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May 14, 2017
- The Beantown Lindy
Hop Camp returns June 22-29 to Endicott College in Beveryly, MA.
From the corner booth...
We had seen a really nice stove at a store we'll call Store A. We couldn't afford the stove's retail price but we were considering the sale price offer. That expired before we could do anything about (which wasn't a bad thing).
Last week we were walking through another store ("Store B") and walked by what we thought was the same stove at a much lower price. And it was on sale. (The first stove was a "slide-in" while the second was a "standalone" so they weren't the same stove) The standalone stove cost about two thirds of the slide-in stove (same functionality) and we figured the slide-in stove wasn't worth that kind of money unless we hit the lottery. So we went back and bought the standalone stove the next night and the sales person gave us a price that was even lower than the advertised sale price (wahoo!). We were estatic over our new purchases (my old stove was at least 30 years old, maybe older).
Yesterday we happened to be in yet another store ("Store C") across the street from Store B where we bought the stove and saw the same exact stove for $221 less than what we had paid ($389 less than the marked sale price at Store B). Our jaws dropped. We had overpaid. Big time. All of a sudden, our nice shiny new stove wasn't as wonderful as we had thought.
I was feeling bad about our purchase and went back to Store B to argue for a rebate. Even worse, when we decided to go back to our store where we bought the stove, the sale price was now $388 less than the sale price 7 days ago. We went to their customer service desk and we showed them the price we had paid only a week ago and what the current in-store price was. And they cheerfully refunded the difference. Now we were excited about our new stove again.
- Competition works. I don't know for sure, but I think that when Store C across the street put that stove on sale, Store B where we bought our stove found out and quickly lowered their price. The final sale prices differed only by a dollar.
- Always keep shopping even after you bought the product. We managed to recover a few hundred dollars. I had been ready to return the stove, even though it had been delivered and unwrapped. It's not like we were going to receive a surprise rebate check in the mail; you have to go chase it down.
See you on the dance floor.
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