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Thursday, January 28, 2010

More info on the Albertsons/Quaker coupon fraud alert

Karrie at Fistful of Coupons is reporting that someone had commented to her that someone went into the Albertsons store on Lee yesterday morning with lots of copies of Quaker internet printables ($1/1) and as a result walked out of the store with a cart load of free Quaker products.

I received another e-mail from the Gage store manager, who is also the Leslie store manager, and here's his reply on the matter.
We were told yesterday by our office not to accept these $1.00 off coupons from the internet. The Quaker rep said that they were not valid. We did see a couple different expiration dates and were told that some were able to print multiple times while others limit the customer to two ( which seems to be the valid type). We asked our company to partner with Quaker to figure this out which ones, if any, we can accept. We would like to accept all these coupons because it is only helps our sales but not if they are not valid and the amount will be charged back to our store.

I called Clearwater and told them of the notification and asked them to post notes explaining the issue so the customers wouldn't get blind sided at the check stand. I can't speak for the other stores, but that is what we did after being directed not to take these coupons.

And in regards to other internet printables:
... we do take internet printable coupons for the most part. We are told not to take the "free" coupons that are out there because they are most likely not valid. These would be "free carton of cigarettes", " free formula", etc. However, if the customer has to purchase something else and gets another item free, it is usually fine to take. Obviously, with the expansion of the internet in this arena it will only increase the amount of fraudulent items out there that we (retail stores and customers) wouldn't even know were fraudulent until we are told by the manufacturer.

My advice to anyone wanting to scam a store... You'll eventually get caught so DON'T DO IT! Yes, it's great to score a FREE item but only if you do it legitimately. It's not fair to the store or to the rest of us shoppers who are looking for a good deal! Worse yet is that the store(s) will discontinue taking ANY internet printables (WinCo stopped for a very long time) if fraudulent couponers keep coming in.

Oh, and one last thing that just popped into my head... it wouldn't be too hard for the manager at Albertsons to find out who did it and contact them since you also have to present your Albertsons preferred card which contains a person's name and phone number. Remember, they DO video tape so using the video tape, plus person's preferred card it wouldn't be hard for them to track down someone who knowing defrauded the store out of merchandise. (I watch WAY too much CSI!)

1 comment:

Leah said...

Such a shame :( I know there will be at least 2 stores in the Spokane area that wont be accepting any of the Quaker Printables, they don't deal with coupon shoppers very well anyway so it is going to be a relief for them to reject the coupons out right. You got some good information here, Thanks for sharing it :)

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