buy 2 get 1 free replacement windows

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Replacement Window Sale!

We see ads like this running all over the country.  Sometimes it’s a buy 2 get 1, sometimes it’s buy 3 get 1 or even buy 5 get 1.  Maybe some discount levels seem more plausible to folks which is why they would vary the amount.  While that would be an interesting psychology experiment, it’s a silly way to shop for replacement windows.

If you remember anything from this site, remember that nothing in the window business changes every day or every week or every month.  If the company charges prices that are high enough to allow them to run a buy 2 get 1 free sale then they were charging people way too much before that sale started.  Do you want to work with a company that charges folks way more than they need to?  I hope not.

Ads like this are designed to instill a sense of urgency.  To reinforce the idea that you’d better buy now or you’ll miss the boat on this great deal.  We know you’ll see ads like this for shoes or pizzas, but replacement windows are a different animal.  Notice the great pizza ad at the top of the page, makes me hungry.

Consider that you’ll buy windows for your home once.  They’ll likely last 30 years or more and the typical contract price will be $7,000 or so.  That makes windows different than a pizza.  The proprietor of the local pizza shop may offer a real sale that will eat into his profits on the order because he knows you’ll be impressed with his work and you’ll come back for more.

If the window company does a great job your windows will be done and you won’t be coming back for any more.  Sure you may tell your friends or you may order something else in the future, but if you do you’ll just tell them about the great sale and they’ll never buy at full price.

Here’s how this really works.  Many window companies will operate on hugely inflated starting prices.  They call these list prices.  For a typical vinyl window they’ll tell you the list price is around $1,200 – $1,500.  Then when they come to give you your quote they’ll say, “sure if you buy 2 at list price you get one free.”

We’ll do the math for you.  That’s 2 windows at $1,200 each so $2,400 and they’ll give you another free.  They’ll be installing 3 windows for $2,400 or $800 per window.  That’s a horrible deal.

All of the sudden your fantastic savings has turned into a pretty bad deal, but they’re not done.  You’ll soon hear about their appointment saver discounts or time management discounts which are designed to push you into signing up on the spot.  Now if you don’t buy today you’ll lose the appointment saver discount and the buy 2 get 1 free sale ends tomorrow.  You wouldn’t want to let those savings get away would you?

C’mon, this is one of the silliest tricks in the book, but companies use it every day.  We know, you’re probably saying. “oh I would never fall for that”.  We know, everyone says that, but these companies do millions of dollars in business every year.  Someone is falling for it every single day.  Don’t let it be you!

You can find more info on replacement window sales scams and our in-depth reviews of replacement windows here.

If you have a copy of an ad showing a discount like this we’d appreciate it if you can send it over.  We’ll be posting them as example for folks.

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25 responses to “Buy 2 Get 1 Free Replacement Window Sale!”

  1. Kim Avatar
    Kim

    I am in South Florida. I am researching whether low e or argon is the best choice for impact windows. Also whether vinyl or aluminum. I am finding conflicting opinions.

    1. thewindowdog Avatar
      thewindowdog

      Hi Kim, my company isn’t currently offering windows in South Florida so I can’t help out directly but I can probably help with ideas. Are you finding companies that are saying low-e glass and argon gas is not a good idea in Florida? That seems strange to me.

  2. SD Avatar
    SD

    We’re looking to replace all of our windows for a traditional brick front house which would include 9 facing directly south, full sun, and a large stationary window over the front door. We have a price from Marvin Integrity for our family room only, from about 2 years ago at about $1,000 each, not installed. They are long and narrow w a semi circle on top.
    We just visited a Pella showroom and liked the look of the Architect Series. My next door neighbor did Renewal by Andersen 2 yrs ago and was very happy with her experience. I also like to look of RbA for my home. So confused. We live about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    1. thewindowdog Avatar
      thewindowdog

      Hi there, if you’d like another option for windows near Philadelphia you can get an online quote from my company. I think it would probably be worthwhile to see the difference. You can find us in this section. Just click through to Philadelphia and request an online quote right there. Let us know what else we can do to help out.

  3. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Any good companies in Detroit MI.
    Thank you!!

    1. thewindowdog Avatar
      thewindowdog

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