Well, I thought I was going to witness one this morning at the Rockler sale.
I was #2 at the store around 6am. The doors open at 7a.m. Hmmm. Nobody's
interested in those K-body clamp sets? Well at 6:40, the laggards start
showing up. We peek in the window and count - 7 sets available. I see
what's going to happen, so I took a poll. Out of the first 8 people in
line, 5 of them are there to buy a total of 7 clamp sets. We have a
gentleman's agreement that those seven sets are spoken for and everyone's
At 6:55, the manager walks to the front of the store with keys in hand. He
cracks the door and says "no running", then swings it wide open. Wouldn't
you know it? Some guy at the back of the line somehow sneaks through and
grabs a clamp set. One of our gentleman looks around stunned and said "Hey
what happened to my clamp set - I was one of the first one's here". We
identify the sneaky guy and they proceed to argue. I jump in and support
our gentleman. Mr. Sneaky than says one of the guys that got two sets
should give up one. I'm one of them At this point, I'm a bit flushed and
firmly state "first come, first served, I was hear an hour before you and
tighten my grip on the two heavy clamp sets that are killing the buldging
disks in my spine".
Was it worth it? I don't know. I think I'm kind of mad at Rockler about
doing this kind of sale. They've been splashing email for two weeks now
about all these great sales. I even called the store to ask about available
quanitities and they said they had been unloading 3 trucks a day for a week.
It makes a few people happy and a whole lot of people mad. I got up at 5am,
drove 15 miles and paid $3.00 in tolls to save about $80 on the street price
for some clamps. It was barely worth it. I think I'll pass next time
There isn't a Rockler near me, so I wasn't tempted, but after looking at the
"mass mechants" ads for after Thanksgiving sales, it looked like they were
getting away from that kind of thing also. I know some people were injured in
a Walmart last year. There were still deals, but I think they were less of a
bargain, but quanitities were larger. It makes more sense too make a lot of
people feel like they got a deal than having a few people think they got a
I know what WoodCraft does in these instances. They special order the
merchandise and ship direct to you at no additional charge if they run out
of a sale item or an out of stock item for that matter. That would have
been the honorable thing to do.
Getting OT here, but there is a right way to handle those kind of events. I
went to an OfficeMax near me yesterday morning - the $20 leather office
chair enticed me in - plus picked up a bunch of free-after-rebate junk.
Arriving at 6:45 for a 7am opening, I was surprised to see about 25 people
in line already. by the time the doors opened, it was more like 60.
But, they had a bunch of clerks there, they came out before the opening and
explained where everything was and answered questions. They had the carts
all lined up in the direction of the sale items. They had 1 or 2 clerks at
the two main areas where the sale items were. They had all the rebate
"freebies" ("reebies"???) in one aisle and herded people up one side and
down the other, then to the line to the registers.
Not often I'll go to any store on the day after Thanksgiving, but I was
pleasantly surprised how smoothly it went.
Hmm... let's make this slightly on-topic: One of the reebies I picked up
was a cordless phone I can put down in my basement shop. No worries if I
drop it or it fills up with dust and quits working.
More's the pity, since Amazon is said to be matching the price on the kit,
free shipping, no sales tax, sleep in if you need to.
And AllProTools has the Gross Stabils on special, although they are the
Scott Phillips signature models. That can be ground off, I suppose. ;-)
I happened to record one of his shows, because David Marks was to be a
guest. It reminded me of why I stopped watching.
The GS PC2s are pretty good clamps - easily in the same league with the
KBodies and the Cabinet Masters. Just seems a shame to market them in such
Rockler's not cheaper once you factor in the acid reflux and all the
driving and parking and standing in line and PAIN IN THE ARSE from
being suckered. What's it worth NOT to support that type of warped
marketing? $25 buys a forgettable soup lunch for two at Olive Garden.
In exchange, Amazon.com sends it right to your door and no playing
keepaway with "sale" products that are advertised but mythical.
I was one of 5 waiting this morning and all of us headed for the
clamp section. People started to look around for them. I didn't
bother, I went and asked a clerk instead. Turns out they were
in the front of the store. So I headed there, followed by every-
one else. There were 5 sets. I was going to get two, grabbed
one and as I reached for the second guilt came over me:
geez, I'm going to stiff a guy this way. So I let it go. Then the
second guy beind me grabs two....
I agree with you: it's misleading - only 5 sets in a store - and
demeaning. There are sales like this, with extremely limited
quantitites, all over the place now. To me it shows a basic
contempt for people, turning the process into an ugly game.
Yes. I have always wondered about the psychological make-up of those who
participate in sales that create panic and nastiness. Is there really anything
out there that's worth making that big an ass of yourself to get?
They're saving what, $20 on a $40 clamp?
Jeez. I could understand it if it were an antique Mercedes Gull Wing to the
first guy through the door with a $50 bill in his hand, but for a 20 or 30 or
40 or even 200 buck savings, it's ludicrous.
And it happens every single year, time after time, place after place.
Blessed be the children. Let them come unto me.
And they do.
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity
has made them good." H. L. Mencken
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