Art Vandelay wrote:It's not semantics. Their marketing has worked. Millions of people think they are saving money by running out and buying things on a certain day every year. Call it semantics if you want, but what has happened is they (Madison Avenue) have been able to practically change the very definition of the word "save" in people's minds. It's nothing more than a marketing ploy and it has worked to fool millions. Spending $400 is not saving no matter how you slice it.
Call it value then. If I decide I want a 60 inch Plasma HDTV, and the best price I can find all year is $3,000, but on Black Friday, I see one for $2,000, then I just got better value for my money than I could any other day of the year.
I actually agree with you if you're referring only to those people who bought something they normally wouldn't, due to a price slash on Black Friday. I did it last year myself. I bought a 1,000 watt DVD Surround Sound System for my television. Don't remember what I paid for it ($199 and it was $500+ the rest of the year if memory serves correct), so no, I didn't save $301+, I spent $199 that I wouldn't have normally spent. I did it because I felt I got solid value for my money at the time.
However, what you're saying does not hold true if someone was going to buy the product anyway. Waiting to get it on sale, is saving money if it's a product someone's going to purchase regardless of price. Case in point, Phatferd's laptop. He was going to spend $800 on a laptop, but chose to purchase it on Black Friday for $400. He did in fact save $400 since he was going to purchase it at $800 regardless.
Saving versus extra spending all depends on if the product was going to be purchased anyway. If it was bought simply due to price, you're right, no one technically saved any money, but if it was a product that was going to be purchased regardless of price, then it does count as saving money if they got it cheaper on Black Friday.
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Sick of those who are spineless.
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Sick of those who are hypocrites.
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Yes doctor, there will be blood.....