Radial medallion necklace (A5695, $88) – The color is called crystal. With sticker shock a regular occurence in The Crewniverse, $88 seemed inexpensive.
Length: 19″ with a 2 1/4″ extender chain for adjustable length.
Brass, zinc, glass.
Light gold ox plating.
Check it out on J Crew Is My Fav Store.
Ummm….Factory crystal dream catcher necklace (A7605, $54.50) – Very similar. It’s weird when they have versions of the same thing at retail & factory, at the same time.
We know that J. Crew changes their prices without notice. Many retailers do. It pains JCAs because we check the site daily and see the fluctuations. These days I rarely get frustrated about the flips. They exist. Instead I focus on the only math I love, sale math. I try to setttle on a general price I’d be comfortable with, hoping to be happy with that price, even if it goes down further. I start thinking about pricing when items are first released, which is why I never say so-and-so is worth full price. Awhile back I decided to not pay full price for anything, staying away from some of the insular hype that happens. looking at you rosette t-shirt, 08, 09? I try to keep in mind that we’re shopping these promos with online with Ebay resellers, in addition to each other. The Ebay factor also a consideration. And finally, it’s helpful to know if stock is low in an item because that will influence my price threshold.
I knew that this necklace had disappeared when it went to $68 on 2/11. I thought some of the 2/11 cuts were a little odd, in general. Promo prices usually end in .00, but there are a good number ending in .50. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting for an addtl % promo to kick in and I knew I’d jump on the jewelry promos if one was put up. We are used to seeing an addtl 30% off, so more math. The radial would be $47.60 at an addtl 30% off vs $51 at an addtl 25% off with the HEART214 promo that went up this morning. There’s only a $3.41 difference for 25% – 30% off. It sounds like some of you were waiting for better than 25% off, but the prices flipped overnite. I try to keep focused on the net discount, instead of the % amount. If I have a $300 order, 25% off is $75 saved vs $90 saved. The savings becomes a bigger deal, but can be negligible if you’re able to secure the items you want at 25% off.
What are your feelings about pricing? Do you feel retailers are really playing games with shoppers? Or could it be that we’re so invested in the pricing that we are taking their pricing strategies personally?