So I went to Pottery Barn's website and found a premium, 8x10 rug pad for $109. It had a $25 delivery surcharge on top of the shipping cost, which probably means this comes on a roll as opposed to folded up on a little box. Still, the delivery charged seemed a little steep, so I decided to click around and see if I could find a better price.
We got discount codes for PB Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm in our "new home" mailer, so those were my next stops. They seemed to have the same rug pad on the PB Teen website, but they were calling it Deluxe instead of Premium. The descriptions were identical, including the use of the words "our premium rug pad," so I think the items are the same.
PB Teen's pad was $99 with a $25 delivery surcharge. That was better, but the seed was planted. What would the rug pad go for on other PB sites? So I went to Pottery Barn Kids.
The price was $99 with no delivery surcharge on the PB Kids website.What about West Elm?
The price is even lower, but that $25 surcharge comes back into play. Of course, now I'm wondering if the shipping charge might be waived if I order the rug pad in the store (I doubt they'll have them in the store, but that would be a nice bonus).
Here's a summary of all four price and shipping options I found within the Pottery Barn brand:
What's your reaction? A friend who is a PhD in economics wrote "Price Discrimination!" the second I shared this with her. Mine is to close the browser and order my rug pads from a different website.