There is a new document out from the CIC, Coupon Information Corporation on Considerate Couponing with some guidelines. I would love to hear some opinions on this from others. Personally, I have some problems with it.
I really wonder how one can argue against buying coupons. What is the difference if I give someone a coupon for free verses giving it to them in exchange for other coupons or stamps or giving it to them for money? IE I think anyone who shares a coupon with another is breaking the no transferring rule, so what other rule is selling coupons necessarily breaking? (Now if you are getting the coupons illegally, by stealing newspapers or some such thing, then you are breaking the rules, but not by selling the coupons.)
I understand that selling coupons, exchanging coupons and maybe selling from your stockpile may go against what manufacturers intended, but I don’t think it is unethical or wrong in anyway.
I also wonder how in the world I see police blotter reports with it being stealing to take something from someone else’s recycling bin. Who are you stealing from the city? The recycling company who picks it up? I guess I won’t be grabbing any coupons from anyone else’s recycling bin, even though I know I will be tempted if I see them sitting there. Wonder if I rang the person’s doorbell, would they let me have them?
What is your opinion on this article? (Oh and the blog I read about the article on also had an article on gang cutting which shocked the heck out of me. They seemed to imply that if you stack your inserts and cut out multiples of one coupon at a time they may be denied by the manufacturer when the grocery store sends them in. Do you think this is at all true?)