making good use of clothing guarantees

Keith’s work requires that he tromp through a lot of brush and woods each day. As you might imagine, continual contact with brush, trees, and weeds can really ruin clothing quickly! He had destroyed several pairs of great jeans within a short time before we realized that we needed to find some workwear that would last longer than the average stuff.

I don’t remember how we happened to learn about Duluth Trading, but they have Fire Hose Work Pants that come with a “We Dare You to Wear ‘Em Out” guarantee. Basically, they are well-built pants that are made out of fire hose material. They do hold up longer than most pants, but eventually they too wear out. That’s where the really great part comes in. For the cost of $7 to return-ship the frayed or torn pants, Keith gets a new pair of the same kind of work pants. This can be done over and over again! And it doesn’t have to be exactly the same pair of pants; we’ve discovered that you can get a different size or color if desired.

I’m in the process of returning a pair of Keith’s pants to Duluth today, and I’ve got to say, this is such a great system! It probably wouldn’t work so well for somebody who wasn’t so harsh on their clothing or who didn’t take the time to return the pants, but for us, this is a great deal. We have paid for two pairs of pants from them, and this will be the second or third time returning a pair in exchange for new ones. What a good investment!

Published in: on September 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Very cool! Along that line, they have a similar guarantee for (most) kids clothing sold at Sears. If your kid wears it out before they outgrow it, they will replace it for free. I always envision this working great for jeans, as the boys usually wear holes in them long before they outgrow them. But when I buy them at Sears, they don’t seem to wear out fast enough..?? ? Weird. Anyway. Interesting post. I had no idea you could wear a firehose 🙂

  2. Yes I am still checking this! I haven’t been the best at writing comments lately, but I’m always happy to hear your thoughts. you are such a finance encourager to me! I just bought a pair of 5 dollar jeans that the button fell off the second time I wore them! hahaha I am going to try to return them, but may not get the same guarantee for a 5 dollar clearance item! haha
    KEep blogging in the free world!!!

  3. I’m thinking of buying some for Dan- he goes through pants REALLY fast. We would use the guarantee!

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