I believe Lowes was not playing exactly fair with it's pricing. here
is what happened, you decide(prices rounded off for simplicity, and
since I left receipt with exact prices at home):
Needed insulation, went to Lowes because a newspaper ad said they had a
special "buy 3, get one free" That is 33% off.
Rolls had price sticker of $32s. I put 16 rolls on the flatbed.
Got up to register, rang up at 28 bucks per roll. That was supposed
to be the "sale price" which reflected the 4 for 3 deal. I am no math
genius, but the way I saw it I should have gotten 33% off per roll, and
$28 is not 33% off of $32. I asked about this, and they said the
price-per-roll in the "computer" was $38 bucks per roll, therefore the
28 bucks per roll reflected the sale price.
Fortunately Michigan has pretty strict "item pricing" consumer law, and
if a price tag is affixed to an item the store must charge that price,
regardless of what the "computer" says the price should be. Once I
pointed it out manager was very good, charged me 25 bucks per roll and
I left satisfied, but suspicious.
WHAT I THINK HAPPENED:
In anticipation of the 4 for 3 sale, Lowes raised the price of the roll
from 32 to 38 bucks, but this store missed marking up the rolls, so
they got caught and had to give me the better deal. If that is what
they did, they are trying to pull a fast one.. and I am glad I caught
I would be interested to hear if anyone else has examples of Lowes
raising prices in order to then offer "sale prices".