This is a guest post from Kris, who likes to write about Personal Finance, Home, Health, and just about anything else at Everyday Tips and Thoughts.
I love shopping on the Internet for many different reasons. Besides not having to brave the cold and snow in winter, the internet allows me to comparison shop. I can find the item I want, read reviews on what I want to buy, and then comparison shop to find the lowest price. In the end, I feel like I made an informed decision, and got the best deal possible.
Yes, You Can Buy Wonderful Plants Online
Recently, I was browsing around looking for some good deals on perennial flowers and fruit plants, and one of my favorite websites for ordering plants was having a fantastic sale. It was my lucky day because the items I was looking for specifically were on sale at a very reasonable price. After placing all the plants in my online cart, the grand total for everything was $68.72. I almost hit ‘submit order’ when I realized I should check around for a promotion or discount code before placing my order.
Promotion/Discount Codes Are So Easy To Find!
So, I went and googled “promotion code” along with the name of the company I was looking to make my purchase with. I found many discount codes, but there wasn’t a code I could enter into the promotion code box at the online checkout. Instead, I had to click a link, which took me right to the correct website for the nursery. I was so glad because all the plants I wanted were still in my cart, which I did not expect. The discount displayed at the checkout like I expected, but my bill was suddenly $84.23.
Only One Type Of Discount Allowed?
How could the total be more expensive after using a discount code? I thought the code I was using would reduce my bill by twenty dollars. Instead, my bill was almost twenty dollars more when using the discount code than it was when I didn’t use a code at all. I then looked a little closer at the promo fine print, and the nursery website only accepted one type of discount. Meaning, the plants I ordered were on sale, which was one kind of discount, and the promotion code was another type of discount. Interestingly, the default charge for this website was to use the more expensive of the two discounts. I was so frustrated by the whole experience that I canceled my order entirely. Yes, the sale price of the individual plants I wanted to buy was great, but I felt the company was tricking customers by choosing the more expensive of the two discounts. So, I couldn’t bring myself to make my purchase.
Have you ever had a similar experience when purchasing sale items and using a discount code? Or, is this a standard practice and I am the only person that was unaware of this type of pricing?
This was a guest post from Kris, who likes to write about Personal Finance, Home, Health, and just about anything else at Everyday Tips and Thoughts. You can follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her feed by RSS.