Discount Coupon Restrictions

March 28, 2010 at 19:08:23
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My daughter and I went to Dick's Sporting Goods this morning. For our friends overseas, Dick's is a chain of sporting goods stores with over 400 locations in the US, as well as an online store. In other words, a pretty big operation.

We had a coupon for 15% off "any Baseball or Softball Apparel item".

My daughter needed softball socks, batting gloves and a bat sleeve. When we went to check out we were told that we couldn't use the coupon because the socks were considered "footwear" and the batting gloves were considered an "accessory".

It seems that "apparel" means items like pants, sliding shorts, t-shirts, etc.

I jokingly said "Then apply it to the bat sleeve since the bat is going to wear it." I got one of those smiles that isn't really a smile, if you know what I mean, and was politely told that that was not allowed.

I'm not really complaining, but to a certain extent I am. I think I'll drop a quick (polite) email to Dick's customer service just to see what they'll say.

I think most people would consider socks and gloves to be apparel. In fact, if batting gloves are an accessory, why would sliding shorts qualify as apparel? That seems a bit inconsistent since both of them are in the same "not really part of the uniform" category.



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#1
March 30, 2010 at 17:06:26
It probably won't do much but file a complaint with the dept. of consumer affairs.

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#2
March 30, 2010 at 19:01:24
I don't see it worth a complaint to any "official" body. After all, a store is allowed to categorize their products any way they want.

If I had a coupon for a free dessert at a restaurant, I wouldn't expect them to give me a free steak if I ordered my Ice Cream as the dinner course and asked for the steak as dessert.

Dick's has the right to classify socks as footwear, and not apparel, but I just found it a bit nit-picky. I don't expect them to change their policy, but I think if I took the time to email their Customer Service department, they'd probably do something to make me happy.


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#3
March 30, 2010 at 19:17:39
All clothing is apparel, including footwear. Dick's may have to right to redefine it but it will alienate customers, such as the original poster & myself. I bet he'll go to Modell's next time.

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#4
March 30, 2010 at 19:56:22
uh...I am the OP.

P.S. We don't have Modell's where I live.


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#5
March 31, 2010 at 06:25:17
Well, I bet you won't be going back to Dick's. It's a long story but I'll never buy from Sears again. It's my own private boycott.

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#6
March 31, 2010 at 08:08:19
re: I bet you won't be going back to Dick's

That's a bet you'd lose.


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#7
March 31, 2010 at 17:15:59
Why would you shop there again?

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#8
March 31, 2010 at 21:34:20
We have a Dick's here way up by the malls. I was one of the mechenical contractors during the building construction, they gave out discount cards to all of the contractors good for one year. My only problem was that there are maybe 10 or 12 places between here and there to buy the same stuff so I never used my card. There is a place called Wranglers about 2 miles from me, I think it's a private mom and pops type place, that sells a lot of the high end sports equipment for a lot less than I have ever seen anywhere else. All the local little league teams get their stuff from them.

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#9
April 1, 2010 at 04:50:00
re: Why would you shop there again?

I don't feel that the fact that they classify socks as footwear enough of a "slap in the face" to prevent me from going back.

There are enough Dick's coupons available from so many sources ranging from newspapers to mailers to school coaches to their "Points" rewards program that the next time my daughter needs socks, I'll make sure I have a "footwear" coupon with me.

BTW..the socks were partially paid for with a $10 Points reward coupon that Dick's had sent me in the mail.



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#10
April 1, 2010 at 05:57:24
Ok, enjoy your shopping & coupon hunting.

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