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Forum topic by oldcans posted 02-19-2013 01:19 AM 1451 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2013 01:19 AM

A couple days ago I was wandering through Home Depot looking for bargains when I found a stick of quartersawn red oak in the rack. I thought about it for awhile then decided to pay their $3.42 a linear foot asking price for a 1 X 6 X 9’ (that’s almost $34 with tax) piece of wood taking note of the signage all over the store that they would beat any local price by 10%. Today I went into the local hardwood store and purchased the same size board in red oak for $2.75 a board foot or about $11.50 for a nine foot board. I took both reciepts in with me and after about 15 minutes of convincing they gave me back $22 and change. A conversation took place slightly out of earshot that they would not do that again because the local retailers sold lumber in different dimensions than they did. But they came through this time so I’m happy and if I ever come across another pretty piece of lumber at Home Depot I’ll know what to do.

-- Dan, quartersawn oak = oak with stretch marks

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 02:42 AM

Should it really matter what dimension was being used for the sale?

-- Captain Bruce, Washington State

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#2 posted 02-19-2013 03:52 AM

Well, HD charges by linear feet. The cost varies depending the width of the boards and you’re paying extra at HD because they’ve already ripped the boards to usable dimensions. Remember, they’re selling to average consumers who might need oak for a project, not woodworkers who can easily dimension their own lumber. Personally, it seems like comparing apples to oranges.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 02-19-2013 04:23 AM

I was in HD earlier in the week as well. I needed a can of Johnson’s paste wax. I use it on all of my machine tables and beds. HD wanted 6.99 for a 16 ounce can. Using my Iphone I checked the price of the same product at Lowes. They wanted $4.99. I showed the Lowe’s price to the service desk, and they honored the price. Got it for 4.99 and did not have to drive another 10 miles to Lowes.

HD was not having a good week.

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 03:17 AM

HD makes way more $ than it loses with that 10 % deal, so it’s good fun to hit them up for it. One time I nailed them on $1400 worth of tools. They escorted me out of the store (claiming they wanted to make sure I didn’t set off the security system) !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 07:30 PM

I get my 10% off useing my VA card at HD and Lowes both and never have a problem at check out , they just look at the card and ring up the 10% off.
Came in real handy when I was at my Daughters house for Super Bowl week and had a Daddy Do List to take care of , spent over $300 at the 2 stores combined and no problems with the Discount.

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