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Macy's underhanded pricing scheme
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Date: 8/27/11 12:29 PM

I purchased this pretty pair of tri-colored hearts earrings for my daughter last week.



The "original" price was $200, then they went on clearance for $74.50 and with an additional 20% coupon, they became $59.60. But the price ticket looked strange:




Then when I lifted this sticker, much to my dismay:



I think this is a form of price-gouging, even if the price of tri-color gold supposedly doubled in value. I will definitely bring to the attention of the jewelry department of my nearby Macy's.

Any thoughts?

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Date: 8/27/11 12:34 PM

that is a scam. Our prices on jewelery just went up 10% . That is a 50% up up up up and away!!!!!!!!!. At least you could say you paid full price for them with the coupon.

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Date: 8/27/11 1:07 PM

I noticed something weird like that the other day at Khols. It wasn't with jewelry, but with purses, I think. The price tag had a manufacturer tag with a price of like 39.99. Khols put their 49.99 tag right over it. They didn't even really try to hid the lower price.

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Date: 8/27/11 1:23 PM

I just got ahold of the manager of the jewelry/handbag/accessories department. "No, it's not a scam (which I told her directly what I saw seemed like)...". She sounded apologetic and explained that they were directed to increase the prices, which is a "nationwide" thing and that not just jewelry was affected. I kindly told her that doubling the original price to obtain the "new original" price did not sit well with me.

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Date: 8/27/11 2:07 PM

I noticed this at Target over a year ago. They use to put the price on their tags and I noticed new stickers over the tags. I've noticed now that tags no longer seem to have prices on them. More convinient to raise prices with only changing one sign than each individual piece. They use to price things based on what it cost to make plus mark up. While I get marking up new items, I don't like that they mark up existing items. I get that their overhead costs increase but so do ours. Just because gas costs double what it did when I bought my car doesn't make my car more valuable. JMHO

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Date: 8/27/11 6:03 PM

There's been stories about this on the news.

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Date: 8/27/11 6:09 PM

I think you ought to check California state law. I'm not up to date on this, but a friend who works in retail told me that it used to be illegal here to paste stickers over the existing price. She said you had to put the current sticker on the naked base of the tag or whatever. And you couldn't just line out the original price and write the new, higher price over it, either.

Things might have changed, but it's worth looking into.

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Date: 8/27/11 6:52 PM

in my store we have to take the tickets off and put new one's on.

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Date: 8/27/11 7:03 PM

I love stores that overprints a sale price on the original tag! It's a psychological ploy....Nordstrom does this during their special sales ( not so much regular markdowns). Legally, they have to tell you that price will go up after a certain date.

Macy's was involved in a huge "false sale" scheme back in the 90's.

Belk Stores don't have a rack in the store, barely,, without a 30-40% off sign.

I think it's ok to price at whatever they want....but false sale pricing really bothers me. If it never offered at the original price, then it was never a true market price.

Your situation is a complete flip on this problem.
-- Edited on 8/27/11 7:04 PM --

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Date: 8/27/11 8:02 PM

The price of gold has skyrocketed in the past year. Macy's probably wanted to cash in on the trend.

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