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Old 10-04-2012, 09:22 PM
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We all live in our own towns and cities, and sometimes posts like this really remind me how different life outside my own little ant farm, and to not extrapolate my experiences. Three grocery stores in 30 miles?! I've got 2 in walking distance, not including little bodegas, plus about a another 8-10 within 5 miles. Of course, we have a much greater population density, and stores cater to customers who tend to walk to the market.
Not to mention that Walgreens has always been more expensive than other chain stores, whether or not they had loyalty cards. Walgreens only started their loyalty card program within the last month.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:02 PM
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how do you redeem the rewards. do they require a paw print.
I don't get any of their email or postal mail offers, it's true, but usually I just use the cards to get in-store discounts. CVS prints rewards on the cash register receipts, too.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:02 PM
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Drugstores selling booze? That's a bit surprising.
What? You've never heard of medicinal alcohol?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:03 PM
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So for every point you would get, do they get seven?
I didn't think of that, but they should!!

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Old 10-04-2012, 11:56 PM
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Yeah, but think how much tail you're gonna get when the ladies see you fanning out a spread like this!
Wow! Will ya look at the key ring on this guy?!
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:45 AM
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does giving them 867-5309 actually work? because I've tried random phone numbers at my grocery store and it doesn't work. dammit.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:21 AM
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I guess y'all have never been to Las Vegas. Go into a casino, start gambling, and pretty soon you'll have someone at your elbow asking you if you want anything to drink. Yes, she means alcoholic. Yes, she can get you just about anything you want. Yes, even at 8 AM on Sunday. No, you don't have to pay for it (though she'll be glad to take tips, either in cash or tokens). And she'll keep on bringing you drinks for as long as you're gambling.
I've never been to Vegas, but that's pretty much what I'd expect them to do. It's Vegas. Gambling and drinking go together. Drug stores and booze, not so much.

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Every time I went to Walgreens last week (like three or four times), someone tried to pitch me that stupid card. So now, I make sure I'm talking to someone on my phone when I get to the checkout counter. I don't care if they have the program, but I'm sick of hearing about it. Mostly because they don't know how to take no for an answer. When I say I'm not interested, that's not an invitation to pitch the fucking thing AGAIN. Piss off, duders.
Don't get mad at the clerk. They're just doing what the higher ups have decreed they do. They have to ask, and if a manager is in earshot, they damn well better ask, and in their very best Little Suzie Sunshine voice, or they'll get in trouble.

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does giving them 867-5309 actually work? because I've tried random phone numbers at my grocery store and it doesn't work. dammit.
It will work with whatever phone number has been entered into the system. If someone in your area has entered that number (with the area code), it will work. You could take the card application, use that number, and then toss the card. Random number probably don't work, because they're not in the system.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:42 AM
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they really don't give much of a shit about you anyway
This is the only thing to keep in mind for businesses. As long as they can get your money, they don't give a shit. The more irrational decisions they can get their customers to make, the better off they are.

That includes CVS stocking cigarettes.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:48 PM
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It has been my experience that stores that heavily promote loyalty cards have the highest prices.

A Walgreens came into our neighborhood a few years ago, and I did some comparison shopping. Every single one of a dozen items was priced higher at Walgreens than other stores. One common, over-the-counter drug was TWICE the price at Walgreens than Wal-Mart. It was so extreme, I double-checked.

Wal-Mart doesn't have loyalty cards or use coupons, and their prices are better than most any other store in my neighborhood. YMMV, but I vote with my wallet.

There are three places to get groceries within a 30-mile radius. Two use loyalty cards, and the loyalty-card prices are NOT always the cheapest. Guess which store I patronize most often?
Most of what I buy from Walgreens are prescription drugs. They cost the same there as everywhere else -- the price is set by my health insurance. I go to Walgreens because they are convenient.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:19 PM
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Yeah, but think how much tail you're gonna get when the ladies see you fanning out a spread like this!
You can take off the Border's one now. It just makes you look desperate.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:40 PM
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It has been my experience that stores that heavily promote loyalty cards have the highest prices.

A Walgreens came into our neighborhood a few years ago, and I did some comparison shopping. Every single one of a dozen items was priced higher at Walgreens than other stores. One common, over-the-counter drug was TWICE the price at Walgreens than Wal-Mart. It was so extreme, I double-checked.

Wal-Mart doesn't have loyalty cards or use coupons, and their prices are better than most any other store in my neighborhood. YMMV, but I vote with my wallet.

There are three places to get groceries within a 30-mile radius. Two use loyalty cards, and the loyalty-card prices are NOT always the cheapest. Guess which store I patronize most often?
I don't know if you would join with a loyalty card if you weren't already a customer. Walmart is cheaper on most things, but you have to be willing to go to Walmart. Some of us are not. Drug stores like Walgreens and CVS are generally less expensive than super markets on toiletries and such so I am saving money by going there. If they give me twenty dollars to spend there or a 25% off coupon for doing nothing different, yippie.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:02 PM
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And wine!
And did you know that wine at Walgreen's is 50 cents cheaper per 5 liter box than it is anywhere else???

...well...I just happened to notice...
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:53 AM
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I don't know if you would join with a loyalty card if you weren't already a customer. Walmart is cheaper on most things, but you have to be willing to go to Walmart. Some of us are not. Drug stores like Walgreens and CVS are generally less expensive than super markets on toiletries and such so I am saving money by going there. If they give me twenty dollars to spend there or a 25% off coupon for doing nothing different, yippie.
But you are doing something different--you're paying for a loyalty card. At least, I assume they're all a paid feature, as, otherwise, how the heck does it help them? You can't keep track of how loyal I am, and I have no reason to be loyal if I can just get a card and then shop elsewhere.

(We don't really have loyalty cards anywhere around here, except, apparently, Walgreens. I knew they had a prescription drug program that I am no longer a part of now that they don't work for Medicaid patients, but I didn't know it was also a loyalty card program.)
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:37 AM
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You don't have to pay for a loyalty card, at least not in my experience. Although, I was shocked when I went to Harris Teeter a week or so ago and wanted to get their card to take advantage of a sale. They wanted me to give my driver's license number(!) and wouldn't process the card without it. IIRC, their reasoning was to make sure there was only one cardholder per household. That's waaaaaay over the line just to save a buck. The kicker was that the cashier scanned their courtesy card when I told her why I didn't have one, so I got the sale price anyway. So why require that level of ID if you're going to just use the courtesy card?

It makes sense to me to carry cards for the stores I shop at frequently anyway. But having a loyalty card is not enough to make me switch stores. For instance, I have a CVS card and a Walgreens card, and one of each store within walking distance of my house and directly across the street from each other. But CVS also happens to be in the same shopping center as my usual grocery store, there is a CVS in my office building, and one right at the top of the stairs of the Metro station I use on the weekends. No matter how great the deals at Walgreens, they'll never match the convenience of CVS for me. (Plus I love the CVS extra care buck deals - those and coupons saved me $70 two weeks ago.)
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:31 AM
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There used to be stores that required you to become a member in order to get a card. You couldn't even enter the stores without showing the card. You had to qualify in some way, and I believe that you had to pay for the card, as well. However, the prices at the members' clubs were actually significantly lower than prices in regular stores. I think that this is how Sam's Club still works, but I'm not sure, I'm not a member.

For stores that are open to the general public, though, I've never heard of one charging for a loyalty card, and most of them seem to have a guest card number that the cashier can enter if a shopper doesn't have their own card, or doesn't have it with them. The appeal of the loyalty cards to customers is lower prices, and if they actually have their own card, as opposed to using a guest card, then they get targeted ads. The downside to customers, if they use their own info, is that they get targeted ads, and there's privacy concerns. The upside to cards for stores is that the cards encourage customers to shop at a particular chain. In addition, the stores can get the bargain hunters (those who won't buy anything unless they can believe that they are getting a special deal) and the price-is-no-object customers, who like to appear above any concerns about money. The stores can also collect demographics, which tell them where to market their stores and products, and what sort of consumers will buy both infant formula and frozen dinners, for instance. This sort of info is valuable for stores.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:12 AM
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My most-used card is my grocery card, which does have my real information. There are advantages to the card:

- I get mailed the weekly flyer, which every so often contains a coupon (usually $5.00 off on purchase of $50+) that is not in the general flyers.

- Extra online no-clip coupons, though usually not for products I use

- Gas rewards - for every $100 spent, I get $0.10/gallon at Shell stations. Plus, they often run point specials which, when they align with my shopping needs, are a great bonus. The highest we've gotten was $2.00/gallon discount, which saved about $30 on a fill-up. Usually, we save between $0.50 and $1.00/gallon (we don't drive a lot).

- Extra discount - the supermarket used to have a monthly promotion where if you spent $300 in the month, you got 5% off your next trip (usually within two weeks)

- Free stuff - reach a certain threshold, and at this time of year, you get a free or heavily discounted turkey or ham.

I think one of the pharmacies also has a gas promotion, but I don't visit or spend enough at pharmacies to pay close attention.

So, if you shop at my supermarket and you don't want to get a card, please use mine.

P.S. Loyalty card is free

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Old 10-09-2012, 08:46 AM
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And did you know that wine at Walgreen's is 50 cents cheaper per 5 liter box than it is anywhere else???
Hey, none of that cheap box stuff for me! I only drink the finest, $2 a bottle Walgreen's wine.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:08 AM
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This is the most pointless whine I've read this week. Is 1/16 of an inch of keychain real estate that precious to you? I suspect Walgreens won't miss your business.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:10 AM
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My most-used card is my grocery card, which does have my real information. There are advantages to the card:

- I get mailed the weekly flyer, which every so often contains a coupon (usually $5.00 off on purchase of $50+) that is not in the general flyers.

- Extra online no-clip coupons, though usually not for products I use

- Gas rewards - for every $100 spent, I get $0.10/gallon at Shell stations. Plus, they often run point specials which, when they align with my shopping needs, are a great bonus. The highest we've gotten was $2.00/gallon discount, which saved about $30 on a fill-up. Usually, we save between $0.50 and $1.00/gallon (we don't drive a lot).

- Extra discount - the supermarket used to have a monthly promotion where if you spent $300 in the month, you got 5% off your next trip (usually within two weeks)

- Free stuff - reach a certain threshold, and at this time of year, you get a free or heavily discounted turkey or ham.

I think one of the pharmacies also has a gas promotion, but I don't visit or spend enough at pharmacies to pay close attention.

So, if you shop at my supermarket and you don't want to get a card, please use mine.

P.S. Loyalty card is free
I guess some people would like shopping to be a game, with prizes and rewards and quests and Special Bonus Rounds; and others would prefer not to deal with all of that, and would rather have stores take the money they spend running the game and use it toward just lowering their everyday prices.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:21 AM
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Y'all need to skip Walgreens and head to Dollar General instead. Same name brand stuff (except the prescriptions), same convenience, usually cheaper prices, and no loyalty cards. They also sell beer and wine (where permitted).
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:30 AM
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I guess some people would like shopping to be a game, with prizes and rewards and quests and Special Bonus Rounds; and others would prefer not to deal with all of that, and would rather have stores take the money they spend running the game and use it toward just lowering their everyday prices.
WTF.

It's really not a choice HERE. The better supermarkets ALL have loyalty cards, the better pharmacies ALL have loyalty cards. The ones that don't are NOT cheaper. So I will use the one that benefits me the most. If everyone dumped the cards tomorrow AND passed on the savings, I'd have a lighter keyring and be happy. However, if they dropped them and didn't pass on the savings, I'd be upset/dismayed as it would be the same as increasing prices.

That is just MY LOCAL area, and it has been this way for a number of years. Obviously it is new to you and you don't like it. Me, I found the silver lining.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:33 AM
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You can take off the Border's one now. It just makes you look desperate.
It's actually not my photo, but if I had a Borders card I'd keep it. Collector's item from back when people read books made of paper!
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:56 AM
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WTF.

It's really not a choice HERE. The better supermarkets ALL have loyalty cards, the better pharmacies ALL have loyalty cards. The ones that don't are NOT cheaper. So I will use the one that benefits me the most. If everyone dumped the cards tomorrow AND passed on the savings, I'd have a lighter keyring and be happy. However, if they dropped them and didn't pass on the savings, I'd be upset/dismayed as it would be the same as increasing prices.

That is just MY LOCAL area, and it has been this way for a number of years. Obviously it is new to you and you don't like it. Me, I found the silver lining.
Please don't take it personally. I quoted your post because it was full of examples of the kind of "game" approach to shopping I wanted to comment on, not because I was implying anything about you personally.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:27 PM
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This is the most pointless whine I've read this week. Is 1/16 of an inch of keychain real estate that precious to you? I suspect Walgreens won't miss your business.
I instantly throw away all of the physical cards within 5 minutes of me getting them-- I just give the cashier my phone number.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:06 PM
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I do that too, except at Winn-Dixie where my number seems to disappear into the ether the second the customer service person records it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:45 PM
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Hopefully, they'll let you use a phone number at checkout, rather than requiring the actual card. If someone in every area code sets up a dummy account with 867-5309 as the phone number, all will be well.
This is what I do too!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:16 PM
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There used to be stores that required you to become a member in order to get a card. You couldn't even enter the stores without showing the card. You had to qualify in some way, and I believe that you had to pay for the card, as well. However, the prices at the members' clubs were actually significantly lower than prices in regular stores. I think that this is how Sam's Club still works, but I'm not sure, I'm not a member.
I think so. Costco works this way, too (I have a card there. We share the membership with DH's mother).
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:19 PM
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I can't get too excited about privacy issues related to a store knowing stuff about me. I am glad I gave my correct address to Kroger when I got their loyalty card as I get many useful coupons in the mail - tailored to my shopping preferences so they are actually useful. And at the beginning of this month I was mailed coupons totaling $50 where I do not have to buy any specific product - $47 is simply $x or x% off the total amount, and $3 is for meat department purchases. I will have to spend $500 to get that, but we spend more than that each month.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:27 PM
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Y'all need to skip Walgreens and head to Dollar General instead. Same name brand stuff (except the prescriptions), same convenience, usually cheaper prices, and no loyalty cards. They also sell beer and wine (where permitted).
Sometimes Dollar General or Family Dollar has the same stuff, cheaper. However, more often the package at Walgreen's will have 16 ounces in it, while the packages at Dollar General or Family Dollar will 14 or even 12 ounces, so while they cost less per package, they cost the same amount (or even more) per ounce of product. It's something you have to watch out for.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:27 PM
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Walgreens just bought out a drugstore chain in my area, and shut down its stores. My mom's pharmacy was the local store of the other chain; she was upset. I feel bad for the people who probably lost their jobs.

By comparison, the OP's pitting is a big fat meh.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:18 AM
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...(I actually hate it, and have mostly managed to avoid it, except for my BJ's membership, which is different.) ...
There's a loyalty card for discount blow jobs? That IS different! Where do I sign up?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:38 AM
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There's a loyalty card for discount blow jobs? That IS different! Where do I sign up?
I thought it was a Boyo Jim loyalty card, and that everyone was standing in line to get one.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:38 AM
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Actually, I think this is worth a rant. It's a brilliant idea from a couple of "suits" in the Marketing Dept, but it's the poor cashier who has to tell harried customer that they're getting charged full price because they don't have the card.

It totally took me by surprise last week. I didn't have time to sign up for the card at the counter (and hold up the long line), and I didn't want to pay an extra five bucks, so I just said "Sorry-- tell Corporate it's a dumb policy." and walked out.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:38 AM
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Yeah, it's true. I just got back from my Walgreens. Prices were up and almost half the items in the store were "discounted" with a loyalty card. The cashier refused to give me one with my telephone number. I wasn't going to pay almost double for my goods, so I left empty handed. I won't be back. The grocery store is cheaper anyway, just a little less convenient.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:58 PM
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Yeah, it's true. I just got back from my Walgreens. Prices were up and almost half the items in the store were "discounted" with a loyalty card. The cashier refused to give me one with my telephone number. I wasn't going to pay almost double for my goods, so I left empty handed. I won't be back. The grocery store is cheaper anyway, just a little less convenient.
This is what most of my original rant was about. It's not like Walgreen's said "Ok, we have a new loyalty card, and everyone who gets one will get a 3% discount."
No, they said "We're raising the costs to everyone who doesn't get a card."
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:01 PM
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This is what most of my original rant was about. It's not like Walgreen's said "Ok, we have a new loyalty card, and everyone who gets one will get a 3% discount."
No, they said "We're raising the costs to everyone who doesn't get a card."
I'd give them points for being brutally honest. Most stores do that without telling you how it works.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:48 PM
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It reminds me of a sign I spotted in my local grocery store recently. This one has a loyalty card, and you get a discount on gas at a local gas station with it. It works out to about $2 off a $70 fillup, if you've really been saving up the points, but hey.

Anyway, the sign proudly announced that starting next week, we'd get ten cents off a gallon for every hundred dollars we spend! Hooray! That sounds awesome! Ah, but some store grunt who cared more about honesty than his job had added a handwritten note that pointed out that BEFORE this wonderful change, we had been getting ten cents off a gallon for every fifty dollars we spent. So they reduced the reward by half, and then announced it like it was some wonderful benefit to us, presumably because they were required by law to announce the change in some way.

It baffles me to see otherwise intelligent people buying into this sort of nonsense.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:56 PM
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Anyway, the sign proudly announced that starting next week, we'd get ten cents off a gallon for every hundred dollars we spend! Hooray! That sounds awesome! Ah, but some store grunt who cared more about honesty than his job had added a handwritten note that pointed out that BEFORE this wonderful change, we had been getting ten cents off a gallon for every fifty dollars we spent. So they reduced the reward by half, and then announced it like it was some wonderful benefit to us, presumably because they were required by law to announce the change in some way.
That wouldn't happen to be Stop and Shop / Giant chain, would it? They were never giving me $0.10 for every $50 - it started at $0.10 for $100. Last time I filled up it saved me ~$4.50 on a ~$60.00 fill-up.

I understand being upset by them halving the bonus; I would be upset also. I can also understand choosing to go somewhere else if the other place is competitive. Speaking specifically to my area, the supermarket offering the gas off has competitive pricing, and has the best supermarket produce, butcher and seafood sections of its competitors. It's the only market with a gas savings program. And it's competitors also all have loyalty cards. So why *wouldn't* I take advantage of the program?
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:10 PM
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Actually, I think this is worth a rant. It's a brilliant idea from a couple of "suits" in the Marketing Dept, but it's the poor cashier who has to tell harried customer that they're getting charged full price because they don't have the card...
My first job was in a supermarket that only gave sale prices to customers with loyalty cards (we called them club cards). Except we didn't have anything such thing as a "courtesy card", but club card numbers could be looked up by ph# (among other things). Except not at the register. Either we had to call the front-end monitor over so they could go in the office & look it up in the computer or send the customer to the service desk. Or they cold borrow one from somebody else in line, but they had to do the asking themselves. If you were caught using your own personal club card you were written up. It was so fucking stupid & petty.

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I'd give them points for being brutally honest. Most stores do that without telling you how it works.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:37 PM
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Oh, has it been six years since having made this card-related rant?

I'll note that the company in question no longer exists. I like to think that I caused it.
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