Home Depot has had a miiitary discount for many years for active, reserve and retired personnel which required them only to show the official ID card and receive the 10% military discount. This month after visiting Home Depot stores in Manassas and Woodbridge, VA I was informed by Home Depot personnel I must register in a Home Depot military database to receive the discount. I asked to see the policy but it was not available. The Home Depot personnel informed me this was a new requirement. I contacted the Home Depot's corporate headquarters customer care number, 1-800-654-0688 for clarification. I had to provide my VA zip code, 20112 for verification of my location. The Home Depot representative informed me this was a new "Pilot Program" being tested for corporate wide use. I requested a copy of the policy and was informed it was not open for the public to see. Since retiring I have experienced how often the Federal agencies have lost personal identifying information. My main concern is why does Home Depot have to identify military personnel and maybe their families in a database anyone in Home Depot may have access to. Home Depot lists locations in Mexico, Canada and the US. This database could be used to target military families. Can your organization provide any insight on this?
Very valid concern. Thank you for the heads up. They also started allowing vets to get the discount but showing a photocopy of the DD-214, at least the one in Vicksburg, Ms does. If I have to be put into the database to get it, I may just pass on it.
Originally posted by wilddavemsg: Go to Lowes.Very vet friendly.Home Depot has been giving vets the run around for a good while now.
Those two companies track each other so closely don't expect HD to expand the policy (unless Lowe's gets on board too). HD will rescind the policy if they perceive Lowe's getting a competitive advantage.
Lowes is already on board.At least the one in Frankfort Ky is.When I got my retired Id a few months ago Boone Center told me I would get 10% off by just showing my ID.Besides I worked for Lowes until Apr. 2011 so I know how they operate.If the cashier gives you a fuss,just ask for the M.O.D.You will get the 10%.They really aint suppose to give it except on certain holidays.They will do anything to keep your business.Just call them on it and show your ID.
In Ohio Lowe's in South Point gives big discounts to the Ironton AMVETS Post as well as 10% to all veterans with an ID. The Lowe's in Wheelersburg just east of Portsmouth gives 10% discount to all veterans with an ID.
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Stores down here in the NW corner of Arkansas and the River Valley; both have the same discount practice of 10% with a valid military ID and I find it hard to believe that HD would change such the rules to this discount. That would mean that every discount group would have to "register" on HD's database which I find hard to believe.
Originally posted by wilddavemsg: Crashcrew: you worked for HD? How long were you there? I was at Lowes a little over 6 years.I enjoyed working there.I met alot of good people while I was there.
Only about 15 mos. I have had my own bus. for 12 yrs. but it required travel in several counties. Caring for an elderly parent caused me to find work at HD but now another sibling is close by so I'm back to my own gig.
BTW,I was in Lumber/Building Mat'ls. (where else?)
I was in Rockland Maine last week and the Home Depot there has the same requirement to sign up for the military discount. I thought they wanted to make it easier for veterans to get the discount? I was told they would send a "coupon" through email which you could use instead of your Military ID. However, when I went back two days later without the coupon I did not receive - they would no longer give me the 10% discount using my ID card and knowing I signed up for their new program. This seems to be a negative and sad turn around for veterans at this retailer. Took my business to Lowe's where commonsense and the military ID rules! They should not implement this policy nationwide!!
I've shopped within the past two weeks at both a Lowe's and a Home Depot here in the Eastern Panhandle of WV - rec'd the 10% discount both times by just showing ID card to the cashier. No muss, no fuss.
Surprisingly, the more I ask at unrelated stores (such as a local garden-supply/nursery, shoe store, dry cleaner, art gallery/framing) if they have a military discount, the answer is often YES - usually about 10%, but in one or two cases, up to 20%. Never hurts to ask.
I stopped going to both Lowes and Home Depot and now go to a hardware store owned by a family that has been in buseness for 44 years and though they do not give any discount to the Military they have everything and more than Lowes has and they know the product they are selling which is more than I can say for others. Whatever they don't have they can get for me and in the back of their store they have workers that repair or build just about anything that is broken, like gas grills, weed eaters, lawn mowers, etc. and they only charge you $15/hr. No charge if you bought the item there. Keep your military discounts. By the time one pays taxes they are only getting about a 2% discount.
That's great, Duster, and I'd do the same if I could - but first Walmart, then Lowe's, then Home Depot big-box stores drove out long-held family hardware stores and general merchandise stores that were here when I first retired to the area in '93. There's no such animal within 40 miles any more.
At least there's a mom-n-pop pharmacy in Martinsburg (Patterson's) that not only is a complete pharmacy, but also has a lunch counter! Pretty much the only family-owned places any more are small specialty stores and restaurants - at least until you get to the smaller, more rural towns. But that's off-topic.
Target does something very like this. (look it up) They take your driver license when you buy a video or cold medicine and run through their card reader. They do it to track you and your buying habits, and they target you with advertisment...up until this point.
I just won't buy those things from target anymore and I won't seek a discount at HD. It is a back door method as well of getting out of a practice that assuredly has been costing them in this economic environment.
I've not signed up for anything, nor had my ID card scanned - except by my doctor's office. Then again, support for the military is pretty widespread here in West By God Virginia, even if the Eastern Panhandle is slowly becoming an outer extension of DC/Baltimore.