Do you also get those sears emails all the time?
Well, I do, because I linked my home phone number and email address to that “rewards” card they used to have, several years back.
Anyways, I’ve been very skeptical of them lately. Considering I’ve bought little there the last few years, how could I have all this “free cash” to spend?
Well, I read the fine print, for what it’s worth. It didn’t say tools were exluded. I supposedly had $25 in “free cash” to spend, as per a recent email, and it was due to expire on August 21st, so I headed to the closest sears on the 18th. I thought I’d try to call their bluff, it that’s what it was.
I needed a 3/8" drive 6pt deep SAE chrome socket set for home use. The list price was $31.99 plus tax. Fair, I thought, considering the declining quality and origin of the product. I grabbed the socket set and headed over to the cash register. Right upfront, I told the guy I had some “free cash” to spend and wanted to use it. After several minutes of the sales associate . . . who is one of the lifers, by the way . . . telling me it’s not working, not applicable for tools purchases, etc., I told him let’s just forget the whole thing because it doesn’t seem worth the hassle. Then he “tried something else” and bingo . . . the price of the socket set went from $31.99 down to $6.99. Now that’s what I’m talking about
In spite of the fact that Sears is hurting, I saw some interesting trends in the tool department, for what it’s worth. They seem to be concentrating on more kits now. They have brake service kits, in addition to selling the tools individually, for example. Doesn’t matter for me, because I already have that stuff. They also are now stocking the craftsman creeper seat, which was usually only available if you ordered it.
They once again seem to have some craftsman screwdrivers with a decent handle again . . . “extreme grip” . . . they don’t seem quite as good as the old professional line, with the red and black grip, but it might be a good set for somebody that doesn’t yet have one.
Speaking of closings, which have been in the news, as usual . . . the sears near my house is still not on the list. I can’t imagine it’s because of high volume . . . but half of the building is being renovated, presumably for some other business.
I suppose the whole “free cash” idea is an attempt to get you in the store, use the free cash for your intended purchase, and then make some impulse buys.