13 Things Your Mall Salesperson Won’t Tell You
For boxing day or your last rush of Christmas shopping, discover the sneaky, smart ways you can save money shopping at your favourite mall.
1. If Your Cart Hits a Bump, Proceed Carefully.
Some retailers are adding raised floor tiles and carpet to certain areas because they make you walk more slowly, giving you extra time to check out the goods. Studies show it can boost your spending by up to eight per cent.
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2. A Cart Isn’t Always Your Friend
If you can, skip the shopping cart altogether, or at least carry a smaller basket. Studies show that you buy up to 40 per cent more if we double the size of your cart, because you subconsciously want to fill it.
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4. We Often Have Better Deals on Weekdays
Remember this, because it’s true all year round. Between Monday and Friday is when new merchandise comes, so we do markdowns then. Plus, foot traffic is slow and we’re trying to bring people into the store.
5. Consider Kiosks Deals Carefully
If something sold at a mall kiosk catches your eye, remember this: Kiosks pay the highest rent per square foot, so chances are you’re not getting a bargain.
7. Please Don’t Shop Alone
We love to see you come in with your friend or husband. When you have company, you always buy more.
8. Don’t Be Surprised by Bad Customer Service
Most retailers barely train their workers, pay them close to minimum wage, and ask them to do everything from cleaning toilets to unloading merchandise. The average length of employment: 90 days.
10. Clearance Areas are Carefully Designed
We want you to feel like you’re on a treasure hunt. There are some amazing buys. But we also know that after searching the racks for 20 minutes, you’ll likely decide something is a treasure even if it isn’t.
11. Keep Your Receipt
After you buy something, pay attention. If the price drops within a certain number of days, many of us will refund the difference.
13. Waiting a Few Minutes Could Save You Money
When you’re ordering online, especially if you’re shopping for jewelry, here’s a tip for just before you hit “place your order”: Cancel it. Some retailers will send you a person email a few minutes later offering a 10 or 15 percent discount if you go back and make the purchase.