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For those of you who don't know me, I am not one to ever play coupon police, and coupon etiquette...well, I don't have any. Looking down on the stunts people pull when couponing is not my style, and frankly, the concept that someone is "ruining it for everyone" or "giving couponers a bad name" means nothing to me.

Having said that, it is my contention that you are completely screwing yourself if you use that scanned IVC coupon for the Nice toilet paper that is floating around. Why? Well, I have a few reasons.

First, let's just agree that the coupon being scanned and passed around is completely fraudulent. It is cut and dry. Those of you who want to debate that should come up with a well written argument about why a digital copy of a limited release coupon is different than a copy of a paper coupon. Anybody want a scan of my Jingle Bucks bar codes? The two are analogous.

Now, if you have followed me for any amount of time then you know that I am very extreme when it comes to Walgreens. I am sure that there are people who get more stuff for free at Wags then I do, but there certainly aren't very many. The single biggest reason that I am able to do what I do at the corner of happy and healthy, is that I have the unfettered cooperation and trust of the store employees. They know me, what I do, why I do it, and most importantly, they know that I don't do anything that will ever cost their store money. It is impossible to over state how important that is. This is why managers love to place massive pre-orders for me, the cashiers smile when I roll up with five shopping carts, and why I get hundreds of coupon books. Your ability to build these relationships will define your success or failure.

There will be backlash for the managers at these stores that have accepted this coupon. I guarantee that same backlash trickles right down to the cashier that took your coupon, and from that point on, you will be branded. Every transaction you try will be under the microscope, and just wait til the next time you have a coupon beep. Good luck with that.

You need people in the store to be on your side. I can promise you that using that Nice coupon will cause you more trouble in the long run then some cheap toilet paper is worth.

Up to you......

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Comment by Dawn on December 9, 2013 at 1:18pm

I am devastated! Two woman came into my local Walgreens with this "coupon" and put up such an argument with store management. Management let them use it after countless arguing. Then the manager stated that Walgreens is in the process of implementing a new system and all these extreme couponers are going to be in for a rude awakening come the new year!!! I don't no what this new system consists of but it didn't sound good! I live in Rhode Island and all the CVS's have a "new system" as well. They said it was because people have too many loyalty cards.It takes an obscene amount of time to cash out at CVS now because each coupon that goes in states pending verification!! I had a mini heart attack when I heard this..............I think I might have to cross state lines and head to Massachusetts to shop!

Comment by Avena on December 10, 2013 at 11:19am

Hi, I'm new here and I really appreciate your comments.  All the wags in my area (about 10+ of them) are very nice, polite and helpful when I purchase in bulk or pre-order.  I personally never want anyone to feel cheated, abused or mis-used.

Comment by Michele C on December 11, 2013 at 12:10am
I agree with you Rob. How is it okay to use the pdf's? Or is it? I am uncomfortable with these but it seems people use them quite often.
Comment by Kizzy deblasio on December 14, 2013 at 7:59am
I agree!Very well stated Rob.

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