I got a coupon in my e-mail box for Home Depot that said that if I make a p
urchase of $250.00 or more by the end of this month I get $25.00 off. This
has been a fairly slow month so I wasn’t able to make a single purchase o
f $250.00 but I noticed that it didn’t say anything on the coupon about p
urchasing gift cards. If fact I read it three times.
So I go to Home Depot and tell the cashier that I want to purchase a $250.0
0 gift card.
The cashier calls the manager, the manager calls the district supervisor an
d tell me no. Even though there is no stipulation on their coupon for purch
asing gift cards that they will not honor my coupon for it.
that the fine print should have there--you looked for it 3 times. You
wouldn't want to take advantage of Home Depot shareholders over a
technicality, would you? It sounds like if you would have spent $250
(not just let them hold it), that they would have given you $25 off
while you were standing there. What would keep you from using a
discounted gift card in their store on yet another promotion in the
future? Fair is fair, no? TANSTAAFL
I don't see why it shouldn't apply to a gift card. It seems to me that
they're giving you 10% off whether you buy a gift card with that $250 or
merchandise with that $250.
But, be real careful about gift cards, cuz:
1. If you buy something with cash, and the store goes bankrupt 6 months
later, you still have the merchandise. If you buy a gift card with that
money, and 6 months later you still have that gift card, you just lost
2. There was a lot of controversy over some gift cards when they first
came out. Some gift cards have a time limit on them. If you don't use
the card within that time, it becomes worthless. Also, if you buy a
$250 gift card, be sure to check that it's worth $250 and not "up to
$250". Here in Canada there was a store selling gift cards worth "up to
$100 for $100. So, if you bought something worth less than $100 with
the gift card, then you lost any balance remaining on the card. You had
to use the gift card toward the purchase of something priced at $100 or
more to get the full value from the card.
It does not apply because you can take that $250 card you paid $225
for and later buy a sale item that has also been marked down. Double
dipping. Perhaps it should have been excluded in the fine print, but
it makes sense to me.
Maybe. Gift card funds here must go into a separate account but I'm
not sure if it is protected against bankruptcy.
That may vary by state, but here it CT, it cannot lose value over
time, it cannot be subjected to service charges that diminish the
The only exception is if the stove actually GIVES you a gift card for
free, it may have a time limit since it works just like a coupon.
Here in Canada there was a store selling gift cards worth "up to
But the current promotion doesn't appear to exclude purchasing something
that is already marked down:
"I got a coupon in my e-mail box for Home Depot that said that
if I make a purchase of $250.00 or more by the end of this
month I get $25.00 off."
It doesn't makes sense to me.
Ordinarily, stores love it when you give them money for a piece of
plastic (gift card). Because that's cash for them right now, and
studies show that a certain percentage of these cards are never
The other day I found a card in the parking lot of Lowes.
Took it in and they said they would credit me what was left on it.
They put it in the computer and found there was 3 cents left.
I told the cashier she could keep it ;)
You never know. Part timers like that, live
from day to day. That three cents could have
fed her kids for a week.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/23/2013 8:40 AM, Frank wrote:
I was there to buy a spark plug for my lawn mower. My mower was not
listed in their catalog so clerk convinced me to buy the plug that 90%
or the listed Honda's used. Plug was less than $3 and he said if it did
not fit, I could return it to which I told him it would cost me over $3
in gas to do that.
I've got similar moment, at present. I bought a couple
of squeeze flash lights, solar charged. Goes on the key
ring. Paid about 2.50 each, and bought several. A couple
went dead. I cracked them open, did some tests with a
VOM. The solar cell is bad. Costs more to ship it back
for refund than the light is worth. And it's out of the
courtesy 90 days or so.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/23/2013 9:14 AM, Frank wrote:
On Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:23:01 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Are you sure it didn't say, "further terms apply" or something short
and easy to overlook.
If not, the question might be, is an unsolicited coupon the basis for
a unilateral contract?
Most contracts are a promise for a promise. A unilateral contract is
a promise for an act. It is often based on something like "Reward for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of nnnnnn". That's
the offer. The act and the acceptance of the offer is the bringing of
information that meets the terms of the offer.
Perhaps the coupon offered 25% off, but I can imagine that maybe it
was written not to (I can't imagine how, but I'm not very clever.)
Perhaps it was written so that presenting it at the store was an
acceptance of the offer, but I can imagine that maybe it was written
so it didn't (I can't imagine how, but I'm not very clever.)
If either of these things didn't' happen, there is no contract until
they actually accept your terms, and they can change their terms up
until the last second. So they can add the requirement that you
purchase something other than a gift card.
So I think we need to see the exact wording of the coupon.
On Friday, August 23, 2013 10:53:34 AM UTC-7, micky wrote:
is has been a fairly slow month so I wasn t able to make a single purchase
of $250.00 but I noticed that it didn t say anything on the coupon about pu
rchasing gift cards. If fact I read it three times.
rchasing gift cards that they will not honor my coupon for it.
Offer Valid through 8/29/2013 in-store
Cashier: If barcode does not scan, enter 26 digit promotion number.
1. Scan coupon barcode. 2. Tear coupon in half and discard.
Offer valid for single use by original recipient only.
$25 OFF your next purchase of $250 or more
This is a single use, in-store only coupon for
Offer valid 8/8/2013 -- 8/29/2013 and redeemable for $25 off a single recei
pt purchase of $250 or more at U.S. The Home Depot(R) stores. Offer does no
t apply to installation products or services or to John Deere, Cub Cadet,(R
) Little Giant Ladder Systems,(R) Dacor,(R) Viking,(R) Fisher & Paykel,(R)
Sharp Insight,(tm) Delonghi,(R) Buckhaven, Weber, Lynx, Alfresco, OCI, Marv
el, Bertazzoni, Aga, and Vent-A-Hood products and trade styles and cannot b
e combined with any other offer. Cash value 1/20th of 1cent. Void if sold o
r copied and where prohibited. (c)2013, Homer TLC Inc. All rights reserved.
On Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:51:03 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
Well this was certainly their chance to exclude gift cards.
Someone else mentioned this, but buying something on sale would have
to happen in the future. With one byte's or maybe even one bit's
worth space for each card, they can keep track of whether the gift
card was full price or not. And they can deny sale prices to those
using gift cards that were 10% off. Although they should mention
that in this statement here. "Sale prices not available with gift
So did it fail to meet these questions:
Perhaps the coupon didn't really offer 25% off, Reading it, it
sure seems to.
Perhaps it was wasn't really written so that presenting it at the
store was an acceptance of the offer, Seems like it does.
And two that others raised.
Perhaps they don't sell $250 gift cards.... but it seems to me ten $25
cards should be just as good. Anyhow, I don't think that's what they
Perhaps buying a gift card is not a purchase. Even though it has
the word "buy" right in it. Maybe they claim it's a "service" but
I think they'd have a hard time showing that. If they wanted to
exclude gift cards, they should have said so.
I think I might go back there with a friend and a video camera (or a
still digital camera set to video.) and record your offering the
coupon and trying to buy the cards Take a picture of the cover of a
daily newspaper too (although that only proves your date in one
direction) Maybe AFTER you try to get the $250 card, buy something
for a dollar at HD and take a video of being handed the receipt and
zooming in on the date. (so they don't claim you were late
presenting it, although if you have a video of all that and he doesn't
say you are late, it will be
Maybe it's not worth suing for $25, but it is worth threatening to
sue. (For that matter, if you don't have a camera with video that
works, you could pretend you do. If the photographer keeps moving
just a little., they won't be able to tell. But I think every
digital camera has video.
Say you['ll ask for punitive damages, for fraud. "A substantilal
misrepresentation of facts that are intended to and do cause you to
rely to your detriment." I think I got everything but check it out..
The detriment was that you printed the coupon and drove all the way
over there. That may be small in real damages but it's the basis for
punitive, to teach them not to do it again.
OTOH, you could look at it that it was just a mistake by them, and you
were going that way anyhow, and if you had made a mistake like that,
you wouldn't want someone insisting you do what you didn't intend to
do. And you could wait to see if they change the wording next time.
Make them explain why it's not a completed unilateral contract. They
made an offer, you responded with the proper act.
One time Disney was advertising a tape of one of their children's
movies and they said in the commercial to buy it now because it would
never be sold again. Of course that is a lie. I wrote them and
pointed out that they would be known as the company that lied to
children. That the parents now knew they were lying, but the real
problem would be when the children, some of whom had begged their
parents for the tape because it was never going to be sold again, grew
up and realized they'd been lied to.
Within about 3 weeks of my writing, the commercial was no longer
broadcast and about a week later it came back on saying "Won't be sold
again for a very long time."
I don't know how many people wrote. I'd like to think it was just me.
I didn't do this for Disney, but to avoid another big increase in
It amazes me that some liar at the advertising agency thought of this
and some stupid liar at Disney approved it. I hope they got
On Saturday, August 24, 2013 8:19:36 AM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
s not apply to installation products or services or to John Deere, Cub Cade
t,(R) Little Giant Ladder Systems,(R) Dacor,(R) Viking,(R) Fisher & Paykel,
(R) Sharp Insight,(tm) Delonghi,(R) Buckhaven, Weber, Lynx, Alfresco, OCI,
Marvel, Bertazzoni, Aga, and Vent-A-Hood products and trade styles
One overlooked aspect is that if you could use it to buy a gift card,
then you could in turn use that gift card to buy one of the restricted
products on the list. I guess if I was HD, that would be the argument
I'd make, but it isn't a really good one. Looks like they made a
mistake by not including gift cards.
I agree that they might have a tough time with that argument considering
that they have issued coupons in the past that specifically excluded gift
"Your honor, past issuances of Home Depot coupons restricted the purchase
of gift cards with said coupon, therefore they have the ability to include
that restriction when they want. Since they did not include that
restriction when they printed the coupon in question, they should not be
allowed to include that restriction after the fact."
Assuming this is a real coupon, it states that it is not valid for gift
Scroll down a bit on this page...
On Friday, August 23, 2013 1:53:34 PM UTC-4, micky wrote:
is has been a fairly slow month so I wasnt able to make a single purchas
e of $250.00 but I noticed that it didnt say anything on the coupon abou
t purchasing gift cards. If fact I read it three times.
rchasing gift cards that they will not honor my coupon for it.
I agree any and all wording is key, but the OP not only says gift
cards are not excluded, he also says that a couple levels of HD
mgt got involved and if the coupon did say it, you would think they
would have told him that they are excluded per this clause, etc.
where they are exclude, Also, key is all consumer
protection laws that exist. Most states have them concerning
stores making promotions and then not honoring them, not having
the product available, etc.
It's possible HD made a mistake on this one. You would think they
would just cut and paste, since they've done this 1000 times. And
every coupon I've seen has prohibited their use on gift cards.
On Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:04:46 -0700 (PDT), US President is the Enemy
I don't think I will take advice from a guy who can't avoid getting
Like in Egypt with the Islamic Brotherhood,, you and those who agree
with you would surely be worse than those we have now, who treat me a
lot better than they treat you. (I wonder why.)
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