No shit? That post had disappeared long before I replied. If you're going to
take exception to folks 'tagging on' the last visible post in a thread in
their newsreader, you're in the wrong medium.
My post had nothing to do with you and everything to do with the attitude
evinced in the thread. Your "contempt" remark that was quoted, however,
happened to lead into mine ... so be it.
Sorry you took offense, but none was intended. If you go back and read it,
without guilt, passion, or whatever it is bothering you, you'll see that's
the case. AAMOF, it was directed at the attitude of the hog(s) that followed
So you guys agreed that he didn't get one, and he cheated? Sounds like
he got there fustest with the mostest. Or had he concurred with the
agreement? It kind of sounded otherwise from your description.
And no, it wasn't me....
Was "Mr. Sneaky" a party to your "gentleman's" agreement? If not,
why in the world should he feel bound by it?
As written, it sounds like you felt enough empathy for "Mr.
Clampless" that you were willing to argue that a third person should
give him their only set, but you didn't feel enough empathy for him to
give him one of your two sets.
Remove bogusinfo to reply.
See the other thread about the clamps. Perhaps they should have said "one
per customer" to spread out the good will to as many as possible. If the
gentlemen were truly gentlemen, they would not be fighting over getting two
sets and if someone can get from the back of the line to the goodies first,
well good for them. Perfectly legal.
One of the Boston department stores has a wedding dress sale once a year.
$1000 dresses for $100. People have been injured in the stampede. Saving
money is a good thing, but charging a store like animals is just not worth
in, IMO. Many of these black Friday sales are downright dangerous and
people get trampled and injured.
: > Bob wrote:
: >> 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
: >>At 6:55, the manager walks to the front of the store with keys in hand.
: >>cracks the door and says "no running", then swings it wide open.
: >>you know it? Some guy at the back of the line somehow sneaks through
: >>grabs a clamp set. One of our gentleman looks around stunned and said
: >>what happened to my clamp set - I was one of the first one's here".
: See the other thread about the clamps. Perhaps they should have said
: per customer" to spread out the good will to as many as possible. If the
: gentlemen were truly gentlemen, they would not be fighting over getting
: sets and if someone can get from the back of the line to the goodies
: well good for them. Perfectly legal.
: One of the Boston department stores has a wedding dress sale once a year.
: $1000 dresses for $100. People have been injured in the stampede.
: money is a good thing, but charging a store like animals is just not
: in, IMO. Many of these black Friday sales are downright dangerous and
: people get trampled and injured.
But only seven clamps for the sale? Sounds like Rockler was expecting no
crowd at all or just what were they expecting?
They were expecting *exactly* what they got -- a large crowd of people
waiting at the door. <grin>
It's called a "loss leader" -- you advertise one product that you are
selling _at_a_loss_ for the express purpose of luring people *into* the
store, where they will look around and buy _other_ stuff -- either at the
time, or they'll come back later to get it.
Grocery stores are particularly notorious for this tactic. If you have
a number of different chains within 'convenient' distance, *and* reasonable
storage capacity at home, you can make out like a _bandit_ by buying -only-
the "sale" merchandise. Several of the stores I shop at, the registers
provide a 'total' savings summary -- both, how much $ you saved, and the
percentage (based on 'full price' for everything) that you saved. I,
almost invariably show savings percentages in excess of 25%, usually
close to 1/3, and occasionally over 40%. I figure I _always_ cost them
money. _Before_ I find the inevitable computer pricing errors. OTOH,
store management _does_ find me 'useful' on occasion -- one day one of
the customers was griping to the mgr about how _small_ the savings were
that she got, from using the 'store card'. I happened to be standing there,
as he was explaining that the savings varied, depending on _what_ you bought,
and he asked me if he could 'borrow' _my_ receipt, to illustrate -- I had
'only _38%_ savings that day. *grin*
Comment, it is _silly_ to have to play these games -- I much prefer a store
that _always_ prices *everything* at the 'minimum required markup' for them
to make a fair profit. They don't have to run all those big sale ads, which
saves them money, which translates into lower prices on the shelves. For
*everybody*. *BUT*, if the stores _do_ want to 'play games', the important
thing is to 'understand the rules', and then play to maximize _your_ advantage.
Not the 'dumb way' that the store counts on -- and what _most_ of the world
actually does. The 'proof is in the pudding' -- if everybody (or even 'almost'
everybody) concentrated on buying _just_ the 'sale' items any given week, the
stores would *rapidly* terminate the loss-leader practice. I guess I don't
mind the 'stupidity' of the "rest of the world", all that much -- it makes
*my* bills considerably lower. <GRIN>
I went shopping with SWMBO the day before Thanksgiving, something I rarely
do. By the time she got finished with the local grocery chain, she had two
free 15 pound turkeys (to be kept frozen for later use) and had saved $38,
according to the register receipt, on a $150 grocery bill.
She can't cook, but I'll keep her anyway.
Agreed. What killed me with the original post was the unmitigated gall of
"taking a poll" and "agreeing that all seven sets were spoken for". As if
anyone else should be bound by the desires of these five people. And the
greed. As pointed out - one of the "gentlemen" felt he need two sets, no
matter that there weren't enough sets there for everyone. Selfish. That's
all this fellow is, and he posts about this as if he was so noble and the
other fellow there to purchase the same clamps was somehow a lesser
I hate it when they do that crap! I went to Farm & Fleet, and they at
least had the decency to have sufficient numbers of their sale items.
It was pretty amusing watching pallet after pallet of Shop Vacs
brought out and sold out within minutes, but they still had a couple
after an hour or two.
Do what a friend of mine does... send your wife! My friend found out years
ago that his wife always came out better than he did in these kinds of
situations. He's no slouch... successful businessman... and his theory is
that woman are better at this kind of "elbowing your way to the deal stuff."
A Short List Of Life's Greatest Injustices.
Men, women and children in Africa are hacked to death with
Young men following orders go to a distant land where they
are shot at. Some return home in a body bag.
Babies are born to mothers who are junkies.
Babies are born with AIDS.
Someone somewhere is being physically abused every minute of
Some rat bastard got somebody else's Bessy clamps.
OBWW: Bessys? It's right there.
UA100, who will go to the tap, turn it on and pour a glass
full safe and clean water. Later he will curl up in a warm
bed and enjoy a good night's sleep. In the morning he will
travel by private car to a job that he likes and actually
gets paid for...
Some simply for the religious faith to which they ascribe.
And some folks who have gone to a distant land to help the people rebuild
are taken hostage by those unhappy with such progress and have their heads
Yeah, that kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
We've got a lot to be thankful for, sometimes we let the minor annoyances
in life become something completely overwhelming -- maybe because we don't
have real problems that make our very survival an issue.
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