A Reminder To Double-Check The Maths On Sales Catalogues

You open your mail and, oh, nifty, $40 off a $150 purchase! Or $30 off $100, which is, actually, wait a minute — better? With the holidays bringing out the hunger in stores, it's a good time to double-check their maths.

Image via Ed Yourdon.

Reader ejlightning pointed us to a catalogue from Express, which promised a few different levels of savings in smaller and smaller fonts. Something didn't quite seem right, though, and pulling out the calculator, the truth came out: the deals were actually reversed to make big spending seem more appealing (shocker, we know).

If we run the numbers quickly we get:

  • $20 off $US50 is 40% off
  • $30 off $US100 is 30% off
  • $40 off $US150 is 26.7% off

Keep it in mind when you're thinking about deals at the big stores, where it seems like you can get all your holiday shopping done —it's not their job to show you accurate savings, or even keep the maths straight.

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