The discussion of coupon etiquette has come up a lot in the past few weeks and I feel we need to discuss the fact that there really is a line you can cross as a shelf clearer that gives you a bad name in some stores as well as amongst other couponers.
I am all for stocking up and getting things for free even if you don’t need them and giving them away to someone that does. I do not see that as being greedy what so ever . I do however see an ongoing problem that I have been discussing with higher ups in certain store corporations regarding “shelf clearers”. There are a few that get a rush out of going into a store the moment it opens on the first day of a sale and taking every single item on the shelf. I am not referring to when the store only has 3 items on the shelf to begin with, I am referring to entire end caps and aisles being emptied in one swoop by the same person. There is a difference in getting a few extra things that you don’t need to help others vs, taking all just for the thrill of taking.
People that enter the store on the first day with the intention to take all are being labeled in a bad light. There is absolutely no reason for a good couponer to do this. Most all stores have worked with us couponers and allowed us to place orders prior to the sale and even offered to hold merchandise as well as offer rain checks. If you need a lot of product then you should be placing orders or asking the store if they can accommodate you as an extreme couponer .
I always say there is a fine line between stockpiling and hoarding. I always state that I do not ever clear a shelf the first day of any sale, I get what I need for my family and then go back at the end of the week. Whatever is left on the last night of a sale is open game. If it’s a clearance sale that’s a entire different game, clear it out if you want. If it’s been sitting around that long finders keepers and the store will be happy to see it go. If it is day one of a sale and 5 minutes after the store has opened do not clean the aisles out and not expect to be seen in a bad light by the store employees.
Stores do have the right to limit quantity and turn away sales from someone they have begun to recognize at their Sunday Morning shelf clearer.
I understand if you are new to this game of extreme couponing you may feel like you need to run in and grab as much as you can because you may be afraid this won’t last. I am telling you I have been doing this for years, it will last. The sales will come back around. Once you have enough for you r family take a deep breath and give others the chance to get some from their family’s and then go back later on the week for more if you must or put in order request, or move on to another store. Doing so will gain you much more respect in your store and amongst your peers
Unfortunately I have been receiving emails from some of my top posters that have found a great deal but are afraid to post because they fear a few over zealous couponers that go beyond the expected use of the redemption policy’s. I don’t want to see anyone in the group miss out on great deals because of a few people that may not realize they are doing something a bit too extreme. I also realize that pulling the deals isn’t fair to all the thousands of great couponers we have in the group. I have decided to keep the deals up and from now on will include an etiquette disclaimer letting people know what the proper etiquette limit or suggested limit should be. It will then be up to you to do what you feel is best for yourself.