Note from Jack (original poster)
Knowing full well I was not a Mathmetician, and standing in the aisle
at Lowes at 9:30pm after a hard day, and debating with myself whether
it was 25% off, or 33% off.. and finding it possible to make an
internal argument for both.. I finally figured out through good old
fashioned common sense what I should have paid:
I was buying 16 rolls. with a 4 for 3 deal I should have been paying
for 12 rolls. I multiplied 12 times the sticker price(+tax), and
decided that is what I should have paid. The "percent off" was
irrelevant at that point.
I showed my math to the store manager, he concured, and gave it to me
for that price. As I said I was using aproximate numbers, since I
don't have reciept with me.
I left satisfied. The local store folks did the right thing, my post
was about whether the folks at corporate level had raised the price,
just to then offer a "sales price".