Clothes Consumerism

Retail win

Dropped through Myer last Sunday (last day of their stocktake sale) to see if they had any nice work shirts or ties on special. I hate clothes shopping, but discounts numb the pain.

Saw a shirt I thought looked all right. Special price: $29.95. Pelaco, okay brand.

Take to counter. Extra super discount: rings up for $12.50.

This time, I win.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

12 replies on “Retail win”

I found a working cloths dryer and a small portable evaporative cooler as well as some tables, a fan, a metal bread keeper, and a steak knife set free for the taking at the curb/kerb. These things were not all found at the same time and place. I had to hand carry these treasures home as I don’t have a car yet. These things help when one comes into a new country with few possessions. I have seen used cloths dryers for sale around $200 or so. I have to wait for it to get hot to see if the evaporative cooler really works. After living in a hot and very humid climate I wonder if something so simple will really keep me cool or will I need to buy a “real” a/c unit.

Gotta love a bargain, daniel – I particularly love those surprise extra discounts when you already thought it was a bargain.

Congrats Jed on the nature strip shopping – some good (hopefully electically safe) pick ups there. Although, steak knife sets are always free, aren’t they??

I just came back from Hawaii and things are so cheap over there! All the best brands at the Ala Moana Shopping Mall and there is an outlet out of Honolulu that sells all the great labels at very low prices. I bought a pair of Nike Blazers at only US$80, when here they are $180.

Things are even cheaper in mainland USA. Everything in Hawaii has a long journey to get there. One can buy a house or apartment for under $100,000 in many American cities. A 20 OZ/600 ML bottle of Coke is about $1.25. The $600 kitchen food waste disposal I saw here in Melbourne would be about $125 in the US. Most newer homes in the US have one installed in the kitchen sink. There are many things that I find to be cheaper and better quality in Australia too.

My favourite personal experience has to be when we went to a local music retailer with around 16 or so CDs to buy on a day where there was a 10% off sale … the woman at the counter correctly divided these into groups of CDs at the same price, however rather calculate the final discounted price from the sum, she totalled up each bundle of CDs, applied the discount to the subtotal, added the next bundle, applied the discount to the subtotal … and so on, which ended up being a cumulative discount of around 40% we worked out later …

errrrr….. it’s too late for me to actually do any brain stuff but doesnt 10% off work out the same the way she did it, as opposed to if she just added up the subtotals then took 10% off that??

Stitch Sista, storyofstuff looks interesting, will take a look.

shell, I’m assuming Malcolm meant the lady added up batch 1 of the CDs, then applied the 10% discount, then added a few more, took 10% off the cumulative total, then a few more, then took 10% off again… it would add up fast to way more than 10% off for the entire purchase.

im with Jed on “everythings cheaper in america”. my mate has a F250 ute thats around 5yo. he could sell that ute here in australia and with that money fly to america, buy 2 last years dodge rams (which are better!) have them right-hand-drive converted, ship them back to australia, and still have money in his pocket.

hes been threatning to do this for a while but i think hes a bit attached to the effie now.

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