I’m in a wee bit of a foul mood today and as a result, I thought I would do a little complaining. I can’t complain online about what put me in a foul mood so I’ll just complain about something completely unrelated yet something that gets under my skin all the same – coupons on facebook.
As many of you know, I love to use coupons. Saving money by using coupons has become a way of life for me over the past few years. I try to maximize my dollar by using coupons on as many items as possible – double coupons, store coupons, manufacturer coupons, competitor coupons, you get the picture. I’m always amazed when people don’t use coupons. Last week I was at the store and the lady in front of me bought about $150 worth of groceries and used no coupons. All I could think about was how much money she would have saved by using coupons for the items in her cart. Coupons are awesome people! I save around $20 - $40 a week on coupons. Think about how much less money I would have if I didn’t use coupons. It makes me cringe.
All of this brings me to coupons that are on facebook. First of all, I don’t understand why companies have a facebook page. I realize that most people have a facebook page, but not everyone does. I really don’t understand why companies use facebook to promote their products – I thought that’s what the company’s web site was for. As far as coupons are concerned – why would you offer coupons to your “fans” that are only on facebook? Do you not realize that you are discriminating against your “fans” that are not on facebook? You are alienating a lot of consumers out there, myself included. I don’t think consumers should be forced to join a social networking site just to obtain a coupon. Coupons, if offered, should be offered to all consumers not just the ones who have joined the latest social networking fad.
I am angered every time I click on a link only to see the coupon is available only through facebook or when I read about a new coupon being released, but only if you “like” the company on facebook. The more coupons you release on facebook, the more I want to “dislike” you out here in the real world. I wonder if these companies ever stop to think that maybe the people who need the coupons the most don’t even have access to the internet. How are those people supposed to access the coupons? Maybe the companies only want their consumers to be popular trendy people. If that’s the case, then they can count me out because I am not someone who is going to do something just because it is trendy.
Thanks for letting me vent a little bit about coupons and facebook. I find that more and more coupons are only available through facebook and it is very frustrating for someone like me who loves to use coupons but is anti-facebook.
Stay tuned for the next time I’m in a foul mood when we discuss the importance of a thank-you note.