Home Depot added another tool box system to their holiday deals center this year – Ryobi Link – where they’ve also been featuring Ridgid Pro Gear tool box deals.
At Home Depot stores, they recently had Black Friday and holiday gift center promo displays advertising the Ryobi Link 3pc tool box combo for $149.
The displays also list prices for the individual components.
Home Depot’s early Black Friday 2022 sales flyer also advertised the Ryobi 3pc tool box combo in a similar manner.
In all promotional materials, the Ryobi Link 3pc tool box combo is specifically advertised as a special buy for $149.
The new Ridgid Pro 2.0 tool boxes are on sale, but Home Depot is only adverting them a la carte, which is a break from the trend.
The promotional signage shows a Ridgid 3pc combo, but only with prices for each individual tool box component.
Interestingly, the tool boxes are stacked together, as if they were intended to be sold as complete 3pc combos.
Why does the Ryobi signage have component pricing as well as a 3pc combo price, while the Ridgid signage only has component pricing?
Home Depot’s early Black Friday 2022 sales ad also shows the 3pc combo, but only with individual prices for the separate components.
Looking at a photo I took of last year’s sales floor display, Home Depot advertised the Ridgid tool boxes individually, as well as a 3pc combo.
In their Black Friday sales flyer last year, Home Depot advertised the Ridgid 3pc Pro tool box combo for $119.
I should point out that this year’s promo features the new Ridgid 2.0 Pro gear tool boxes.
Home Depot’s 2020 sales flyer also advertised the Ridgid 3pc tool box combo setup.
Ridgid’s tool box combo was also advertised as a 3pc combo in 2019.
I’m sure you get the point by now – Home Depot broke from tradition and didn’t advertise the 3pc combo pricing this year.
Home Depot launched the Ridgid tool box system in late 2014, and has advertised Ridgid 3pc tool box combos in their Black Friday sales ads every year, going back all the way to 2015.
In other words, Home Depot has always advertised Ridgid 3pc tool box combo pricing for 7 years in a row, and then decided to only advertise component prices in this year’s Black Friday and holiday gift center promotional materials.
Why do things differently this year?
Looking at Home Depot’s online store, they actually do have bundle pricing where you can get the Ridgid 3pc tool box combo for $139, which is 91 cents less than buying the components separately at their current “special buy” pricing.
So, Home Depot does have a bundle offer where you can get the Ridgid Pro 2.0 tool box combo for $139, but this wasn’t advertised in the Black Friday sales flyer, and I have not seen it at stores either.
I should also point out that the Ryobi Link combo gives you a rolling tool box, medium tool box, and open tote, while the Ridgid combo gives you a rolling tool box, medium tool box, and small tool box.
Ridgid’s crate retails for $29.97, while their new small tool box (currently a $29.97 special buy) has a regular retail price of $39.97.
Ryobi’s Link crate retails for $39.97 regularly while their small tool box is regularly $49.97.
Objectively speaking, open tote boxes are often less expensive than small tool boxes, and with all things considered equal, I’d say the Ridgid 3pc combo with a top tool box offers more value than the Ryobi 3pc combo with a top crate, and at a lower price.
As an aside, I visited my local Home Depot stores recently last week, and they still had an abundance of Ryobi Link tool boxes in their holiday deals and gift center. Actually, they had an abundance of many different tool deals and special buys. Are shoppers waiting for mid-season price-drops or clearance pricing?
Which 3pc tool box combo would you buy, the Ryobi at $149, or the Ridgid at $139?
I bought the Ridgid tool boxes individually at their regular pricing (mainly for review purposes), as soon as I learned of the new 2.0 Pro Gear products, and have been impressed so far.
Even without having great things to say about Ridgid tool boxes (original and 2.0), I think most people would lean towards Ridgid – as I certainly would.
Perhaps that’s why the Ryobi Link tool box combo is advertised as being $149, while the Ridgid 3pc combo is indirectly depicted as being $29.97 + $39.98 + $69.97.
This could of course just be a coincidence, with no correlation between how the two brands’ tool box deals are advertised. What do you think?