Skip to comments.Higher prices: the big trend for back-to-school
Posted on 08/20/2011 8:10:05 AM PDT by bgill
Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall.
Some are using less fabric and calling it the new look. Others are adding cheap stitching and trumpeting it as a redesign. And the buttons on that blouse? Chances are you're not going to think it's worth paying several dollars more for the shirt just to have them.
Retailers are raising prices on merchandise an average of 10 percent across-the-board this fall in an effort to offset their rising costs for materials and labor. But merchants are worried that cash-strapped customers who are weighed down by economic woes will balk at price hikes. So, retailers are trying to raise prices without tipping off unsuspecting customers.
"Let the consumer trickery begin,"
(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...
Did your paycheck go up 15%? No. So who's did to cause this increase in price? Again, something smells.
This is along the same line as the ranchers in the drought stricken south have had to sell of their livestock at rock bottom prices but have you seen a decrease in the price of beef? No. Someone is getting rich and Mr. and Mrs. Average Consumer is getting the shaft.
Obama style inflation, worse than Jimmy Carter. At least with Carter, it was up front and open !
several weeks ago, Birds eye veggies in a steam bag were 10 for $10.00 yesterday the very same item was 5 for $10.00...I didn't buy much when I shopped yesterday but when I checked out my bill came to $107.00 for very little...
and I use to LOVE to do the weekly grocery shopping...NOT ANY LONGER.
But...the government says that there is no significant inflation, and anything is just a “blip”...so this article is entirely wrong.
HAHAHAHAHA HA HAAAAHAAAHAAA
As one who rarely cooks, I did pick up a few basics. Two months ago it cost just over $50. This week it is over $75 for the same items which are mostly store brand. Hubby and I eat out a lot. Splitting meals used to be cost effective as related to cooking for two. It is costing more today. They are charging almost $3.00 for iced tea!!
Simple solution to crappy made chinese clothes, Salvation Army!
Why would some one pay $40 for a pair of jeans that look like rags? Or cheap material that won’t make it past 3-4 washings?
Want the old worn look, buy used. But then again some of the clothes from the Salvation Army still have the brand name store price tags on them.
Would you pay $28 bucks for these jeans? Brand NEW from JC Penny’s.
I have old work pants in better shape than these, they just have paint on them.
Exactly. Or Goodwill, thrift stores or garage sales. Goodwill is the place to shop for prom gowns = $12.95 with the store tag still on them. That saves a decimal point, at least. One prom gown I bought was the same dress as in a movie! When the kids were little, everything they had was garage sale finds (except shoes and underwear). Most little kids outgrow their clothes before they outwear them and again, many times they're brand new. I could outfit mine for $20 a year each with really nice stuff. If I found something a couple sizes too large, I just packed it back until the next growth spurt. Of course, now days you have to factor in the price of gas so combining errands and mapping it out is a must.
Get used to it.
Ha, that’s $28 on sale and not counting shipping costs.
BTW, our houseguests are gone without so much as a thank you, kiss my behind or nothing. Now, to dig back out of the financial slump again and restock the pantry. Oh, well, chalking it up to a few brownie points and a good deed done.
and between Cornell, Ithaca College and Elmira College there's a LOT of good stuff that if not new, only worn once or twice
also Cornell has a Dump and Run sale every year from all the stuff left in the dorm rooms at the end of the year and THAT has some great stereo/hi-fi and refrigerators etc...
Some here were complaining about canned tuna. I figured it out that the small cans have gone from 7 1/2 oz. to 5 oz. and there's less meat to liquid. Bottom line is canned tuna is now costing $4 lb. drained!!! I really try to keep meats down to around $2/lb (which isn't working out so well these days) so that's one old staple that's off my list. I'd let my supply get low thinking there'd be the usual Easter sales but nooooo. Have you noticed most all the old annual sales are no longer?
Coffee has gone up, too - the last Folgers 300+ cups container I bought was a dollar cheaper than the 200+ cups container I bought last week.
Something else that stinks is the price of beef. Ranchers in the drought stricken south are selling their cattle off at rock bottom prices but have you seen lower prices at the store? No. And you're not going to because someone along the line is pocketing big profits and the consumer is getting messed over again. ABC did a segment on China eating more beef so I'm wondering if all our cheap beef is being exported to them while our prices go through the roof.
It's been weeks/months since there's been any really good weekly grocery sales ads. Why are groceries still printing ads if they're not going to have any sales? They pass the price of circulars on to their customers so give us a break already!
we are struggling harder in retirement than when we had two kids in college at the same time..and last night Obama and his wifey ate out!!!first day of vacation guys aren't you tired, didn't you need a rest...I wonder if she even know how to boil water.
today I canned pickles and before my night end I will be freezing corn...we have had an excellent garden. I mainly shop Giant Eagle..hate walmart and the price difference is not much different..so sad for our young adult just starting out.
living in Rural America is relaxing and the fresh country air is wonderful...we have neighbors from our former Ohio area who love to come and they always come in Sept. for just four days and we have enjoyed them, but last year the guy drained the beer frig. and the lady ate everything in site and even found choc. I had in a cupboard...
this year when the phone call comes in that they are ready for an R&R...hubby said to tell them were headed South to visit the kids...lol
Right when my garden was beginning to produce, it burned up in 105 temps. Every other day watering didn't help as it was just too hot so we didn't get anything in the freezer. I'd hoped to get in a fall garden but gave up on that, too. We're set to break the 1929 record this week with 70 days of 100+ temps.
I'm with you on eating out. It's 40 miles round trip to a restaurant. Not that we ate out much before, but it's rare now days - it's the lunchtime menu on birthdays and special occasions only.
oh I will get use to it...
there is no other way...
but then we know how to adjust and do with out...having lived through some tough time...and as we have aged...THINGS no longer matter...
Its the young folks today WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ADJUST and that includes my two adult kids..
a RUDE awaking awaits many...
In an inflationary economy wages lag
In many businesses, it is better to raise wages than endure the agony and expensive gamble on a new hire.
The best way to maintain a profitable albeit lower level of sales is to maintain the status quo. Some raises, same people.
I was a single divorced mom with no child support, not gov’t support, for 10 years, I made to much @ $3.50 an hr in a wire harness plant to qualify for even food stamps.
So we lived off rummage sales for clothes, only new things I bought were on sale shoes, socks and underwear.
And of course the better stuff came off the minute they came home from school and play clothes went on. They slept in their under wear in the summer, and home made flannel pj’s in the winter.
And they had sack lunches of Pb & J, with a small bag of cheap chips...from a larger bag, and money paid weekly for a half pint of milk.
Mine are grown now, and grands are getting grooming aides that I bought for the Register Rewards, which I bought toilet paper with, or other items needed. None of the things cost more than a $1 or more with the use of coupons. But will amount up to a lot by the time Christmas rolls around, they may not like it, but the ones in their 20-30 age range will, as it will be less out of their pocket for those items.
Right there with ya.