End of HF Coupons?

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    #16
    Originally posted by Toreadorranger View Post

    Just logged into the ITC section for the first time. There is about 200 items that have a member price. With an end date of 2/25/21 so Ill check again after the 25th. Its obviously going to depend on what you want/need to buy but there were some good deals in there. Some small stuff, some big. These two jumped out at me as decent deals.
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    chinese crap chain hoists like that were $40 on ebay a couple years ago

    they've probably realized that there isn't really any competition in the "cheap shit right now" market so prices are gonna go up

    nothern hydraulic was the only competitor I can think of, but they've always been the same shit with different color paint for more money

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      #17
      Originally posted by [486] View Post

      chinese crap chain hoists like that were $40 on ebay a couple years ago

      they've probably realized that there isn't really any competition in the "cheap shit right now" market so prices are gonna go up

      nothern hydraulic was the only competitor I can think of, but they've always been the same shit with different color paint for more money
      Pretty much everything HF sells can be found on eBay for less with a few exceptions where the sheer volume HF buys makes a big enough difference in price to make up for the cost of running stores.

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        #18
        Originally posted by arse_sidewards View Post

        Pretty much everything HF sells can be found on eBay for less with a few exceptions where the sheer volume HF buys makes a big enough difference in price to make up for the cost of running stores.
        Yup. I have found a few things that HF was substantially cheaper on because of this exact reason. Can't recall what it was off the top of my head right now, but they do have a few things (I think chip brushes was one of them...). Also bigger items that they carry in their stores that would be a bitch or costly to ship, due to truck freight, are usually a pretty good deal too!

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          #19
          Originally posted by billybob_81067 View Post

          Yup. I have found a few things that HF was substantially cheaper on because of this exact reason. Can't recall what it was off the top of my head right now, but they do have a few things (I think chip brushes was one of them...). Also bigger items that they carry in their stores that would be a bitch or costly to ship, due to truck freight, are usually a pretty good deal too!
          well something like a wire brush, yeah free shipping just means shipping is built into the price, making a $4 wire brush into $10 buy it now
          buy two and you get to pay for shipping twice

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            #20
            Originally posted by [486] View Post

            well something like a wire brush, yeah free shipping just means shipping is built into the price, making a $4 wire brush into $10 buy it now
            buy two and you get to pay for shipping twice
            On shit like that I started ordering shit by the gross. Bulk purchasing FTMFW.

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              #21
              I've been having a hard time finding the 20% off coupons for the last couple of months. Last weekend they had the 30% off under $10 sale, and 30% off under $20 for ITC members. Since I was looking to buy ten pieces of E-track at $19.99 each, I bought the ITC membership and got a $10 gift card for buying it online. I ended up saving $60 on something I was going to buy anyway. The HF store is 5 minutes from my house, so it's worth buying the membership to me.

              Talking with the cashier, he confirmed that they're phasing out the 20% off, and other decent coupons to push people into buying the ITC memberships.

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                #22
                The coupons and sales were always a joke - they were always for the same things and the "sales" were always "inventory reduction" or "lowest prices of the year" or such. It was basically just an extra fee for anyone dumb enough not to search out a coupon, but then you had to spend a bit of time trying to search out the best coupon or whether the 20% coupon was a better deal. HFQPDB made that a lot easier. Still it was a game.

                Recent years they've really been coming out with some better product. Not just the ICON, but other house brands such as the Doyle and Bremen hand tools and the Bauer power tools. Definitely above the "Chicago" and "Pittsburgh" brands, but much of it is close enough in price to name brands that I'll spend the extra money for the support. I hear HF is working on being better about replacement parts and such, so we'll see.
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                  #23
                  Originally posted by PAToyota View Post
                  The coupons and sales were always a joke - they were always for the same things and the "sales" were always "inventory reduction" or "lowest prices of the year" or such. It was basically just an extra fee for anyone dumb enough not to search out a coupon, but then you had to spend a bit of time trying to search out the best coupon or whether the 20% coupon was a better deal. HFQPDB made that a lot easier. Still it was a game.

                  Recent years they've really been coming out with some better product. Not just the ICON, but other house brands such as the Doyle and Bremen hand tools and the Bauer power tools. Definitely above the "Chicago" and "Pittsburgh" brands, but much of it is close enough in price to name brands that I'll spend the extra money for the support. I hear HF is working on being better about replacement parts and such, so we'll see.
                  They got reamed in a class action suit a few years ago because it was proven that several items were always on sale and had never been sold at "normal" price. I had outfitted a last minute project for work with about $2k worth of shit from HF in the period of the CA claim and ended up getting like $400+ in gift cards from the settlement.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by bgaidan View Post

                    They got reamed in a class action suit a few years ago because it was proven that several items were always on sale and had never been sold at "normal" price. I had outfitted a last minute project for work with about $2k worth of shit from HF in the period of the CA claim and ended up getting like $400+ in gift cards from the settlement.
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                      #25
                      Most stuff at HF worth buying only if its cheap enough.

                      If I have to pay more, I might as well add a little and buy a brand I trust.

                      I dont think this was a wise business choice. They had something that worked, now they changed it. Hell, you can buy a lot of shit with Amazon or Walmart thats delivered free, returnable, cheap, and saves you the trip to the store.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by montrose818 View Post
                        Most stuff at HF worth buying only if its cheap enough.

                        If I have to pay more, I might as well add a little and buy a brand I trust.

                        I dont think this was a wise business choice. They had something that worked, now they changed it. Hell, you can buy a lot of shit with Amazon or Walmart thats delivered free, returnable, cheap, and saves you the trip to the store.
                        I'm giving it 6 months before they start spamming coupons again.


                        Funny, I just moved (signed the contract almost 6 months ago...) and the closest HF was 30 minutes away in VA. About 3 weeks ago they opened a new store 10 minutes from my new house. Now I won't shop there.

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                          #27
                          They are getting too big for their britches IMO. I’m not interested in buying a $200 “Voltan” drill that’s a direct copy of a $220 Milwaukee drill. Their market has been for “disposable”, specialty, and large/lighter use industrial tools.

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                            #28
                            I have their membership. I only buy a few big tickets items per year but it's saved me money vs the cost. Last year I think i saved around $40 all said and done. My first purchase I saved $7 buck after the cost of the renewal.
                            ....Just Add Lightness...

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                              #29
                              Their coupons had become fairly worthless recently anyway. Read the fine print and it said this coupon can’t be used for the following brands, then listed just about every product line other than Chicago Electric.

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                                #30
                                Just bought their vulcan large welding cabinet, looked for days for a coupon and found nothing. Bought it anyways since the price of steel is stupid these days. AT checkout the lady said there is usually a 20% off coupon in the box with no expiration date. Got home put it together and no damm coupon. Sent HF a nice little email, we will see what they have to say.

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