“Up to 50% off, closing down sale” so read a notice in a shop window. In fact it’s just the ladies clothing department of this particular store that is closing down. Its sister store in another town in the county, closed so many years ago, I cannot remember when it was.
When everywhere else in the UK was selling off ‘up to 70% off’ in January, this shop was offering ‘up to 20% off’ prices. What I found when I checked out the ‘bargains’ then,was most of the general stuff on offer suffered with a lack of flair and style.
I made a mental note of the prices of a couple of garments of interest, and considered that other items were still very expensive for what they were. Most of this stock had been brought in October/November 2007.
Today, there was still one of the garments of interest to me for sale. I noted the ticket price, and discovered it was marked up double the original price. I know this because I bought the same garment, a quilted coat, February 2008, in fact I was wearing it! (I still have the receipt for the coat). I checked the other prices and they too had been doubled up. An item originally costing £12.50 had a price tag of £25, and so it went on.
Usually I would be sympathetic to a contracting local business. Any empathic feelings I may have had, have totally evaporated now.
The retailer was really caught out today and, by the time I left the store,(having been exceedingly polite) he knew it.