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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- One doesn't quite expect the head of a major regional discount chain to sing the praises of the color teal or to lambast his own stores' "nasty rain-check problem.
She writes: "If the item you want has sold out, ask for a rain-check voucher.
He owes nothing to anybody, he's done more for Tyrone football than most, but the time comes in everyone's life when there's a rain-check needed.
Once again English football clutches a pet myth to its bosom and reality takes a rain-check. It looks at Venables, universally admired because he is a genuine football man, thinks back to the player capped at every level, the Barcelona love-affair, The Gazza Cruciates Cup Final, and those balmy Euro 96 nights, and its knees go weak.
On the SMB side, notification applications for SMSFinder might include letting customers know when items have arrived that were out-of-stock when purchased, rain-checked or special ordered.
"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."