"We have an exclusive coupon just for you! Use it to slice 20% off the
regular price of the item of your choice."
"This offer is for Internet orders only at Rockler.com and excludes sale
items, power tools, Leigh jigs, Porter Cable dovetail jigs, Festool
products, CNC Shark, Rockwell Jawhorse, Rockwell Blade Runner, Power
Sharpening systems, Direct Ship items and Rockler Gift Cards. This offer
cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous orders. This
offer not valid on RocklerPro.com. Hurry, offer expires 8/7/11. Rockler
Woodworking and Hardware reserves the right to limit quantities, correct
errors or omissions and modify or end this promotion at any time."
Nuff said ...
When I buy something at the local Woodcraft and they ask if I have any
coupons, I always make sure the owner hears me reply, "Yes, but it says
right here, in small print, 'not valid on anything you'd actually want
to buy,'" just so he gets some customer feedback about how annoying
their "coupons" are. :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that feels that way. It seems like
they email them twice a week too. It occurred to me that listing brands
on the coupons is a form of marketing for the brands that are excluded:
When you read
"Festool products, CNC Shark, Rockwell Jawhorse, Rockwell Blade Runner,
Power Sharpening systems"
twice a week, something is bound to stick. Notice that this list is Not
in alphabetical order, and that the brands are mentioned toward the
beginning of the coupon. Mere coincidence? Ha. I really have no way of
knowing...I'm just sayin'.
Sears often advertises "10% off every appliance" with no disclaimers. Go into
the store and you find that certain brands are excluded. Always Electrolux,
for instance. There are some items (Festool, Leigh and PC jigs, for sure) are
price controlled by the manufacturer. The margins on power tools would make
such a sale impossible. Other than that, yes, it's a come-on. What
I've always been suspect of sales. I've been seeing more of this sort of ad
recently. The first were from HF. Since they have little I want, at any
price, I guess I'm jaded to the copycats. When one of these sales comes
along, I will look through Rockler's (or Woodcraft's) catalog to see if there
is anything I want that the sale makes worthwhile buying now. Sometimes they
set a hook but not often.
BTW, just for kicks, I added a Laguna Drift Master fence ($400) to the basket.
Nope, the sale didn't take. Did I miss something in the exclusion list? ;-)
Rockler also sent out a bunch of coupons ($5 off $15, $10 off $50, and $20 off
$100, IIRC), good in-store. I'll bring them along when I go up to Atlanta,
LOL. ... and got a house full of estrogen to boot ... the girls just got
back from a ten day musical tour in Alabama, Texas, Florida, Louisiana
at three this morning and are heading to all points of the compass. Can
you spell Trips to the airport?
Actually, it's good to have them all back. They can mow. :)
I just recieved notice of a 2 day only sale at Sears, 5% of
electronics--and, in the very fine print, they excluded Samsung, Song,
LG, and Panasonic, among others. It left me a little perturbed.
Now imagine having shown up at their door, only to be told that they were just
kidding. Sears is about the only company that I will no longer do business
with. The last "tool sale" was the final straw, not that I've bought much
there in decades anyway.
I thought the 5% off electronics was pretty minimal anyway. Then to
exclude Samsung, Sony, LG, and Panasonic. And all electronics under
$799. Gosh, what's left? Yeah, Bose and Onkyo were excluded too.
Yep, it just made me mad that they wasted my time presenting me with an
offer that was so hard to decipher. Of course, that's the whole point...
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