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).