Are Shelf Clearers Making Other Couponers Look Bad?

Ever go to the grocery store being super excited about scoring a sweet deal on an item? Most of us have but what about arriving to an empty shelf. That happens to me all the time. All I wanted was one box of Lucky Charms... Nothing makes me more mad than someone who clears a shelf just because they can. Shelf clearers feel that if they don't do it someone else will. These people make other couponers look really bad. Don't get me wrong, couponing for your family will indeed bring great savings for you as well as your family but at what price? No real time for family or friends because they're so busy figuring out how to stock pile 300 packs of tic-tacs and shampoo. Seems a bit greedy to me. Because of these kind of couponers, most stores have changed their coupon policies and manufacturers are basically scared to put out a coupon. Why? Manipulating the system is the bottom line. Couponers are complete geniuses. For many it is the only way their family can survive and others it's a game. Many stick to the coupon policies provided my stores and guidelines stated on coupons but there are many who do not. So my questions to you are: At what point does couponing turn from saving money to a somewhat aggressive, greedy behavior? Is it too much to ask people to leave some behind for others to enjoy too? Have they ruined it for non self clearing couponers? What are your thoughts on this issue?

12 comments :

  1. Yes they are. I just started couponing when all the stores changed their coupon policies because of them. GREEDY!

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  2. If there is just one on the shelf and you buy it it's ok but 30 boxes? umm no

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  3. How long of a shelf life can these items possibly have. I love stock piles but depriving others from food items isn't cool at all.

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  4. We live out in the country so the nearest grocery store is 15 miles away and there is one the one. Driving all the way there only to find out the items I need have been cleared right off the shelf is a huge problem. Very distasteful.

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  5. You snooze you lose.

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  6. I have a stock pile but I do not clear shelves to get it. A friend of mine a couple weeks ago was using coupons to score toys that the coupons were not specified for. She was bragging on her haul. Now that is greedy. She didn't even donate them, they are on ebay right now. Same goes for those greed PS4 people who baught them only to sell them on ebay for 2-3 times as much. Great post. :)

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  7. too much greed sometimes. just get what you need.

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  8. It never occurred to me that the empty shelves were from couponers. Makes sense though. I've never understood those extreme couponers who buy an entire shelf of things they don't even use or need.

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  9. I think if it is items they are going to use before expire date or best use by date is is perfectly fine.

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  10. I used to do fairly well at couponing until the extreme couponers started getting greedy and cheating. Now all of our stores changed their policies and it's practically impossible to save a good amount of money now.

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  11. I wouldn't be upset if they used everything they got or donated it.

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  12. Having coupons used to be quite fun and really helpful but then others started taking it to the most greedy level and now it's hurting a lot of people. really good post and nice thing to point out!

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