Dueling Discounts

$20 OFF OR 20%?

If you are shopping and find yourself in a situation where you can either choose to get 20% off or $20 off of what you are purchasing, how do you know which one to choose and how do you know if you are making the right decision? I will explain after showing the examples below

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Which coupon should i use?

Well that all depends on what you are purchasing, If you are going to purchase some thing that is expensive you would be better off using the 20% off. However if you are going to purchase some thing with a lot lesser value then it would make more sense to use the $20 off coupon.

Make an argument about which coupon is a better deal than the other. Tell us under which circumstances it’s better. Use the examples (among the other jpeg files) to illustrate your case.

I personally think the 20% off coupon is a lot more useful than the $20 off coupon. This is because the only way you are going to get a better deal using the $20 off coupon is if your purchase total is under $100 dollars, the lower the amount the better off you are using the $20 off coupon.Like for example if you buy the bat mobile toy which is $26.99 and use the $20 off coupon you would only be paying $6.99, however if you use the 20% off coupon you would be paying $21.60 because 20 percent of $26.99 is $5.39 and $26.99-$5.39=$21.60. You would also want to use the $20 off coupon if you are buying the avengers toy set or the nightstand because these are also under $100 dollars. When it comes to the desk that is $99.99 it really makes no difference which coupon you use because 20% of $99.99 is about $20. For the chair it would be better to use the 20% off coupon because now that we are over that $100 amount the 20% percent comes in more handy, 20% of $139.99 is about a $28 savings, which is better than $20. As you can see the higher the amount is the more it makes sense the use the 20% off coupon. So its no suprise that if you purchase the widescreen T.V you save around an extra $280 dollars buy using the 20% off coupon than if you used the $20 off coupon, because if you used the $20 dollar coupon your total would be 1479.99, how ever if you use 20% off coupon your total would go from $1499.99 to almost $1200 because 20$ of 1499.99 is about $300. So overall if you are going in to purchase some thing small and you know its going to be under $100 then it would be smarter to use the $20 off coupon, but overall the 20% off coupon is a a lot more useful, especially if you are going on a shopping spree and know you are going to buy alot of thing, like i said the higher the amount of your total the more the 20% off coupon is useful.

What if you were holding two coupons, one that said “$x off: and the other said “x% off.” Which do you use and under what conditions?

Well it all depends on what situation you are in, usually the more you are going to be spending the higher the chances that you will save more money using the percentage coupon. Like for example lets say you have coupon A which says "$10 off" then you have coupon B that says "10% off" and you walk into the store knowing that you are only going to buy a knife set that is 49.99, you would want to use coupon A that is $10 off because 10% of 49.99 would only be about a $5 savings rather than a $10 savings. However if you walk into that store knowing you have a lot of money and are going to be spending it then you would want to go with coupon B which is 10% off, because you only have an advantage using the $10 off coupon when your total is under 100 dollars, as soon as you pass $100 dollars coupon B is what you need to use. Even if your total is only $110 dollars, $10 off that would leave your total at $100, however 10% $110 would be $11 and leave your total at $99, saving you one dollar. So basically you have to look at the amount on the coupons, then figure out how much you are going to be spending, then do the math to see if your total is going to be over or under a certain number, if its over then you use the "% off" if its under the amount then you use the"$ off" to get the best savings.