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Regarding "up to" deals

submitted on June 18, 2010 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests"
There has been lately a debate going around deals that have "up to X%" discount in the title. Some of these deals have been rejected while others are approved. There are even some that got prizes. I would like to bring this topic for discussion and also voice my own opinion about such promotions.

First of all, I believe that "up to" is a marketing trick that is designed to make you feel the promotion offers value. The label is very deceiving since the store can offer a very limited number of items for sale at a discount and then label it as "huge sale".

Not like this never happens with fixed discounts. I have seen stores raise prices and then offer a 30% site-wide sale. But the opportunities to trick shoppers with "up to" sales are much greater.

I am asking you all to take "up to" sales with a grain of salt. Look into what exactly is discounted and how much the discount is. When you submit "up to" deal, offer this additional information in the description so the shoppers (and members who vote) have it there to judge if the deal is hot or not.

Here is an example of a poorly described sale: http://www.buxr.com/deal/willi.....o-30_54071
I think deals like this don't offer enough value to stay on Buxr.

One way to improve an "up to" deal (in addition to some details in the description) is by adding extra coupons that give discount on top, or offer free shipping. Here is an example: http://www.buxr.com/deal/child.....-off_54202

Please let me know where you stand regarding "up to" sales, or if you have some ideas on what the submitters can do to present them better to everyone.
 

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  • 66843
    mcgirl4
    professor
    Posted by mcgirl4 on June 18, 2010
    [reply] 4 0
    I think every "up to" sale is different. However the sales I can't stand to see on Buxr that sometimes have the "up to" are the ones that appear to be ongoing clearance. Obviously every store around has clearance in one form or another. As Yan describes above any sale is definitely worth it if there is another % off.
  • 66845
    alvesher
    novice
    Posted by alvesher on June 18, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    thankyou for this post. Mr Green
  • 66847
    DebsFreebies
    professor
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on June 18, 2010
    [reply] 2 0
    It does clear things up a bit. I've been a bit wary of posting "up to" deals since most of them do seem to point to clearance items....isn't that the idea behind "clearance"?
  • 66892
    lootango
    professor
    11 9 1
    Posted by lootango on June 18, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    I'm fairly new here, but I try never to post an "up to" deal. You can almost always find those on most vendor website in the "sale" or "clearance" section. I guess if it were a crazy good, can't pass up kind-of sale, maybe I would. This is a tricky subject.
  • 66900
    Solstice
    professor
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    Posted by Solstice on June 18, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    If the sale offer is presented on the site as "up to 50%", but you notice the lowest discount possible is 30%, make the title/description 30%-50% off. That sounds like a decent sale and reasonable value.

    Granted, this does not help if the range is 10%-50% as an example, since the bottom end of the scale is most likely too low a value and may apply to the bulk of items offered.

    Note: Its up to the submitter to isolate the bottom end of the scale information and include it.
  • 81463
    Solstice
    professor
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    11 4 1
    Posted by Solstice on September 30, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    We are starting to see an influx of some new people submitting regularly, so I thought giving this a good bump would not hurt.
  • 89596
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on November 29, 2010
    [reply] 2 0
    Bumping up. Please read and add to your 'favorite' list for future reference.
  • 89624
    sweety_riya777
    journeyman
    4 1 1
    Posted by sweety_riya777 on November 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks
  • 120076
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on July 26, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Bump - this is a good topic to add to your "favorites."
  • 132231
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on November 23, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Bump again. This is a good read for anyone submitting deals
  • 136937
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on December 23, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Bumping up as I am seeing these submission popping up again. Here are a couple, both submitted by psplove:

    http://www.buxr.com/deal/levi-.....der_101147
    http://www.buxr.com/deal/banan.....ems_101156

    Please mention exact range in the title. Flag as inaccurate if you see a submission that doesn't mention it.
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    • bemicmom
      professor
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      Posted by bemicmom on December 25, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Many deals submitted which doesn't go to pending shows upto discounts either with shipping offer or extra % discount. Are those fine?
    • 137051
    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on December 25, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      Please flag them if we miss them, so they can be corrected.
      An accurate range should be provided for all such deals, as explained in this topic.

      Sometimes the stores use "up to" in their promotion when most items are actually discounted less than advertised. By posting a range, we are describing the true discount more accurately.
  • 137071
    DebsFreebies
    professor
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on December 25, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    "Up to" can be as little as 1% if you think about it...almost EVERY store could be an "up to" deal
  • 137076
    TheBest
    professor
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    Posted by TheBest on December 25, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I posted this deal Up to 80% off but how to figure out lowest percentage as store has new arrival, non- sale items also but still sale was one of the biggest sale in the year ,I did my best and I mention the price of the items in deal , so If anybody explain me how to figure out lowest percentage of sale ,I will be thankful.
    http://www.buxr.com/deal/child.....mum_101434
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    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on December 25, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      I just looked through the items and divided some of the sale prices by the original prices, and then subtracted from 100% to get an idea about the range of discounts. It's easier with some stores that actually post the % discount under each item, but Children's Place didn't do that to help us out.
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    • TheBest
      professor
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      Posted by TheBest on December 25, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      and it's very hard with store like wet seal where more than 1000 items in sale , today I was about to post sale of wetseal but due to this reason just skip.
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    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on December 26, 2011
      [reply] 1 0
      I agree, that one is tough. Just test some of them to get an idea, sometimes I sort by price and that might help to choose the test items.

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