Basically, a rain check is given by the store when they run out of an advertised item so that you may return to the store at a later date and score the same deal. I know that I often find an empty shelf near a product that I was looking forward to getting. I can get mad and be disappointed that I didnâ€™t get it, or I could take action and wait for the product to come back in stock at a later date.
- Make sure you have an ad with you. Employees cannot possibly be aware of every deal going on. It is important that you have the ad and are prepared to have a smooth transaction with the cashier. First, point out the item and ask if they have any more stock. If they do not, ask for a rain check.
- Be sure the ad doesnâ€™t state that item is excluded from rain checks. Also get clarification on the time frame you have to use this rain check by.
- Sometimes a store will offer a substitute item in place of giving the rain check. The only downfall to this is if you are using a coupon for your item you will no longer be able to use it. Once when I explained that to the manager, he took my coupon for the substitute item â€“ no complaints here!!!
- As you wait for the product to come back in stock, be aware of new coupons. You may actually end up with a better deal using your raincheck and a new coupon 2 weeks after the sale!
Tip: Staple the ad section showing your product on sale with the rain check, that way in a couple weeks when you are attempting to redeem it there is no question.