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It's amazing to me how many people are willing to criticize advertisements like this NOT because they themselves are affected and would succumb to the message, but because OTHER people might. In fact, I don't believe I have ever met ANYONE who admits to being affected by an advertisement enough to be compelled to rush out to a store and buy what is offered. Everyone I talk to is strangely unaffected by such advertisements and laughs them off.
Thus these complainers want to protect the stupid masses from themselves because they might be affected and want to go shopping. This begs the question, though, because perhaps the stupid masses actually WANT to go shopping. Evidence of the long lines would tend to prove this. Indeed, when such people are interviewed in line, they proclaim they are doing it because, "it is great fun."
The do-gooders here of course have the right to express their opinion, but the fact is it's none of their g.d. business.
If you want to go shopping, go shopping and don't worry about these totalitarian nut jobs who want to prevent you from going shopping because, you know, you really shouldn't, according to them, because they are so blessed with excess intelligence that they somehow "know better." Tell them to stick their heads where it is familiar, where the sun don't shine, and we'll all be happier for it.
Millions of things I am more appalled at than a JC Penny commercial.
Oh for sure but this isn't about those things.
There seems to be an aweful lot of "anti-consumerists" around. Given the boom is sales nationwide, I can't help but feel that some are just full of it.
Who is "full of it"
No they aren't deals really and no they don't know they are being ripped off. There are very few good deals on this day, the rest of them are no different than any other BIG SALE these stores advertise for. I was looking at Macy's website at mixers and the Cuisinart one I want is advertised ON SALE for $349 from $499 but on Cuisinart's website and Amazon it's $349 or cheaper year round, and Cuisinart has it priced all the time at Macy's "sale" price. Most people wouldn't even look at another site to price compare, they'd take the "sale" price and think they saved all that money when they really didn't. I always price compare!
The items are marked up from the beginning. This happens all over retail with certain "big ticket" items. Don't even get me started on the jewelry industry and the mark up there. Department stores are the second worst for marking things up beyond belief. I worked for Macy's but their stuff was so over priced. I always found the same stuff elsewhere for a fraction of the price.
Personally I love to shop at Ross, which is a store that carries stuff left over from major department stores or similar so you can find some awesome stuff there YEAR ROUND! There was a comforter set I wanted but on Macy's site it was $399 bucks and I found it at Ross for $58 bucks about 6mths later! I found a $45 Le Creuset clay lasagna dish for less than $6 on their clearance rack. I use that thing weekly, one of the best finds for a "new" discount item.
I save a lot by shopping these types of stores. I don't need one special day to get a deal.
I shop sales, bargain and second hand only. It is very very rare I buy clothing that is brand new. I even buy my sons clothes second hand because they are practically new and a fraction of what the stores charge.