Tim loves his wookie suit. (Which we now call the wooksie, short for wookie onesie.)
He wears it every day over his clothes. And that’s great because it’s warm enough that we finally have the thermostat under 70. It’s actually at 65, which means our living room is probably around 63 degrees. Just me in my Jack Skelington cardigan and him in his wooksie. #nerdlife
There is one problem with this: That sucker is gonna wear out fast!
I was proud of myself because I found a bunch online on Black Friday and ordered those. Turns out, they’re not the right kind. They look awfully similar — especially in a small picture on the Boscov’s website — but not quite. So I’ll have to eat the cost of return shipping, unless I find an audience for the things on Craigslist.
Anyway. I was able to find them at jcpenney during a 30% off sale. Being the frugal gal I am, I then went to a discount GC site and got a for 14% off. So the math went as follows:
The items were $160.29 after the “sale” price the store had. Minus 30% off. Minus paying with 14% off GC. Minus a 1% rebate on the GCs at SaveYa through TopCashBack. Total: $94.55.
The next morning, I get an email telling me that the suits weren’t in stock. Which means I was potentially left with a $104 credit at store I never shop at. Ruh-roh.
I called customer service in a panic, and the very nice lady assured me that the items were simply backordered. The transaction wasn’t cancelled. The suits would be back in stock and ship out in two days.
Phew. Bullet dodged, right?
Three days later, I get an email telling me that the order was cancelled. After some swearing worthy of a sailor, I found the suits in a large — which was the size of the current one. Tim had just wanted it a little baggier. But… $104 credit at a store I never shop at!
And of course, the 30% off deal was no longer an option. Instead, I bought each suit individually with a $10 off $25+. That meant a 28% discount. Close enough.
Problem: The system was screwy with my gift card. Each time I purchased a suit, it failed to deduct that from the total. Not a problem for the first three orders. But on the fourth one, I should have owed $3. Instead, it paid for the whole thing.
Which sounds great in theory, but just as I feared, I got an email saying that they couldn’t process the fourth payment. And when I called, the customer service rep couldn’t find a way to fix it in the order itself.
And when she went to just put through a new order, guess what size was now officially out of stock?
At least now we were down to a $28 credit at a store I never shop at.
I called a nearby store, and they put one aside for me. We went, paid with the GC and… found a hole in the pocket when Tim went to put it on.
I went back the next day, but there were no more larges in stock.
So we had Nadine sew up the hole. Except that about an hour ago, Tim came up and showed me that the suit had shredded at the hip seam after less than 30 minutes of wear.
So we’re going to have to return it for, you guessed it, store credit.
I’m going to call the other store in the area, but I doubt they’ll have any larges left there either.
In other words, the moral of the story is: Discount gift cards are awesome… as long as you shop at the store anyway. Otherwise, keep it simple.
UPDATE: When we returned the wooksie, the cashier just gave us cash. So at least we didn’t end up with useless store credit.
Do you ever use discounted GCs? Have you ever had this kind of headache? Can you see why this post was very nearly called “I hate jcpenney”?
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