We needed a shed – a big box, if you will. We’d somehow missed the seasonal sales, so it took a good search to find the best deal on the best size shed. Chuck found one at a store that doesn’t usually attract our attention.
“With the discount, it’s the right price for exactly the right size, and we can have it delivered.”
“Well, it’s not really a discount. It’s a rebate.”
“Then we’ll be sure to do the paperwork.”
“And the rebate is in the form of a store credit gift card.”
“If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. I’ll apply it toward garden supplies in the spring.”
We came to regret it. The delivery ran into snags and got here several days later than expected, which gave Chuck the job of assembling it outside in nasty fall-hints-at-winter weather. Then we all shared the same virus, and not even rebate paperwork could pull me away from the bucket next to my bed. Those were small inconveniences, though. The final word, however, was this: the email with the rebate instructions came after the rebate deadline.
Now we’re shaking our heads, saying we knew better, but we didn’t act on our past experience. It’s highly doubtful that we’ll go back to this store, rebate or no rebate. If we miss the sales, we’ll go to the store that has everything and more and a big orange silo in the middle.