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Don't praise BofA for deciding to stop mistreating customers

DAVID LAZARUS

The bank never should have been charging $35 overdraft fees for debit-card purchases in the first place.

March 16, 2010|David Lazarus

I put this to the test recently when visiting the site of a leading sporting-goods purveyor in search of some camping gear for the summer. The gear was readily available. Free shipping wasn't.

So I went to Retailmenot.com, where I entered the website of the sporting-goods company and came up with a recent discount code that other people have used for that business.

I applied the code to my own purchase and -- bingo! -- all shipping charges and taxes were erased from my bill, representing about $30 in savings.

This is probably wrong for all sorts of reasons, not least taking advantage of a discount that was offered to someone else and denying government authorities a few bucks in tax money.

But am I the only one who feels like a sap whenever I'm asked online for a discount code and don't have one? Someone's clearly getting a break. Why not me?

Why not you?

David Lazarus' column runs Tuesdays and Fridays. He also can be seen daily on KTLA Channel 5. Send your tips or feedback to david.lazarus@

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