IRISH CONSUMER advocate Eddie Hobbs should analyse these cost-saving tactics that shopkeeps and merchants around the world hate.
- Buying loss leaders as you float through the aisles and then leaving.
- Using credit and paying it off on time.
- Saying NO to the extended warranty.
- Activating your SIM-free phone without insurance.
- Seeing products in the shops but buying products online.
- Buying one item when you can get two of the same for five euro.
- Opening a store credit card to get a discount, then cutting up the card.
- Using websites to track 30 day price guarantees.
- Buying seasonal items at clearance prices for the next year.
- Buying "Accessories" on Ebay rather than paying huge mark-ups.
Not all of these tactics are obvious cost-saving ideas. But the motivation behind them--consumer empowerment--is worth nurturing.
The Consumerist -- "Ten Shopping Tricks That Stores Hate"