Thursday, September 11, 2008

Another Grocery Store Says No Internet Coupons

My favorite local store, until the Trader Joe's opens, is called Fair Share Foods. It's a CertiSaver store, it has a largely Spanish-speaking clientele, and the deals it offers are great. But today I was heartily disappointed when the manager informed me that they could not take my coupon for $1.10 off 3 cans of Progresso soup because they were no longer accepting Internet coupons.

They are already not accepting printables at my local Jewel. My local Dominick's once told me they wouldn't, but when I called the manager to ask they said they'd been having problems, wouldn't accept "high value" ones, but otherwise would. And I know that some Targets have either stopped taking them or -- in the case of my local -- posted signs saying they will not take those "$5 off" printables that had been altered.

It just seems to me that it's not fair to consumers for marketers to offer all these coupons, which we print with our own paper and ink, and then have trouble redeeming. Really, the marketers have to either do better relations with the stores to get them to take these coupons, improve their anti-forgery systems, or, gosh, I hate to say it, but stop offering them.

Now, if my CVS stops taking them, I'll be done printing Internet coups.


Mandy said...

I ran into this last week - both Safeways by me said they wouldn't take them (even though they have a direct link to print them on their website!) and even Super Walmart has said no more. If CVS and Fry's ever stop, then I'll have to give it up, too! It's so sad!