A month ago I read an article in a Minneapolis newspaper. The
title was “Do seniors deserve that senior discount?”
Examples of discounts presented included; movies, restaurant
meals, rental cars, airline tickets, hotel rooms, train, bus tickets.
A comment was made that “most of us (seniors) are doing OK”.
A suggestion was made that “maybe we can still help to carry our nation’s
I was stunned and concerned that someone would challenge
discounts for seniors. Apparently this is a topic some people are studying.
They are exploring statistics on numbers of seniors, income received, and types
of discounts available.
Why do businesses
offer discounts to seniors?
The article suggested businesses can make money by targeting
seniors. It seems they are the largest and fastest growing market segment.
I also read that seniors are cheap and that some make
frugality a hobby.
I discussed this
article with a family member
We came to these conclusions:
It is better for a business that seniors visit and spend
money at the site.
Older people may have a flexible schedule not available to
others. (They can attend an early show.)
Shopping by seniors may result in a larger income for the
Older shoppers may buy things not appreciated by a younger
Seniors may bring those not eligible for a discount, to the
Our final thought was, if the business is losing money, the
leadership will not offer a discount.
Research on this
Just to make certain this was not the only printed discussion
on this topic, I checked the Internet and came up with some additional posts on
the topic of senior discounts.
Below are examples I found.
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