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03-19-2017 01:43 PM

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In case you missed it, Harbor Freight settled a class action lawsuit for deceptive advertising. You could get 10-12% of your total purchases since 2011 or 20-30% of the “you saved” amount refunded. I keep all of my purchases documented using Quicken and I am sort of embarrassed how much I actually spent there so it is worth my trouble to file a claim.

Go here for more information and to start the claims process.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#1 posted 03-19-2017 02:11 PM

I have bought at Harbor Freight for years. It has been blatantly obvious to anyone with any sense that the “compare” price is a joke. In fact the entire pricing system was a joke. Sears was doing that for years too in that an item was eternally on “sale”. It was only offered for the “standard” price for short periods of time to enable it to be “on sale” 80% of the time.

All of this to say there is real value to what Harbor Freight sells its tools for. I just ignore the advertising hoopla and watch for a REAL deal which does happen from time to time. Reading the Harbor Freight flyers for me is just entertainment for the most part. And who in the world keeps their sales slips for ten years! An easy settlement decision for Harbor Freight to rid itself of this suit. I’ll bet only 1 out of 100 or probably even less can take advantage of this settlement and even then for only a paltry amount.

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#2 posted 03-19-2017 02:28 PM

I, for one won’t be taking advantage of this opportunity. I am a big fan of Harbor Freight and don’t feel that they owe me a thing. In fact I owe them.
When I buy a tool (or anything else) I base my decision on whether I think the item is worth the asking price – to me.
In the case of Harbor Freight the answer has most often been Hell Yes!
I have a lot more respect for Harbor Freight than I do for some opportunist who has found a way to take advantage of a good company’s “misleading” advertising. If he believes everything he reads in ads, ........
Enough. Rant over.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-19-2017 03:42 PM

While I appreciate the poster making everyone aware, I am with shipwright. I don’t feel owed anything by Harbor Freight. My purchases were based on perceived value at the point of sale, nothing more. I also agree this practice of comp pricing is deceptive across retail though. Buyer beware. Evaluate the product you’re purchasing on its own merit, not on some claim of discount.

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#4 posted 03-19-2017 03:49 PM

Well, it is interesting to read what kind of silliness can come out of our heralded court system, so in that sense i appreciate this thread.

Now – all three people that posted above are exactly describing my feelings.
Document my purchases? Ha!

I am just happy to have found Harbor Freight in Houston a few years back, and all that is available there.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#5 posted 03-19-2017 04:04 PM

Ambulance chasers and their puppets.

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#6 posted 03-19-2017 04:09 PM

Just keep in mind what groups or individuals appointed or elected these judges throughout the years and vote accordingly.

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#7 posted 03-19-2017 04:30 PM

We did far worse in the grocery store meat and seafood dept, we would raise the price and put $1 off coupon on the package making the price higher and people couldn’t get enough of whatever we did this to.

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#8 posted 03-19-2017 04:36 PM

I am confident that the price movements we all see in many places, and maybe some of us carry out, fall into the broad classification of “Marketing”.

Who really believes the MSRP on a new car or truck, for example?

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#9 posted 03-19-2017 04:37 PM

Thank the lord you all saved receipts. Now you will get 10 cents instead of 2 cents…

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#10 posted 03-19-2017 05:13 PM

I got that email too and decided to do nothing because I did not feel cheated. I have Quicken also. For the purpose of this post, I looked into Quicken. My wife and I both like Harbor Freight. Since 2005 we have spent $6113.92 there. $1451.68 of that was spent on the dates involved in the email. I am not embarrassed or ashamed for liking Harbor Freight. I don’t feel they owe me anything. I would miss my store if they closed it.

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#11 posted 03-19-2017 05:29 PM

I have nothing but contempt for those law firms that bring these classless, class action lawsuits against these corporations. The lawyers line their pockets, the plaintiffs get diddly squat and the consumers pay higher prices as the companies are forced to raise prices in order to cover the costs of constantly defending themselves.

I get class action lawsuit notices in my mailbox all the time asking me to add my name to the list of customers who have been “cheated” by these companies. I throw them in the trash where they belong.

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#12 posted 03-19-2017 06:18 PM

lawyers with nothing better to do than go around looking for easy cashouts because they know most(companies) will settle before court. class action suits are like divorce cases…no one wins except the lawyers!

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#13 posted 03-19-2017 06:28 PM

Thank the lord you all saved receipts. Now you will get 10 cents instead of 2 cents…

- AZWoody

Laughing because this is almost always true. But I was part of a settlement in a class action lawsuit in which I had to give no receipts. I was expecting a check of about 10 cents. Check arrived 2-3 weeks ago, ended up being $260.

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#14 posted 03-19-2017 06:44 PM

I got the email and deleted it. It’s just more shenanigans by leeches in suits wanting easy money. I don’t buy a lot from Harbor Freight but the few purchases I made were based upon price vs. value and not upon decisions guided by colorful marketing brochures.

I’m sure the lawyers will happily divide up my share of the loot between them. A few years ago I got an unsolicited check for some cents out of an eBay class action lawsuit and pitched that in the trash.

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#15 posted 03-20-2017 04:10 AM

I, for one won t be taking advantage of this opportunity.

- shipwright

I will not either the last thing I would ever want is for them to go out of business or raise their prices

I am not surprised this is happening after California went after other companies doing that same

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