Stop the receipt junk

October 25th, 2007

That’s not a skunk. It’s my cat, duh. He usually slinks into the photos, but I’ll have to admit putting the check-out coupon next to him this time. It just seemed like such a boring photo otherwise.

I could blame the marketing demons for creating these receipts with essays at the end, asking you to complete a survey for a chance to win $5,000. Or maybe the receipts just tell you about how much money you saved using your customer appreciation card (that’s a whole other topic). I’ve been handed a 10-inch receipt for two products. But, the marketing demons only made their money because the stores went along with it. Blame it on the stores.

What’s most monstrous of all is the pure waste created from the check-out coupons that automatically print after a receipt. These buggers not only waste paper and ink, but they take an extra two minutes to print. I get check-out coupons for all sorts of things I’d never buy. Today, I got one for plastic cups. What did I purchase to make “it” think I’d want plastic cups? I gave them up.

So, what can you do to help STOP the long receipts and the check-out coupons?

1. Stop shopping at stores that give you check-out coupons. And tell them that’s why you stopped shopping there. (All of the grocery stores near me participate in this!)

2. If #1 is too extreme for you, tell store management that you don’t like check-out coupons. Chains may not have a choice, but they can pass the word along. Usually, you can make comments online as well as in person or over the phone. (Picking on Schnucks with that link.)

3. NEVER redeem a check-out coupon. If we ALL stopped, the coupons would stop.

4. Don’t go online and fill out surveys or anything else the receipt spends inches telling you to do.

5. Take your check-out coupons home and place them in the paper recycling container I know you have.

Perhaps the receipt marketing waste is unstoppable, but I doubt it. I compare it to getting junk mail with my receipt. And junk mail can be greatly reduced. I want the receipt junk to stop.

Please go online and find those customer comment forms (picking on Kroger here). They exist and usually live under the “Contact Us” link. If the store is doing something you like, such as selling reusable shopping bags (Kroger and Schnucks do this), praise them first. Then, tell them how wasteful they are being with the check-out coupons. Tell them they don’t motivate your purchases.

6 Responses to “Stop the receipt junk”

  1. Virginia Lee on October 25, 2007 10:20 pm

    I hate these! The ones from Kroger never have anything to do with me most of the time, yet still they come. Feh. SuperTarget is doing it now too, but they seem to be better aimed. I admit that I’ll be using the one for fat-free sour cream in the near future….

    I’m sorry, Environment! But I’m po’!

    I’m so ashamed…

  2. chocmoon on October 25, 2007 10:29 pm

    I forgot about Target! I think it’s because their coupons look so much like receipts.

    Don’t be ashamed. I’ve used them too. I’m just getting feed up with it. They need to just offer some kind of reward where you get to choose what you want for free. Or CASH. Just take 50 cents out of the register and give it away every now and then Target! Why involve paper? I don’t need “$1 off melons.”

  3. ritergal on October 27, 2007 1:32 pm

    I’m 100% with you on this wallet-clogging offal. Here’s an alternate idea: Program the system to randomly print a star on a ticket. If you get a star, you get a $5 cash refund. They wouldn’t have to pay very often to keep people hoping. Look how many people buy lottery tickets.

  4. chocmoon on October 30, 2007 4:27 am

    Ritergal, I like your Star idea. I think it would be fun!

  5. Jennifer on November 5, 2007 6:04 am

    Wow, great green tip. Nice and small but good. I hate these too. The only ones I’ve ever found that are useful are the ones from Wild Oats — but they still are a waste of paper, ink, and energy. Added up that’s a lot. Good call Peggy.

  6. chocmoon on November 8, 2007 3:19 pm

    Thanks Jennifer!

    I think the cashiers would like this practice to stop as well.

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