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Bar codes and Promotional offers which never work... on purpose?

There is not a single time I go shopping, where I don't end up wasting time at the customer service. There is constantly something going wrong. This can be a bar code which is not passing at the advertised price, or a promotional offer which is not applying. And this is systematic!

Each time, I am told that this is the fault of the computer. Ah! The evil (scapegoat) computer! And the worse is that, in spite of the fact that this is THEIR fault, they always sound like it's mine, and that "I" am annoying them. Can you believe it?! Is this like that everywhere? Or did they put all the unpleasant and crappy store manager in my district?

So now, I wonder if they are not doing this on purpose! How many people are checking their receipt? Certainly lot of people are not paying attention, or have the time to check each line and verify this is the correct price. So, even if this is couple of cents, here, couple of cents there, it ends in some dollars in the pocket of the store (or manager?), multiplied by the number of clients per day, this finishes to make a nice gold mine.

So isn't it a kind of dissimulated "organized" robbery? A way for stores to increase their margins, stealthily? I really wonder.

by: G-1018

3 comments

December 09, 2014
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3 Replies & Comments

Coupons don't work out for me. It seems that everytime I try to use a coupon I've saved, I didn't read the fine print and it turns out I have to buy two of the item, or it expired a month after I got it, or I have to buy a larger(and more expensive) size. Most of the time, the coupons are of brands I don't use anyhow, because of the price.

What I don't get are these "extreme couponers" you see on the TV shows. They end up getting hundreds of dollars of groceries free just using coupons. I still don't understand how they are doing this.

by: G-26

Message #1

December 11, 2014
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Those people should just be kicked out of stores! They buy up all the products so other customers get nothing! The store owners don't give a shit, because hey, they'll get their money. Extreme couponers are just examples of hoarders and they are mentally ill. What is laughable is when one of these nuts actually claims that she donates her haul to "charity" like a women's shelter. Sure she does. A women's shelter that needs 300 bottles of Windex.

by: G-784

Message #2

February 17, 2016
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Bar codes and Promotional offers which never work... on purpose?

Short answer "yes". How many people are really checking? See?

by: G-1682

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March 03, 2019
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