I dropped back into my local Staples Sunday and while there I talked to the assistant manager. I had bought the WinTV USB by Happauge last Thursday after seeing a post that a forum member had gotten it for $22. Mine rang up at $39.50, I got it anyway and the original poster was going to scan his receipt for me so I could get the price matched. Well he never did send me a scan so I asked the manager if she could rescan the WinTV for me and see if the price had dropped. I explained that I had told friends about my buying it for $39 and they had gone out and got it for $22 and even $5 (I don't know if I believe that poster). The manager said she would be glad to rescan it for me but had to do it with the HAND SCANNER. It seems the register scanners only tell you the price, but the hand scanners tell the rest of the story. After scanning with the hand scanner she said "Oh, I see why. This is an "F" status item." I of course said, "What is "F" status"? She explained that "F" status is discontinued or something that Staples will no longer carry and as such can be sold well below cost because Staples wants them gone. She then said she would have no problem giving me a refund, in fact what she did was give me a second one and refunded me $18.29. So I ended up getting two WinTV USB's for $22. Being the hard core deal hunter that I am I had to ask "By the way, are there any other "F" staus things around here?" She said that a list just came out from corporate on Sunday and that this week all stores would be putting out all F status stuff before the big anniversary sale hits.
So if you are looking for a Staples deal, be sure to ask a salesperson, preferably a dept. manager to check the status with a hand scanner, the managers have the power to reduce prices on anything with this status.
Remember, if you are not polite to them they don't have to be nice to you. It definitely pays to say "Hi" when you see one of the store or dept. managers whenever you are in the store.
I got more than I asked for, and didn't even have the scanned receipt to show her.
On another subject, where is everybody? Seems like the posts are getting fewer every day around here.