> Some stores give out cards (sort of like a credit card) with a
> it. Whenever you shop in the store you can get discounts or special
> on items if you used the card. The "Kroger Card" is a big one around
Herein SoCal, Kroger owns Ralphs which issues a Ralphs card, but it
makes no difference.
Those cards are all tied to your phone number.
Mine are all tied to a business phone number.
If you are paranoid, make up a phone number.
Threw the cards away a long time ago.
Works for me.
I always use mine, and have for years with no apparent detrimental effect to
either me, my privacy, or finances ... unless I'm really missing something?
A frequent "deal" for 'cardholders' at a close by Randall's is a "six pack"
of my favorite $10/bottle (same price at all stores) wine for $6/bottle ...
enough "savings" on the transaction to buy a couple of steaks to go along
It's even better when they, in their corporate stupidity, mistakenly and
_repeatedly_ include a $17/bottle wine in the display for the same
"$6/bottle cardholder special"!
I think SWMBO single-handedly caused a dip in Safeway (owner of Randall's)
stock prices the last time they did that ... can you say "rainchecks"?
Last update: 2/20/07
> A frequent "deal" for 'cardholders' at a close by Randall's is a
> of my favorite $10/bottle (same price at all stores) wine for
> enough "savings" on the transaction to buy a couple of steaks to go
> with same.
Hasn't "two buck chuck" found it's way to your part of the world yet?
Not a consumer of the grape, but the 99 cent stores are selling wine
which I'm told is acceptable.
The Merlot makes a pretty good marinade.
Check it out, bottled under the Charles Shaw label.
The guy who bottles it is a total shit disturber, which is why he
sells it for $2 retail.
Loves to rattle the cage of the rest of the California vineyards.
I never was much up on wine either but now that I have to closely watch my
blood sugar I find that I can drink a lot more wine than beer or liquor. I
usta prefer and only drank Fosters and straight whiskey. Now it's wine and
sugar free popsicles for dippin. ;~)
So getting an ad with a sale price is a bad thing? You certainly still have
the choice of following up on the ad or not. It's boils down to being
responsible for your control over impulses and purchases.
While I am a privacy advocate, I'm not sure what dangers there are on
pure loyalty cards. Store-based credit cards do allow purchase
tracking of individuals, and yes they do analyze your purchase habits.
Stores like Home Depot, Lowes etc., like to be able to target offers
based on your previous purchases. But they already have your credit
A big danger with any store that uses credit cards is the danger of
their database being hacked (like TJ Max). That's my biggest concern.
A pure loyalty card is a different issue. If there's no credit card
info associated with it, then they can analyze your purchase habits as
an individual (which is easy), or they can try to correlate your name
and address with other database entries (which is very very
Think about tracking a woman's name before and after marriage, and the
many variations. Think of nicknames, juniors, etc.
It's hard to correlate data based on names and addresses.
I think it's more likely that tracking of an individual account gived
them insight of "typical" users.
For instance, I have two loyalty cards for a bookstore. I only use
one, but get e-mail to both. The account I don't use gets better
But as I use it, it tells them which coupons I respond do. I'm much
more likely to buy a paperback book when I have a 25% coupon (w/no
minimum purchase), than if I have a %15 coupon with a minimum purchase of
Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail to this account incurs a fee of
$500 per message, and acknowledges the legality of this contract.
If they track what I buy at the grocery store, it's gotta bore the crap out
Besides, I'm starting to think that in many retail corporations these days
the mentality is well on its way to being too damn stupid to use the results
of any "tracking", not to mention that they routinely fool/screw themselves
if that's the case.
For instance, last night I bought Atlantic Salmon, normally around $8+/lb,
for $4/lb because it had been mis-tagged "Catfish", and rang up that way at
the register, not to mention there was another $1.60 off "catfish" for
I mean, if you work in the meat department and can't tell the difference
between salmon and catfish??
Similar things happen two or three times a week at this one store. As I
mentioned before, recently at this same store we "saved" over $400 on 36
bottles of wine because they repeatedly, and mistakenly, included a $17
bottle of wine in the display at the front of the store for their "Six pack
wine special" for cardholders.
And that was the third time they've done the EXACT same thing in the past
year ... a "savings" to me alone of over $1200 for the three occurrences.
At those savings, they can track away all they want ... besides,
preponderance of junk mail these days is pre-approved credit card offers and
tool catalogues from places where I've purchased online, nothing on wine, or
catfish, yet. ;)
No kidding and an excellent example of your observation that you run into a
lot of people that are educated way beyond their intelligence.
Typically in the past, a store or relatively small company would contract
with an outside computer company to handle all their computing needs and
inventories. As the computer became more accepted in business the tasks
were turned over to the store employees but the out side company still
controlled/provided the software and how the computer would operate. Many
of those in management positions would be clueless with what to do with all
that available data the was at their disposal. Many grocery stores are just
now starting to catch up with where the automotive industry was 20 years ago
concerning the use of the computer. It's funny to walk into a store and
realize what is going on and what you are watching is how we used to do it
in the old days.
A classic case of not being procedurally organized and not having a safe
guard in place to prevent costly mistakes.
That is funny. A typical example of people just going through the motions.
Both the meatcutter and the clerk did not notice (or know) the difference
between catfish and salmon. Which has got to be some kinda cultural meltdown
for a Southerner.
A question, do southern boys really eat salmon? Ain't it blasphemy to eat
that Yankee fish? :)
I don't dare tell my wife about the great wine six pack special. She would
drive all the way to Texas to take advantage of those kinds of savings.
And to think that you saved $1200 on wine this past year..........., and
never invited any of us over.
Where is that famous Southern Hospitality? ;)
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