- Don’t sell or buy coupons and or inserts: The FTC says “Selling or transferring coupons to a third party violates most manufacturers’ coupon redempti
on policies – and usually voids the coupon.” Companies are starting to crack down on this as well! There have actually been arrests made of people selling coupon inserts!
- Don’t sell your stockpile: This goes back to buying only what you need. Coupons are intended to give an individual customer a good deal, not to start a for-profit business. Reselling of these purchases usually violate the terms of the coupon, and in some cases, can violate local health codes.
- Don’t copy coupons: Most coupons state that only originals are valid. Copying coupons is not only unethical, is it illegal and punishable by law. Printable coupons will usually allow you to print each coupon twice (per computer), but you can not make extra copies of these coupons. Saving a few cents is not worth being accused of fraud.
- Don’t clear shelves: Let me say that again: Do not clear the shelves! You may have 10 coupons to get a really good deal on an item, but leave some for others! It is very disheartening to go to the store for a great deal, and find nothing left on the shelf. While some stores do offer rain checks, you still may not get the same price overall. Just play nice. Follow the golden rule.
- Don’t take whole tear-pads of coupons: Sometimes you find those nice tear-pads of coupons on the shelf, or the dispensers in the grocery stores that are located near the item with the coupon. Again, be nice and do not take them all, even if it is for your favorite thing to buy. Some stores have started zip-tying them to the shelves, because people have been taking the entire pad of coupons.
- Don’t buy things just because they are free: If you won’t use it, do not buy it. Almost everything expires, and think how wasteful it would be if you ended up throwing it out! If you know a friend or a charity could use the item, then by all means get it. Just don’t forget to make the donation!