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Gdetrailer

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Posted: 02/25/21 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RobWNY wrote:

In my opinion, no longer having the 20% off coupon is a deal breaker for me unless I need something that's very inexpensive to begin with. Most of what Harbor Freight sells isn't worth the price they charge. If I have to pay full price for junk, I'll pay more elsewhere and buy better quality which is what I do most of the time anyway. Even their top of the line tools that they've begun selling are inferior. I watch a lot of videos comparing Harbor Freight Tools to name brand tools and they just don't hold up. I only buy things like zip ties or tools I'll only use a few times or the occasional caster, hand tool...things like that so just buying elsewhere is what I'll do now that the coupons aren't available.


I compare pricing and if the price is cheaper on Amazon and I don't need the item right away, I will order similar Chinese import item from Amazon.

Sometimes HF wins, sometimes Amazon wins.

Since the USA made old time Sears Craftsman tools left the building, it left a pretty big hole in my area for quality tools.. Now that that brand has been sold off, it is no longer quality stuff like it was..

I have a HF store less than 18 minutes away, so they do come in handy, the downside though is unlike a Sears store, HF doesn't have a very complete line of anything for mechanics tools and accessories and buying just ONE specific size socket instead of an entire kit doesn't happen at HF..

Most of their items work satisfactorily for me as long as I realize that they are not "lifetime" tools which will be handed down through generations of family.. I am OK with that if the tool gets the job done.

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On 2/13/21 HF texted me a 30% off any 10 dollar item. I think the 20% is still constantly available. It's just digital now.

I talked with a HF employee a few months ago. He recommended an app. It allowed you to use you phone to scan barcodes and then it tells you if that item is currently on sale or available for the 20% off. He said people walk around the store all day scanning codes.

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When things get tough, the advertising budget is usually one of the first things to go. I've seen other retailers go to "Everyday Low Pricing" and claim to lower their prices which they don't. Invariably, these programs fail and the retailers revert back to what works. It is too bad, I frequent HF a lot and always felt I received good value especially with the coupon. If I felt it was junk in the store I wouldn't buy it. I have a number of HF power tools, hydraulics and pumps which have always given me good service. I used one of their floor jacks yesterday.

Our local Ace store is a rip with their prices being 30% more than even Home Depot which is no bargain.

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I have a HF engine crane at least 30 years old that still works and when I had my shop years ago you could get a lifetime warranty on tools. I could buy die grinders for $20 and good ones cost $240. I bought 20 of them and about every 2 months I would return the wore out ones and exchange for new. That worked out real good over the years.

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Down here the Koreans and Taiwanese are trying direct email marketing for their products. And ads for the newest incarnation of Canada's Owatonna Tool Co. OLSA.

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wopachop wrote:

On 2/13/21 HF texted me a 30% off any 10 dollar item. I think the 20% is still constantly available. It's just digital now.

I talked with a HF employee a few months ago. He recommended an app. It allowed you to use you phone to scan barcodes and then it tells you if that item is currently on sale or available for the 20% off. He said people walk around the store all day scanning codes.


I don't just add "Apps" to my phone for no good reason and especially if it has zero reasons to make my phone work better for "phone uses".

That is just another way HF or any company can TRACK you for marketing purposes..

When you scan the bcodes that app will forward what you scanned and ultimately what you buy from them.. The 30% off thing just entices you to buy things that you may not need in the first place, but who can resist getting something for 70% of the price even though it cost you privacy in the end..

It is what the world has come to since marketing folks have gotten lazy now days and buyers are more than willing to do those folks work.

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There are 20% off specific item coupons and 30% off any $10 item but it's been a while since I've seen the 20% off "Any one item" and a long time since I've seen the 25% off Super Coupon. Also, you can't use a coupon of any kind on most of the better upscale tools. At least not the ones I've looked at. I was recently looking at their air pressure paint tank for $99.99 to convert to a pressure pot for resin casting but no coupon meant no sale.

* This post was edited 02/25/21 12:50pm by RobWNY *


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The coupons appear during holiday sales. The problem is that HF puts so many restrictions of their use, they're not useful to me. Shifted primarily to Amazon.com. Though bought a bunch of battery tools from Home Depot during last Black Friday.

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RobWNY wrote:

There are 20% off specific item coupons and 30% off any $10 item but it's been a while since I've seen the 20% off "Any one item" and a long time since I've seen the 25% off Super Coupon. Also, you can't use a coupon of any kind on most of the better upscale tools. At least not the ones I've looked at. I was recently looking at their air pressure paint tank for $99.99 to convert to a pressure pot for resin casting but no coupon meant no sale.


No, HF is NOT printing flyers, they are emailing them.

In the emailed versions they are NO LONGER OFFERING ANY COUPONS.

Here is a small snapshot of what I get spammed with..

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In that emailed flyer there are zero coupons, no barcodes, nothing to offer a discount..

If you go the HFs website, they HAVE removed ALL links to the coupons section, they are GONE, NO LONGER THERE, NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

They will honor any valid coupons you may have but when they expire, that program is toast.

They are going to more like a "Everyday value pricing" strategy and most likely only the "club" membership who paid a premium price might get some discounts for now..

You might see some "holiday" discounts but that is most likely all that will be offered.

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And how many cordless tool ads are labeled "Tool Only" meaning you have to buy a battery separately? Example: 20v Hypermax™ Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 In. Drill/Driver - Tool Only $44.99. So you have to buy a battery - Cheapest is: 20v HyperMax™ Lithium-Ion 1.5 Ah Compact Battery for $22.99. Of course the battery is useless without a charger, cheapest is: 20v Hypermax™ Lithium-Ion Rapid Charger again, for $22.99. Now your up to $90.


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