When I shopped Logli this morning I was saddened to see that someone ( Im not saying it was one of you all ) had taken ALL of the peelies off of the International Coffees on the shelves. Peelies are those coupons that are stuck to products in stores.
That was very very frustrating to me I do NOT mind ( ok I do but Im not upset) when I get to a store and the store is out of a particular product that has peelies. Ok they sold out. BUT when it is CLEAR that someone took the peelies off ( ie; I saw many either with that plastic still on the package where the peelie had been OR I saw where the peelies were torn completely off and it even took off the label) then Im sad ( and honestly upset!).
I looked even through the stock ( and no I didnt mess up the product ) and nope all torn off. This is an example of negative coupon etiquette. There just isnt any reason for it ( and I will tell you there were a TON of products with peelies torn off, not just a few)!
Now I dont need more of this product that bad. I didnt stand in the aisle and stomp my feet because I wouldnt get this coffee for $1. But it is irrelevant if it was during triple coupons or if it is a non promotional time , taking peelies off of products that you do not intend to buy is just plain wrong! All that says is the person is taking those coupons for use another time.
I estimate that I saw a minimum of 20 coffees this morning that clearly had peelies torn off of the product. That means ( based on a limit of 3 like coupons per transaction) that 6 other people were not able to take advantage of a great deal!
The CIC (Coupon Information Center) has published a Considerate Couponing article. The CIC (Coupon Information Center) is a not for profit organization of consumer product manufacturers dedicated to fighting coupon misrepresentation and fraud. They help keep an eye on fraudulent coupons that are out there as well as except considerate couponing by consumers. They are a well respected group and quite honestly a huge player and watch dog in the world of coupon fraud.
The article talks about what is strictly prohibited ( such as photocopying, decoding, buying coupons, reselling a stock pile etc ) BUT they also talk about questionable practices such as dumpster diving, shelf clearing, and coupons in store. You can see the details here
Bottom line is if couponers do things like intentionally break coupon rules, take peelies etc it will foce stores to change policies. Remember stores do NOT HAVE TO put out coupons for customers ( why do you think many hot coupons are kept at the register and why Woodmans specifically has a sign on their door telling people NOT to take coupons they will not use that day). Coupons in store are a luxury for us couponers. If we abuse things both stores and manufacturers will just plain stop putting them out. And we DONT want that!
So play nice, play by the rules, follow coupon rules and YOU WILL SAVE BIG!