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Old 10-20-2013, 07:09 AM
 
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I was looking at a coupon for a gutter guard that had the wording "must present at time of estimate". In general, are coupons needing to be presented at the time of estimate of much use? It seems that the estimate to be presented could be hiked up to account for the coupon, either in part or in full.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:30 AM
 
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The cynic in me says that any complex service estimate would be "grossed up" to reflect the coupon. E.g. they would have charged you $1800 if the coupon were never mentioned, but you have a $200 coupon so your price is $2000 - $200 coupon - $1800. So you think you are getting a deal, when the coupon was just used as an add as opposed to some sort of loss leader.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:41 AM
 
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Why not ask how much it'll cost before telling them you have a coupon? It is still being presented "at time of estimate."
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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I agree with Meh.

Get the estimate, and once you have the number in hand, present the coupon.

It is still the same time as the estimate, and it would be obvious if they tried to change the price or conditions from there.
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