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i bought an inflatable santa clause in a chair couple weeks ago as a gift for a friend for a friend and they call me today and tell me that they still have the same one at lowes for 50% off now.....my friend wants me to go and return it for the cheaper one....does lowes do this? Or do they not do it on seasonal item.

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I think if you do it as a regular return first and then re-buy the one at 50% off it will serve the same purpose but do it before Dec. 25 because after Christmas I dont think they will take back any seasonal items!!

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buy the one at 50% off and then go to the returns counter with your receipt from the first one.

This way, you have the item NEW IN BOX when you go to the return counter.

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Not sure about Lowes, but some stores, like Target, will only give you the current clearance price on seasonal items to prevent people from doing stuff like this (which isn't terribly ethical even if they allow it)

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I'm thinking that they do not. Seasonal items are usually excluded from the practice of price matching and sale price refunds because they usually don't go "on sale" they go on "clearance" which is totally different. I agree too, the ethics of pulling off that sort of "scam" is poor. It's essentially stealing 50%.

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Nod to the difference between 'Sale' and 'Clearance' that others have posted.

If it went on sale - a time limited thing where the regular price will be back in effect after - I'd take it in and get the difference. (Actually to be fair,I would do the new for old thing: Buy the new one at 50% off, then return it with the full price receipt. That way they can still sell it, and I keep the one I've had up for several weeks).

Once it goes on clearance - a non-time limited permanent reduction in price - all bets are off.

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I've worked the retail circuit, yes, you can take back "clearance items", but they must be "defective", if you tell them you just changed your mind or try to give them a receipt DATED before the clearance sale, you're going to get busted and they will be calling the store manager in to investigate. Some stores WILL PRESS CHARGES for FRAUD under these type of returns. Believe me it happens. Your friend needs to be happy with what you bought him and at the price paid for it, if it isn't defective and everything is okay, I'd really recommend you not even attempt or try this. And as others have stated, it is unethical and retail stores do press charges a lot more often now than they used to.

And I'd hate to see anyone get arrested, get a record and even possibly end up in jail over doing something as stupid as this would amount too. It's NOT worth it or the chance!

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For sales, Lowes is very friendly about price matching. We bought a ceiling fan and it went on sale the next day and they gave us the difference back and were very nice about it.

I am having problems with some lights on my roof that I bought earlier this season, and I went to take them down today to return and they took them back and refunded me what I paid for them. This was for a defective product.

You can take those scenrios and decide what you think their reaction would be, but I think going back for the difference on a clearance sale is unethical.

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Guest evy30

i just kept the item and the friend paid me full price for the inflatable. It wasnt really a big deal to me because it wasnt my money i just didnt want to go into the store and look like an idiot. thanks everyone

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i just kept the item and the friend paid me full price for the inflatable. It wasnt really a big deal to me because it wasnt my money i just didnt want to go into the store and look like an idiot. thanks everyone

So it sounds like you did a "favor" for them. I think people here on PC got a little confused including myself because by using the word "gift" it gave the impression that you bought it and gave it to them as a kind of present which sounded a little strange that they wanted you to take it back.

I agree with Tim on others on this thread that it is unethical to try and get discounts on stuff you have already purchased because the season is over.

I understand getting a refund on something you just bought and then it went "on sale" a few days latter but I am surprised by the some of the stories I hear on these boards like when lights get discounted 50% after Christmas and they buy a bunch and then after a few days when it goes to 75% they think they can go back to the store and get the difference between the 50% and 75%. Most stores would not refund you the difference but I am surprised that people even try.

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I bought a chop saw at Lowe's several years ago and when they put it on sale for 1/2 price a couple of weeks later, I tried to see if they would refund the difference. Seeing as it was still in the box they would have given be a full refund but they would not have put it back out so I could buy it again at the sale price. The store mgr was rather abrupt about it.

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I bought a chop saw at Lowe's several years ago and when they put it on sale for 1/2 price a couple of weeks later, I tried to see if they would refund the difference. Seeing as it was still in the box they would have given be a full refund but they would not have put it back out so I could buy it again at the sale price. The store mgr was rather abrupt about it.

Then you got screwed. One of the first things they have at Lowes is a sign that talks about "if you find a lower price within 30 days purchase, bring the item back in for a refund and if the lower price is with a competitor, they match + 10%".

What Richard's referring to are seasonal clearance items that they don't stock year 'round.

Now, if by "sale" in your post above you mean that the item was moving to "non-stock" or clearance, then it falls into the class similar to seasonal items and you're right, they wouldn't refund the difference....

Ethically, in the case of the chop saw, I would have had no qualms about taking the thing back and demanding a refund of the 50%, I mean, you didn't know it was going to go 50% off. In the case of the Christmas lights, that is a different story... everybody and their brother know that the lights go 50%//75%//90% off... and what dates they do it on! ;)

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Walmart will only refund you the clearance price even if your receipt has the original price, or that is what happened with me, at one walmart, it might be different elsewhere. I returned some lights for Mom back in December that had gone on sale.

Target here is really tough about returns, they would only give in store credit for that department once and I had a gift receipt. I avoid buying wedding or baby shower gifts at Target for that reason now.

My Sister-in-Law said they are putting some limit on your drivers license at Walmart now, like 3 returns without a receipt per drivers license, I haven't checked this out yet.

I am terrible about taking things back, I usually keep forgetting until the time is past. Now I have like 9 boxes of those 100ct minis from walmart that are only 1/2 working that I kept forgetting to return.

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I am terrible about taking things back, I usually keep forgetting until the time is past. Now I have like 9 boxes of those 100ct minis from walmart that are only 1/2 working that I kept forgetting to return.

If you had a Buzz Box or Light Keeper Pro you could fix ALL 9 of your light strings in about 10 to 15 minutes and not have to feel bad about not returning them. You would only have to feel bad that you didn't get more lights.:)

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If you had a Buzz Box or Light Keeper Pro you could fix ALL 9 of your light strings in about 10 to 15 minutes and not have to feel bad about not returning them. You would only have to feel bad that you didn't get more lights.:)

Which one is the best?

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Which one is the best?

I have had the most success from the Buzz Box, but you could easily buy 7 Light Keeper Pros for the cost of a single Buzz Box.

Buzz Box $150

Light Keeper Pro $19.95

Most of the strings I fixed this year came from garage sales. The VAST majority of the time the string was fixed by simply plugging the string into the Buzz Box, isolating the 50 or fewer bulbs that were not working and pressing the magic red button. The portion of the string that was "broken" would light up except for a single bulb. Simply replaced the burned out bulb and all is well.

I did fix one string with the LKP. The string was on my Mega Tree and using the Buzz Box didn't help. I then broke out the LKP and used the Voltage Tester portion of the unit. I found a place where a light bulb socket had come apart. I didn't see it before and the wires were too far apart for them to Buzz when the red button was pressed. I wired around the socket and all is well again.

I think there is a place for both tools, but I have utilized the Buzz Box more.

Hope this helps and doesn't muddy the waters.

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My Sister-in-Law said they are putting some limit on your drivers license at Walmart now, like 3 returns without a receipt per drivers license, I haven't checked this out yet.

Yeah they do limits so people don't abuse the situation.

I have a brother-in-law that did so many returns even with a receipt that they told him he is limited to 3 returns a year now. He would always be buying stuff, use it for something, and then return it. I find it unethical doing that kind of stuff. I had a friend once that bought a scanner so he could scan a bunch of stuff in and then returned it when he was done with his project. :(

I admit that I did do one thing thing at wal-mart that was kind of in a gray area.

I bought about 200 boxes of white that were on sale after Christmas one year. In the summer I started working on my arches in the summer and noticed that half of them (100 boxes) were defective. On some of them the bulbs were very loose and just brushing your hand over them result in the bulbs falling out. The lights were to small for the socket. Here is a photo showing the bad and good ones from the same walmart.

good-bad-lights.jpg

When walmart put out their Christmas lights the following year I took them back without a receipt and traded them for new ones. I did not volunteer the information that I bought them on clearance the year before.

I figured I was sold defective product and I was just trying to replace what I bought already.

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