Comments: Math giveth and math taketh away

I'm sorry to say I think you're overreacting. That's how stores apply discounts. When you see a sign for an extra 10% off, it is always off the already discounted price. No one ever adds percentages together. It's not the way it works!

Posted by beth at July 20, 2005 01:26 PM

Personally, I find it hard to imagine what reaction could be less dramatic than griping on a blog. Anyway, it's still sneaky, no matter how many stores do it. The advertisement gives a clear impression of "20% off!", which sounds better than 19% off (small though the difference may be) and thus has a greater PR value than an ad that explained the deal more clearly.

Posted by Francis at July 24, 2005 11:54 AM
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