I *LOVE* to get a good deal! But, aren't there times when we really should draw the line? Here's an example of what happened to me recently...
I received a coupon in a flyer which came in the mail advertising a new party store. The coupon was for $5 off. There was no minimum purchase mentioned and no exclusions mentioned except that it could not be used on helium balloons. The coupon also mentions that only one can be used per month per household. Ok, so I finally get there and I check with the cashier to make sure I have correctly understood the coupon. There is no minimum purchase and the only exclusion is the balloons. Great!
I was looking for a few small items that I could stash away for future birthday parties and specifically for Emily's second birthday this fall. She will be 2 on the the 2nd, so it will be her "golden birthday" and I want to do all yellow/gold theme things to play off of the golden theme. I found some cute gold crowns, yellow leis, and a gold star that I could use on the front door.
While I am in the store, their phone rings and the cashier speaks with someone she obviously knows (I am the only customer in the store). She explains to this caller that there is a group of ladies who have accumulated a stack of these coupons and have each been assigned a certain part of a party to provide for. So, one comes in and buys plates, one cups, one streamers, etc... She mentions that none of them spend over $1.27 out of their own pocket. Then she explains that they have completed their shopping for the birthday party and are now working on a wedding together. And, that this is adding up to a significant amount of money out of the store's pocket.
Doesn't this seem to break the ethics of getting a good deal? Yes, maybe the party store has learned their lesson and will mention a minimum purchase in the future ~ but really, when it is so obvious that the cashier remembers these repeat customers and knows what kind of events they are planning, isn't that a little much?
What are your thoughts on the ethics of getting a good deal?