I like northface products, their jackets are long lasting and of very good quality. There are two things that i don’t like, one they are very expensive and two – they are almost never on sale.
Places like the northface store, Macy’s and nordstrom never have discounts on northface products. Even when macy’s has their biggest sales, they exclude these jackets, making it very difficult for deal hunters like me to get in.
I wanted to buy this amazing tri-climate jacket from northface which retails for $200, and kept looking around for over 3 months but did not find a great deal. To start with, i had decided to buy online (to save the $10 in taxes) and buy in the Oct-Dec 2011 quarter when my citi dividend card was giving a 5% cashback on department and clothing stores (essentially getting another $10 back in cashback reward)
By patiently looking around and using the right tools on cyber monday, i was able to get a great deal. Here is how.
Purchased it on the site Moosejaw , which is a great site for jackets and gear. They were selling it at list price($200), but i used ebates to get an awesome 8% ($16) referral cashback to go to moosejaw. Moosejaw has a rewards program, where you earn 10% of your purchase value as moosejaw credit for future use, but on cyber monday they had a 5X promo, where i got 50% value as moosejaw credit ($100) for future use on their rewards website. I also registered my Citi mastercard for this great holiday offer, where if you register your Mastercard credit card number and spend $200 online with it, you’ll get a $20 gift card.
For my $200 purchase i got $46 ($16 + $10 + $20) in cashback and GC value, plus another $100 to spend at a future time, discounting my next purchase.
So by being smart about my big (by my standards) purchase, i was able to bring down the actual out of pocket cost plus get more merchandise for free.