Rain Check

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Rain Check

A receipt or verbal promise by a seller that if a product is out of stock potential buyers will be able to buy the same product at the current price when the seller receives the next shipment. This is important if the seller wishes to attract or retain the buyer's business; that is, the seller issues rain checks to discourage buyers from going to a competitor.
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But, there's also what Cohen calls "retail 101:" fix up the rain-check problem by using existing technology, and then create assortments that work together, such as more coordination of bed and bath lines and more fashion in storage merchandise.
It's an invitation to share the holiday spirit, a gesture of community, a rain-check on a future get-together.
It's the first time we have lost two complete days and rain-checks have come into play the cumulative loss is pounds 500,000.