I got an email recently from a concerned Happy Money Saver reader:
I am about 2 months into couponing and it’s now like a game for me. I’m trying to be careful and wise as I shop for great deals. This morning I had an interesting experience at Winco. I was there early to avoid long lines. Many of the store stockers were there. I grabbed 2 fruit snacks off the shelf: Spiderman and the Avengers both of which I didn’t have any coupons for but wanted to purchase regardless. As I took them the product man asked if I wanted a coupon. I replied OF COURSE! He said that he is so upset because people are coming through the stores ripping off these sticker coupons off of products. He said that is considered stealing and vandalism and if he catches someone doing this they will be prosecuted!
It is causing a great issue within many companies and we may soon see the end of our stickie coupons. I told him how I am new to couponing and yet the books and blogs I’m reading encourage this sort of thing. He was appalled and furious! This is bad behavior folks and needs to stop! It’s RUDE to other shoppers and very greedy behavior. Generosity pays us back more than greediness ever will. Please be a kind couponer, or you’ll ruin it for all of us!
Personally I have heard both sides of this – some couponers say there is no law that says they are not allowed to take them off to use them at another day. And I have talked to the vendors who put them on products who say they want people to buy the products that they are on.
So I wanted to hear your thoughts. Is is wrong to take peelie coupons without purchasing the products right then and there, or do you think its more of a gray area?
Vote here – and feel free to leave a comment if you like as well: