking up items before sticking the sale price on them. Generally speaking, I’m a Kohl’s fan; it was the one store I braved last Black Friday, and I have good luck with some of their clothing brands.
However, after seeing this piece, I am SO not surprised. I’ve suspected several stores of doing the same thing for years. It’s disappointing for sure, but again, not mind-blowing. The whole beast that is retail sale culture has become so intense and out of control, that I won’t put anything past anybody these days.
Not to say this is right, because it’s NOT. We, as consumers, should not be duped into thinking we’re gettting a great deal when we’re not. But I am glad that this issue is being talked about, as it will hopefully shed light on how crazy the whole sale thing has become. I grew up as a bargain shopper, and I understand the thrill of the hunt. But after seeing closet upon closet of sale items stacked up and rarely (if ever!) worn, I believe we all need to step back, take a deep breath, and ask ourselves why we are buying said item. Because if it’s purely for the pricetag, we now know that may not be the real deal.