bait-and-switch

[ beyt-n-swich ]
/ ˈbeɪt nˈswɪtʃ /

adjective

denoting a deceptive method of selling, by which customers, attracted to a store by sale items, are told either that the advertised bargain item is out of stock or is inferior to a higher-priced item that is available.

noun

an act or instance of such practice.
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