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Inflation and deceptive discounts loom over holiday shoppers

By Mitchell Consky, writer

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    Toronto, Ontario (CTV Network) — As inflation continues to weigh down Canadian spending, a retail expert says deceptive discounts based on higher regular prices could mislead shoppers this holiday season.

Bruce Winder told CTV News Channel on Sunday that consumers can expect to see “a lot of sticker shock” in retail stores in the coming months.

“You’re going to see a lot of discounts but a lot of those discounts will be based on higher regular prices year-over-year because of inflation,” he said.

“My hypothesis is that consumers are going to start [holiday shopping] early and they’re going to really cherry-pick discounted items.”

Unlike last year, when retail stores faced supply chain shortages, Winder explained that retailers have stacked in excess inventory for this holiday season.

“[Retailers] had to make calls about a year ago before inflation popped up and the economy [took a] hit. So retailers had those big bets and they all arrived,” he said.

Winder added that these retailers are going to have to discount that excess inventory significantly to “move it out,” and consumers should shop around if they’re hunting for deals.

Statistics Canada’s latest consumer price index report shows that Canada’s annual inflation rate in September lowered slightly to 6.9 per cent from 7.0 per cent in August.

This is a smaller decrease than economists anticipated given hiked-up interest rates from the Bank of Canada, and while economic projections of a technical recession have added to the storm of soured consumer sentiment, some consumers are concerned that retailers are bumping up costs to mitigate financial pressures later on.

“Retailers will mostly try to pass on cost increases when they can,” Winder said. “Some can and some can’t. But there are hypotheses going around that some retailers are padding it even more than inflation.”

Winder said that consumers “won’t really know.”

“The best thing I would say if you’re a consumer is shop around,” he advised.

“Look for real deals, and don’t just assume because it’s a discount it’s a great deal. Comparison shop. Look for retailers that have a lot of inventory in store — you’ll notice it and they’ll probably be discounting it more significantly.”

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