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Old 03-17-2017, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Anyone else get an email about a settlement of a class action suit against Harbor Freight? May be a phishing expedition or something.
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Anyone else get an email about a settlement of a class action suit against Harbor Freight? May be a phishing expedition or something.
I got the email -- and some background digging leads me to believe it's genuine.

Since the cut-off date for claiming a share of the bounty is many months from now, I was planning to wait a while and see if any reports of it being a gigantic hoax surface.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Here's what posted. "A California man claims in a new class action lawsuit that Harbor Freight Tools has been using several different deceptive pricing schemes to induce sales.

Plaintiff Ted Shimono says that discount tool retailer Harbor Freight Tools advertises “fake sale” prices to make customers think certain items are being offered at a significant discount when they’re actually not.

He says this tactic entices customers to buy lower-quality merchandise at inflated prices."

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Old 03-17-2017, 06:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I got the notice, but haven't shopped at Harbor Freight but once in several years... don't think I'll bother with it.
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Prices keep going up and up. I agree with the suit as posted in the quotes by ElderMike.
They often post things to the effect that it is the lowest price ever, but in fact an item has the same parts as a previous item under a different number. I returned home from Japan in December 2010. I bought several items in the next year that have doubled in price and not in quality; and several $80-$90 items now selling on sale at $150 on "sale".

I posted my opinions on this on another forum about this fact last year, and didn't know that there was a class action suit going on. I probably wouldn't join it but rather do my shopping somewhere else most of the time.
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They do many times list a "regular" price that is about 3 times what they normally sell for.


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Here is a 2 day old article about the settlement. Takes a lot of paperwork to join the class action: https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-...on-settlement/
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Personally, I think this is Mr. Beck's claim to his 15 minutes of fame. I have never entered a Harbor Freight store expecting to pay more than the listed "sale" price. Nor for that matter do I think most buyers have any such expectations.

What he's claiming is about the same as the TV hucksters touting "This is an $80 value but we'll let you have it for $19.95, but wait order right now and we'll give you a second $80 value item for free - just pay separate shipping and handling"

At any rate as I posted earlier, haven't been in a Harbor Freight store but once or twice in past 5 or 6 years...
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I do get some things at HF but nothing of an consequence. Will wait and see what happens in my email.
TT makes a great point. If it is worth $80, then why not sell it at $80? Ever look at shipping costs on the TV stuff?
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