On 7/6/07, Eric Haas
RB> If there were such a raincheck law, it would surely apply to the online
RB> retailer for which I work - and we have no rainchecks at all. Thus, I
RB> can only conclude that (a) there is no such law, or (b) my employer is
RB> violating it - of which I consider A to be the much more likely answer.
It varies state to state. Since TrU has a retail presence in Illinois, they are required to uphold Illinois law for Illinois customers. (They are also required to collect Illinois sales tax.)
Here's a story about Home Depot getting fined for refusing to issue rain checks:http://consumerist.com/consumer/consumer-protection/home-depot-caught-refusing-to-issue-rain-checks-262838.php
On the federal side, the FTC requires that grocery stores offer rain checks unless a sale is advertised with limited available quantities:
State and local laws can be more strict, however, and require that all stores require rain checks (which is what happened in the Home Depot case above).