Are You Being Held in Rebate Ransom – Sales Tactic #4

September 17, 2007

We have your money!  We’ll give it back if you follow these specific steps.  Make one mistake and we’ll keep the cash! Sound like a ransom note to you?  Think again, it’s actually the crumpled rebate receipt in your wallet!  When you buy something with a mail-in rebate the seller is holding the money you […]

Come On! Buy it Now, You Can Pay Later – Sales Tactic #3

September 14, 2007

Think back to a shopping trip where you almost made a purchase but wisely walked away because you couldn’t afford it.  Bad news, the marketing gurus have found a way to stop that from happening!  When your better judgment screams NO, they use the “Buy Now, Pay Later” sales tactic to ease you into a big […]

You’ll Be Sorry If You Don’t….. – Sales Tactic #2

September 13, 2007

What emotion could make you sign a blank check with no questions asked?  How about FEAR?  It makes us do crazy things.  Sellers use this tactic to scare us into spending money.  If you don’t spend money for this now, You’ll Be Sorry, later!  Sound familiar? If so, you may have fallen victim to the […]

Beware of Sales Tactic #1 – Don’t Miss Out!

September 12, 2007

Have you ever bought something in haste simply because you were afraid it would be too late if you didn’t pull the trigger immediately? If so, then you’ve been bitten by the first tactic in the Sales Tactic Revealed series, “Don’t Miss Out”.  Sellers use this strategy to spring you into action by creating the illusion you’re […]

Sales Tactics Revealed – Win the War Over Your Paycheck

September 10, 2007

You can’t follow a budget!  You don’t have self control! You can’t manage your money!  You, you, you……  Money Foolish?Is it really all about you?  Is it all your fault?  As we go through life, we don’t always do what we’re “supposed” to do with our money.  When things don’t go right financially, we tend […]

Why Do Car Dealers Have to Shout At Us to Sell Cars?

August 25, 2007

Why is it that car dealers think it’s necessary to yell at us in their radio ads? It seems like every car lot commercial I hear is the same. “WE ARE LIQUIDATING OUR INVENTORY; EVERY CAR ON THE LOT MUST GO!! BAD CREDIT, NO CREDIT, NO PROBLEM! WE FINANCE EVERYONE!” I have never gone to […]

Blockbuster vs Netflix: Why You Should Sign Up For Both

July 24, 2007

How can you save money on movie rentals by signing up for both Blockbuster online and Netflix? It’s pretty simple really, the battle between Blockbuster and Netflix in the home movie rental industry gives you a lot of leverage as a consumer. You can use this leverage to get free and cheap movies. Enjoy Free MoviesBoth […]

How to Save Money on Services By Spying on Business Owners

July 7, 2007

Business owners are always looking to maximize the amount of money they can earn from the services they provide.  Get inside their heads and you can save money on your next trip to their establishment.  Here is a quick example case study on how to save money on haircuts. Hair Cut SavingsAt the top of […]

5 Simple Ways You Can Create Competition that will Benefit Consumers

April 27, 2007

Low price competitors lost me over $100 this week! eBay was running a 24 – hour auction promotion for sellers and as I priced and listed items for sale late into the evening, I was reminded of why competition is great for consumers. Low Price Strategy My competitive strategy on eBay is pretty simple, sell […]

Maximize Your Time, Money, & Opportunities. Stop Buying Stuff!

March 13, 2007

I’m never buying anything ever again! We just spent our weekend doing some spring cleaning and turned a jumbled messy room into an organized basement. This is what I learned from the experience. Stuff Wastes Time We spend time shopping for, buying, storing, organizing, and eventually getting rid of stuff. The more stuff we buy, […]

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