Got up early this morning. Wanted to go to Lowes to get do some Christmas
shopping. I went in at 5:00a when they opened, not because I thought they
would run out of stuff, but to beat the later crowd. There were about 20
other dummies like me waiting at the door.
Lowes had plenty of help, there were employees standing all over the place,
saying good morning and asking if one needed help. One clerk helped me find
items on my list. I get everything (about $200 worth in fairly small items)
except a pliers, side cutter, long nose pliers, & 8" adjustable wrench, all
in a bundle. The clerk told me they must be sold out. I said that you ran
an ad yesterday, and the store has only been open 20 minutes, you can't be
sold out. He said he didn't know. I made a comment that I knew I should
have gone to Home Depot. That did it, he took me to the tool department
where we picked up the items that should have been in the bundle. I'm
certain they were much better tools. He charged me only the bundle price
(about $5.00) for all the tools. I mentally totaled the price of the
individual tools at $27. I was well pleased with my first ever experience
getting out on Black Friday.
As a note, I had used the competition between Lowes and HD once before. I
had gone to HD to buy an 8' Werner step ladder that was on sale. They were
out of them. I made the comment that I should have gone to Lowes to begin
with. He said they don't use the "L" word here and asked what he could do
to make up for not having the ladder. I told him I would take a 10' step
ladder at the sale price of the 8' ladder. He didn't hesitate to agree. I
ended up with a 10' ladder which I also needed, for about half price. You
may want to try that some time when Lowes or HD don't have something the
I went down to the home despot to get a bundle of insulation. I got
there a little after 1:00 PM and hadn't even thought about Black
Friday. As far as I could tell, the store wasn't any busier than usual
Both Lowes (scored a Bosch Multi-X and driver combo) and HD were really busy
this morning at about 9:00, though I didn't see a whole lot of merchandise
walking out of either one. Perhaps it was because they had so many registers
open that it didn't look like the front end was busy.
I waited until about 11:00 am to pay my first visit to a new Lowe's
store that was just down the street from an established HD. Not a big
crowd there. I was tempted to buy the $29.99 Shop-Vac they had on
display in a middle aisle. But then I remembered that Ace Hardware was
advertising one for the same price, so I went over there. Turns out
that Ace is selling a fancier model for the same price (after rebate).
With Ace offering online rebate redemption, the likelihood of lost
rebates is greatly reduced.
You think that claiming they didn't receive your rebate claim is the
only trick they have up their sleeve to avoid paying up? And don't you
still have to mail in at least the UPC code cut out of the package? At
least one rebate deal to which I succumbed insisted that the whole
thickness of the carton had to be cut out -- couldn't just send in the
top layer or two with the UPC printed on it!
On Sat, 27 Nov 2010 05:42:27 -0500, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Funny, I've received *every* rebate I've submitted. That's only a few score,
though, so not an exhaustive experiment. I only buy items I would have bought
without the rebate, for the price (without rebate); I wouldn't be suicidal if
I didn't get it. OTOH, I may decide on one product over another because of
the rebate, but the purchase has to stand, otherwise, on its own.
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