It's one thing to find an item for different prices at different stores. We expect that, don't we? In our capitalist society, it's ideal to get the item we seek for the best price. So, we are forever pitting online against online or online against brick-and-mortar or online against catalog. Or at least I know I am.
But what if the online price and the catalog price are different -- but from the same store? *scratching head* That's right. I said the same store.
That's the situation I found myself in Saturday night buying slipcovers from JC Penney. (Yeah, I know. Wild weekend, eh?) But they're expensive. And with a dog and cat constantly on the sofa and loveseat, you gotta have them. Or buy furniture every two years. Or use ugly sheets. I don't like those options.
Anyway, we bought a good set a few years ago. They've held up admirably. Survived dog and cat yack (among many other really not-to-mention things) multiple washes, and still bounce back. They're beginning to get a little thin though. So I decided to check into new ones. I just bought the mother a new coffeemaker (she is starting to put together stainless steel for the new kitchen) and it came today. In the package, was one of their million mini-catalogs. Inside, slipcovers 50 percent off. Booyah!
I go online and a sale price comes up -- but it's $20 more for each piece than in the catalog. WTF? How is that possible?! I'm just about to call their customer service when, on a whim, I key in the product code from the catalog. When I do that, it asks me for a code off the catalog. I key that in and voila! Catalog prices.
So what's the difference between online and catalog? In this case, $48. Had I gone by the sale prices online without seeing the catalog, that's how much more I would have paid. Next time you're shopping online, see if there's a companion catalog. You never know how much you could save!