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Old 06-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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Default Amerigas/HD tank exchange

I'm tired of getting short changed on the amount of propane I'm getting on LP exchanges through home depot's amerigas tank exchange. I have a couple of my own tanks now that I get filled up at the truvalue down the street (get every 4th tank free).

I went to HD to return their tank back since when I first started the exchange, I paid ~$30 or so for a deposit on the tank. I want to return it and get the deposit. I go to HD and the exchange machine is broken so I have a register lady to it for me and she says they don't accept returns. Exchanges only! what? She said I would have to go to a different place that accepts tank returns. But who knows if I'd get a return since my deposit was placed with amerigas.

So right now I'm just keeping the tank. Anybody else have this happen and is this standard policy? How do I ever get my deposit back?

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Old 06-01-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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These systems don't work on deposits, you actually purchase the tanks. The tank is yours now, do whatever you want with it.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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Alright, that is good to know.

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:00 PM   #4
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If we were closer I'd buy it from you. I need a spare.

Around here it's anywhere from $50-$60 to buy a tank.

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:11 PM   #5
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If you have a Lowes near you, the below link to a coupon will get you $20 off a new full tank of Blue Rhino propane. I went at the weekend. I paid about $53 for a new tank (inc. CA tax). I completed the form and mailed it in with the receipt. I should get a check for $20 back from them. Meaning the full tank cost $33.

http://images.lowes.com/2009/moving/BR-12762HiRes_Rhino_on_the_Move_final.pdf

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If you have a Lowes near you, the below link to a coupon will get you $20 off a new full tank of Blue Rhino propane. I went at the weekend. I paid about $53 for a new tank (inc. CA tax). I completed the form and mailed it in with the receipt. I should get a check for $20 back from them. Meaning the full tank cost $33.

http://images.lowes.com/2009/moving/BR-12762HiRes_Rhino_on_the_Move_final.pdf
Not a bad deal. As long as you don't refill it at HD/Lowes. The tank exchange centers are convenient although at a premium cost that is very well hidden to the uneducated.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:35 PM   #7
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Luckily I have an Ace within lazy man walking distance from my house that refills tanks for $16 (this has saved my ass a number of times on brew days) since I discovered this I never do exchanges.

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I own three tanks...'cause I'm a dumbass and can't remember to get the empty tank[s] filled...and I've NEVER done an exchange. We've got two places on either side of town that refill, and that's my choice. When the oldest tank gets closer to re-inspection, I'll do an exchange.

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If you have a Lowes near you, the below link to a coupon will get you $20 off a new full tank of Blue Rhino propane. I went at the weekend. I paid about $53 for a new tank (inc. CA tax). I completed the form and mailed it in with the receipt. I should get a check for $20 back from them. Meaning the full tank cost $33.

http://images.lowes.com/2009/moving/BR-12762HiRes_Rhino_on_the_Move_final.pdf
Damn. Wish I could have taken advantage of this when I bought one full retail 2 weeks ago.
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It is a mail in rebate. So if you still have the receipt you can still mail it in for the $20.

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