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justmeagain 1,048 December 14, 2010 at 09:44 PM in Chat
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Here is my thoughts on the TLC show--this is a post I copied from my NON-coupon--NO DEALS blog.

"UGH. NOT good at all. I have been couponing YEARS before this had become a fad/popular thing to do. It is already getting hard enough–I see no need to broadcast this info across the whole nation. The owners of all these couponing blogs/websites always want to broadcast and get as many people as they can to sign up on their blog. I had a coupon friend online and I told her how I think all this “recruiting” will bring extreme couponing to a screeching halt eventually. The difference between when I started couponing to now is already vastly different. Stores have put policies into place making it more difficult for couponers. For the first time ever since couponing P&G has new wording on their coupons “limit 4 like coupons per customer.” It just really blows because there the more people that get into couponing, the more fraud there is too. I have seen blatant examples of blog owners actually tellling people how to de-code the bar codes so they can get around purchasing what the coupon says to purchase. Our grocery stores head cashier told us about this lady who photocopied a coupon and she made a whole stack of them. At RA they posted that only 5/25 coupon is allowed per customer per month because someone supposedly tampered with their coupon. I could give many more examples. And, not too sound like a bitch but all these newbies that have crawled out of the woodwork—they just make more work for me. Yes, I was a newbie once too–BUT, I took it upon myself to READ the threads, and learn the store policies etc etc. It seems all these dumb newbies want everything spoon fed to them–thinking for themselves I guess is too much to ask. They ask the SAME questions over and over and OVER again–the answers are there—they just need to READ.

I’m sure the blog/website owners and those profiting from broadcasting about extreme couponing are happy to have more money coming in. Some already make huge bucks—enough to constantly offer crazy giveaways. But I feel like they are cutting off their nose despite their face. I just don’t think it is very smart to go and advertise about what used to be a secret underground world of extreme couponing. Yep, as you can see–I’m NOT happy about this TLC show."

On top of all this recruiting--I also think couponing will come to an end as we know it because everything is going digital. I found out the Detroit free press has decided NOT to carry red plum inserts anymore outside their tri county delivery area. When I called red plum and the DFP, I was told they want customers to start printing their own coupons instead of getting inserts.

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Last Edited by RETSBAR April 24, 2011 at 09:20 AM
TLC's new couponing GAME SHOW features people trying to get the most products for the littlest amount of money. It is not a couponing-instruction show.

http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/12/13/tlc-extreme-couponing-supermarket-sweep/

http://press.discovery.com/us/tlc/programs/extreme-couponing/

Quote from dealznstealz View Post :
Here's the clip of the Extreme Couponing (ABC) describing them as OCD..gambler's...hoader's.
LINK [go.com]

ET Tonight video LINK [zimbio.com]

TLC Added on 1/19 to YouTube
Extreme Couponing- Nathan's Six-Figure Stockpile [youtube.com]
Extreme Couponing- Amanda's Coupon Game Day Plan [youtube.com]
Extreme Couponing- Dumpster Diving for Coupons [youtube.com]

Just remember what ever precedent is set by this show goes out the window with one new coupon policy put in place by your store. The Southeast region for Kroger is already seeing some store coupon policies changed to limit of 2 like coupons over night. I was told this by Kroger Corporate under the discretion of the District Manger's due to "shelf clearing" happening in their stores.

j'aime kirlew's original youtube/target videos:

photobucket

http://s1097.photobucket.com/albu...burg%20MD/

http://s1097.photobucket.com/albu...Bonphotos/

Dailymotion

http://www.dailymotion.com/releva...e%20kirlew

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Quote from alanisrox69 View Post :
both videos are now on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AfZh_CrYes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f014iZzowDc

spread the links!
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Quote from shuriken View Post :
ok, new links:
download 1 [hotfile.com]
download 2 [hotfile.com]
these won't play in the browser and are in .flv format. you might need to download the codecs (if they aren't on your computer) or i suggest vlc media player [videolan.org] or cnet link [cnet.com]

Links for updates from News reports

4/6 Article by Jill Cataldo
"TLC's Extreme Couponing raising controversy as new season approaches"
http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/16170

4/8 Article by Jill Cataldo
"Was coupon fraud shown on TLC's Extreme Couponing?"
http://www.jillcataldo.com/node/16258

4/14 news report by Sandra Gonzalez with Entertainment Weekly
TLC 'looking into' allegations of coupon fraud on 'Extreme Couponing'
http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/04/14...couponing/
Thanks to skincarekathy for posting the link

4/15 Article on the Consumerist By Laura Northrup
Extreme Couponing: Fraud Edition
http://consumerist.com/2011/04/me...olice.html
Thanks Jill Cataldo for posting the link

4/15 Kate Torgovnick from The Frisky
An “Extreme Couponing” Scandal
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246...g-scandal/

4/15/11 Article NY Post
Xtreme Coupon Scam?
http://www.nypost.com/p/entertain...&FEEDNAME=

4/16/11 Article Oklahoma City Examiner
Did Jaime Kirlew commit fraud on 'Extreme Couponing?' You be the judge!
http://www.examiner.com/tv-in-okl...-the-judge

4/24 article in Baltimore Sun
http://www.baltimoresun.com/enter...feedburner
Thanks SlickCate for posting the link


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Extreme couponing! How to get $1,100 of merchandise for $40 [msn.com] Today Show

Discounting coupon rules might get you in trouble [chicagotribune.com]

Extreme Couponing: Showcase for Frugal Geniuses or Crazed Hoarders? [nymag.com]

'Extreme Couponing' gone too far? Expert offers tips on how to save big without obsessing [nydailynews.com]




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Quote from justmeagain View Post :
On top of all this recruiting--I also think couponing will come to an end as we know it because everything is going digital. I found out the detroit free press has decided NOT to carry red plum inserts anymore outside their tri county delivery area. When I called red plum and the DFP, I was told they want customers to start printing their own coupons instead of getting inserts.
This is a no brainier Newspaper sales are down. I'm sure RP has to pay to have their coupons printed. So cut out the middle man (newspaper printers) put coupons on your site and make millions more! Rich get rich and poor get poorer. More printing at home cuts into your/our savings by using more ink and paper.
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I think a lot of people will watch the show to see "how it's done." But not everyone is going to really go out and do it. I mean I watch cooking shows all the time, and maybe once every couple of months I will actually make something from it. Shoot, I even read dieting magazines, have a monthly subscription to WW and I still don't diet. =/

If someone wants to learn how to coupon, they will find a way. BUT it takes time, and that's what stops most people from doing it. It takes hours to look through sites and blogs, and then more time to organize the coupons and deals, not to mention the multiple trips to multiple stores. In fact, this show might actually scare people off of wanting to coupon once they see the extreme measures these people go to, and the time that it takes for them to do these things.

So I think people who watch the show and then try it themselves won't last long. And if they do, they would have figured it out on their own anyway.
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I too think people will try it, realize how difficult it is, then give up on it. I've spoonfed two friends on how to do it properly and they still gave up on it.

On topic of the show, is this a one-time run deal or does anyone know if they've ordered a season of it? I'd definitely watch it, either way. Seems interesting. I'm not surprised to see the ABC logo coupon guy, either.
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I’m sure the blog/website owners and those profiting from broadcasting about extreme couponing are happy to have more money coming in.
The Mommy Blogger's Guide: How Much Money Do Mom Bloggers Make [mommybloggersguide.com].
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I agree with surprisesaver. I have probably been couponing longer than some of you have been alive, lol, and I've seen the tide wash in and the tide wash out many times. Most people either don't want to devote the time, find it too confusing or just lose interest. As far as what is happening in stores and with coupons that was inevitable regardless of how "secret underground" extreme couponing was. The more people you have on the planet the more crime, lying, stealing and fraud you have. It's a fact of life. 40 years ago I could drive down the street and not worry about 47 other idiots trying to hit me in 1 city block length! The world is changing in many ways, not just in couponing, and not for the better.

I'm not too worried about the new TLC show. Like surprisesaver, I love to watch cooking shows but I rarely cook anything more complicated than mashed potatoes.
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I am sorry, but there hasn't been one person I've ever seen on any of those shows that holds a candle to SDers. I understand why they do them, but I'd never hear the end of it if I was caught on camera PAYING for something...laugh out loud

And as is always said when those shows come on, most people would rather pay then do what we do. The people who recruit for those shows come here to find people to go on, they read all of this. I don't begrudge anyone making money in this economy, but many of the people making the money don't do anything but cut and paste 10¢ deals from SD.

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I don't begrudge anyone making money in this economy, but many of the people making the money don't do anything but cut and paste 10¢ deals from SD.

You took the words out of my mouth! It should be interesting to see how this series develops. I hope they at least get a good edit, this time around. shake head

SD is the BEST site for couponers who actually want to dedicate time to this. I however agree with OP I'm sick and tired of the newbies who want to be spoon fed. I was a newb too and I just read and I learned.
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It just really blows because there the more people that get into couponing, the more fraud there is too. I have seen blatant examples of blog owners actually tellling people how to de-code the bar codes so they can get around purchasing what the coupon says to purchase.
I whole heartedly agree! Anyone remember the Target "Diva" video fiasco? Seriously, this lady blatantly used the wrong coupons on the wrong items just because the system accepted them. It's one thing to accidentally use a coupon on the wrong count of an item but a whole other to use a $10/1 Crest White strips on rolls of Bounty etc. There's absolutely no way in H*LL you could convince me that was accidental. EEK!
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Actually, there's a P&G on 7-3. Smilie
I know, I know......I was just playing along with CowgirlMechanic Wink5 These days, even if I wanted to, I couldn't find a 100 sunday papers in my area to save my life!!!


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Well, you mean buy one and steal the coupons out of the other 99 like everyone else, right?? LMAO Roll
I kid, I kid. I know real couponers don't steal our coupons. We get them from God. Or something...
Yep, I would do that if I can just convince myself to ignore that little something called my conscience!LMAO
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These days, even if I wanted to, I couldn't find a 100 sunday papers in my area to save my life!!!
My brother picks up my Sunday papers, and since that show started, he's having trouble finding the 2 of them! He didn't understand what was going on until I explained it to him.
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My brother picks up my Sunday papers, and since that show started, he's having trouble finding the 2 of them! He didn't understand what was going on until I explained it to him.
You know......I was just thinking of that the other day. People who may not be couponers and want the paper for what it was originally meant for (to read the news!!) must be wondering what the heck is going on!laugh out loud
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I had a long talk with the mgr. of one of my fave CVS's yesterday, and she is SOOOO frustrated by the batch of new couponers who have no clue what they're doing and hold up the line p!ssing off her regular customers. She said two n00bs held up the line for a half hour, and she ended up getting cursed out by the people who had to wait. She said it was so upsetting she went into the bathroom and cried - and she is not one to take things personally or cry much.

She said they are going to put up a sign limiting transactions to one and then you have to go to the end of the line. I told her that any self-respecting couponer knows this bit of couponing etiquitte, including letting someone with one or two items go ahead of you (which I do all the time), but the new people couldn't care less about other shoppers. I've run into these line hoarders before and told them nicely that they need to go to the end of the line. This seems to embold the cashiers to back me up and get them out of the way, so now it's become the policy at a lot of stores.

It's not even fun or funny to make jokes about this show or its wacky participants anymore. It's become a serious problem that is causing serious issues for us and the stores we shop at. A pox on TCL and every attention whore who goes on show. Mad
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I had a long talk with the mgr. of one of my fave CVS's yesterday, and she is SOOOO frustrated by the batch of new couponers who have no clue what they're doing and hold up the line p!ssing off her regular customers. She said two n00bs held up the line for a half hour, and she ended up getting cursed out by the people who had to wait. She said it was so upsetting she went into the bathroom and cried - and she is not one to take things personally or cry much.
Ditto my area. I actually don't have CVS in my city (there's some sort of a weird moratorium between them and RA). Anyway, I drive to another state 15 minutes away to shop at one. I do CVS because this store is so nice and the people are wonderful. Plus, the deals haven't been too shabby lately either.

Anyway, when I went in last night there was a new person. The manager said: "Oh, ___ (insert cashier name here), I want you to meet ____ (insert my name here). She's a coupon lady. However, I want to make one important distinction. She's a sweet couponer who is considerate of other customers."

She then proceeded to tell me three horror stories from yesterday alone about all the shady things people have been trying to pull. I was glad to know she makes a distinction between those other people and me but it also makes me sad it's come to this. Frown Yesterday when her employees came in there were 6 cars waiting in the parking lot. By 7:05 AM all the Rephresh tampons were gone (my store opens at 7). People were fighting over them and yelling at one another. She said every week it gets worse and they're not able to get enough stock to satisfy a few people, let alone a crowd at open.
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