The same pricing strategies that vendors use to increase sales and profits and also yield substantial savings for consumers. Some are obvious, others not so much. This section looks at those opportunities for consumers to save money.
Vendors often aggressively discount larger sizes of perishable discretionary products, and sharing/splitting is an easy way to save money.
Some vendors will offer discounts to "heavy users" that are prepared to jump a hurdle in the form of joining an affinity program and carrying a card.
Hollywood uses some advanced pricing strategies to increase profits, but they also selectively discount and you can save money if you know where to look.
Ever fallen so in love with what you were saving that you paid less attention to what were you getting, and ended up with something you didn't need or want?
It's easy to assume that packages or bundles provide some kind of special value but they're playing tricks on you. Save money by not falling for it.
Patience, and the ability to wait, can mean lower prices. What situations tend to reward patience?
Understanding how, when and why manufacturers use "stealth" prices increases – raising prices without (they hope) you noticing.
The idea of charging more for less might seem preposterous but with a little misdirection that changes what we consider value it's actually quite easy.
Vendors often try and hide price increases by reducing the contents of standard package sizes and keeping the price the same. Here is a real-world example.
Electronic books clearly cost less to produce and distribute but often sell for as much or more as the printed version. Why are ebooks so expensive?