December 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm #73624
I was at the Fresh Thyme in Mt. Prospect today and wanted to use the 3 free Table 5 pizza coupons I received from the Wow summit. I was stoked to find that Table 5 pizzas were B1, G1 there, so in my mind I was thinking 6 free pizzas. The cashier would not take my coupon because I was already getting 3 free. I told her I still had to purchase the ones for the B1, G1, and I wanted to use the coupons on the ones I actually needed to purchase. She called the manager and he said no to me using them as well (frustrating because she talked to him only and didn’t actually explain my thought process.) The coupon did say do not double or combine with any other offers. When it says that, does it mean it can’t be used on B1, G1 sales?December 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm #73626
Many stores (Jewel is an exception in these parts) have coupon policies where you cannot use any coupon on a free item. Walgreens policy is an example of this. When Walgreens has Buy One and get 50% off the second one is better sale for couponing because you can use coupons on both. But Walgreens won’t let you use a coupon on the free item when its BOGO. I still have trouble at Jewel even though its says on their coupon policy you can use a coupon on a free item.December 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm #73628
Christian C.J.A. KParticipant
I don’t buy their logic… that sounds like a store promotion, and yours is a manufacturer redemption — that’s two different things. And you’re technically not getting the second pizza for free, when you have to buy something to get it… that’s just liberal marketing and abuse of the term “free”.December 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm #73635
nmfoster: “The coupon did say do not double or combine with any other offers. When it says that, does it mean it can’t be used on B1, G1 sales?”
“offers” refers to manufacturer discounts/freebies, whether those be coupons, rebates, SavingStar, etc.
dancingwolves: it sounds more like you’re describing what Meijer does. where if you try to pair a B1G1F store sale and a *B1G1F* manufacturer’s coupon, they will prohibit it, on the shaky basis that “you didn’t pay for” a given item, so thus it was never “bought” from the other entity’s perspective.
but if nmfoster is wording their post correctly, he/she is NOT using a coupon on a free item, and the manufacturer’s coupon is NOT B1G1F. so what Fresh Thyme is doing is more extreme, and less comprehensible.
in the Meijer example, they could (sort of) argue that the store freebie prevents the second item from being “purchased” for manufacturer purposes, or that the manufacturer freebie prevents the first item from being “purchased” for store purposes. it was stupid, but there’s sort of some logic.
whereas what Fresh Thyme is doing is saying that not only does Meijer logic apply, but that the manufacturer’s coupon is kicking in BEFORE the store sale.
so they’re layering stupid on top of stupid here. i can’t even FIND a coupon policy on their website. so these backwards yokels must just be winging it, or they keep their policies classified for some paranoid reason.
Christian C.J.A. K: agreed. glad i don’t shop at these places.December 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm #73637
I definitely made the company know how I felt about the situation since my receipt came with a survey opportunity. The store’s sale was B1, G1, but the coupon was just for a free Table 5 pizza. I had three of them and was going to use them for the 3 B1s, and hoping to get my 3 G1s. Thanks for clarifying about the “other offer” wording on the coupon. I definitely thought I was right because the sale was a store promotion, but then I just started second guessing myself. Guess who won’t be shopping at Fresh Thyme anytime soon? I let them know that in my survey too!
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