Sears: Please Deliver This Special Offer After It Expires

Reader Ed says:

Got this in the mail yesterday, and the terms really caught my eye!

Oh, Sears. You’re so funny.


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  1. AdvocatesDevil says:

    This is the MOST honest Sears has EVER been!

  2. nicemarmot617 says:

    Victoria’s Secret just did the same thing to me. I got a packet of coupons from them in the mail the other day – half of them expired on July 31. Thanks for the useless coupons, jerks!

  3. The Great Aussie Evil says:

    This is just a waste of tree here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    its their mailing system… sometimes the post office but mostly them

  5. dako81 says:

    Eh, buy a woodburner, then collect all of your junk mail. This way, they’re not giving you useless coupons, they’re giving you (a small amount of) free heat!

  6. tom2133 says:

    Glad to see their proofreading department isn’t slacking.

  7. Carso says:

    If it’s a mistake, they’re idiots. If it’s intentional, they’re bastards. Love it!

  8. incognit000 says:

    I get stuff like this in the mail all the time. I crinkle it up and use it as packaging material for stuff I sell on eBay. Those mailers are surprisingly good at protecting Heroclix figures.

  9. Snowblind says:


    “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

    I love that quote!

  10. mariospants says:

    I went into a Sears the other day… one I hadn’t shopped in since I was about 10 years of age. A few differences here and there (I still remember the Atari 2600 and Odyssey2 video game displays…) but otherwise unremarkable and a little depressing. Staff was ok, but inventory was all over the map: there was more variety of big screen TVs than kids’ bicycles which I thought a little un-Searsish of them. Guess they know what sells and what doesn’t. Their gas-powered lawn mowers were well-priced, however.

    Very sad to see an institution like this slowly erode into nothing.

  11. KCBlueGal says:

    @mariospants: We went to Sears a few months ago in an attempt to find quad roller skates (not roller blades, roller skates). I was informed that they don’t even carry roller skates.

  12. snclfe says:

    I got something similar a week or two ago with the “please deliver shortly after expiration” fine print. Wish I could remember who sent it – not Sears (not on their mailing list)…maybe Best Buy.

  13. econobiker says:

    Sears is goofy.

    Last month my wife and I went to buy some of the tan plastic deck furniture- seats, hose box, etc- that was a belated Father’s Day gift to me. We figured out a couple of smaller items that would total about $92 plus tax versus the larger bench we originally wanted which was about $89 plus tax but listed as out of stock on the display. We went to the checkout to purchase and the nice sales guy at the register said he had to check the warehouse since “we can’t be sure they have it”. So he leaves to go check. While we wait three other customers back up behind us. Wife is telling them to go to another register because we are waiting for sales guy to return. He finally returns and says he is glad he checked but that they are out of both sku’s we wanted. We thanked him for checking (better to check than have to deal with getting debit card credited). We leave Sears and head to the closest K-Mart. And what does Kmart have but the bigger bench on sale for $79 plus tax…

    The horror, the horror, the horror…

  14. BrianDaBrain says:

    Now THAT is amazing. It gave me a good laugh. It seems that’s about all Sears is good for nowadays.

  15. tom2133 says:

    I remember when I used to go to Sears, they had the words “Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back” posted above the doors. Now it’s gone. Guess it’s a sign of the times.

  16. HogwartsAlum says:


    Anybody remember the Wish Book? :'(

  17. Anonymous says:

    Most retailers will accept a expired coupon that had been mailed. I’ve gotten a couple of them over the years and never had a problem using them after explaining that I just received it.

    Also, Bed Bath & Beyond coupons NEVER expire!! Although they have expiration dates on them…it is their in-store policy that they never expire (in my town anyway)..try it.

  18. Marshfield says:


    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Yeah, but what I hate about Bed Bath & Beyond is how they print up store credits — on register tape! And that’s the tape that’s thermal printed so if you keep it in your wallet long enough, the print VANISHES and so does your store credit.

  19. tworld says:

    Same thing happened to me with a coupon from Woman Within. The discount expired the week before I received the catalog. When I called their customer service I was told, “We hope you’ll shop with us anyway.” Yeah right, now when their catalog arrives I chuck it into the trash at the Post Office.

  20. LogicalOne says:

    @Snowblind: See: “’s_razor”