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2013-08-25 08:51:36 AM
My Costco had Christmas shiat out last week. I walked by some 7' tall snowman and had to do a double take on my phone's calendar to confirm that it was still August.
 
2013-08-25 09:22:00 AM
Retailers like putting stuff out early. This is the 3rd or 4th Consumerist article we got this week about it. WE GET IT. Go outrage about something else irrelevant
 
2013-08-25 09:42:34 AM
Texas: What's a snow blower?
 
2013-08-25 10:01:11 AM

texdent: Texas: What's a snow blower?


A hooker that will snowball you for some blow.
 
2013-08-25 10:04:36 AM

texdent: Texas: What's a snow blower?


Washington: What are fire ants, monster cockroaches, giant beetles, scorpions, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, and hurricanes?
 
2013-08-25 10:22:24 AM
Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.
 
2013-08-25 10:26:38 AM
My dad would do that all the time. He'd drag us out to the beneath-discount department store and make us try on winter coats in the dead of August. And all the while we were plotting to send him to the bad nursing home we saw on 60 Minutes.
 
2013-08-25 10:34:25 AM
Summer would be a great time to buy one. They would be clearing out last years before new ones come in. I bought my last mower in January. Save a bundle.
 
2013-08-25 10:39:22 AM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


Fabric_Man: My dad would do that all the time. He'd drag us out to the beneath-discount department store and make us try on winter coats in the dead of August. And all the while we were plotting to send him to the bad nursing home we saw on 60 Minutes.


In my experience they don't even sell off-season items anymore, except maybe at places like North Face where they won't mark them down anyway.  Your best shot at a coat on sale is either early winter when they want to get people in the door with context-appropriate marketing, or the tail end of winter when they're trying to clear inventory.  But that doesn't last because by now retailers should be pretty good at managing their stock.
 
2013-08-25 11:07:36 AM

DanZero: Retailers like putting stuff out early. This is the 3rd or 4th Consumerist article we got this week about it. WE GET IT. Go outrage about something else irrelevant


No kidding.

What about people with vacation properties?  They're going to close the house up NOW, and maybe come back for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Sure would be nice to have that snowblower in the garage and ready to go, rather than having to buy it the day before Thanksgiving...
 
2013-08-25 11:08:31 AM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


Well said. Those that wait until the snow falls to buy a blower get the worst selection at the highest prices - if there are any left in the stores. And the Xmas toys that are now available in department stores will become more scarce and more expensive as the days fly off the calendar as well. But it's nice someone is warning those that don't know (inexperienced youth) and those that are terminally stupid.
 
2013-08-25 11:22:33 AM
Retailers are selling things I do not want to buy.  Woe is me!
 
2013-08-25 11:35:13 AM
I would like to get that Trak-drive machine in the pic, but my Lowes doesn't carry it.
My current one (MTD) is 14 years old and the entire front scoop section is falling apart from banging into snowdrifts, can't find a replacement part for it.

/Trak-Drive is great when you have a loose gravel/stone path everywhere, it floats the thing 1" off the ground and doesn't spit out rocks
//got it at Farm & Fleet back then.  They still don't carry the Trak-Drive ones.  :(
///don't want to pay $2000 for one.
 
2013-08-25 11:39:25 AM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


That was back in the good old days when stores lacked inventory control.  Retailers are much better at making sure stock is in season nowadays.

I don't know if I could find a new snow blower in a regular retail outlet right now.  And I live in New England.

Now is a good time to get a grill as they will make sure that they're not holding onto that stock until April.  At which point it will be a good time to buy a snow blower.

The author, in short, is full of shiat and provided no f*cking data whatsoever.
 
2013-08-25 12:00:15 PM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


I am not sure if strange is the right word...but my take on it is that "Christmas creep"/"holiday creep" continues to play into our "consume, consume, consume" materialistic culture.
 
2013-08-25 12:17:31 PM
Speaking of furnace/AC filters, Home Depot is running an online only deal on 3M Filtrete pleated filters right now. $47 an change for a case of 12 filters that normally run $12 each. I just stumbled across it a couple of days back when I was looking for allergen filters.
 
2013-08-25 12:45:24 PM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.


Ah, this is next season's inventory. It's the one you buy in June that's last year's inventory that's the bargain.

It also adds up to my chief complaint about nationwide clothing stores: Texans wear shorts all year you farking Bostonians.
 
2013-08-25 01:48:00 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Summer would be a great time to buy one. They would be clearing out last years before new ones come in. I bought my last mower in January. Save a bundle.


Your facts and logic have no place here. This is a Consumerist thread! The Consumerist: a website ostensibly designed for the purpose of saving its readers money but has no concept of off-season sales.
 
2013-08-25 02:51:37 PM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


Agreed.  I plan on going lawn/deck furniture shopping around October, and I live in the northeast.
 
2013-08-25 03:42:08 PM
Fairbanks AK here - so what is wrong with selling snow blowers in Aug? Our night time temps are in the 40s and it won't be long now...
 
2013-08-25 05:37:58 PM
Bought a brand new snow blower last fall - first time ever for my 200+ feet of driveway.  Record low snowfall for the area all winter - used it twice and the first time there was barely enough snow to bother.

A friend who has a snow plow business with LOTS of prepaid contracts promised to buy me a new one every year forever....
 
2013-08-25 06:02:40 PM

Johnson: I would like to get that Trak-drive machine in the pic, but my Lowes doesn't carry it.
My current one (MTD) is 14 years old and the entire front scoop section is falling apart from banging into snowdrifts, can't find a replacement part for it.

/Trak-Drive is great when you have a loose gravel/stone path everywhere, it floats the thing 1" off the ground and doesn't spit out rocks
//got it at Farm & Fleet back then.  They still don't carry the Trak-Drive ones.  :(
///don't want to pay $2000 for one.


trak drive is great - except if you are trying to turn the machine in your garage without starting it.

i have a wheeled one with chains. bought it used in august.
 
2013-08-25 06:56:19 PM

RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.


Because this isn't last winter's inventory. This is brand new undiscounted stuff for this coming winter. Apparently Lowes got a discount if they were willing to take stock early, and you know, something has to sit in on the floor in the seasonal department. Can't leave it empty.

My old thrower died in late February of this year. Menards already had them on clearance and I bought one of the last single-stage ones they had at a very good price. Had to use it three times before the snow finally stopped flying.
 
2013-08-25 07:18:24 PM

buzzcut73: Speaking of furnace/AC filters, Home Depot is running an online only deal on 3M Filtrete pleated filters right now. $47 an change for a case of 12 filters that normally run $12 each. I just stumbled across it a couple of days back when I was looking for allergen filters.


Man, that's a good deal!  I'm gonna buy some some of--and they're all out of stock.  :-(
 
2013-08-25 08:48:25 PM

Fish in a Barrel: buzzcut73: Speaking of furnace/AC filters, Home Depot is running an online only deal on 3M Filtrete pleated filters right now. $47 an change for a case of 12 filters that normally run $12 each. I just stumbled across it a couple of days back when I was looking for allergen filters.

Man, that's a good deal!  I'm gonna buy some some of--and they're all out of stock.  :-(


Be careful with those filters.  If you buy the really small particle filters ones, they can wear out your air conditioner by reducing air flow and causing it to overheat.  Stick with the cheaper ones.  I use 3M filtretes, the 2nd or so cheapest.
 
2013-08-25 09:19:35 PM
MBrady:
trak drive is great - except if you are trying to turn the machine in your garage without starting it.

cars are great too - except if you are trying to turn one around in your garage without starting it.
 
2013-08-25 09:30:32 PM

KrispyKritter: RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

/Mom took us winter coat/shirt shopping in the summer back in the 70's.
/Subby must be young (or still spending his parent's money) to have not learned this.

Well said. Those that wait until the snow falls to buy a blower get the worst selection at the highest prices - if there are any left in the stores. And the Xmas toys that are now available in department stores will become more scarce and more expensive as the days fly off the calendar as well. But it's nice someone is warning those that don't know (inexperienced youth) and those that are terminally stupid.


People used to ask me why I would buy snow shovels, de-icers, etc. in September when they'd first show up in stores. "It's because if I don't, the day I need them will be the day I can't get out of my driveway to go get them."
 
2013-08-25 11:13:20 PM

JonZoidberg: Fish in a Barrel: buzzcut73: Speaking of furnace/AC filters, Home Depot is running an online only deal on 3M Filtrete pleated filters right now. $47 an change for a case of 12 filters that normally run $12 each. I just stumbled across it a couple of days back when I was looking for allergen filters.

Man, that's a good deal!  I'm gonna buy some some of--and they're all out of stock.  :-(

Be careful with those filters.  If you buy the really small particle filters ones, they can wear out your air conditioner by reducing air flow and causing it to overheat.  Stick with the cheaper ones.  I use 3M filtretes, the 2nd or so cheapest.


My new A/C is too smart to succumb to that.  It monitors actual flow rate and varies the blower speed to get the CFM it needs.  It also monitors the pressure-drop at the blower inlet so you can see if your filter is starving it of air.  The installer showed me all this by pulling the filter while the diagnostics screen was up.  The blower slowed down and the delta-P dropped to a small fraction of in-H2O.  It's pretty cool, actually.
 
2013-08-25 11:39:11 PM

wildcardjack: RickN99: Why is it this considered 'strange'?  Seasonal items are cheaper in the off-season and have been since, well, forever.

Ah, this is next season's inventory. It's the one you buy in June that's last year's inventory that's the bargain.

It also adds up to my chief complaint about nationwide clothing stores: Texans wear shorts all year you farking Bostonians.


As a Texan, clothing pisses me off. Why are there heavy jackets for sale? It is 100 degrees outside! I don't need a jacket, I need more shorts because mine wore out before it got cool.
 
2013-08-26 07:10:53 AM
There is no good time to buy a snow blower. They never go on sale.
 
2013-08-26 08:08:31 AM

Fish in a Barrel: JonZoidberg: Fish in a Barrel: buzzcut73: Speaking of furnace/AC filters, Home Depot is running an online only deal on 3M Filtrete pleated filters right now. $47 an change for a case of 12 filters that normally run $12 each. I just stumbled across it a couple of days back when I was looking for allergen filters.

Man, that's a good deal!  I'm gonna buy some some of--and they're all out of stock.  :-(

Be careful with those filters.  If you buy the really small particle filters ones, they can wear out your air conditioner by reducing air flow and causing it to overheat.  Stick with the cheaper ones.  I use 3M filtretes, the 2nd or so cheapest.

My new A/C is too smart to succumb to that.  It monitors actual flow rate and varies the blower speed to get the CFM it needs.  It also monitors the pressure-drop at the blower inlet so you can see if your filter is starving it of air.  The installer showed me all this by pulling the filter while the diagnostics screen was up.  The blower slowed down and the delta-P dropped to a small fraction of in-H2O.  It's pretty cool, actually.


As someone in the HVAC/R wholesale sales field I'm getting a kick...

/just make sure to change your filters regularly
 
2013-08-26 09:56:19 AM
BretMavrik:
People used to ask me why I would buy snow shovels, de-icers, etc. in September when they'd first show up in stores. "It's because if I don't, the day I need them will be the day I can't get out of my driveway to go get them."

I remember a massive snowstorm predicted to hit my area and thinking "good thing I bought that snow blower 2 years ago" as I went to Home Depot the day before it hit and saw at least a dozen 2-stage models on display.
I went back the next day for something after the streets were cleared and found several guys standing around the now-empty floor display where all the snow blowers were the day before.  They were just drinking coffee out of styro cups and staring at an empty section of floor probably wondering "What the hell?  There were plenty of them here yesterday, what am I going to do now?"

Just looked on Craigslist for used snow blowers: tons of them.  No one seems to be buying them. Gosh, I wonder why?

I think I will wait to sell my 14 year old one until the first snow hits and get a better price.
If I had the room I would be buying up used snow blowers during the summer and then selling them in the middle of winter when the Home Depot stock of them is gone.
 
2013-08-26 11:40:39 AM

texdent: Texas: What's a snow blower?


Florida: What's a snow blower?
 
2013-08-26 12:00:53 PM

Cybernetic: texdent: Texas: What's a snow blower?

Florida: What's a snow blower?


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-26 12:23:16 PM
I guess Subby prefers to try to buy a snowblower the day after 14" of snow.

In some places it snows before Christmas...
 
2013-08-26 02:25:48 PM

texdent: Texas: What's a snow blower?


I have some friends in Dallas that I play Xbox with. During a storm a bunch of trucks could be heard going past my house, and a girl asked what was going on. I said it's just the plows. She said "What's a plow?".

I was floored that an adult didn't know what a snow plow is.
 
2013-08-26 04:07:29 PM
Several years ago I bought a suede coat in August. $39.99.
 
2013-08-26 06:50:06 PM

Johnson: MBrady:
trak drive is great - except if you are trying to turn the machine in your garage without starting it.

cars are great too - except if you are trying to turn one around in your garage without starting it.


I didn't realize you lived in your parents basement or maybe in some shiatty apartment, so you probably don't know what a garage is.  But I guess when you get a real job instead of chief fry cook at McDonalds, you too might be able to afford a house with a garage.

Since you don't seem to know what a garage is, sometimes people that have them have space in front of where they park their car - in their garage - to store stuff - like a snowblower.  Sometimes when they have to move stuff around in their garage - like a snowblower, they don't want to have to start the snowblower up to move it 10 feet - in their garage.   Which is the point I was trying to make asshole.

Maybe you shouldn't get involved in conversations that you know nothing about.
 
2013-08-26 08:44:11 PM
MBrady:  trak drive is great - except if you are trying to turn the machine in your garage without starting it.

Johnson:
  cars are great too - except if you are trying to turn one around in your garage without starting it.


MBrady: I didn't realize you lived in your parents basement or maybe in some shiatty apartment, so you probably don't know what a garage is.  But I guess when you get a real job instead of chief fry cook at McDonalds, you too might be able to afford a house with a garage.

Since you don't seem to know what a garage is, sometimes people that have them have space in front of where they park their car - in their garage - to store stuff - like a snowblower.  Sometimes when they have to move stuff around in their garage - like a snowblower, they don't want to have to start the snowblower up to move it 10 feet - in their garage.   Which is the point I was trying to make asshole.

Maybe you shouldn't get involved in conversations that you know nothing about.


You have to move it 10 feet to turn it?  Good god man, start the damn engine! That's what it's there for: to make your life easier.

Trak-Drive also great, unless you try to use it to clear snow without starting it.
Then- oh my god what a PITA these things are!  Might as well use a shovel. Trak-Drive: ugh!

After 14 years mine still starts on the first pull. Also- I store mine in a big ol' garden shed.
My garage is for my cars. Not my yard implements.
Sorry you have to store your snow blower in the garage.
Sounds like a real burden.
 
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