Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Rain check

I took a quick trip to Target tonight (or as quick as you can do when you go to Target since you always end up with a full shopping cart even though you had one specific thing you were looking for...). Target is a huge store with almost everything.

One of the things I had not planned to buy but found were a couple of "organizing cubes" for our hallway and hallway closet. American hallways are not like Swedish - in Sweden you're hallway usually have shoe racks, coat hangers, drawers for "hallway stuff" that are always full, a mirror and other items you need for exit or entering your house. Here you usually enter straight into the living room and a "real" hallway is rare to find. But since we are Swedish we tend to want to leave things in our "hallway" anyway, old habits are hard to break - and thus have a disorganized, cluttered space in the area in our living room that could be defined as a hallway if you stretch it. And - to my point - at Target I found these organizer cubes that would solve some of the problems with "hallway stuff".

They were on sale (yes!) but unfortunately they only had four and I wanted six. So before I left the store, I went to customer service and asked for a "rain check"*. A great invention that will guarantee that I will get the sales price when the items get back in stock again, even though the sale is over. I now have two receipts I can use for next time I go to Target to fill a shopping cart.

*Seems the term "rain check" comes from late 1800s when baseball fans were issued a new ticket if the game was postponed due to rain.


Desiree said...

Åh det visste jag inte att man kunde göra så. Nu har jag lärt mig något nytt. Smart.

JaCal said...

Desiree - helt perfekt! Det är inte alltid man kan få dock - ibland står det ju till och med i annonser "no rain checks" om det är något de har få exemplar av med extremt bra pris. Men nu fick jag - perfekt!

Petchie75 said...

Vad smart med rain checks, det hade ju aldrig funkat i Sverige dock - rean är ju alltid till för att sälja ut den gamla säsongen sas.
Det låter som en väldigt praktiskt idé att ha kuber i "hallen" - är de kuber som kan användas till pallar? Har du ngt foto på dem?
Vi har samma problem, ingen hall och vi tar ju alltid av oss skorna när vi kommer hem, så de ligger nu slängda i en stor korg..

Saltistjejen said...

Otroligt smart system!! Har aldrig hört talas om det innan!!!Det tycker jag är en jättebra service till kunderna!

Förresten, när ni fixat färdigt i hallen vore det skoj att få se resultatet! :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh I never knew about a rain check! Cool advice~thx!

JaCal said...

Petra H - ja, det är supersmart! Försökte se om jag kunde hitta på Targets sida - men såg dem inte. Ja, ska se om jag kan ta ett foto när de är klart - saknar ju två fortfarande. Skor, skor, skor överallt - blir galen... och finns inget logiskt ställe att ha en skohylla.

Saltistjejen - japp! Helt perfekt! Ja, ska se om jag kan ta ett foto sen.

Britgirl - now you know! Great isn't it!

Miss Marie said...

rain checks, how cool is that! that is great.

JaCal said...

Marie - it is! Even though you would prefer to get the stuff you wanted right away - it's always nice to get a chance to get it at the sales price.