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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friends Who Pay Full Retail

By Suzanne O'Connor

I am often perplexed by people who ONLY pay retail, ONLY buy at Boutiques and Department Stores.

Believe it or not, I have had several friends who only pay retail. They live in the best neighborhoods and eat at the trendiest restaurants. These guys only buy brand new, latest and trendiest at top dollar.

There is a time and a place to occasionally pay retail… but all the time?

Though they wouldn’t admit it to me, I think my “retail only” friends believe it’s below their station in life to bargain shop or it’s too much work …wait, don’t I make it easier? Maybe they don’t want to think they have to buy “cheap” stuff.  Maybe they just don’t trust anything that is sold at “off price” as being the real deal.

Maybe they don’t trust their own judgment. Maybe they make enough money where saving money isn’t worth it.

Occasionally one of these peeps shops at Ross or TJ Maxx. They are stunned at the 30%-60% savings.  They may occasionally shop at these standard shopper friendly outlets, but they don’t talk about it. And they would never go to a warehouse or sample sale where you actually save 60-90% on the same product. Maybe they shop the Black Friday sales on Amazon cause that’s now socially acceptable.

But I was raised differently. My mom had literally gone from riches to rags in her early 30’s. Learning hard lessons about quality and pricing when she had nothing, she raised me on the concept of value and quality. I, in turn, raised my daughter with the same value concept.

I guess I’ll l just have to get over the fact that some people don’t understand that you can have the best for less.

Shopping at real manufacturer outlets and sample sales feels like a victory.  It feels that way because you are beating the system and saving real money!  I like living better for less. Guess I’m just wired that way

I haven’t given up on my friends. Bit by bit I share my awesome finds at below retail. Bit by bit, I’ll win them over.

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