19 Ways Brands Are Tricking You Into Spending More Money

Do you always end up spending more money on goods than you’d originally planned to? Then you’re probably being tricked into overspending by clever methods used by marketing specialists. You’ll find 19 of their best tricks in this article. 

Using the Color Red

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Brands often use the color red when advertising or on the labels of their products. They do this because the color red has been known to excite us and push us into making quick decisions. It’s no wonder that so many brands use this color on their products.

Discount Coupons

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The statistics from Capital One Shopping show that “in 2022, 91% of all Americans used at least one coupon; 177.9 million U.S. adults redeemed digital coupons.” They also reported that “86% of online shoppers are more likely to try a new business due to a coupon; 39% are much more likely.”

Giving Discounts on First Orders

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Online brands want you to spend money on their products. One way they achieve this is by giving you a discount on your very first order. Even if you weren’t interested in the product to begin with, getting some money off might make you change your mind.

Buy Now to Save

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Many brands trick you into spending money on things you weren’t going to buy by telling you that if you purchase something now, you’ll save money. This appeals to many who would prefer to get something discounted now rather than have to pay full price later on. 

Tempting Flash Sales

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Another trick that brands use to get more money from you is advertising flash sales. The fact that the items are on sale already attracts our attention, but knowing that the sale will soon be over makes spending money right now seem like the right thing to do. 

Back-In-Stock Notifications

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There’s nothing more frustrating for an online customer than to find out the item they want to buy is out of stock. That’s why most web pages will prompt you to turn on back-in-stock notifications to alert you when the goods are available again. They want to guarantee they’ll get your money. 

Automatic Reorder

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The figures from Forbes show that “the global e-commerce market is expected to total $6.3 trillion in 2024.” A lot of the increasing success of e-commerce is due to automatic reorder marketing tricks. These force shoppers to keep spending money on certain items on a regular basis.

Buy One, Get One Free

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Here’s one of the oldest tricks in the book—the buy one, get one free promotion. Knowing that you’re going to get something free is far too tempting for most and they have to buy the item regardless of whether they need it or not. 

Add This

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Before checking out, some online retailers will show you some small, additional items that you can add to your basket. These items are usually inexpensive, but they’re a great way for retailers to get a couple of extra dollars from you before you check out and close the webpage. 

Last One Notifications

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Another trick that manufacturers use to get online shoppers to spend more money is to alert them when they click on a product that is low in stock or is one of the last units. Knowing that they have one of the last units often pushes the sale.

Discount Codes

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Manufacturers often share seemingly exclusive discount codes with their clients via email and social media. These discount codes give them money off certain goods. Just receiving a discount code can stir up enough excitement in a customer to make them spend money on something they don’t need.

People Watching This

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Yaguara.co says that “there are 2.64 billion online buyers in the world as of 2023.” Online manufacturers use peer pressure to make us buy things. They do this by letting us know how many people are watching or have a certain item in their shopping carts.

Clearance Items

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We all know that the clearance section of a shop sells items that no one really wants and that we likely don’t need. But finding a very cheap item seems almost too good to be true and we must venture down that aisle to see what we can find. 

Free Delivery

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Offering free delivery to a customer is a way of making them feel like they’re getting a discount on their order. Since the delivery is free, they feel like they’re getting a better deal. Many brands use free delivery to entice shoppers to buy goods from them.

50% Off Deals

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Seeing a 50% off label online or in-store can be a marketing lure that many shoppers won’t be able to resist. Even if the item that’s for sale isn’t something they need, they’re tempted to buy it just because they’ll get it for half the standard retail price.


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“Almost 56% of U.S. consumers said they had a spending plan, but 49% said that impulse purchases had caused financial stress,” says Fox Business. One of the strategies that encourages impulse buys is the use of a countdown that lets you know how long a discount will last.

Lists of Items Trending Now

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Another clever tactic that is used by manufacturers is to make a list of items that are trending now. This list makes shoppers want to purchase the items just to stay on trend and not because they really need them. This trick is often very successful.

Spend More and Save More

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Many online and in-store retailers have a “spend more to save more” slogan. They try to convince shoppers to spend more in order to get bigger discounts. But in reality, it’s always the buyer who ends up spending more, no matter how much money they save.

Checkout Items

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The last opportunity a salesperson has to get more of your money is when you’re standing in line waiting to check out. That’s why checkout aisles are filled with low-priced, tempting goods that entice you to spend more money before you leave the store. This tactic always works.

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