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Lowes vs Home Depot for veterans


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Just thought that I would give a heads up to all veterans.  I recently found out that both Home Depot and Lowes give a 10% discount to vets.  I signed up on the Lowes web site with no problems, very easy, and the discount shows up automatically when you order on line or buy in the store, no matter if the item is on sale or not.  At Home Depot, no discount on sale items applies and all vet discounts are at the discretion of the store manager with many limitations.  The deeper you look the choice is obvious that Lowes honors the vet discount across the board, while Home Depot makes an arbitrary decision at the time of purchase and does not apply the vet discount to sale items or items not included in the vet discount category.

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Agreed.  I drive by my home depot to get to lowes to buy stuff I need.  

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Some Lowes like the one in Concord NH also have dedicated veteran parking spots. I think thats pretty cool as well. 

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I worked at Lowe’s in TX, for about 3 yrs on and off. (2007 -2009, 2013)

very easy to get the Vet discount, just give them your number and bam %10 off. Only applies to reg price and sale items, clearance items for obvious reasons does not apply.

Home Sleepo..nope, it’s a pain in the rear and it’s up to the store manager as posted earlier.

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A few years ago i bought a dryer. Same dryer at Lowes and Home Depot both on sale. Home Depot refused to give me the discount and told me sale items are exempt from discount and Lowes does the same. Went to Lowes and got the discount no problem. I now use Lowes exclusively and order online for in store pick up and the discount is applied on line at check out. HD only gives discount in store and only if they feel like it. The decision on whether to give the discount at HD is often at discretion of a teenage checkout clerk or clueless 20 something manager.

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17 hours ago, JDB said:

while Home Depot makes an arbitrary decision at the time of purchase and does not apply the vet discount to sale items or items not included in the vet discount category.

My experience is different at HD.

I look for items that I want in damaged boxes. All associates at HD are allowed to give up to 25% off without supervisor approval. The Cashiers can too. Then I ask to apply my Vets discount. I have never been denied. This applies to HD's in Louisiana and Washington State that I have visited.

I do use Lowes also and their system works well too.

 

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HD denied me vet discount.  Said I needed some special ID.  Poor cashier (not her fault),  said see deals with pissed off vets all the time, leave without buying stuff.  Never to return I'm sure.  Lowes laughed when I told them this story.  Said, accept VA cards everyday.  Now I just give them my phone number for the discount.

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The Lowe’s in Lansing only give a 10% on Veterans’s Day.  The Home Depot gives a 10% discount for veterans all year.  It  sounds like we are missing something here in Lansing, MI.  

I like Lowe’s but I go Home Depot more because they give the Veteran’s discount year round.

 

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I've been noticing something new this year. Lowes has always given a 10% military discount, regardless of the item purchased. Home Depot will give the same discount if you show your military ID but only if you ask them. Lowes automatically applies the discount. I'm remodeling the home and purchase a lot of construction material. This year I noticed that Home Depot has cut back their discount on "Commodity" items. They still give a discount of sorts but not on everything you buy as does Lowes. I recently purchased some electrical conduit from Home depot but no discount was given. Since I needed more conduit, I went to Lowes. (same price as HomeDepot) I received the full discount. I'm sticking with Lowes and I'm finished with Home Depot.


 

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On 5/9/2019 at 2:52 PM, GeekySquid said:

My experience is different at HD.

I look for items that I want in damaged boxes. All associates at HD are allowed to give up to 25% off without supervisor approval. The Cashiers can too. Then I ask to apply my Vets discount. I have never been denied. This applies to HD's in Louisiana and Washington State that I have visited.

I do use Lowes also and their system works well too.

 

We have had the same experience and have purchased many items when remodeling our second home and working on our main residence.  Never an issue at HD or Lowes.

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HD is capping the discount at 500 dollars worth of merchandise for max savings of 50 dollars. Lowes does not have a limit and if you sign up on line for a My Lowes account you can even take it off of on line orders.

 

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This has been going on for a while. HD seems to be patriotic, but doesn't try real hard when you compare to Lowes. In fact, I just now came back from Lowes and 10% discount, automatic. Just sign up once and when you do make a purchase, you just give them your phone number and they verify. Just like that-no problem. When I have  a choice, I alway choose Lowes.

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My experience - Lowes can burn in hell.

My 80 year old mother "got" shutters from Lowes,  But see Lowes doesnt do the work, they sub it all out. And guess what happens when you have a problem.... Lowes says oh well. Too late you paid them ... you cant stop the credit card payment..too late. And then what?  Two years after mom paid for the shutters .. still not finished.  Lowes wont take my calls.  So yeah lowes can burn in hell. I will never shop there and I will tell everyone I meet to stay away.

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That us strange, we purchase some shutters from Lowe's and yes they had an outside contractor  to make them and install them,  After we purchase these shutters from Lowe's  they gave me a 10%   veteran discount  along with the special discounted price in their store..After a few days a man came to the door introduced him self and said he was with the outside contractor appointed by Lowe's  he was here to measure each window in the house....we let him measure and in about 4 weeks they came out and installed the shutters, no problems with Lowe's  they said what they would do and they did it  we just paid Lowe's and that was that...shutters are expensive  and we had called around and it was hard to beat Lowe's Prices.  

However we learn to just call the shutter company and deal with them first  and save the middle man to cut out more cost...the shutter company will give a veteran 10% discount also ...>.  this was sunburst shutters in Dallas Tx

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Lowe’s has changed some of it's rules on the discount. It used to the discount applied to everything, even sale price, clearance and marked down items. I was able to get a marked down refrigerator and a refurbished push mower with the discount. I also bought some Casper mattresses that were on sale and still get the discount. However, when I bought some deeply discounted Christmas decorations I didn’t get the full 10%. 

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