I read that there will be 12 more episodes of the show and if they are like the first – Watch Out! Ann over at Coupons, Deals and More said in a post today that a little birdie told her that the manufacturers were MORE than upset at what they saw!
They are looking at maybe imposing MORE limits (YOOOOW!!) and making it harder for us, because of the show and the behavior they saw.
Now, if you didn’t see the show there are clips all over the internet you can see and get the gist of it. But, for those who did watch it – let me make something clear – stores that will allow you to come in and use that many coupons on 1 order in 1 day and purchase that many of anything are few and far between!
The stores knew ahead of time that these people were coming, they were prepared and ready for the show. However, the manufacturers, it doesn’t sound like, were contacted, prepared, or ready!
I guess I missed the part of the show where they talked about Catalinas – but that is one of the issues apparently. Catalinas are the coupons that print out of the machine next to the cash register. Well, apparently one of the shoppers used his trip to buy things that would trigger many, many Catalinas that were money off on his next trip. Translation? He got paid to shop for those, smart, but the manufacturers didn’t see it that way. They really don’t want to pay people that kind of money to shop.
So, does one bad apple spoil the whole bunch? We will see – I am with Ann, she says:
Stay tuned, this is going to be a bumpy coupon ride in 2011 as manufacturers, retailers and customers collide, adjust and readjust to the Wonderful World of Couponing. We will see what, if any, of the discussed changes will be implemented.
I’m sure we will revisit this topic more than a few times over the year!