Beth Schultz

We Know Better, But Still We Love Loyalty Cards

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Hate them
bulk   9/25/2013 2:12:14 PM
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Personally I hate these cards, not because I give up info, but because they take up too much space in my wallet. I am looking forward to a digital verson I can keep on my phone and the shop can just scan the QR code. 

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Alexis   9/25/2013 2:47:52 PM
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I agree. CVS, for instance, will let you give a phone number instead of your card - but you can't access the instore coupons (in a kiosk) without the card. Very frustrating.

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Re: Hate them
TalkerZ   9/25/2013 2:49:37 PM
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My objection at CVS are those mile-long receipts that using a loyalty card generates. Why can't the offers just be stored with your account and accessed automatically when you check out?

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Ariella   9/25/2013 2:54:50 PM
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@TalkerZ that's been a point of contention for a long time. In the past, they have said, CVS  has claimed that customers like having the paper coupons, but now they have finally agreed to shorten them 25%.see http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/08/30/long-cvs-receipts-spark-social-media-sensation/VzQeVzNmBB3ECqy6vQtj1N/story.html) They have recently started emailing customers, and so they've been trying to get more email addresses from people coming into the store. I heard some cashiers discussing how many they managed to get that day. Perhaps they were promised some kind of incentive payment for it. 

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BethSchultz   9/25/2013 3:15:20 PM
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Ah, but the ones I use most often -- for the grocery store -- don't require the physical card in hand. All you have to do is enter your phone number at the point-of-sale system. Alternatively, some stores offer the cards in mini versions you can slip onto a keychain. Those can come in handy, too.

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The rich get richer
Jeff   9/25/2013 4:17:02 PM
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Yeah, my keychain is silly.  I have Starbucks, Qdoba and Giant Eagle (local grocery) on there.  Giant Eagle does a cool thing with GetGo gas stations. Buy food here and earn discounts on gas.  Though I almost lost my mind when the power went out while I'm filling up at 3.07 a gallon the other day.  Kid comes out and says he can discount me.  

 

What does my subject have to do with all this?  Well, nevermind the whole incident makes my kid late for karate and she has to do pushups for being late.  But then a kid whose rich daddy I used to work for pulls up in his new porshe while I'm stressing over my .40 per gallon.  Sorry for the whining but what are the odds?  Predict that!

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tinym   9/25/2013 11:21:27 PM
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Hmm... let's make that list of loyalty cards. I have a few I like to use. I tend to decline signing up for new programs. Walgreen's is the newest program I joined.

Walgreen's Balance Rewards - I noticed retail prices on some items spike in the last two months. I blame the loyalty promotions.

GameStop - We seem to only buy used video games (a couple times a year). Buy 2, Get 1 free covers that. The cost of the pro card is easily saved in one trip.

MyCokeRewards - I've been a member since 2007 and gotten magazine subscriptions and t-shirts.

Carino's Pasta Points - I like getting free food with this program.

Papa John's pizza rewards - more free food here 

 

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bulk   9/26/2013 3:42:10 AM
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@Beth, 

I dislike the keychain version of the cards just as much. the realestate in my pockets is at a premium. I like to keep as few keys on my key ring as possible. normally just two, and I am working on dropping that number to just one. ;-) soon enough I will just have to carry my phone, or so I hope. 

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BethSchultz   9/26/2013 7:11:12 AM
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So let's hope you never lose that phone!

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BethSchultz   9/26/2013 7:20:25 AM
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Besides my grocery store cards (Dominick's & Mariano's), I really like the Target red debit card, with an automatic 5 percent off purchases. It's nice knowing that I'm getting a slight savings on anything I buy there, since I'd most likely be buying it there anyways. I also like programs that provide free shipping, as does the red card, too.

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