Planning to use some coupons during your holiday shopping this year, perhaps one that gives you 25% off your purchase, or $10 off if you spend $50?
Stores are barraging our mailboxes and inboxes with extra saving coupons: only problem is that it's tougher to use them for anything you want.
What teenager wouldn't like a Christmas gift from Dick's Sporting Goods?
That's what Judy Lowe figured.
So she decided to use a $10 off coupon that Dick's had sent to her phone, to buy the teens some athletic clothing.
"They had some good sale items, but I could not use the coupon, couldn't get it to go through on the online purchase."
She was perplexed. Her item wasn't on the extensive list of exclusions, so she called customer service.
"The man says 'I'm sorry, its excluded,'" she said. "He said 'do you see the line on the coupon, that it can't be used with any other promotion?'"
It turns out Dick's was offering free shipping, on the item, which invalidated the coupon. "Because it was free shipping, you could not use the $10 coupon," she said. "It was crazy!"
Exclusions Grow at Many Stores
Of course, experienced couponers know that Dick's is not the only store doing this.
More and more retailers these days fill their coupons with exclusions.
The savings website Rather-be-Shopping.com says:
Perhaps it would be easiest if the coupons simply listed the brands where you can use them.
Dicks has explained to us that "manufacturers, not the store, make the rules, and typically do not allow markdowns on current season merchandise."
So if you find a coupon with hundreds of exclusions, don't blame the store clerk.
They are not allowed to mark down current year merchandise, or they can violate their agreement with the company.
What You Can do
Your best bet to get a sale on name brands:
That way, you don't waste your money.
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