Harbor Freight is a dangerous enough place without the allure of tent sales that offer even greater discounts on cheap-ass tools. About 3 months ago Harbor Freight opened up a location about 15 minutes from my house. I held out as long as I could. But when the tent sale flyer arrived in the mail I had to go. It was a moral imperative.
The old man and I headed down and thumbed through the stacked items and leafed through the boxes of overflow with abandon. After about an hour and change both inside the store and out, I came away with a 1-lb. shot hammer for $2, and the parental unit (who had never been to a Harbor Freight before) rolled out with an entire shopping cart full of shiny swag.
Though I always like going, the tent didn’t have anything that the store didn’t have, and most items weren’t really marked down from the normal price. I mean, once you list a 6″ trigger clamp down to a buck how much lower can you really go? I’m not sure what the old man needed with the 8″ survival knife he found for $7 but I’m sure he had a good reason.
I felt proud that I learned my lesson a while back: don’t get purchase-happy. Even if the prices are low or there’s a tent, what you need doesn’t change.
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