Furniture Store Sales are Fake? Surely not!
Hey everyone. Hope you’re having a fun or relaxing Saturday, whichever you prefer. I’m more in need of the relaxation this weekend as the kids have managed to drive Mrs.B and I a little crazy this week with their seemingly endless amounts of energy and quite deafening foghorn voices. I honestly don’t know how such small children can create so much noise, though on the rare occasion that I’m foolish enough to upset Mrs.B, I quickly see where they inherited the voice from!
There’s been a bit of an uprising by the office of fair trading this week about the permanent ‘up to 70% off’ sales that exist in almost all of the major furniture retailers across the country. I do find it a little odd that it takes a professional regulating body an absolute age to recognise and act on a problem that most of us know has existed for at least the past decade but better late than never hey.
They’re investigating whether sofa companies and also carpet companies are deliberately inflating the price of their products in order to then ‘slash’ the price of a new sofa by hundreds of pounds to entice us into the store, drawing us into a purchase because we believe that we are ‘saving’ a fortune. Like I say, it is good that the regulators have finally decided to take action on the issue but do any of us really believe that these sales are actually genuine anyway? Especially when the ‘SALE NOW ON’ banners are permanently on display outside of stores gathering dirt and the ‘Limited Time Only’ adverts are on the television almost every day, of every week, of every year?
It has restored my faith that one day we might see some action over the shrinking size of the Big Mac and Mars Bars though.
Are there any other pressing issues you’d like them to investigate whilst they’re on a role? Sorry for the Saturday sarcasm
I’d just like to let everyone know that Money Bulldog will be Hosting our first ever blog carnival next week and I hope you’ll all find the time to submit an article for inclusion! The carnival we’re hosting is the Carnival of Financial Planning and you can submit your post over at BloggerCarnivals.com
Also, thanks to the following sites for mentioning Money Bulldog recently, if I’ve missed anyone then let me know and I’ll add you in!
My Own Advisor ~ Weekend Reading – Vacation time edition
Life & My Finances ~ I Burned 1,224 Calories Today…and the Weekly Round-Up
Fearless Men ~ Fearless Men’s Most Wanted
Money Smart Guides ~ The Round Table – August 16, 2013
Marotta on Money ~ Financial Smorgasbord: Carnival #14
Single Moms Income ~ Freelance Jobs, August 10th 2013