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Old 10-12-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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So. I had a coupon for a free Dr. Pepper Ten 2-liter. Simple enough, right?
When I get to the pop aisle though, I see that they are buy one, get one free. "Hmmm...", I think to myself, "does this mean I'll get two free?"

My thinking was that the coupon "buys" the first one, and the free one is still free. Didn't work that way. When they rang up, they didn't ring up as one at $1.79 and the other free, but rather each as $.89. So the coupon was rang (rung? ringeded?) up for $.89.

In my mind, that isn't buy one, get one free. That's half-off. For me in this case it was the difference between getting two for free or two for $.89.

What actually happened is I put one back and just took one for free. I haven't tried the product so I have no idea if I'll even like it, so I wasn't willing to pay anything for it.

Thoughts? Should they both have been free? Should I have kicked and screamed and said things about her mother? Or was that a pretty standard way of handling this kinda thing?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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Standard for many stores. Often times the "Buy one, get one free" shelf tags will have in small print: "Item rings up at half price".
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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What does the coupon say? Read the fine print. They usually say something about not being valid in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount. Also, stores aren't required to honor any coupon, so they can always just turn that one down. There's also the possibility that the 2-for-1 deal isn't available with any other offer.

It's all about the fine print, but either way, you're getting one for free. Don't be greedy.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Wait a second....why did they ring it up half price? Did you give them the coupon before they rang it? Or did they void your purchase and re ring it once you gave them the coupon? Either way, it's just a bottle of sugar water and you got it for free...really no need to complain.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Wait a second....why did they ring it up half price? Did you give them the coupon before they rang it? Or did they void your purchase and re ring it once you gave them the coupon? Either way, it's just a bottle of sugar water and you got it for free...really no need to complain.
Who's complaining? I was simply pointing out the oddity that you just noticed and asking if this is the way things are normally done. I'm not much of a couponer/sales-hunter, so I really don't know.

Apparently they rang it up a half price because that is how they do it when something is on sale as Buy One, Get One Free. And that was kind of my point. If it was truly BOGO, I would've received both for free -- the coupon pays for the first one, the second one is free. They avoid this by ringing up both 2-liters at half-price. That way the coupon just covers the first one. It just struck me as odd, so I asked if it was the standard way of doing things. That's all. Didn't complain. Didn't kick and scream. Didn't say a word about anyone's mother.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Don't be greedy.
Don't be hateful. Don't be tall. Don't be petty.

(Since I wasn't at all being greedy, I assume we're playing a game where we tell people not to be something they weren't being in the first place. Am I doing it right?)
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Standard for many stores. Often times the "Buy one, get one free" shelf tags will have in small print: "Item rings up at half price".
Turns out this is closest to the correct answer. They don't have signage that states this, but this is their standard way of handling "buy one, get one free". To me that's deceptive, sort of a way of tricking someone into getting two when perhaps they would have only bought one had they known it would be half-off. Not the biggest deal in the world -- and probably to my advantage more often than not, now that I know about it. Good to know.

Oh, and thanks pcity, for not seeing greed or complaint from my end and recognizing that I was simply looking for information.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Don't be tall.
...
we're playing a game where we tell people not to be something they weren't being in the first place.
You lose.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Oh, and thanks pcity, for not seeing greed or complaint from my end and recognizing that I was simply looking for information.
Have you considered the possibility that maybe you should have phrased your OP differently? If multiple people take what I write in a way that I didn't intend, I understand that its my fault for not being clear enough.

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Old 10-19-2011, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I understand exactly what you are saying Timm. I've run across that a time or two myself.

Usually a free coupon will have printed on it that you can't use it with any other sales or promotions. The drinks being offered as a BOGO would be considered a sale or promotion....therefore the free product coupon does not apply to that particular offer.

The best thing you can do in this position is to get the FREE one....then buy the BOGO....and think of it as getting THREE drinks for 89 cents. Now THAT is a bargain!!

They are set up that way because sometimes the product manufacturer is taking the loss and sometimes it's the chain or store itself. Therefore they don't cross over.
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