Spendy spendy spendy

11 Dec

Gentle reader, I have a question.

Where does “gaming the system” stop and “being stingy” start?

See, I have managed to put together quite the chain of events, but I am worried that I might be going just a smidge over the line.

Let me give you the background.

1. The big department store in town just moved its furniture department to a new building. To “celebrate” (ie to entice customers over there), they are giving customers with a store loyalty card 35% off the price of all furniture ordered from that store.

2. We need a new sofa.

3. I have a store loyalty card.

That seems pretty clear. Yay, 35%.

Now it starts to get murkier.

4. That same department store is offering its own “stimulus package”: Buy $500 of gift cards, get a $50 bonus (ie $550 for the price of $500).

5. So if I am going to buy a sofa at 35% off, I can buy a sofa at a bit more off by paying for it entirely with gift cards. Which I would buy in lots of $500. Which means (if I added it up right) I end up with a 41% saving.

Even if you are still with me, it gets worse.

6. I went into the shop today. They have only the very high end sofas. Which are lovely and all that, but given that I have children who still cannot be trusted not to draw on furniture, and who still spill food on furniture, I am sooooo not interested in high end furniture. Sigh.

7. Chatted with the sales guy about this. He tells me that there is one particular store in the chain with a big furniture range, covering the full spectrum of prices and quality and suggests that I go there.

8. I point out that that other branch does not have 35% off furniture.

9. He suggests that, if I were to note down the details of the items I want to order, I could in fact order it from him. And get 35% off (as opposed to nothing, at the other shop). And pay with the discounted gift vouchers.




Meanwhile, I bought games for my kids, at a specialist game store. At retail (less game club 10% discount).


Posted by on December 11, 2008 in shopping


4 responses to “Spendy spendy spendy

  1. Fenchurch

    December 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    That sounds like a perfectly reasonable form of “gaming the system” to me!

  2. Friendless

    December 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Get him to throw in two food and a clay and you should take it.

  3. jon

    December 12, 2008 at 6:06 am

    It’s not even gaming the system. Everybody benefits. Do you really think, after taking 41% off, they won’t make a massive profit? Firstly, the store is happy because you bought something in their new dept. That’s a return on their capital expenditure, it’s footfall, it’s positive customer satisfaction, it’s advocacy. You posted it on your blog, I bet you’re telling your friends too. And you also get to visit their big sofa dept, and I bet you tell people how ace that was too. Secondly, the salesperson is happy because it will go against their name, they can show they did some work, hey manager, I hit my bonus target. Thirdly, the sofa manufacturer sold a sofa. They get paid, they don’t have to take it back or whatever. And of course, Melissa is happy becuae she gets a new sofa and feels like she got a bargain. Win win win win.

    In the UK, Woolworths has gone totally bust and is starting its clearance sale today. MFI has gone bust and is also clearing out. Selling anything is better than selling nothing.

  4. melissainau

    December 14, 2008 at 1:13 am

    OK, I don’t feel bad any more. Well, I do, but I am letting you guys rationalise me into feeling better. At least I am spending, right? Which is good for the economy?

    I am practically doing community service, here.


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