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jerkylips

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987 days ago

I get these emails from Amazon because I signed up for “amazon moms” (they don’t have an “amazon dads” for some reason) to get discounts on diapers. Now, any time I search for something on amazon, I get emails the next day saying, “you might be interested in…” and the stuff i was looking for. Today, I got this -
ladder

Anyway, that’s not my beef right now. Last year, I bought a Werner 24 ft mulit-ladder at Home Depot. It was $149 & I was able to use a Harbor Freight 20% coupon & get it for $120. I just got one of these Amazon emails offering 73% off a similar ladder, that was “only” $150. “List Price” was $500!!! I guess it’s another “buyer beware” lesson – don’t assume that it’s a good price without doing your homework..

p.s. If anyone has small children & needs diapers, Amazon IS the place to get them – probably 40% cheaper than anything I can find locally…


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 987 days ago

That’s probably my only gripe with Amazon.

If you take advantage of the free shipping and no sales tax, they are usually the cheapest place to buy most anything. However, they do seem to use inflated prices when they tell you how much you are “saving”.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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DS

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#2 posted 987 days ago

Wait… HD accepts HF coupons????
Otherwise, the $149 HD price compares nicely to the $145 Amazon price on your link.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Lifesaver2000

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#3 posted 987 days ago

I see these kinds of tool “deals” on there a lot also. It always pays to do some looking around before hitting the buy button.

I have an extension for Firefox that will automatically search a long list of sites when you are on the page for a retail item, and then will tell you the best price it can find, or tell you that the page you have is the best one. It is on my other computer that I don’t have access to right now, but I can say it really works well, and will at times find deals that really beat Amazon. But, most of the time Amazon will have the best price, especially if you consider the free shipping.

As for the “you might be interested in…” thing, I find that a bit annoying too. Easiest way to avoid that is to not be signed in to Amazon when you are browsing for items. Then they don’t know who you are.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 987 days ago

It seems like anytime they send a recommendation it’s a lousy deal. Why don’t they send notifications when the PC690LR went on sale for $91 shipped with a free PC343K sander, or the Milwaukee 5625 with free palm sander for $189 shipped, or the Forrest 30T WWII for $59 shipped? I pretty much ignore them until a crazy deal pops up.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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DS

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#5 posted 987 days ago

My main gripe with Amazon is they usually recommend stuff that I just bought and am no longer in the market for.
Also, it remembers EVERYTHING you EVER bought—like the CD of old timey cowboy music I bought as a gift about 8 years ago. Now, every once in a while, I’ll get a page full of cowboy song CDs out of the blue.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Lifesaver2000

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#6 posted 987 days ago

DS251, you can go to your account page on Amazon, and mark items that were bought as a gift as such, then it won’t be used for your recommendations. You can also just mark that you don’t want that item used for recommendations I believe.

When I found this out, I went through and mark the three seasons of “One Tree Hill” I bought for my daughter as a gift, and I don’t get deals on “Gilmore Girls” anymore (Thank goodness!)

All you have to do is click the “Fix this recommendation” link, and it tells you what items cause that recommendation to be there, and lets you fix it.

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syenefarmer

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#7 posted 987 days ago

It seems like almost every single marketing email I receive nowadays isn’t even worth the time it takes to open it up. True deals are almost nonexistant and most “sale prices” are somebody elses everyday price. I can’t remember the last time I bought something based on an email that I received.

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DS

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#8 posted 987 days ago

@Lifesaver: Thanks for the tip.. I will definately look into that.

Did jerkylips say he used a Harbor Frieght coupon at Home Depot?
Do they really do that? Is that for real?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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David

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#9 posted 987 days ago

I bought the Ridgid EB4424 spindle sander from HD using a HF coupon, listed for $200 the 20% off brought it down to about $170 after tax. I paid cash since I’m paranoid that some manager wouldn’t like it and charge my card, but yeah, it works. I keep a HF 20% coupon in my wallet at all times.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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KenBee

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#10 posted 987 days ago

I had some questions about finishing a few days ago and was informed by ChuckV of a finishing book called “Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner”. I went to Amazon to check it out and the price was something like $25.00 marked down from 30 something dollars. I thought what the heck and tried my luck on EBay. I found several of the books from $1.00 up to $50.00 (New and Used). I ended up with a brand new one for $9.50 and free shipping. I do a lot of buying off Amazon and am a Prime Member so I get free shipping on most items. There are certain items I prefer buying from Amazon rather than EBay even though I cold get it cheaper off EBay in most cases. Mostly because Amazon usually has a better description and reviews from buyers.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 986 days ago

I know that this kind of thing is annoying; however, I still save a ton of money when I buy from them – especially on books.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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jerkylips

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#12 posted 986 days ago

DS – yes, Home Depot MAY take the HF coupons. Their official policy is that price/coupon matching is up to the discretion of the store manager. I’ve used the 20% off one item coupon a few times, but I also know a couple people that said they weren’t allowed to use them. THey may also look at regular price vs. sale price when I got the ladder, it had been on sale for something like $139, but they gave me 20% the regular price. It was a year ago, so I don’t remember exactly..

Here’s one that I maybe shouldn’t share.. 2 years ago or so, I needed a new snowblower. Home Depot had the one I wanted, so I took the 20% off coupon in & asked if I could use it. The manager asked me if HF sold snowblowers. I honestly wasn’t sure, so I said, “yeah…of course they do…”. She agreed to give me 20% off. Six months later, I went in to get that ladder. The same manager was working, but obviously didn’t remember me. She says, “I need to check HF’s website to make sure they sell these. I got in trouble a while ago because I gave someone 20% off a snowblower & HF doesn’t even sell them..” I think I still have bite marks on the inside of my cheek from trying to keep myself from laughing….

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Grandpa

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#13 posted 986 days ago

I own that 22 ft. ladder (Werner also makes a shorter version). I bought it at the standard price in Lowe’s for $199. Not on sale and no coupon. I think the $573 or whatever should be watched. That frustrates me because I also have gotten a couple of fairly good deals off Amazon.

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StumpyNubs

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#14 posted 986 days ago

I sign up for EVERYTHING that may increase my virtual junk mail. I pass my email address out all over the place, fill out those free drawing forms at the mall, enter to win those free windows or gutters, I post my email on random message boards and even send it directly to email marketing companies.

I’m trying to put the post office out of business.

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Grandpa

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#15 posted 986 days ago

And you are doing a pretty good job I might add. LOL

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