Curious Usage of the Term “Lower Price” at Home Depot

I made a quick stop by Home Depot today and spotted something rather unusual.

Take a look at the picture below and see if you notice anything… odd.

spot the lower price

Can’t spot it? Here, let me help you:

Two for the price of... LESS than one?

That’s right, they’re selling a single 100-blade dispenser of Stanley Heavy Duty Utility Blades for a “NEW LOWER PRICE” of just $11.39, while two shelves below a two-pack of the exact same 100-blade dispensers of Stanley Heavy Duty Utility Blades is priced at $9.99.

It was a difficult decision that I pondered for nearly a second, but in the end I decided to go with the two-pack. Do you think I made the right decision?

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Martha Kostyra
Naked Loon Living Editor

11 Comments on "Curious Usage of the Term “Lower Price” at Home Depot"

  1. Teresa Sparling | 2009-01-07 at 9:12 PM |

    What is this world coming to?

  2. Eric Porter | 2009-01-08 at 8:32 AM |

    The term “new lower price” refers to 1,000+ items in THD stores that have acquired a permanent break from a previous retail price. “Pro Packs” and “Value Packs” have been and always will be a lower price than buying the same item single. These packs are geared towards contractors and some homeowners that use these items very frequently, in order to save them money. This usage of “New lower price” is correct, and I am glad that you settled on the cheaper two pack. That is what I would have done.

  3. Wow. Even if you had no need whatsoever for a second pack, you could have saved money over the single pack by buying the 2-pack and throwing the second pack in the garbage on your way out of the store!

  4. Rachel C | 2009-01-08 at 9:31 AM |

    Wait, are those green utility knives on the second shelf wrapped at all? It looks like they are just randomly sitting there with the blades sticking out.

    That can’t be safe…

  5. Yes the green utility knives are packaged, the “blade” is a picture on the cardboard, the knife has its blade stored in the handle and must be opened and loaded… doesn’t come ready to use …. bonehead.

  6. Wow Mike, you know A LOT about Home Depot packaging. Does that come in handy at cocktail parties? Bet all the ladies are impressed!

  7. Home Depot has lowered 1000 + items, but don’t kid yourself they raised 4000 others to make up for the 1000 they lowered. It was all a publicity stunt. Glad you caught one.

  8. Grizzly | 2009-01-10 at 3:19 AM |

    When asked why I don’t shop at Home Depot much, I say that other than that they are inconveniently located (farther away than Lowe’s), carry inferior products (not merely inexpensive, but *cheap* in the worst sense of the word), and the employees have bad attitudes, there is no particular reason.

  9. “Grizzly on” got news for you stanley tools at Home depot or lowes are one and the same,they are usually cheaper on the overhall than lowes that is a market survey history,sorry if you feel that they are not located as convenientlely as lowes for you this hasto do with logistic and traffic regulations, here in south san francisco they built a lowes and it is a nightmare to get to ……….

  10. Rachel C | 2009-01-15 at 2:43 PM |

    I can’t believe I was called a bonehead…that’s got to qualify as being a jerk.

    Right, webmaster?

  11. wafflesnfalafel | 2009-04-03 at 9:03 PM |

    Me no count good… me go to Home Despot. Actually I usually try to get whatever I need a locally owned joint – McLendons is awesome (and has the best Christmas light selection anywhere.)

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