Watch out for Black Friday promotions – stores have cheated in the past

Black Friday is a colloquial term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. Many stores offer heavily promoted sales at discounted prices and often open very early, sometimes as early as midnight or even on Thanksgiving. However in the US, these promotions are truly grand and real. It is different in Poland, and companies often deceive customers by increasing prices.

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Shops can cheat customers

Black Friday is only in 2 days, and some companies implement whole weeks of offers for clients, eg Black Week. This has little to do with the US shopping holiday. The offers promoted by stores are often unattractive and sometimes even intended to deceive the customer. This has happened in the past – I write about the details in the next paragraph.

Interestingly, Twitter and Wykop users claimed that this could be the case with the latest promotion at MediaMarkt. However, it turns out that this information is incorrect. According to MediaMarkt, the headphones mentioned on Twitter did not constitute an offer under the Black Friday / Black Weeks campaign.

In addition, one of the Twitter users also noticed a possible Media Expert scam. The Philips TV set a dozen or so days ago cost PLN 3,999. Currently, the store wants to sell it for PLN 4,999, after the alleged reduction from PLN 5,699. Be careful with your money and such “promotions”. In this case, there is much more to lose than gain.

Black Friday scams in Poland are nothing new

Companies operating in Poland are great at “making customers into a balloon” on Black Friday. Let us recall a few high-profile examples from the last few years that will serve as a warning to buyers:

  • In 2015, Media Expert launched the “Night Discounts” campaign. The offer started at 19:00 on Black Friday. At first glance, everything looked OK to people who didn’t follow the prices. However, when the customer waited for days for a discount on the product, he could see that a few minutes after 7pm the price did not change. There was only an annotation about the supposed old, higher price.
  • Take Cortland as an anti-example, which in 2017 showed strongly inflated base prices of products, so that the customer thought that the price reduction was greater.

In order not to be deceived, you need to keep track of the prices of the desired products on the Internet. A website, fakefriday.pl, was even created to facilitate the detection of Black Friday scams.

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If you discover a fraud, it is worth reporting it to the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. You can write an e-mail there or call the hotline, which is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Let’s not let the stores deceive the customers!

Source: wykop, twitter, memisko


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