Just got a flyer from Woodcraft. Bessey is celebrating
their 25th K Body anniversary starting Oct 1.
Example: 40" for 26.99
"While supplies last" is the disclaimer.
Hope this doesn't turn out like the Rockler
fiasco a while back.
Personally, I intend to blow $200 on this
deal (if I get a chance).
I think we shop the same store - the outside world, the shop in houston, and
the Rockler website have no connection to each other, or at least it seems
that way at times. They have sales that are never on the website and they
frequently don't know what's on sale at the website, though they will honor
the web price when you call it to their attention.
By, the way. Even though I said I would have no further comment I guess
I just wanted that store to know that in that year alone from the point
it opened. I spent approx. $3800.00 in tools and supplies. None of
which was spent at their store. And, some of which in the years after
that (which by the way was many more dollars the above) was not spent
at all at Rockler because Pasadena was to far to drive for the time
frame I needed them in.
Oh, well so much for customer relations.
That's cause a bunch of guys who didn't read the caveats about the sale at
Rockler last year or so got mad when they didn't get the clamps they wanted
at the price they wanted to pay.
Rockler's ad clearly stated that it was a limited amount and a limited time
offer. The folks complaining either didn't get to the store in time or
wanted to buy them on their own time frame, they also seemed to expect that
Bessey would just keep sending Rockler the clamps at the discounted prices
until the person complaining had time to go and get some.
It was never Rockler's fault that a few guys who failed to read the ad in
question didn't get the clamps at the sale price.
Maybe. But this smacks of the tactics car dealers use. I have an
acquaintance that used to sell cars for a local Chevy dealer (a pillar
of the community).
They would advertise a car at a super low price and in fact had one
such car to satisfy the attorney general. It would be purple, with
vinyl seats, a manual radio and transmission and no A/C (in AZ). If
they actually sold the car, they could say to the subsequent customers
with a straight face, "Too bad, we sold out on that offer, would you
like to see a Suburban?"
Rockler twice charged me more for items that I ordered via the web
than the price stipulated on the order. They also promised a credit
to my card that never happened. They lost a customer over five bucks.
What a crappy way to run a company.
While not part of the Rockler Clamp Fiasco. And, while Rockler did say
in there advertising "While Supplies Last". I do believe from reading
some of those posts the guys that did get down there right away still
lost out because Rockler must not have ordered enough for the sale.
And, the buyers were lead along by some of the less-then-dim-witted
sales/managers in the stores.
After my experience an offical from the main office did try to buy my
unhappiness away. I appreciated the effort on their part to try to
smooth customer problems. But, my feeling is as in anyplace I deal
with. Some stores run well, some don't. Usually because it's the people
who work there.
From the Lee Valley Website:
During the month of October, Bessey Tools North America will offer
pre-packaged clamp kits at a significant discount from the same clamps
purchased individually. Check back here October 1, 2005 for the details.
We'll be posting pricing to our website by the weekend...
As far as our sale goes - no need to panic... we have lots of stock now
(don't know what anyone else has....)...
Our kits will be 2 each of the 12"/24" clamps (4 total), or two each of the
24"/50" clamps (not the 41" like last time!) ....neither set will have a
price more than 2 digits(in USD), and we will fill all orders taken during
the month of October...
It's true - I picked up a 24" and 40" last weekend when I stumbled
into my local Woodcraft (Downingtown PA). Excellent pricing and they
had a TON of them in stock.
Unfortunately, my SO was with me, so spending next month's paycheck a
little early was out of the question..
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