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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In all fairness, the grocery clerk was obliging enough to bring the rain check to where I was going through the self checkout.
Bob wondered if he should pay the invoice promptly (and get a discount), claim the promotion discount, and then withhold reasonable costs for rain check handling and warehouse cleanup.
If that doesn't work, I'll try offering a rain check.
ONE SUGGESTION TO THOSE USING RAIN CHECKS AS A SOLUTION: OFFER SHOPPERS (ESPECIALLY THOSE ENROLLED IN CLUB PROGRAMS) A CHOICE OF A RAIN CHECK OR A COMPARABLE ITEM AT THE SPECIAL PRICE WHENEVER YOU CAN.
In May, when the store featured Checkolite International's ceiling fan, with blades shaped like Coke bottles, it sold 5,000 units and issued 4,000 rain checks from its first flyer.