UPDATE: It looks like you may still be able to get your catalina! They said they stopped printing the coupon because it conflicted with the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupon. Whether it is because of the scenario below, or the coupon, you can call Catalina and get one mailed to you, if you didn’t get one at checkout. 1-888-8Coupon. Then choose option 3. (Thanks SavvyShopperDeals)
So, using coupons is a great way to save money and sometimes even get items for free. However, it only takes one person mis-using the system to ruin it for everyone else.
A Cincinnatti Couple bought over 800 bottles of Purex Laundry Detergent for free with coupons and catalinas! Seriously?? 800 Bottles? What in the world are you going to do with 800 bottles of Laundry Detergent?!!
Because of them taking advantage of the system, catalinas for Purex are no longer working…even though, the promotion is supposed to run until March. The original problem happened at a Fred Meyer store, but it looks like Purex is pretty unhappy about it and took the catalinas down elsewhere too! One of my readers, Kim, told me that her Smiths is no longer printing them out either.
So, I know that none of you would ever dream of doing anything like this. But even on a smaller scale, try to think of others when you shop. If there is an awesome deal, please don’t clear out the shelves so no one else can get the deal too. It is the one part of using coupons that can get really frustrating.
(Thanks The Coupon Project)