I was just watching a report on the news this evening about the crackdown on coupons in Canada. This news couldn't come at a worse time for me as I am just getting into couponing and the Canada Post strike is finally over.
Retailers and manufacturers are apparently going to now be adding new stipulations on new coupons coming out soon. People will no longer be aloud to combine manufacture coupons with coupons found on products in the stores. An example of why this is bad for couponers, I have a $1 off coupon for Lysol toilet bowl cleaner that I found on the product, I also have a $1 off coupon from websavers, allowing me to buy the product for $0.50. With the new crackdowns that Canadian retailers are said to put in place in the near future, couponers may soon not be aloud to combine coupons for purchases anymore. This news is of course sad for us Canadians who are unable to purchase more then one of the same products at the same time due to restrictions on the coupons. These restrictions have been in place in Canada for many years now (the limit of one coupon per purchase), but some American manufactures are now talking about following the Canadian coupon policies to help crackdown on the extreme couponers.
Some statistics for you:
In 2010 there were over 3.3 billion coupons redeemed, down from 2009 at 4.4 billion. A news report revealed that more than 70% of those coupons redeemed were from people who are classified as Extreme Couponers. These extreme couponers are said to clear products off shelves for regular consumers and upset predictable supply and demand for stores, which isn't sitting well for some retailers.
It will be a sad day for me and many couponers alike the day manufactures and retailers start restricting coupon use even more. I partly blame TLC's Extreme Couponing show for bring light to maufactures for how many products are being consumed by extreme couponers, but I also have to thank TLC for getting me into couponing. The show is just amazing and I continue to be in aw of the show and believe it has made me more of a smart shopper than anything.
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