I bought the shoes! The shoe guy stretched out my pink sole mates in the right foot so they fit much better. Still need a little wearing in, but I think they’ll be just fine.
And yes, I asked for 50 percent off and he couldn’t help me out. Believe me I made my case – gently – more than once. In the end I decided paying $111 (orig $170) for the pair – that’s 40 percent off – was worth it.
However, the entire experience brought up a major spending issue. Here’s what happened.
When the salesman rung me up it was well after noon.
“This is my first sale of the day,” he said.
“You’re kidding,” I said.
“Nope, and it’s like this at the other stores, too.”
“But the entire store is 30 percent off,” I said, pointing to a newly-posted sign.
I couldn’t help but wonder if shoppers have gotten so used to getting 20 or 30 percent off that nothing seems like a deal until the price is at least half off. I mean, even 40 percent off on a pair of shoes I loved wasn’t enough to push me to purchase them on the spot!
Are all the sales and coupons making us desensitized to discounts?