On Saturday, April 9, we’re running a giant sale on all the stoves from our Kidron store that got wet when the flash flood hit our store on February 28. The savings are so big that if you bought every stove we have available, you’d save $50,000!
Many are being sold at a loss. So, you’ll never see deals like this again! Of course, this begs the question, “What can a little flood water do to hurt a woodstove?”
The answer is, “Not much!” In fact, we don’t know of any significant damage to any of the stoves we are selling. Some have a little surface rust. Some have a little mud in the corners. But, they are all 100% functional. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t sell them.
In fact, the question we’ve heard most often about the flood damaged merchandise we’re selling at deep discounts is, “Why did Lehman’s think they needed to discount this?! There’s nothing wrong with it.” One lovely couple even insisted that they pay full price for the damaged items they were buying.
“We just want to do the right thing for you,” they said.
Doing the right thing is important to us, too. We just didn’t feel right about about selling merchandise at anything more than a BARGAIN PRICE if we knew that it had been submerged in the muddy water that had swirled through our store.
Volunteers graciously offered to come and help clean and sterilize items. We took them up on their offer, but after the work was done, the items still went on the sale price shelves. By helping us clean the items, those good-hearted folks helped us sell them faster. But, we just couldn’t tell our customers that the items were “perfectly new” any longer. So we sold them at special “flood damaged” prices.
Doing the right thing can be costly in the short term. It certainly cost us. So far, we’ve lost tens of thousands of dollars on items sold below cost because they were “flood damaged.”
I’ve always believed that in the long run, doing the right thing will pay dividends. But, sometimes, we do the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do.