Monday, November 10, 2008

Too Good To Be True

Aren't they lovely? They are three sets of three nesting baskets [for a total of nine] that Skippyhusband found for me at JoAnn's Fabrics this weekend. I love these baskets for all sorts of storage from my amoire, to the pantry or even sitting on the counter holding bread and chips. When he mentioned he paid $20.99 per set I gulped [a bit] I will admit, but I needed them and I REALLY wanted them, so $7.00 a basket with liner didn't seem so bad.
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Imagine my surprise when I was filing the receipt and noticed that he hadn't paid $20.99 per set. They were on sale! The receipt listed the price of each set $9.99 with $1.00 off each set. [Still following? Because it is going to become even weirder and more mathy!] That is a total of $27.00 for 9 baskets. Holy bargain shopping Batman!! - that is $3.00 per basket! I was walking on air all day Sunday over my husband's crazy shopping skills. What a deal! Now I would have a place for all this paperwork and bento. How wonderful. Squee!
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Alas, it is not to be.
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While taking the photo to illustrate this post I took them apart to give a better view of their size. Surprise! Each individual basket has a price tag, which is not noticeable if you do not separate them. Obviously Skippyhusband and the cashier did not. In defense of my husband we have bought sets like these before [at Target] and they are charged as a set, not individually. Also, to be kind to the cashier our local JoAnn's is a madhouse on Sundays and I am sure the poor woman just wanted to be home. Besides, that store has about a gazillion products, so the cashier probably didn't know to pull them apart. They look like a set to me anyway.
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Instead of 9 baskets for $27.00 I will have to return them and pay the other price which if I figure correctly goes like this: 3 small baskets, marked at $9.99 - 1/2 off sale makes them $5.00 minus the additional $1.00 off is $4.00 per basket or $12.00 for the small. 3 medium baskets, marked at $14.99 - 1/2 off sale makes them $7.50 minus the additonal $1.00 off is $6.50 per basket or $19.50 for the 3 medium. The large are charged at the original $27.00 because that was the outside basket price tag used.
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In summary: $12.00+$19.50+27.00 = $58.50. Sigh. Not a bad price, all in all, for nine baskets. It works out to $6.50 per basket which is even less then I originally thought, but still more then I wanted to pay, especially after I saw the "bargain" Skippyhusband and I thought he received. Spoiled lil' me. hee!
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Since they are a want - as in I want them to make the house prettier while organizing - as opposed to a need - I don't need them, neccessarily, to organize my home - sniffle, I will be returning some of them to JoAnn's.
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Well, aren't I allowed a few to prettify my space a little? I mean this paperwork isn't going to organize itself, right?

1 comment:

Yvo said...

Awww, those are pretty, and I imagined homemade soaps, candles, etc. stuffed into them - ahhh sigh!
BTW, it warms my heart to hear that you are returning to pay the proper price. It really does<3