Long time TM reader Stuey emailed us today with his analysis of Craftsman’s Father’s Day sale specials. He’s found a few interesting discrepancies, especially when comparing the “sale” prices to standard catalog prices. In short: many “sale” items are actually sold for similar prices every day in the catalog. Read on past the jump for details.
Stuey writes: “Today I went to pick up one of Craftsman’s 80th anniversary 6-drawer ball bearing chests. I was thrilled at the $120 price. Once home I rifled through my 2007-2008 catalog and noticed a few discrepancies between prices in the catalog and prices at the store.”
“Then I spent a few minutes online checking things out.”
“Product #0959902 is a red 6-drawer ball bearing box. The catalog lists the price as $140. The online and in-store prices put it at $170 typically and $153 on sale. Item #0961806 is the same thing in blue, with a $140 catalog price. The online price reflects $140 normal price and $126 on sale, but it’s only available for pickup in 3 weeks or delivery.”
“Item #0961805 is the same in black and marked at the correct price but also is not available immediately in stores. However, item #0959294 is available in stores, and for $153. This is identical to the previously mentioned black chest except for the fact that it’s immediately available in stores.”
“There’s more: Consider item #0962396 — a black quiet-glide 8-drawer unit marked with a catalog price of $160. The online and in-store price is marked down from $190 to a price of $150. $40 savings is hot, $10 is not.”
“This doesn’t only happen on metal chests, either. A tote (#0959627) that’s ‘on sale’ for $50 after $10 off, is listed for $50 in the catalog. I’ve found a few more instances where the in-store ‘sale price’ is very close to or more expensive than the catalog price.”
“I’m aware that some retailers *cough* Macys *cough* do things like this, but I didn’t expect it from Sears. This is just a warning in case you want to buy something on impulse. Certain things they might have marked up just for Father’s day (like the barbecue set that’s “on sale”), and it’s not worth it to check to see if a wrench is listed for 20 cents cheaper in the catalog, but watch out on those big purchases.”
Thanks, Stuey, for taking the time to suss this out and possibly save us all a few bucks this Father’s Day.