I know it's been mentioned somewhat before in comments, people saying that a coupon they tried to use at some store was not accepted because it was printed off the net....
Well, I just had this happen to me at a grocery store of all places.
I tried to redeem at Vons, the coupon some of us received for a free box of better Oats oatmeal.
According to new
Vons/Safeway policy, they are no longer accepting any internet printed coupon that is a freebie due to internet fraud.
After they refused my coupon, I told them to take the product off my total and came home. I had a long talk with corporate and another long talk with the store manager where they refused my coupon.
Their rational is that the freebies are largely fraud when they come off the net. I argued that the policy was rather stupid the way it's spelled out, cause now, if I was into making my own coupons, I would now no longer make the coupon for a Freebie but instead would make it a $ off coupon and i'd still get the item free but now I'd be complying with policy. So to single out freebies is wrong.
After speaking with the manager he told me to bring in my freebie coupons the next time I decide to shop and he'd look at them and more than likely accept them. I told him how I got them, sites they came from and everything.
He said he's gonna call his bosses and see what can be done.
Is this a new trend? are we all gonna have to fight to keep our freebies or throw them away cause of the fraud that does exist out there on some coupons.
I explained to the manager that there are many legitimate coupon sites out there and the internet has many avenues to obtain legitimate printable coupons. It's a business.
He said unfortunately the few that like to make fraudulent coupons spoil it for the masses.
Has anyone else experienced something like this at the grocery store?
this is a new policy that was just handed down through a memo and I believe it's for all stores safeway operates.
I felt i needed to fight the issue cause I'm holding on to 11 coupons for 11 freebies (over $30 in free groceries)
What do the rest of you think of this policy?
Ok, I'm done ranting now.