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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]


11 Responses to Deals: ACE Hardware’s Bag Sale this Saturday

  1. Rick says:

    After the lawyers were done, they should have sent it over to their 2nd grade Spelling teacher for review.
    sity stickers? what are those?


  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Rick: That’s my fault. Since it wasn’t copy/paste-able from the site, I had to type it, and I was lazy.

    So yes, blame them for bringing down a perfectly-interesting sale with legalese that makes it mean very little, but you can blame me for “phoen orders” and “sity stickers.”


  3. nrChris says:

    Thanks for the heads up. 10% off of a powertool is probably worthwhile. Maybe my socket set gets crossed off the list on Saturday. Anyone who makes a Saturday sale purchase should regroup and post here. I am always keen to see what others choose to purchase.

  4. Rick says:

    Ooops.. sorry Chuck… hehe

  5. Roscoe says:

    As much as I love to support local hardwares, you’re likely to spend more by “saving” 10% at Ace on a Power Tool, than buying it elsewhere at regular cost.

  6. Chuck Cage says:

    I’m guessing that it’d be handy for, say, purchasing a ton of fasteners for a project or some dimmers for the house, etc.

    My rant aside, I’m actually a fan of ACE when it comes to good ‘ole hardware purchases. I was bummed when they rolled up their carpets and went home from Texas. I’ve got a Home Depot and a Lowe’s both within a mile of me, but neither brings the associate expertise that I used to get with ACE.

    Roscoe, you have a point about power tools, though. I rarely go into a store to “shop” for power tools; generally, I’ve already done my research and am just looking for the best price/most convenient purchase. I’d even mail-order power tools. But when I’m looking for hardware stuff, I often have questions, and I’m not quite as price-sensitive.

  7. Me says:

    I agree about going to ACE for hardware. It is the first place I try for any type of fastener or hardware. And on the rare occasion they don’t have what I need, they are always willing to order it for me. Long live the hometown hardware store!!!

  8. I agree – when I was building a playset, trying to find carriage bolts at Home Depot and Lowes was fruitless, but Ace had them in stock.

  9. Fred Findlay says:

    Can I take my ACE bag to Home Depot or Lowes and get them to price match?

  10. Rick says:

    I agree with a number of you.. I’ve got a Home Depot that just opened about 2 miles from me. It’s great – open 24 hours, blah blah blah..
    But I have an old family owned hardware store that’s been in town for three generations. There hours are more limited (closed Sundays, etc.) But when I have a question about something, I usually go there. Chances are I could get the same toilet tank part, or faucet washer set from Home Depot for less, often times much less.. But it’s just not worth the hassle and aggravation of looking for it, not knowing quite what I need, and/or trying to explain it to some snot-nosed high school kid whose never seen the inside of a toilet tank. The guys at the hardware store have been there 5+ years each. Some for as many as 20 and 30 years. And it’s not just one guy. The owner is one, but he’s got at least 4 or 5 other knowledgeable guys, and I’m confident that I can go in and speak to any one of them, get the answer I need, and 9 times out of 10 get the item I need. If they don’t have it they can order it, or they’ll point me in the right direction of where to get it. (Like a good plumbing supply for some obscure item, etc.)

    I think there’s a place for both. Lamentably I don’t do most of my shopping at the mom and pop place, and I don’t know if that’s a sustainable model to help people for 10 minutes, answer all of their questions, and only make a $1.99 sale out of it. Granted I’ll often spend more there, but more often than not it’s of to the Depot I go. Home Depot is definitely eating their lunch, and it should be interesting to see what happens now that there’s one so close. They just opened it on Feb 1, and previously there were three within 15 miles, but they involved either a rather long drive (25-30 minutes) or a toll bridge with lots of traffic, or a toll road in the other direction with lots of traffic. But now it’s a 7 minute drive around a lake and you’re there.

  11. olderty says:

    20% off?? That oughta bring the price of there stuff back down into a reasonable range.

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