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Verbiage: OfficeMax rebate, buying early to return to re-buy

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 7

Someone told me about SlickDeals which is reporting that OfficeMax having an in-store special for a Western Digital 8

Someone told me about SlickDeals which is reporting that OfficeMax having an in-store special for a Western Digital 80 GB Hard Drive for twenty dollars after rebate.

The part that gets me is

It is very likely that the HD will be out of stock in the first 5 minutes the store opens. Some stores are already out of stock because people are buying it early, returning and re-buying tomorrow.

People buy it early and return it? That just seems inappropriate. Then again, if someone bought it early *without* knowing about this, they should be able to return it and get the rebate. Or at least it would be nice.

Hmm...

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Humans are unscrupulous by nature (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8081817)

I knew someone in the mid-90s who used to go to CompUSA and buy something to use for up to 30 days. He would then return it saying that it wasn't what he needed and get his money back. In the mean time he had been using the equipment for commercial purposes. I saw him do this with flatbed scanners, various internal cards (video capture, SCSI, etc...) and even HDs. I found the practice deplorable. CompUSA changed their return policy to 14 days and eventually ten days thanks to people like him. So now... I only get ten days to return or exchange an item. His reasoning? It was a good way for him to up his profits in his home based business. What people will do for a buck. People like him are what soured me on capitalism. They are all too common and represent the majority of people in business. That's why I also work for the public sector by choice. It's a good way to avoid having to deal with the slimeballs that run the private sector.

Re:Humans are unscrupulous by nature (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8083520)

Wow.

Thanx for the comment.

Re:Humans are unscrupulous by nature (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8089245)

Instead you work for the slimeballs that take money from people at gunpoint! Not much difference their!

Re:Humans are unscrupulous by nature (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8090948)

Let me put it another way:

Private Sector = The capitalist elite (less than 20% of the population)

Public Sector = The rest of us (more than 80% of the population)

I have no fantasies about how I can be a part of the private sector and "make it" in this world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of Americans who are deluded that they can be part of the capitalist system. Sorry, but it's a Ponzi scheme designed to keep the rich at the top and the fools who think they can get rich at the bottom. I'd far rather be part of a system that says "sorry, we can't guarantee you wealth, but together we can do something to help more people out than a few heartless corporations". Life requires knowledge and intelligence in a far greater way than it requires wealth. Only the sly, cunning and dishonest can benefit from the capitalist system. Those of us who are honest, care about our fellow humans and actually do something to help out have little use for capitalism. Now go away kid, ya bother me. ;P

You're surprised? (1)

dmorin (25609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8082017)

Remember, people do not want what is right. They want what is best for them. The question that's always come to my mind in situations like that is how much you rate your time and energy, in dollars. Like the folks who drive two towns over to get gas for 2cents less per gallon. You have to decide how much effort (in terms of time, scruples, etc...) you're going to put into saving the $$. Sometimes it is borderline ethical (as is the buy, return, rebuy), other times it is flat out dishonest -- "Did you wear this?" "Nope." Some people don't care. That would weigh heavily on me. And there are plenty of people out there that don't clip coupons because they feel that it makes them look poor.

Just this weekend my wife took the Volvo into the shop. They said you need new tires for $550. I said no thanks, I'll shop around. Couple of phone calls, trip to the local NTB, total cost $420. Total extra time spent, about 3 hours. I call that an ok deal. Had it taken me 3 hours to save $50 or something, maybe not -- but I know folks that would.

In general I prefer to do business in stores that honor rebates and such in a given time window. I recently bought a new living room set on a Saturday having seen a flyer with a coupon that apparently started on Tuesday. I asked, they let me have it for the coupon price. That's good business, and I'll go back. Had they said Nope, we're gonna be dicks, come back Tuesday then they might get that sale, but probably not the next one.

You'd think the stores would stop this (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8083316)

Any twit annoying enough to try this should find themselves the newest entry on the "do not sell to these morons" list.

And for 80Gig? Not that I have anything larger, but if you're going to add some capacity to your PC it's hardly worth using up a drive bay for anything less than 200Gig.

Re:You'd think the stores would stop this (1)

FroMan (111520) | more than 10 years ago | (#8086811)

Geesh... I have servers at home with a 40GB drive for data. Even another with only a 3GB, but that one is only firewall and NAT box.

As far as buying 200GB drives only? Bah, nonsense. The one drive I have that is 80GB is one in my desktop that I do audio cleanup of our church sermons on, but it wasn't the size that sold me, but the 8MB cache.

I can see folks that have large multimedia collections buying 200GB drives, but your average end user is not looking for that when they add a new drive.

Anyways, back on topic. I did a short stint at CompUSA while in college. Every Sunday we would have our new flyer hit the local newpaper, and the last page was all rebates that would cause the item to be "free" once they get the rebate back. Usually about 10 minutes after opening we'd be sold through all the rebated stuff, like parallel port cards, 16MB memory sticks, other trivial stuff. Often a customer would purchase multiple items even though the rebate form would say 1 per household. Definitely one of my most hated days to work.
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