Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ethical CVS Couponing in Light of Extreme Couponing Allegations
the product the coupon was for. With this fresh in the news (and couponing community) I wanted to address ethical couponing at CVS.
There are several ways to shop at CVS using their Extra Buck program and coupons that will net free items that are against the store's and the manufacturer's intents. Unfortunately many shoppers apparently feel that "rules" are made to be broken and so they do--often giving all couponers a bad image. There are so many great deals to be had at CVS within the rules and if we as couponers practice our savings within these boundaries, we will win the respect of the store staff and the corporation and be able to continue to enjoy these great savings that are offered.
I once read this quote in a member's signature on a couponing board: "Just because it doesn't beep doesn't make it right." That along with "if in doubt do without" sums up my personal bottom line. I will choose to practice ethical couponing as I understand it and share only deals and coupons here at Simply CVS that I understand to be within the rules. This is why often I will not share a printable coupon that is in PDF form as this is the easiest way to provide fraudulent coupons online. If I can confirm the source to the company itself, I will share it. But I can easily make a mistake, especially in the excitement of finding a great deal I want to share with you all, that is why I have the Deals Disclaimer posted.
There is a Simply CVS reader, Taika, who is a CVS employee and she will definitely let us know if she sees anything on Simply CVS that is not within the correct usage of coupons or the ECB program. I once read a coupon I clipped as $1/2 and posted a great deal to be had with it, but when I did I copied the info from a coupon data base which had the correct value: $1/3 which I did not notice. Taika quickly pointed out that it could not be used in the manner in which I had posted it since it was off of three not two. It is comforting to me to know she is watching and will catch what I miss.
I do not write this post to pass judgement on anyone's shopping ethics, just to let you know that what you find posted at Simply CVS is intended to be the correct usage of coupons and extra bucks according to the rules set out by CVS and manufacturers as I understand them.
If you wonder if extreme couponing is possible at CVS, check out this post I recently wrote: Is Extreme Couponing Possible at CVS?