Visited my HD tonight to round out my K-Body collection. I asked to make
sure these would qualify for the sale, and got a "don't think so" response.
I was pretty sure this was just local ignorance, but the cashier called the
800 number on the sales form, read off the SKU numbers from the clamps and
was told that these were NOT on the authorized list. I passed on the
Anyone have written assurance or other insight that these do indeed qualify?
I know you're just being considerate to the HD guys, but why do you ask
these questions? I find that 99% of the time if you just go to the checkout
and act confident that the things are included in these promotions that they
don't question you and go ahead and give you the discount. When you ask the
questions, you're just about demanding to be told "sorry".
ah, I see, that makes more sense.
It's interesting as you say, then, because several others as I'm sure you've
seen have been buying k-bodies with the intent of rebating the purchases.
Maybe HD is going to end up with as many ppl pissed at them as Woodcraft
(by the way, I got my 2nd set of 12 cabinet masters today at the discounted
prices. clamps are good things)
Thought this was a mail-in rebate promotion. If so, you can be
assured that the "fulfillment house" knows all of the rules and if you
send in-eligible tags, you are out of luck. In many cases, if you have
not performed the right incantations, drawn the correct glyphs on the
envelope seal, or even smudged one of the required items, you have a
good chance of having your request rejected by these "fulfillment
houses". The OP was wise in asking before being disappointed by a
highly personal form letter or even worse by absolutely no answer ever.
Mail in rebates are scams, which really should be outlawed.
The "fulfillment houses" compete for business on the basis of how
small a percentage of rebate submittals are paid. As I understand
it, to be competitive in that field right now you have to be
promising a number in the 10% range.
Don't ever decide to buy something based on the after-rebate
price, unless it's an immediate "in store" rebate.
My wife is a rebate freak! She has rebates sent in all the time. Rarely is
there a time when she does not have at least one rebate on the waiting list!
She collects 100% too. Make sure you cross you "T"'s, dot your "I"'s and all
will be ok.
Office Max refused a rebate once, and out of principle she hounded them
'till they paid up! The store assured us the rebate had been extended, the
date on the form was passed. The store manager knows her on a first name
A got a lovely lady for a wife, just don't piss her off!
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003 20:20:41 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
I've always been happy with mail-in rebates. I don't buy things
simply because of sales or rebates, but I'll take a rebate any day
over full price.
Not to mention the mail-in rebate, as well as the purchase itself, is
quite voluntary. Vote with your wallet.
What bothers me is the unfairness, the "two-faced" attitude towards the
money. They can *charge* my account in picoseconds, but to *return* my
money involves a lengthy and useless process -- no additional data is
collected beyond what could be known at point of sale. Typically the
fulfillment house is located in Lake Woebegon, Minnesota, and is apparently
accessable only via arthritic USPS burros. And Ole and Lena only work there
a couple days a week.
The rebate process is NOT about saving me money, it's a process *calculated*
to let the company keep my money. I've been burned on rebates several
times. In fact there's a piece of computer kit here by my feet where the
company managed to keep my rebate. It was only when I got to the cash
register I found out the "Sale Price" wasn't *really* the sale price. It
*should* have been labeled, "Sale Price After Rebate." I wish I'd followed
my instincts and left it there at the register. In all probability it is
the last item from that manufacturer I'll ever buy. Their sales & marketing
guys were happy because I showed up in the "Successfully Avoided Paying
Rebate" column, but that's very short-term thinking for them. They're
unlikely to ever see anything from me in the sales column ever again.
Besides, there's the word of mouth that gets around, like this:
"I own uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) from both APC and Belkin. In
the future, if the choice is between APC and Belkin, I'll buy Belkin every
time. Belkin works better for me."
Well, Mark hit on one aspect, the false advertising (where it's not
disclosed the advertised price includes the rebate until you reach
the register - CompUSA in particular is egregiously guilty of this
one). But to me the damning part is the fact that the fullfillment
houses intentionally set things up to avoid paying rebates. In my
mind the rebate is a form of contract, in which the fullfillment
houses are attempting to conciously avoid meeting their obligation.
In essence, that's fraud.
Well, I'm the same way. I send them in if it's more than a couple
of bucks, and treat it as a pleasant surprise if something comes
back. But when I'm deciding what product to buy, I base it on
the register price, not the rebated price.
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003 20:20:41 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
My favorite "scam" is this one:
Every year I buy Turbo Tax to do my income taxes. Every year for the
last 5, Intuit has offered a mail in rebate on Quicken, when purchased
with Turbo Tax. I wait for Staples, Comp USA, etc... to put Turbo Tax
on sale in January, which _always_ happens. When it does, I get the
latest version of Quicken *free* each year, and never spend more than
about $20 for Turbo Tax.
Why does Intuit do this? For my name and address, of course! <G>
Each November and December, I get direct offers from Intuit to
purchase both apps for $40-50. I'm sure some folks take advantage of
the convenient offer, but I simply wait for this year's sale.
I have to wait for the $20 or $30 rebate check, but that's not a big
deal in my book.
Mine already did. TaxCut isn't quite as good as TurboTax, but at least
you're not *paying* to have spyware surreptitiously installed on your
computer. I suspect with the added business TaxCut is now getting, the
quality gap will close pretty quickly, and I'm happy to support that
convergence. Glad to hear you are too.
A numeral would be more efficient than spelling out "ONE" in an email
addy, don't you think?
My business went to them last year and it isn't going back. Tax Cut's
user interface isn't quite as slick as TurboTax, but it does the job,
costs less and doesn't install a bunch of unwanted junk all over my
system. I was a TurboTax user for many years until last year, but no
Published e-mail address is strictly for spam collection.
If e-mailing me, please use jc631 at optonline dot net
Throw mud on your placas de registro. Tell your 'mano to drive around the
lot real slow like, and when he sees you, pick you up mucho rapido, in front
of the doors. You boost the clamps vato, then run for the door, and jump in
your ride. Make for the 'hood. It helps if you have room in your garage for
the car for a few days.Maybe put the Radial arm and lathe on the porch, you
This past Sunday, HD in NE Mesa, AZ had a display board just inside the
entrance with 10-15 sample items wired to it, promoting the handtool
sale/gift card rebate deal. One of these items is a $37.95 BESSEY clamp.
Not needing a Bessey clamp...(what am I saying, I can always use another
clamp)...not currently in the market for a Bessey clamp (per SWMBO), I
passed by without paying much attention. I am pretty sure that is was a
K-body model. I'll be over that way tomorrow as it is next to a "Michael's"
craft store and I am informed we ARE in the market for something they stock
there. I'll kill some time at HD and check if that was a K-body.
Is it possible the HD has some items "authorized" for this promotion in some
areas/zones/regions but not in other ones?
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