If you always got what you paid for, then “cheap premium” would be an oxymoron. But more and more, consumers are learning that inexpensive doesn’t have to equate to poor quality.
Sales of bottles of wine in the sub-$20 price range are soaring. And in related news, hundreds of people were recently given blind taste tests and asked to identify whether wines were cheap or expensive. Participants were right about half the time—the same odds as if flipping a coin.
With flash deals, shoppers can scoop up severely discounted merchandise by acting quickly. How quickly? Generally, deals are good only on the day they’re posted, and sometimes they can sell out in hours, or even mere minutes. Over the last few years, wine makers and sellers have gotten hooked on flash deals as a means to unload vintages …
In the recession era, the fastest-growing segment of the wine industry is in the $9-$12 range. High-end wineries, on the other hand, have found it nearly impossible to sell bottles for their $50 or $75 retail price. Consumers just aren’t splurging on wine the way they used to. Rather than mark down their merchandise and do permanent …
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You probably spend more on beer, cable, pets, day care, and health insurance than you think. And you wouldn’t believe what some couples will spend on their wedding day.
How does a $2.99 bottle of red wine from Trader Joe’s compare to a pricier competitor?
Walgreens is selling cans of its own private label lager, Big Flats 1901, for about 50¢ a pop. Bottles of wine have been going for as little as $4.
During a special promotion with group-buying site BuyWithMe, a $75 voucher for the wine-selling service WineDreamer.com is available for only $35—a discount of more than 50%. Vouchers are available through February 3, and can be used for wine-club membership, shipping, or any other wine orders. Vouchers must be used by April 28, 2011.
To avoid overpaying for wine, start by ignoring the restaurant sommelier trying to make you look like a tightwad for not falling for his upselling techniques.
Because most people have the whole day off from work on Christmas Eve, it’s expected to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Some 23 million shoppers are expected to be out there rounding up gifts today. But the recipients don’t need to know you waited until the last minute to buy their presents, do they?
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