Doesn't bother me since I don't think I've ever used a free item
coupon without buying something anyway. Flashlights, gloves, multi-
meter, etc. I've never made a special trip just for a free item.
I do make sure I have the 20% off coupon with me though.
Same here- I don't wanna be a prick about getting 'gimme' items without
playing the game. HF is only a block off my regular Saturday errand
route, so it is no special effort to stop by once a week for some
pissant item on my list, versus going once a month and buying it all at
once. Between Sunday paper inserts and the flyers and the magazine
pages, I collect coupons faster than I can use them up.
I'm caching those itty-bitty jeweler screwdriver sets and disposable
multi-meters at all my relative's houses, so when my glasses fall apart
or something needs diagnosing, I can just go to the hiding place and
retrieve them. They can never seem to find 'their' tools. I've pondered
bolting a lockbox to their respective basement walls, and leaving a set
of HF tools locked inside them.
re: The free multi-meters
I was over a friend's house a few month's ago and needed a meter for a
project we were working on. He pulled out this old analog meter with a
red needle that flopped all over the place and numbers so tiny I
needed 3 hands: one for the positive lead, one for the negative lead
and one for the magnifying glass. I gave him a lot of crap about
moving in the 21st century, etc.
This friend lives 90 miles from me and makes a huge batch of smoked
sausage at Christmas time.
Last week I picked up a free multi-meter, boxed it up with a Christmas
card and sent it to him ("Compliments of Harbor Freight") with a
reminder not to forget me come sausage time.
He said he got a big laugh out of it. That's what friends are for,
Digital meters are nice, but I grew up using analog meters. Once you know
how to read the needle properly to account for paralax, they are just as
good as the digital ones.
Nice thing about the newer digital ones is that they are cheap, and come
with a lot of neat functions (temp, hFe, capacitance, etc.)
lol, like an idiot! Then I got a cold chill thinking it was broken, but it
never was; they must design the movement to tolerate a lot of abuse.
I'm a lot less careful now with the auto-polarity on the digitals, that is
One clerk told me they get their quota of flashlights on Mondays. By the
week-end, they're all gone.
I guess you best find out when your local store's delivery day is and plan
your shopping trip for the day after.
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