Recently, I was preparing to visit some friends who are in the process of moving house. Knowing that they will have a need for home improvement products, I decided that a gift card from a home improvement store would be an appropriate gift. So I went to my nearest Rona Home & Garden store, and asked to buy a $50 gift card. When I took out my credit card to make the payment, I was told by the cashier that Rona only accepts cash or debit when purchasing gift cards, and does not accept credit cards. I asked her if she is sure, and she insisted that a Rona gift card must be paid for by either cash or debit. So I bid her farewell, and proceeded to a Home Depot store. There, I quickly bought a $50 Home Depot gift card with my credit card, and was on my way within minutes.
My friends were happy to receive the $50 Home Depot gift card. They told me that they do need to buy quite a few things for their new house – at least a few hundred dollars worth, if not a thousand or two. With my gift card, they intend to visit Home Depot first.
In this case, then, it is obvious that Rona’s loss is Home Depot’s gain.