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JCP’s CEO on Coupon Love: “I Didn’t Understand That”

JCP’s CEO on Coupon Love: “I Didn’t Understand That”

It’s been a month or so since we last ragged on JCPenney’s CEO, who famously abolished discounts and coupons at his stores, then watched the company’s sales figures and credit rating plummet (read: “JCPenney Coupons and the CEO: Only One Can Survive”). Now, in a new interview, Ron Johnson manages to further alienate himself from the couponing community. His focus[Read More…]

August 10, 2012 Coupons In The News
“The Death of Coupons”

“The Death of Coupons”

Coupons were pronounced dead today, after a short illness. Surrounded by loved ones, coupons passed away at the hands of a Silicon Valley startup. Coupons were 124 years old. So that’s not exactly true, but it’s what the California company FreeMonee would like us to believe, as they talk up their new “gift incentive network” with just a bit of[Read More…]

August 9, 2012 Coupons In The News
A Kinder, Gentler “Extreme Couponing” – But Who’s Watching?

A Kinder, Gentler “Extreme Couponing” – But Who’s Watching?

Do you find “Extreme Couponing” a little too – extreme? (read: “Extreme Couponing Pays Off, For Producers”). Can’t get into watching people cram their carts with candy bars or condiments just because they can get them for free? Don’t find alleged coupon fraud entertaining? Well, then Oprah Winfrey has something for you – if she can convince you to tune[Read More…]

August 6, 2012 Coupons In The News
“How To Make Coupons” – And Get Busted For It

“How To Make Coupons” – And Get Busted For It

You may have been following the recent case of the alleged SavvyShopperSite coupon counterfeiters arrested last month in Phoenix (read: Cops Crack Crooked Coupon Caper), but an earlier coupon counterfeiting case is now coming to a close. And compared to the multi-million-dollar Phoenix case, what this other counterfeit coupon case was lacking in its financial scope, it more than made[Read More…]

August 1, 2012 Coupons In The News
Has Groupon “Ruined” Coupons?

Has Groupon “Ruined” Coupons?

Like any good deal-hunter, you’ve probably signed up for various emailed newsletters and offers from your favorite companies, hoping they’ll send you coupons. And you’ve probably become overwhelmed and annoyed at all the emailed newsletters and offers that arrive in your inbox that don’t include coupons at all. So what does a company have to do, to stand out from[Read More…]

July 30, 2012 Coupons In The News
Are You Too Lazy For Back-to-School Shopping?

Are You Too Lazy For Back-to-School Shopping?

“Consumers are planning to spend more money on back-to-school items this year,” says a recent PriceGrabber survey. Why? Perhaps because they’re lazy. Couponers may cringe to find that using coupons was only the fourth most popular way to save on school supplies. It came behind price cuts, sales and the number-one answer: free shipping, cited by 74%. Which means most[Read More…]

July 28, 2012 Coupons In The News
Coach Decides Coupons Aren’t So Bad After All

Coach Decides Coupons Aren’t So Bad After All

It’s been nearly six months since JCPenney killed coupons, nearly killing off its business in the process. Less publicized at around the same time, was the news that luxury handbag maker Coach made the same move, eliminating coupons at its factory stores. Since then, JCPenney has been forced to revise its new pricing strategy, but it’s not budging on coupons.[Read More…]

July 27, 2012 Coupons In The News
Double Coupons: Dying Like Dinosaurs?

Double Coupons: Dying Like Dinosaurs?

If you still expect your grocery store to turn that 50-cent coupon of yours into a dollar-off discount, one retailer says you might as well be living in the Stone Age. The “practice of double-couponing has become a marketing tool of the past,” a spokesman for southern California supermarket chain Vons tells the Orange County Register. Ouch. Tucked away at[Read More…]

July 25, 2012 Coupons In The News
“Not Guilty”, Say Alleged Coupon Counterfeiters

“Not Guilty”, Say Alleged Coupon Counterfeiters

Their coupons are confiscated and their website is no more, but the three Phoenix women accused of operating a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon ring say they’re innocent. Robin Ramirez, Marilyn Johnson and Amiko Fountain all pleaded not guilty Wednesday, in Maricopa County (Arizona) Superior Court. Johnson and Fountain, whose families claim they didn’t know the coupons they’re accused of helping[Read More…]

July 25, 2012 Coupons In The News
Psst – How’d You Like a Free Suit? Or Not.

Psst – How’d You Like a Free Suit? Or Not.

Here are a few tips for retailers who want to issue a high-value coupon to their best customers: Don’t forget to put some restrictions on the coupon Don’t put it online, allowing unlimited prints Don’t encourage recipients to “forward to a friend” Men’s clothing chain Jos. A. Bank learned all of this the hard way, when it retracted a coupon[Read More…]

July 25, 2012 Coupons In The News
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