The Wal- Mart in Davenport, Iowa has been advertising for several months about the No Tax Sale for parents to save money on their children’s school supplies.
School will be starting for some Davenport students in mere days and parents were hustling elbow to elbow in this store’s aisle especially since, the maority of the aisles were filled with abandoned empty boxes. Each school listing was carried by a frustrated parent who was reading exactly how the teachers had placed about these specific items, which left something as simple as loose leaf paper to be read as a forgein language.
Filler paper. Many parents asked other parents, “What does this mean filler paper?”
Loose leaf? Plain paper?
If an answer was given a question was soon followed do you know what they mean by perferated loose leaf paper?
No. Does it exist? Where do these teachers get their supplies?
We trudged through the elbows, running little kids, dragged along my two children and kept to the school listings.
Amongst our group, we discussed whether we should go to another store to hunt down the items. The option of another store was dismissed as Wal-Mart has been advertising no tax sale for months. We continued the search and only needed to get a few more items, but realized the empty boxes was what once held what we searched for desperately.
The check outs were filled with other parents who were frustrated, but talking with them they understood that we had to buy the items here at Wal-Mart despite the crowded situation. Many of these parents had made numerous comments to other parents of how excited they were that Wal-Mart had done this on these few days only.
Numerous times we asked many other people and Wal-Mart associates, “This is the No Tax Sale, correct?”
“Yes, all your school needs are No Tax, it won’t be for you to get a new grill. It is for back to school.”
We looked upon our cart filled with erasers, pens, and the notebooks of every color and were glad that we had waded through and picked through each box to find the teacher’s preferred color. Mission accomplished, we went to the check out.
Again we wanted to be assured that this was the No Tax Sale and we were again assured, “Yes, all your back to school needs are Tax free here at Wal-Mart.”
It was starting to sound like the commercial and finally assured that there was no taxes on our back to school needs.
The surround sound of the scanner’s beeps filled our ears and we continued to scan and watch the numbers add up onto the self check out.
Money was paid and we discussed that something was funny, that was more then we had figured. Shrugging our shoulders we meandered out to the car and unloaded. A gaze at the receipt held our answer.
We were charged taxes.
Taxes? On the constant advertised deal of no taxes for all your back to school needs?
A phone call was quickly made to the store.
“The no tax sale is only on clothes. Not school supplies.”
That was not what the advertisement said that we had been carrying around the whole shopping experience, that is not what the Wal-Mart associates told us?
What went wrong?
Click. The Wal-Mart associate had hung up.
Only on clothes? That isn’t all our back to school needs! How many other parents noticed the taxes were charged? How many did not ever check?
This I feel was false advertisement. It certainly brought people to the store, yes. The fact that one can not see what they are getting until they pay for the items, is not right at all.
What predictament would about 10,000 people be in? Return it all as they were lied to?
Doubtful, as the majority would not do this in the first place. We did what everyone else probably did, shook our heads and said to ourselves.
“We were tricked.”