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Old 01-29-2019, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default ... Lowe's military 10% discount?

When shopping at the Lowe's in Gilford, it is standard procedure to be offered a 10% military discount when paying at one of the check-outs. So, the first few times going through this, I was a little bit miffed since I have no military service.

Then, one time it dawned on me, that I basically received my 10% discount in advance, back on April 1, 1970, when I first learned that my Vietnam draft lottery number was 302, and everyone with 180 and higher was most likely exempt from serving, and fighting in Vietnam.

So's now whenever I get asked at the Gilford Lowe's about their ten percent military discount offer ....... I always say .......sorry, but I already got my discount, back on April fool's day, 1970. And, that leads to different varied reactions from surrounding people, at the time. I had one guy about my age, in the line behind me, actually say; " no kidding, is that right, you know I got a very high number myself but I always keep that quiet" ...... and he shook my hand ..... and started laughing as he walked away ..... oh well! ......
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Actually that's not true, to obtain a 10% veteran's discount at Lowes requires that you establish a My Lowes account and in the process of getting that you must provide proof of service. This is easily done online since they can validate your service number against the VA. It is only offered to those who have been honorably discharged, active duty or in the reserves.

Once your card is issued that is scanned at the time you check out where the discount is applied. They DO NOT give that discount out without a validated My Lowes card.

Kudos to Lowes for doing this and they really do take 10% off everything every day no limits even off sale prices.
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On top of the 10% discount, veterans from Massachusetts who buy at the Gilford Lowe's also save from having to pay the 6.25% Mass sales tax, so that makes it a double-discount for Mass veterans.

The Mass sales tax is a sales and use tax, and Mass residents are supposedly supposed to still pay their 6.25% tax to Mass on items purchased in New Hampshire, but probably Mass has no way to really collect it, so it goes unpaid?

10% & 6.25% = 16.25% ....... wow ..... that's like a big discount, and there's lots of Mass license plates parked at Lowe's on the weekends plus on weekdays, too?

On the other hand, if you buy your paint, across the road at Walmart, it still costs less and it's Glidden paint, the 2nd biggest paint maker in the country, and is excellent paint ...... plus Walmart has these small brown paper bags of baked potato wedges for a price like $1.05, plus the 9% NH prepared food tax. Easy to eat as you walk about the store, going shopping.

Maybe New Hampshire could offer veterans a discount on the 9%-prepared food tax, and make it zero, to equal what you pay in tax for these potato wedges at a Massachusetts Walmart? And, these are some very good tasting baked potato wedges!
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On top of the 10% discount, veterans from Massachusetts who buy at the Gilford Lowe's also save from having to pay the 6.25% Mass sales tax, so that makes it a double-discount for Mass veterans.

The Mass sales tax is a sales and use tax, and Mass residents are supposedly supposed to still pay their 6.25% tax to Mass on items purchased in New Hampshire, but probably Mass has no way to really collect it, so it goes unpaid?

10% & 6.25% = 16.25% ....... wow ..... that's like a big discount, and there's lots of Mass license plates parked at Lowe's on the weekends plus on weekdays, too?
If you are seeing those Mass license plates at the Gilford Lowe's you can assume that the vast majority are property owners in the area and shopping for those NH homes. I think what you allude to is much more common at the stores on the MA/NH state line.

The Mass sales and use tax is just what it says but applies only to items purchased in Mass or used in Mass. For large items such as vehicles, most states do not collect sales tax as long as the item is delivered to a different state and many have laws that require the seller to ship it. If the buyer's shipping company transports it some states maintain that because your shipping company transported it, you have taken possession of it, and tax is due. That is one of the reasons why so many Mass residents have NH registered boats.
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On top of the 10% discount, veterans from Massachusetts who buy at the Gilford Lowe's also save from having to pay the 6.25% Mass sales tax, so that makes it a double-discount for Mass veterans.

The Mass sales tax is a sales and use tax, and Mass residents are supposedly supposed to still pay their 6.25% tax to Mass on items purchased in New Hampshire, but probably Mass has no way to really collect it, so it goes unpaid?

10% & 6.25% = 16.25% ....... wow ..... that's like a big discount, and there's lots of Mass license plates parked at Lowe's on the weekends plus on weekdays, too?

On the other hand, if you buy your paint, across the road at Walmart, it still costs less and it's Glidden paint, the 2nd biggest paint maker in the country, and is excellent paint ...... plus Walmart has these small brown paper bags of baked potato wedges for a price like $1.05, plus the 9% NH prepared food tax. Easy to eat as you walk about the store, going shopping.

Maybe New Hampshire could offer veterans a discount on the 9%-prepared food tax, and make it zero, to equal what you pay in tax for these potato wedges at a Massachusetts Walmart? And, these are some very good tasting baked potato wedges!
Glidden paint suxs! You won't see any quality professional painter using Glidden paint. The DIY customers buy it because it's cheap.
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Actually that's not true, to obtain a 10% veteran's discount at Lowes requires that you establish a My Lowes account and in the process of getting that you must provide proof of service. This is easily done online since they can validate your service number against the VA. It is only offered to those who have been honorably discharged, active duty or in the reserves.

Once your card is issued that is scanned at the time you check out where the discount is applied. They DO NOT give that discount out without a validated My Lowes card.

Kudos to Lowes for doing this and they really do take 10% off everything every day no limits even off sale prices.
Its a great program. You can also download the Lowes App to your phone and have them scan that, so you don't have to dig for the card.....
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Once you are registered you are in the Lowes system countrywide and all you have to do is give them your phone number to receive the discount.
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You can sign up for the discount in person and link it to just a phone number, no mylowes card needed. You have to bring in a copy of your DD214 and a photo ID. The discount also applies to a spouse so if you share a home phone number then he or she can get the discount at checkout by giving the phone number. I originally signed up this way, later got the mylowes card and attached one of the provided bar codes to a credit card. Having the card is more convenient and I believe that my wife can still get the discount via giving our home phone number. With the card you can use the self checkout, just scan your mylowes bar code 1st.

And they (usually) thank you for your service.
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I think what you allude to is much more common at the stores on the MA/NH state line.
Yes it is fascinating that all those south of the border, support all that big government, heavy taxation and of course part of everyone must pay their fair share crowd, cry about income inequality and the endless litany of complaints shamelessly skirt the very system they put into place to fix this by shopping tax free in NH. Ain't that something!

Far as the Vets discount goes, Lowes really did it right (unlike Home Depot's feeble attempt to do the same - plus all the restrictions). I'm sure Lowes is reaping a lot of repeat customers as a result. I exclusively buy from them and will only give Home Depot business if I have no other choice.

Thanks to all the Vets on here, especially those who actually saw real combat.
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You can sign up for the discount in person and link it to just a phone number, no mylowes card needed.
I concur with this. I've been using the military discount at Lowe's for years, and I've never signed up for a My Lowe's account. They ask for my phone number at the register, verify my eligibility, and the 10% discount is applied.
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Despite 6 years in the National Guard (back in the days of Vietnam), Home Depot said i did not qualify. Never checked Lowes.....
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Is that 10% on top of the 5% you get for using the Lowes credit card? Or are you getting an additional 5% to make it 10% in total?
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.... Now you all listen to me, see ..... now, I am like the greatest painter ever ..... since paint was first invented ..... in the world history of paint, see ..... and, when I say that Glidden makes some great paint ..... I absolutely, positively, absolutely, know what I know , see! That Glidden sold at the Gilford Walmart is some good paint!

And, as far as hitting #302 in the 4/1/70 Vietnam draft lottery, (April fool's ..... you are hereby conscripted!) it still makes me feel like I get an automatic discount, every time I go to Lowe's. Why, just compare that with the White House, which by the way, was painted with 'simply white' Glidden paint from Walmart ...... you get the picture!
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Ditto the above for Home Depot. No Home Depot account needed just proof of service ie. VA card,DD 214.
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Is that 10% on top of the 5% you get for using the Lowes credit card? Or are you getting an additional 5% to make it 10% in total?
10% total, Lowes credit card or not. I did try that out. Sill a great deal.
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Is that 10% on top of the 5% you get for using the Lowes credit card? Or are you getting an additional 5% to make it 10% in total?
I believe it is 10% total. They will not let you combine discounts to get it to 15%.
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You also do not get the discount on items that are already reduced or on sale.
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You also do not get the discount on items that are already reduced or on sale.
We bought a washer dryer last fall, on sale. They went back to the non-sale price and offered a choice of sale price or retail, with Vet discount. In my experience, HD pretty much does the same thing (maybe not the phone number thing, I just show ID), so we tend to go to the place that is closer, or has what we want now.
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Home Depots prices are generally cheaper on everything. I prefer HD but Lowes does offer some thing that HD doesn't.
Lowes lighting department is much better than HD's, IMO.

I'm actually going to Lowes this weekend to buy tile for my bathroom floor because I could find what I was looking for at HD. But I buy much more at HD than Lowes.
HD sends me discounts coupons but I never get any from Lowes and I have both of their cards.
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OK. Lowe's and HD, as national chains. Who else in the Lakes Region offers (unique) military or veteran's discounts? State parks and many ski areas have deals for active duty personnel. Many restaurants have Veteran's Day specials. Who else, year round?
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Default ... Barron's in beautiful Belmont!

The Baron's appliance store in nearby, beautiful Belmont is a totally excellent store, plus it has a bigger, wider, and broader selection of appliances than the big box stores.

It will price match and beat a price from a big box if you show them the big box estimate in writing. They can get appliances that the big boxes cannot get, plus all their prices are competitive, and they totally hate, hate, hate to lose a sale to a big box.

Plus, there's more going on with Baron's price policies than I know, as it's been a few years ..... but is worth the effort to go price shop at Baron's ..... before you reach for your piggy bank full of quarters.

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Plus, if you mention you totally avoided the Vietnam draft lottery by hitting a #180 or higher, back in 1969-1972, they will present you with a small American flag, a loud military style drum roll, and present to you a bright orange colored wig ... .... just kidding ... ho-ho-ho.

Baron's Major Brands is the big box beater, which is how they survive in business for so long while located in Belmont, which is half way between the two Gilford and Tilton big box stores, and Baron's is all about appliances, so they can quickly get that off-size 24" propane stove, or 18" stainless dishwasher. You need to show up with a print-out or written big box estimate, and they will beat it, plus their sales and delivery people are more service oriented.
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OK. Lowe's and HD, as national chains. Who else in the Lakes Region offers (unique) military or veteran's discounts? State parks and many ski areas have deals for active duty personnel. Many restaurants have Veteran's Day specials. Who else, year round?
LUND boats offers a military discount on the purchase of a new boat. Discount varies by model.
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That's huge, to coin a phase. Thank you. Maybe we'll hear from others at/after the boat show next week.
Now is a good tim e for any dealers/ mfg to let us know here.
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Lund boats are unbelievably expensive, like you can pay $30,000 for an 18' Lund aluminum boat, motor, and trailer. Plus they come with very ugly graphics on the outside of the hull which permanently turns it into a Lund billboard. Unlike Alumacraft, Starcraft and other aluminum boats, Lund is welded as opposed to riveted .... does it make any difference?

Lund is made by the same company that makes Mercury outboards, so you can never get a new Lund with an Evinrude, Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki outboard.

Having said that, I have a Lund 11' jon boat, purchased used for $400 with oars and oar locks, and it rows fantastic and weighs just 85-lbs.
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Lund boats are unbelievably expensive, like you can pay $30,000 for an 18' Lund aluminum boat, motor, and trailer. Plus they come with very ugly graphics on the outside of the hull which permanently turns it into a Lund billboard. Unlike Alumacraft, Starcraft and other aluminum boats, Lund is welded as opposed to riveted .... does it make any difference?

Lund is made by the same company that makes Mercury outboards, so you can never get a new Lund with an Evinrude, Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki outboard.

Having said that, I have a Lund 11' jon boat, purchased used for $400 with oars and oar locks, and it rows fantastic and weighs just 85-lbs.
Pretty much all of what you said is completely FALSE. I suggest you actually look on LUND's website before you start throwing bogus information out there.
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Lowes gives 10% discount to ALL VETERANS. Home Depot only gives 10% discount to Disabled Veterans (service connected). Using a military type ID you get the vet discount at Home depot, but if you use a VA medical ID, it must have the words "service connected" under your picture,at Home Depots in Rochester Nh, Ocala FL, and Crystal River FL it happened to me, denied with my non service connected VA medical ID.

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Lowes will match any Home Depot price on same item.
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Lowes gives 10% discount to ALL VETERANS. Home Depot only gives 10% discount to Disabled Veterans (service connected).
I am not disabled but I get a discount at HD.
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I have a 30% service connected disability but I don't think HD asked about that when I got the 10% off qualification.

Thanks HD and Lowe's.
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I have a 30% service connected disability but I don't think HD asked about that when I got the 10% off qualification.

Thanks HD and Lowe's.
I'm active in local service projects. We don't have a Lowe's in town, but if you do research on Google, HD is big on doing projects, materials and employee volunteer teams for all sorts of disabled Vets construction projects. Maybe Lowe's too, just not a Lowe's in my town. The local lumber yard, non-chain, is helpful too. When I go rattling the tin cup, I don't discriminated. In fact the local non-chains are more generous than the chains, so they always get my business first.
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Not So. I am not disabled just a Vet and have gotten 10% discount at HD many times.
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This is not true.
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Home Depot’s 10% Military Discount Policy

An online customer service rep recently gave me this information about Home Depot military discounts:
•Year-round: Home Depot’s military discount is offered throughout the year.
•10% Military Discount: Home Depot’s 10% discount is applicable to purchases with a $500 maximum discount. There are some exclusions, including installation products or services, Gift Cards, special buy appliances, and some commodities, such as building materials. The discount is not available for online purchases.
•Eligibility – U.S. stores: The discount is offered in the U.S. to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. Veterans who do not have a VA service-connected disability rating may only be eligible for the military discount during national holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.
•Military ID: To use Home Depot’s discount, you should present acceptable proof of military service.

The 10% Lowe’s discount also applies to veterans who served honorably, as well as and their families.

Here is the specific discount information:


To receive the Everyday 10% Military Discount, you must:

Be currently serving in or a veteran* of the US armed forces or be the immediate family member (Spouses and/or dependent children up to 18 years old). Once the service member signs up for the discount program on Lowes.com, it will be linked to a MyLowe’s card that may also be used by immediate family.

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Enroll in the program online. Lowe’s uses a trusted third party to verify eligibility status for online enrollment and may require additional documentation or proof of eligibility.

*Veteran includes all individuals who are retired from the US armed forces or who have been discharged (e.g., honorable, under honorable condition, general). Individuals dishonorably discharged or for bad conduct are not eligible to receive a military discount.
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I went to Home Depot to look at a snowblower about two years ago. Found one I liked for right around $1,000. I had my DD214 with me and asked about a veteran's discount. I was told that my status only got the discount on certain holidays as noted above.

I then went to Lowes and found a unit I had researched online, for around $1,300. The sales guy asked if I was a veteran and I said yes. When we got to the register, the cashier said that with my status the discount only applied for certain holidays, but called a manager over and he modified the price to reflect the discount. Also got a Lowes credit card to get no interest for 6 months.

Shortly thereafter, we got an email saying that Lowes was now offering a veteran's discount year round, with little restriction. We applied and ithe discount is linked to MyLowes card and the Lowes credit card. My wife can give them our phone number, and get the discount if I'm not with her. Thank you Lowes.

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Sounds like you got maybe an Ariens 30" snowblower ...... a BIG machine ...... how's that working out for you?
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Here's a list of all the boat manufacturer's that nationally advertise military discounts. They all vary depending on model.

Alumacraft
Crestliner
Lowe
Lund
Triton (including Police and Fire)
Cypress Cay
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Sounds like you got maybe an Ariens 30" snowblower ...... a BIG machine ...... how's that working out for you?
Troybuilt 3 stage. Love it. It has electric start, but pulls so easily and always starts 1st pull.
Only thing I don't like about it is that the chute is controlled by a joystick. I would rather have a crank.

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This is not true.
i guess not all home depots have the same policy. I was denied a veterans 10% discount at home depot using my VA medical ID because my card did not have the words "service connected" printed under my picture; happened at home depots in Rochester NH, Ocala FL, and Crystal River FL, all true statements.
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i guess not all home depots have the same policy. I was denied a veterans 10% discount at home depot using my VA medical ID because my card did not have the words "service connected" printed under my picture; happened at home depots in Rochester NH, Ocala FL, and Crystal River FL, all true statements.
Yes, with the editing done yesterday to your post that I responded to, you have come closer to HD's official policy. It's still not true that "Home Depot only gives 10% discount to Disabled Veterans (service connected)."
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i guess not all home depots have the same policy. I was denied a veterans 10% discount at home depot using my VA medical ID because my card did not have the words "service connected" printed under my picture; happened at home depots in Rochester NH, Ocala FL, and Crystal River FL, all true statements.
This site says, in part:
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https://themilitarywallet.com/home-d...tary-discount/
FWIW-1: While using their parking lot to turn around, I spotted a new banner at K-Mart that offered a "10% Veterans discount".

FWIW-2: After Hurricane Irma, I sure could have used a 10% Home Depot military discount, but between soldering-in a new HD water heater, replacing two HD doors, resetting a flattened chain link fence upright, and replacing a garage door, the paperwork seemed like a lot of trouble. Other HD Hurricane Irma trouble.

(And now we're told the discount is "Hit-or-Miss").

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I would be very unhappy with ANY Home Depot that denied you the 10% off. I learned about it from my platoon buddy who was getting it in Oklahoma. And when I went to the HD and Lowe's here on (and near) the Cape they NEVER asked me anything about a service connected disability.

Maybe it's time to speak with a manager. I believe you are entitled to those benefits and I sure hope nobody proves me wrong.
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I think Home Depot sells a higher quality product overall than does Lowe's.
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Both Lowe's and Home Depot are truly excellent stores, and having one in Tilton, and one in Gilford, with Lakeport Hardware, and Baron's Major Brands in between the two, makes the road from Tilton to Gilford a great hardware store and home appliances shopping mecca ..... live free & buy it in NH!

Baron's has more choices, and will price match and beat a price quote in writing from either big box.

Crappy courtesy coffee is what you get at both Lowe's and Home Depot. They should upgrade to a k-cup self serve and charge like 40-cents with a quality paper cup. A quality store wants a quality cup of coffee!
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Both Lowe's and Home Depot are truly excellent stores, and having one in Tilton, and one in Gilford, with Lakeport Hardware, and Baron's Major Brands in between the two, makes the road from Tilton to Gilford a great hardware store and home appliances shopping mecca ..... live free & buy it in NH!

Baron's has more choices, and will price match and beat a price quote in writing from either big box.

Crappy courtesy coffee is what you get at both Lowe's and Home Depot. They should upgrade to a k-cup self serve and charge like 40-cents with a quality paper cup. A quality store wants a quality cup of coffee!
Actually last time I was at Lowes they were serving Green Mountain Coffee which is not a crappy brand.

I applaud them for NOT using K-cups - they contain more plastic than a straw and are extremely environmentally unfriendly. In fact they should be banned.
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Actually last time I was at Lowes they were serving Green Mountain Coffee which is not a crappy brand.

I applaud them for NOT using K-cups - they contain more plastic than a straw and are extremely environmentally unfriendly. In fact they should be banned.
Oh well ..... is true what you say ..... here in NH .... it all ends up somewhere in beautiful Bethlehem, NH ... at www.casella.com/locations/bethlehem-nh-landfill .... the town situated at the highest elevation in the state .... according to an historic state plaque on Main St, there
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