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Forum topic by Carloz posted 06-14-2017 03:59 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carloz

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06-14-2017 03:59 PM

You have to be very careful even with most respected merchants. Today I received an ad from CPO with one in lifetime opportunity to buy refurbished kit with a huge discount for only 349.99.
HD has it brand new, not on sale but still for the same 349.99.


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 04:15 PM

Yeah, you have to be suspicious of most “sales”.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 05:11 PM

Sneaky implies they are trying to trick you and I don’t see anything sneaky about the ad. It’s clear on what it is and the price they want for it. It’s just bad timing for them that HD put the kit on sale for the same price (check the price at other merchants). Sneaky would be selling a reconditioned kit as new.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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SignWave

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 05:43 PM

At the risk of being pedantic, Rick, selling a reconditioned kit as new would be fraudulent. I would put that well above “sneaky”.

I do agree with you, though, that as a purchaser you are obliged to comparison shop for price. One cannot blame a retailer for their own lack of due diligence. And you cannot blame the retailer because another merchant put an item on sale. It’s part of a free market.

If CPO had the same thing new (not reconditioned) for the same price, then that would qualify as “sneaky” in my book.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 06-14-2017 06:04 PM



At the risk of being pedantic, Rick, selling a reconditioned kit as new would be fraudulent. I would put that well above “sneaky”.
- SignWave

You aren’t being pedantic, you are being “argumentative.”

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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BenDupre

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#5 posted 06-14-2017 06:13 PM


You aren t being pedantic, you are being “argumentative.”

- Rick M


Now that’s pedantic!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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Woodknack

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#6 posted 06-14-2017 07:33 PM



Now that s pedantic!

- BenDupre

I’m glad someone got it. :)

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 06-14-2017 08:07 PM

I’ve noticed this with virtually everything you can buy, groceries come to mind in particular as they represent one of my major expenses. I’ve seen meat for x price then the sales flyer states it’s on sale for 50% off the next week but the price is only $0.10/lb cheaper than the previous week which means they grocer would have had to nearly double the price before putting it on sale.
Kohl’s has taken a different approach, having constant sales you can’t figure out what your purchase price might be on any given day as many items have digital price tags on them allowing instant price adjustments which predictably vary depending on the sale they have going on during any given day.
I don’t find these actions to be nefarious but to avoid unnecessarily spending more than you might want to, diligently checking prices is a must.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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BenDupre

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#8 posted 06-14-2017 08:40 PM

Look what happened to JC Penney when they tried to implement honest pricing… almost drove them completely out of business. Customers completely revolted.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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ArtMann

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#9 posted 06-14-2017 08:51 PM

You mean JC Penney is still in business?

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