I bought a smashing white hat with a wide brim – perfect for providing shade on the beach or at a summer party – at Banana Republic this weekend. The hat was already on sale by 25% off, seeing how it’s late July, but I didn’t stop at that.
I noticed two imperfections on the hat and asked for 10-20% off at the register. Under the brim, two pieces of woven material were flaking off. More importantly, a square inch section of the very top of hat was slightly smashed in. The hat had clearly been picked over by others, but given an extra discount I was a willing customer.
The cashier said she had to check with her manager upstairs. I sniffed the perfume rack.
“We should have no problem with that discount,” she said a minute later.
“Great, thank you,” I said.
“The only thing is, it’s final sale with the extra discount.”
“That’s fine. I was going to wear it out of the store anyway.”
With my 15% damaged discount on top of the 25% off sale, I saved 36% off the original price of the hat!
Got my discount! Got my hat! All set for the sun. 🙂
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