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Forum topic by Nathan H. posted 08-06-2014 06:22 PM 1488 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nathan H.

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08-06-2014 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

Can anyone confirm that HD still accepts HF coupons? I have been reading about this a lot today and it would seem that they do, but I trust the forums here more than others, so i thought i would ask.

Also I have been reading about specific 20% and 25% off coupons. Can anyone tell me if these are blanket offers for the whole store or specific item discounts? Can you give an example of which coupons I should look for in order to buy a RIDGID R4512 table saw on the cheap?

Thanks in advance for any and all assistance!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 06:38 PM

I can’t speak from experience, because I’ve never tried it. Seems to be pretty hit-or-miss, I think you just have to try it at your particular store to find out. Their policy is to accept coupons for items they sell that the other store also sells, so while some people are able to convince them to accept a HF coupon on a power tool, it’s not a “blanket offer for the whole store”. Home Depot knows that HF doesn’t sell lumber or shower doors, for example.

-- Rex

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 06:59 PM

Certainly can’t hurt to try, but I wouldn’t hold my breath to be honest. Local HD’s around here used to have signs up all over the checkout lanes that said they honor competitor’s coupons. Even then, I was only able to get them to accept a HF coupon once, however they always took those Lowe’s moving coupons without hesitation. Over the past year or so, those signs came down and I haven’t even had any luck getting them to accept the Lowe’s coupons.

Like I said though, worst thing that can happen is they say no.

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 07:02 PM

The store closest to my house does not accept them. The store closest to my work does accept them. Its worth a call

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 07:13 PM

Nathan, i’m in Northern Cal I have 3 HD’s within 10mi. One won’t the other 2 will depends on who knows what. Bottom line try multiple locations if you can.

-- "Anything fits with a big enough hammer"-Matthias Wandel

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 07:28 PM

Since you have the HF coupon, why don’t you buy what you want from them? I am in the minority here, but I would never do that to a retailer. I’m just a strange old guy, and won’t respond when someone here takes me to task for my belief, but on every level I feel that for me, and me only; using a competitor’s coupon at another retailer is wrong. Besides, IMHO, Harbor Freight is not a competitor to Home Depot, Lowes, or any of the big box chains. They are on their own level, with their own level of quality. I guess one could try to use a HF coupon to buy a Sawstop or a Festool dust extractor at Woodcraft. How do you think that would work out for them?

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 07:48 PM

HD near my house would laugh you out of the store.. They will price match competitors on identical items, which sort of rules out pretty much everything HF sells.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 07:54 PM

The thing is that HD advertises their acceptance of others coupons and brags they will beat the best price by 10%. Now obviously I’m not trying to buy wood with a HF coupon, nor am i trying for the top of the line Festool or Sawstop, as these items prices are strictly controlled by the manufacturer and are usually reserved for authorized dealers of the highest caliber. But, I see no reason not to take advantage of a good deal when it comes my way, if this does not work i will gladly pay the full price or offer the 10% lowes discount coupon in stead.
I have read on this extensively and it seems the HF coupon is up to the person who does the checking out or the store manager. I have almost answered my own question since i posted this with some more investigation and lucky google searches. There is a blanket 20% off 1 item coupon for HF they offer nearly every month, that seems to be the one mentioned in almost all of the threads i have read on the subject. Then it seems there is a bit of luck involved as to whether the store i have here will accept the coupon or not.
All that said if i use the Lowes coupon for 10% im still saving a considerable amount and if they will accept the HF one the all the better!

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 08:16 PM

If I were the store manager, I wouldn’t accept it.

Retailers build in games to their pricing strategy. HF has built their prices to make money with those coupons floating around. I read on some business news that at J.C. Penney, for example, 70% of items sold are at least “50% off”. They price their products with that % off game in mind. (They brought in a CEA from Apple who tried to change that, and almost killed the company.) It doesn’t seem reasonable to drag another retailer, who has a different pricing strategy, into that game.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 01:56 AM

Holy crap people, it’s not rocket science, it’s a friickin coupon for cryin out loud. The only thing that will happen is they say YES or NO, they do not go into the pricing strategies and tell you why.
The tool snobs can say that HD and HF tools are not identical, DO YA THINK!!! Who cares,if the tool does the job and you can save money, I say go for it.

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 03:31 PM

Every HD/Lowes in my area has said NO. It’s a manager decision.

-- paxorion

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 04:30 PM


You sure chose an appropriate moniker! Here we were just having a nice calm discussion….



-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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