The sneaky way retailers trick you into spending

Here are some of the key tactics that retailers use so you can keep an eye out for them and stay on budget.

“Try before you buy” is a popular retailer tactic, especially when you  try the product on the spot, as you might feel more obligated to buy  right then.

Free Samples

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BOGO deals, like Buy One Get One Free and Buy One, Get One ½ off, are  another common trick. The goal is to encourage you to stock up or have  extras to keep on hand as gifts.

Free shipping thresholds

Shoppers universally hate to pay for shipping, so when a retailer offers free shipping if we spend a certain amount, we often buy more  just to reach the threshold.

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Some retailers charge restocking fees or only give a percentage of credit back.

Deceptive return policies


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