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Old 11-28-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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I, for one, despise retail stores’ “rewards” cards. I shopped at Walgreens this morning for a few sale items. Apparently, you have to have their “Balance Rewards” card in order to get the sale price. So I put everything back because I refuse to sign up for their rewards card. Even the cashier agreed with me (she also hates her employer's policy). I resent retailers tracking my purchases with these blasted cards, and I really hate giving my name/address/etc. out to retailers just to buy a can of peanuts on sale. I’ll be crossing Walgreens off my list of places to shop. This is yet another reason I hate shopping. Just a rant…..go on about your business!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Never had one, don't plan to start now.

I agree with all your statements, particularly that they track purchases...

In my area, we have one store that does NOT use the card/discount system.
They give discounts to all without need for card. I shop there quite frequently.


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I, for one, despise retail stores’ “rewards” cards. I shopped at Walgreens this morning for a few sale items. Apparently, you have to have their “Balance Rewards” card in order to get the sale price. So I put everything back because I refuse to sign up for their rewards card. Even the cashier agreed with me (she also hates her employer's policy). I resent retailers tracking my purchases with these blasted cards, and I really hate giving my name/address/etc. out to retailers just to buy a can of peanuts on sale. I’ll be crossing Walgreens off my list of places to shop. This is yet another reason I hate shopping. Just a rant…..go on about your business!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:46 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I agree with all your statements, particularly that they track purchases...
So someone knows the brand of shampoo I prefer and the brand of deodorant my husband uses... big deal.
Give me the discount!
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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So someone knows the brand of shampoo I prefer and the brand of deodorant my husband uses... big deal.
Give me the discount!
You're right, it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, don't you feel a little "spied on" when a company wants to know your personal information just to buy something from them? Getting somone in their store with cash in hand to purchase should be good enough, in my opinion. This "rewards" card practice started years ago and I remember thinking---what the heck? Go for a haircut and they ask you for your name, address, etc. Go to buy toys at ToysRUs and they want your zip code. Go to buy gas and they want your damned personal information. Grocery store--same thing. I am just sick of it, I guess.

Besides, I heard that retailers in Japan can now target advertising to an individual as they walk through the subways in Tokyo. (The walkways are lined with flash ad technology.) For example, because my purchases are being tracked--and let's say I purchased a coffee pot recently, they would flash an ad (intended for ME!) for gourmet coffee. Get it? It's going to happen here too with all the rewards card data and smart phone apps people are lapping up.

Maybe I am old-fashioned and want to just go in a store, hair salon, etc., and purchase the product or service without divulging who I am or allowing them track what I buy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Nothing more annoying to me... when they ask for phone/zip etc., I just say no.
I have had discussions on this-some can't wait to get the "FREE" cooler or whatever with those pts. I don't NEED anything except my fruits and veggies!


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You're right, it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, don't you feel a little "spied on" when a company wants to know your personal information just to buy something from them? Getting somone in their store with cash in hand to purchase should be good enough, in my opinion. This "rewards" card practice started years ago and I remember thinking---what the heck? Go for a haircut and they ask you for your name, address, etc. Go to buy toys at ToysRUs and they want your zip code. Go to buy gas and they want your damned personal information. Grocery store--same thing. I am just sick of it, I guess.

Besides, I heard that retailers in Japan can now target advertising to an individual as they walk through the subways in Tokyo. (The walkways are lined with flash ad technology.) For example, because my purchases are being tracked--and let's say I purchased a coffee pot recently, they would flash an ad (intended for ME!) for gourmet coffee. Get it? It's going to happen here too with all the rewards card data and smart phone apps people are lapping up.

Maybe I am old-fashioned and want to just go in a store, hair salon, etc., and purchase the product or service without divulging who I am or allowing them track what I buy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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It's not too different than using a credit card. The credit card company knows your address and knows exactly what you are buying. If you use the same credit card over and over at a store, they're already tracking you. They might not have your address, but they have your name and a unique identifier.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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You're right, it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, don't you feel a little "spied on" when a company wants to know your personal information just to buy something from them?
John Smith
1234 Main St
Anytown, NV 12345

They want that? They can have that.

Heck, most of the "club" cards I have were just handed to me by the cashier during checkout - I didn't even fill out the form.

They don't care about your personal information. Really, they don't. This data is used in aggregate to see how people (not you specifically - don't be paranoid or self-centered) shop and spend. They don't care what your name and address is. They only want to know that when you buy Doritos, you also tend to buy Diet Coke, or that when you buy Mac & Cheese, you buy three boxes, etc.

I fail to see how that's intrusive in any way, but hey, if you feel like you're being "spied on," you're free to not use the card, and pay higher prices. Don't forget to always pay cash, too, and you may even want to wear a disguise every time you shop - they probably have facial recognition hooked into their spy, er.. security cameras.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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You're right, it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But, don't you feel a little "spied on" when a company wants to know your personal information just to buy something from them?
Not in the least.
Like I said, they know the brands I buy... so what!

And, maybe it helps keep the items in stock in the particular store I frequent. :::shrug:::
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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You're funny. I should have used a different phrase than "spied on"--- and I certainly didn't mean me specifically. I guess what I meant was that retailers are using shoppers' habits to beef up their marketing schemes, and to track who is buying what in order to target you with ads and other offers in the future. Also---don't their cash register receipts already tell them what is being purchased (brands/quantities/etc.)? Everything is itemized and detailed on pretty much all receipts I see. Why do they want a consumer's personal information on top of that? I feel it is intrusive and over the top.

Plus, when you go to redeem points you've earned for shopping there, there's usually some hiccup and it doesn't work. That's been my experience with one card I had a few years ago for a gas station.

And yes....mr. swagger...you can always give a fake name/address to get the discount, but I think that's beside the point. I am sure there are many people who do give their real names, address, etc.


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John Smith
1234 Main St
Anytown, NV 12345

They want that? They can have that.

Heck, most of the "club" cards I have were just handed to me by the cashier during checkout - I didn't even fill out the form.

They don't care about your personal information. Really, they don't. This data is used in aggregate to see how people (not you specifically - don't be paranoid or self-centered) shop and spend. They don't care what your name and address is. They only want to know that when you buy Doritos, you also tend to buy Diet Coke, or that when you buy Mac & Cheese, you buy three boxes, etc.

I fail to see how that's intrusive in any way, but hey, if you feel like you're being "spied on," you're free to not use the card, and pay higher prices. Don't forget to always pay cash, too, and you may even want to wear a disguise every time you shop - they probably have facial recognition hooked into their spy, er.. security cameras.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Plus, when you go to redeem points you've earned for shopping there, there's usually some hiccup and it doesn't work. That's been my experience with one card I had a few years ago for a gas station.

Never had a hiccup with rewards cards, and I have been using them for years!

I received over 120 gallons of free gas (last I checked) this year alone with one particular card. Yes, its your choice whether or not to use a card. But I really don't want to lose out on the discounts and freebies.
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