The next time you go shopping at a supermarket or a grocery store, keep an eye out on these psychological tricks they use to get us to fill up our carts, max out our credit cards, and splurge on things we don't need. From the size of their shopping carts to giving out free food samples, stores and supermarkets have slowly perfected the art of making people spend their hard-earned cash. Check out these 19 tricks we are totally guilty of falling for (yes, even the savviest of shoppers!).
#1. You got to the supermarket or the grocery store to buy milk and eggs and wind up spending $30 worth of candy at the very last minute.
How do they do that? You weren't even planning on getting a bag of Reese's pieces! Well, it's quite simple, in fact. Supermarkets and grocery stores figured out that if you push candy and soda at checkout, people will get tempted into buying some last minute snacks and soda pops while they wait. Very sneaky indeed.
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#2. There are tons of psychology tricks they use to get you to buy stuff, which is why the placement of their products is so important.
Snacks and produce items can be found close to the store's entrance, and they're placed at hands reach so you can touch them, inspect them, and weigh in your options. You may think you're just checking out a product, but they know customers are more likely to buy a product if they were able to touch it and examine it.
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#3. Whenever we see a particular item almost sold out, it makes us question if we should get one before they run out of it.
We know the stores are just going to restock eventually, but somehow, we feel like we need to take advantage and get one before they're all gone.