Harborfreight InsideTrack Club worth it???


Harborfreight offers something called the InsideTrackClub subscription where for about $1/month, you get a special "club" catalog with special discounts and closeouts.
Anyone here have any experience with the club? How good are the specials? What deals have you gotten and does it seem to be worth the subscription price?
(Please no flames about how bad or good Harborfreight quality tools are in general -- save that for a separate thread :)
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I have looked into it several times. Like just before a purchase. Since my purchases there are dependant on my projects. I do not buy a lot any more. I usually decline ANY service that wants to charge a monthly/yearly fee. Utilities excluded. Just does not make sense to my CFO (me).
Check their specials for awhile and see how much you would have bought and what it would have cost you both ways. If your just building a tool inventory it might make sense to belong for a year. My experience with pay per month services is that they are a son of a bitch to stop.
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blueman wrote:

Are you in the market for their equipment anyway? If so, try it out...can't imagine it's anything that would make a major impact--they're not doing it as a community service project.... :)
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blueman wrote:

I can't imagine getting even *more* of their catalogs and flyers in the mail. :-P
Bob
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This is turtle.
Sorry My Trigger finger got itchey and fired by misstake.
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blueman wrote:

Okay no flame, but I can't help but LMAO.
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This is just to funny! I'll save the response to the quality for later. Dave
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I did not find it valuable. There was a time or two that an item on the ITC was MORE than the sale price.
Now we have stores in town and it's worth it to LOOK at the item before you take it home (or have the delivery bounce it around).

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I just wait a while. Whatever I want, goes on sale 50% off, and sometimes I've got tools 80% off. How can anyone beat that?
I'm not an inside track member. Well, at least not at Harbor Freight.
Heavenly Father is a different matter. That's a much more divinely run company, and I have an inside track there.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

Let us know when you get your own planet. Especially if there's a Harbor Freight there.
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When I get my own planet, I can name all the business. Would you like to put in a request? I'll give you special consideration. And 5% discount at all my stores.
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On Wed, 23 Mar 2005 15:37:48 GMT, "Stormin Mormon"

start with a Starbucks?
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

Sure, as long as I don't have to give you 10% of the profits. :o)
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Have been a Member for roughly 1 (one)year. Not really much of a deal. I get lots of catalogues on a weekly (?) basis as is. Sometimes there is a "cheaper" deal but not often. Biggest problem was/is I joined at the $20.00 rate, next issue price was reduced to $15,00 ( no refund of course). If you get the catalogs anyway, save your money and just go on-line for "just as good" deals. FWIW Bill

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I signed up for their free e-mail list... they send a load of sale stuff out a couple of times a week... often including $5 off $50 or more, and $10 off $100 or more coupons. The coupons are good on sale items too! You got to go to the retail store though.
See below for a sample mailing (with my account number edited off the coupon. Also removed was a bunch of opt out links and the like from the end that contained my address...) You can set your HF mail prefs for plain text only... good idea IMHO.
I strongly suggest NOT giving them any 'real' contact information, or real e-mail address. In my case I have one of those free Yahoo web mail addresses I use just for stuff like this. (Just got a Gmail address too, think I'm going to start using it as my spam account, as I can both POP and SMTP to it with Eudora.)
Erik _______________________________________________
Dear preferred customer,
Your Favorites on Sale!!!
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SAVE $5 on any purchase of $50 or more or SAVE $10 on any purchase of $100 or more
ID = (EDITED OUT)
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I found a link somplace that let me get in and look at all the inside track sale prices. They were really no different from the regular sale prices that you could simply wait for anyway.
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I put in an order online yesterday and used the $5 off coupon from the flyer... there's a place to click at checkout that lets you enter the coupon number..
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