ACE Hardware’ll give you 20% off (almost) anything you can fit inside one of their 17″ x 11-3/4″ bags this Saturday. As you might imagine, there are some restrictions. Here’s the small print:
“Power tools and small appliances qualify for a 10% discount. Offer valid Feb. 17, 2007. Discount applies to the regular price of in-stock merchandise that can fit inside the 17″ x 11-3/4″ bag at one time. Individual items can be up to twice the bag height (34″), however multiple stacked items cannot exceed the height of the bag (17″). Merchandise placed in the bag must retain its original packaging. Excludes Best Buys, sale items, city stickers, gift cards, on-line purchases and other items that each participating store may designate. Discount does not apply to phone orders, special orders or store charge accounts. No rain checks will be given. Limit one bag and one offer redemption per customer while supplies last. Void where prohibited.”
This, my friends, is what happens when you take a very cool idea — a “bag sale” — and run it past a pack of lawyers. Wouldn’t it just be easier to take the loss on the one sale where some guy stuffs a ladder in the bag and won’t back down — this is probably, by the way, the same asshole who tapes a refrigerator to his suitcase at the airport and calls it “carry-on” — and take the huge windfall of people who aren’t dicks but might skip the sale because the item they’re interested in might be one of the ones your participating store may designate?
Whining aside, if you’re planning on buying something reasonably small in size from ACE, Saturday might not be a bad day to do it.
ACE Hardware [Corporate Site]