(photo credit: Jill Cataldo)
I’m sure most of you guys know by now that I’m not a fan of the show. And those of you who didn’t know… well, now you do.
Like just about any other “reality” show, so much of it is completely staged and unrealistic for anyone who is not being backed by network television. Not to mention that apparently the network that is backing the show could care less about theft.
In previous seasons I gave TLC the benefit of the doubt. I said to myself, “The producers probably have no idea what is going on with the fraudulent coupons that are being used at the stores, they are just trusting the “extreme couponers” to do what they should do.” But after last night’s episode (in case you didn’t know, Extreme Couponing Season 3 began last night), I can no longer give the producers, or the network, the benefit of the doubt.
They have been called out by other bloggers and the Coupon Information Corporation on multiple instances of coupon fraud over the past 2 seasons, and they are back again in season 3 opening up the season with more televised coupon fraud.
Using fraudulent coupons = STEALING! It’s the same as going into the store and walking out with 64 packages of Quilted Northern without going up to the register at all. There is no difference. The store will not get reimbursed for those packages because the coupons were not put out by the manufacturer. The manufacturer is under no obligation whatsoever to reimburse the stores for the coupons that they did not issue.
Not only did BOTH of the “extreme couponers” on last night’s show use the free product Quilted Northern coupons that were listed as fraudulent coupons by the CIC, but one of them used free product Hefty coupons that are also listed as fraudulent. And those are just the ones that were SHOWN – who knows what else they used!
It’s sad, and honestly scary for those of us who are couponing ethically. Do you think we will see even more changes to store coupon policies after this season? I hate to say it, but I would be surprised if we didn’t.
Now, it’s doubtful, but maybe Kmart decided to absorb the cost of those coupons for the publicity? Or maybe TLC reimbursed Kmart for the amount they would lose? I would be shocked if so, but maybe that’s how they are getting around all of the legal issues with STEALING. Either way… the repercussions for the rest of us don’t look good.
So what about you guys? Did you see the show last night? Did you catch the coupon fraud?
What are your thoughts on the show in general?
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