I've wanted a Canada Goose jacket for years but baulked at forking over $850. But I figured out a way to get buy one for a steal. Some of it was luck, but some of it was a hack. I finally purchased my Victoria Canada Goose Jacket in Military Green.
To start, I only purchase big ticket items from reputable sites with great warranties. Last year (when I wasn't ready to pay $800+ for a jacket), I bought an exclusive branded jacket from backcountry.com (Basin and Range) that had a lifetime warranty for $260. Unfortunately, 8 months later, my jacket started to rip at the seams. I contacted the company, sent the jacket back and was given a $260 credit on their site.
Having bought Jeff a Canada Goose jacket that was still in pristine condition, I finally went for it.
The ticket price was $850.
I had a ~$260 credit
Lesson #1 - only buy where you get a warranty
I paid out of pocket ~$590
But used Ebates for the purchase which offered a 4% cash back bonus (~$30 cash back)
Lesson #2 - make sure to use ebates before buying big ticket items.
Being inspired to check the backcountry link again (for some reason), I saw that all the Canada Goose jackets had been marked down 20%.
I called the company, told them of the mark down, and they credited my card the +$185 difference Lesson #3 - make sure to check the purchase website after buying the big ticket item. If the price has changed, demand a credit. And also, try only buy from websites to honor that.
Total cost of the jacket = $375.
Sadly, I returned the jacket because it didn't fit well and ended up with Long Bear Parajumpers Jacket (but because I bought (+30 cash back)-returned-bought (+30 cash back)-returned-bought (+60 cash back during double bonus cash back promotion) via ebates, I save an additional $120 on the price of the jacket. I also keep checking back to see if the price gets marked down further so I can call and get the difference credited back.
Bonus lesson - every time you buy through Ebates, even if you return the item, you earn cash back.
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