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adamsautoadvice 01-02-2011 09:21 AM

HF New 20% Off Coupon Restrictions
 
I noticed Harbor Freight has new restrictions on their 20% Off Coupons they print in various magazines. You aren't allowed to use the coupons on Compressors, Generators, Tool Cabinets, Welders, Floor Jacks, and Campbell Hausfield products. Thought people should be aware!

adamsautoadvice 01-02-2011 09:24 AM

December MotoTrend
 
I did notice in the December MotorTrend the 20% Off Coupon doesn't have the restrictions stated on it. It's valid through 3/9/11, so you could probably still try to use it on those products if you want.

oldred 01-02-2011 09:48 AM

There have been a lot of changes lately and not for the good either. The story I heard is that the old man who founded HF turned over operations to his son who then promptly squandered the company's assets buying everything from mansions to super expensive paintings and art works then after an argument ensued the son had him thrown out -literally and he was told "not to come back"! They have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle but it looks as if the son is going to remain in charge. Price increases have been the most obvious change and when prices go up what's the point in even shopping there? Other things like eliminating the direct-to-store ordering for large items, which eliminated freight charges, and the as yet unsubstantiated story that they have been contracting for even cheaper goods (this seems to have been the case with a popular grinder I bought recently, much cheaper constructed) all add up to even less reason to go there. HF's success has been due to more than just low prices and if prices continue to increase and services and promotions decrease I think their future could be in doubt, JMO however. At this point it makes little difference to me because in the past I enjoyed going to the store and looking for the bargains but no more, the price increases and that POS grinder with the plastic gear case was it for me I am done with them.

BOBCRMAN@aol.com 01-02-2011 10:23 AM

They won't honor the magazine coupons for the exempted items in this area. Just last week I attempted to buy a 5500 generator as a gift to a relative.. Best I could get was an "open box" discount of $50.00 that they got back when the extra 1 yr.warranty was added..

Crosley 01-02-2011 10:31 AM

Harbor Freight prints these coupons in many mags. Rider magazine(motorcycles) has the coupons each month from mid 2010.

these coupons have the restrictions on them mentioned like generators, welders, floor jacks, blow out sales, open boxes ect..

The restrictions are interesting , since I bought a floor jack months ago with a 20% coupon from Rider mag

When in doubt read the coupon limits notice

adamsautoadvice 01-02-2011 12:23 PM

I guess too many people were using the coupons on those items. What else are you going to use those 20% off coupons on though?

oldred 01-02-2011 02:14 PM

I used a coupon to buy a $3999.00 lathe with, it was already on sale at a hefty sale price reduction at $3199. Then using the coupon I had the thing delivered to the store for pick up sales tax and all for about $2700.00, the coupon knocked off over $640.00 from the sale price. The thing is I read on another forum about another guy who had just done the exact same thing and that is what spurred me on to buy the thing, it sounded to good to be true but I did just as he did and sure enough they never even blinked when I gave them the coupon the girl just took off the $640 and gave me my receipt. I since heard from another guy who also bought this same item and had no trouble with getting the coupon honored but I guess it's sales like those that have brought an end to using these coupons on big ticket items. To bad the coupon can no longer be used on compressors since with a 20% (it was 25% during Christmas) off coupon and a sale price, which they often are, the US General two stage compressor they have would have been a real steal!

NEW INTERIORS 01-02-2011 03:53 PM

It has a lot to do with the person checking you out too... :thumbup: They usually don't follow the rules here.. :D

adamsautoadvice 01-02-2011 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
It has a lot to do with the person checking you out too... :thumbup: They usually don't follow the rules here.. :D

Are you saying you've been able to use the coupons on some of the banned items?

scrot 01-02-2011 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldred
There have been a lot of changes lately and not for the good either. Tnd services and promotions decrease I think their future could be in doubt, JMO however. At this point it makes little difference to me because in the past I enjoyed going to the store and looking for the bargains but no more, the price increases and that POS grinder with the plastic gear case was it for me I am done with them.

Let me guess. It was a Drill Master brand.
http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...image_6278.jpg

NEW INTERIORS 01-02-2011 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by adamsautoadvice
Are you saying you've been able to use the coupons on some of the banned items?

No !! I haven't..Never need any of them to try.. But your not suppose to use it on sale items.. But they will, And also when they say limit only 1 item.. You can get as many as you want.. :mwink: I do know that much.. But as far as what your asking,, No I have not,, But I really think it will fly here.. :D

oldred 01-02-2011 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scrot
Let me guess. It was a Drill Master brand.
http://www.harborfreight.com/media/c...image_6278.jpg


Nope not the "Drill Master" I already know about them but it is the Chicago Electric grinder that has been such a big seller for them for so long. These things have earned quite a reputation for the price and I have several of them, all have been good ones. They were Orange in color for a long time but now they are a dark color although at first glance everything else appears to be the same, however when I took my new out of the box I noticed the lower portion of the gear box (the part that the main shaft bearing sits in) is now made of plastic instead of Aluminum like the older ones! Overall the thing just does not feel right and seems to be lighter by quite a bit more than that piece of plastic should account for, time will tell but I already have serious doubts.

oldred 01-02-2011 08:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NEW INTERIORS
your not suppose to use it on sale items..


Not quite true, they could be used for sale items but could not be combined with another coupon so sale items that required an E-mail or sales flier coupon would not work, anything that was just "on sale" and did not require a coupon could be bought using the 20% off coupon. They apparently still can be used for some sale items but the exceptions on the coupon do mention they can not be used for "parking lot" sales, "tent sales" and a couple of others but it looks as if they still work with general sale items that do not also require another coupon.

NEW INTERIORS 01-02-2011 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldred
Not quite true,


I can see things are a little different in the store's in Tennessee... :mwink:

cutthroatkid 01-02-2011 10:25 PM

I just bought a welder yesterday&they wouldn't take my 20% off coupon,But I still talked the guy down from 109.99 to 89.99.Im sorry but those guys that they have working there are not too smart.I asked the manager where there fuel line wrenches were&he had to ask one of his employees what they were&that guy then took me to the sockets7handed me a ratchet.I asked another guy if they had 28 degree framing nails &he said...umm I'm not sure do you have a product number?Everybody there cant find squat without a product number.


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