I know that there are a lot of people that are new to coupononing out there. I also know that there are a lot of cagey veterans that know the rules. One of the reasons that this community is so special is that we can draw from each other’s experiences and make sure that we are all ethically using our coupons to get the best deals possible. Speaking of which, does anyone else find it ironic that every time there is a scenario where people are misusing coupons that it involves Proctor and Gamble?
I have noticed from the orders on Wiz Clipz and the questions on the wall that it appears people will be trying to use the B1G1 Herbal Essences Coupon along with the $3/2 Herbal Essences coupon. NOT COOL! These coupons should not be used together as it constitutes misuse of the coupons. Here is the breakdown: the bogo coupon applies to both UPC codes. Meaning, you buy one to qualify and then you get another one for free. The $3/2 also applies to both UPC codes. Meaning, you have to buy a total of 2 to save $3.00. You can only use one or the other, not both. If that logic doesn’t work for you, simply read the coupon. The coupon specifically states limit one coupon per purchase of products and quantities stated. It doesn’t say “limit of one like coupon”, it says “limit of one coupon”. In fact, the manufacturer was so adamant that you see it, they printed it in red. If you have already used the BOGO coupon, you can’t use another coupon on the same 2 items unless it is a store coupon from the store you are shopping or one of their competitors. I fear many people are going to try to stack these and in a lot of cases be successful. That doesn’t mean it’s right!
P & G builds the gross profit into their products based on proper coupon redemption. They also issue the coupons based on projections that contemplate the number of coupons that will be redeemed properly. Over the course of the last several months, we have seen gross misuse of Crest Whitestrips coupons to buy toothpaste. We have also watched as the value of the coupons in the Proctor and Gamble inserts has dropped substantially. In fact, many cities do not even get a P & G insert any longer. Manufacturers are not going to lose money due to coupons as long as we use them correctly. In fact, manufacturers aren’t going to lose money if we use coupons incorrectly because they will just quit giving coupons for specific products or cut the value of the coupons they do produce.
People will defend their position and say “the manufacturer will lose money if we don’t buy their products so they have to give us coupons”. Here is where I must give you the harsh reality that 90%-95% of the people out there don’t use a single coupon to buy their product. They would actually make more money selling their product at full price to people who don’t use coupons at all than they would by including the couponers in the process. That’s the way the numbers work. Please, when you think about planning your shopping trip, ask yourself, is it really worth selling my soul for a bottle of shampoo? Let’s face it, if we wait a few weeks, we will get it for free…….the right way.