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|User Info||Last Minute Christmas Shopping WARNING; entered at 2011-12-24 18:40:28|
What's to stop people from doing the following...?|
0. Find a great item, cheap, with free ship-to-store on Waldomart.com. Note the price.
1. Go buy the item at the local Waldomart, ignoring the price (be sure the UPC #'s match.) Double your pleasure, double your fun: Use your credit card!
2. Go back home and order the online item using free ship-to-store, at the lower online price (assuming the difference is large enough to make it worth the trouble.) Use that damn credit card again.
3. Give the gift acquired in step 1 to the loved one, or put it to use at home. Whatever...
4. When the ship-to-store item arrives, go to Waldomart, pick up the item and take it out to your car, remove all the shipping boxes/packing material, walk straight back in to the return counter with the unopened inner package, and return it on the receipt received in step 1. You pocket the difference.
5. (Optional/extra credit) After you get the refund, tell the local Waldomart manager what you did. Explain why.
Yes, it's a waste of some of your time, but if you need the item now, you need it. If the savings are substantial, then it's worth your time.
If Waldomart corp. is that stupid, it deserves what it gets. Not only have you acquired the item at the lower price, but Waldomart incurred much higher costs for the transaction than if they'd honored the online price in-store in the first place. Credit-card fees, employee time, shipping, you name it.
( ^--- that's Waldomart up front there, taking a 'return'. )
(And yes, you can return the ship-to-store stuff at the local store, no questions asked.)
If you shop at the local Waldomart store anyway, you're going to be going there often enough so that the extra trip isn't really extra.
Oh, and you can do pretty much the same thing if you bought the jacked-up priced item at the store and came home to find out the online version is much cheaper (if they won't refund the difference at the store when you show them the online price) -- just order the UPC-matching item with the free shipping, when it arrives, return it on the original receipt. Waldomart matches returns using the UPC that's listed on the receipt, and the inner package is unopened, so...
I see no reason why the same technique wouldn't work with Burst Buy, or any clicks-and-mortar retailer. As long as the return window isn't so short that you can't receive the ship-to-store item soon enough to do it that way (Waldomart is fine, but Burst Buy might be tougher -- 30 days? or 15 for computers?)
Last modified: 2011-12-24 18:57:03 by bsfootprint