After reading about a trip to the store last night on a Facebook group I really started pondering this question.
As I’m looking at this post, a lady had a picture showing that she purchased 40+ bottles of shampoo along with some other items and paid around .50. As I’m reading the comments some people were saying “Wow!”, “Teach me your ways.”, etc. This is where I had to throw in my two cents about this scenario.
I had the coupon sitting right in front of me that she had used. This is what I wrote on FB: It clearly states “Limit one coupon per purchase of products and quantities stated. Limit 4 like coupons per household per day. Any other use constitutes fraud.”
This little paragraph (usually written in red) shows up quite often on Proctor and Gamble coupons. I am okay with this because it allows for others of us to purchase products without the shelves being cleared. Plus people who like to stockpile, should be setting a goal to create a 6-month stockpile. There is no way you will use 42 bottles of shampoo in 6-months.
The problem was not so much the coupon as it was the transaction. If all 42 bottles were purchased in one store then that was committing coupon fraud. I don’t know of a nicer way to put it.
The coupon said that you could purchase 2 items. So if you multiply that by 4 (the limit stated on the coupon in red) then she should have only purchased 8 bottles per store. That being said 40 divided by 8 would be 5 stores.
I know for sure that all of this was purchased in one store because a friend of mine on FB had just posted that a lady came into the store, cleared the shelves of this particular product, and my friend had to wait in line behind her while they rang up a ton of shampoo. Coincidence? I think not!
I don’t mean to pick on any one person. I am sure that we have all committed coupon fraud in one way or another, but this is not reality people. This is not what couponing should look like.
That is where I have a real hang up with the show “Extreme Couponing”. They make their transactions look like reality and it is far from it! A lot of what they teach is not what should be taught. Teaching people how to be honest and giving is what should be taught. I know this show is not completely at fault, but the people that I see who are mistreating coupons started couponing because of this show. The rest of us need to speak out and show people the right way to use coupons:)
Have you seen misuse in the coupon world? Would you say something to someone if you thought they were being dishonest? Give me your thoughts….