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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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offer rain checks if the advertisements do not contain numerical quantities;
Stores also do not have to provide rain checks if their advertisement states that available quantities are limited or unavailable in certain geographic areas, or if the demand was more than could reasonably have been anticipated.
He came back to where I was checking out and asked if I'd like a rain check.
The solution's newest application enables shoppers to print rain checks for out-of-stock merchandise.
We are taking rain checks every couple of days,' he told Sky Sports News.
The quantities are limited and no rain checks will be offered.
The park started issuing rain checks several years ago to strengthen customer relations and encourage people to tempt the elements.
They're supposed to live forever, doing what they do best, handing out rain checks on old age to the rest of us.
Speaking at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Annual Dinner event, Mr Gowers recognised the importance of unshackling oneself from London and taking regular rain checks around the rest of the UK.
Not just at the grand opening, where eagle-eyed trainers were so attentive you'd never want to leave, but at the Garden City Bloomie's home sale three weeks ago, where informed, helpful clerks cheerfully wrote rain checks for Cuisinart products that sold out the first day.
Fans attending the races Sunday were given rain checks good for admission and an official program that can be used anytime throughout the season, which ends April 18.
Best Buy more often than not does not have what they advertise, and rain checks are a joke there.