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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I brought the problem to one of the employee's attention, as I always do and left the store with a rain check instead of what I wanted.
"The unit's printer creates a rain check, thus eliminating traffic at the customer service desk."
But what about the time wasted processing rain checks? A simple late delivery charge doesn't seem adequate.
The park started issuing rain checks several years ago to strengthen customer relations and encourage people to tempt the elements.
He cites putting up and taking down sale signs, reticketing, giving rain checks, and keeping markup and markdown books as examples of tedious tasks that are obviated by the deep-discount chain's everyday low-price policy.
Sikorski and her neighbors, Angelo and Donna Katsoudas got rain checks. Mrs.
I asked about rain checks--the associate showed me the place in the circular where "No rain checks" was printed in what I later measured to be 8-point type and have printed here in actual size.