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July 26, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
That envelope stuffed with discount coupons may be junk mail to you, but it's become a cost-effective way for a growing number of small businesses to get inside your home to peddle their products. It has also become a gold mine for Money Mailer, a Huntington Beach direct-mail firm that specializes in helping proprietors of small businesses band together to pitch their wares in one mailing. Money Mailer is one of a few national firms that specialize in what is called "cooperative" advertising.
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February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
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BUSINESS
June 22, 2012 | By David Lazarus
The coupon game has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Retailers routinely hand them out to boost sales, then gripe that discounting products eats into profit. Bed Bath & Beyond is the latest to feel the pinch. The company's stock took a tumble after it forecast weaker earnings than Wall Street had expected and as investors fretted about future prospects. The home-goods chain said it was being forced to use more coupons to get people to shop, and that was hurting its profitability.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Wailin Wong
CHICAGO - Groupon is giving away stuff now. The Chicago-based company, which is trying to reshape itself into a sprawling e-commerce marketplace, has started offering national brand promotion codes and coupons that do not require an upfront purchase. Groupon calls the category "Freebies" and said more than 5,500 brands, including Best Buy, Nordstrom and Sephora, are participating. Freebies is available just in the U.S. for now, though the company expects to roll out the category internationally next year.
TRAVEL
February 11, 1990
In the Jan. 21 Jack Adler article on travel rules in Eastern Bloc countries he stated that when visiting Poland you have to buy $15 worth of coupons for each day of your stay. That is no longer true starting this year, nor do you have to spend a certain amount of money per day there. I love the Travel Section and have a regular file where I keep many, many articles from it. MRS. DOROTHY SMOTRYSTorrance
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Wailin Wong
CHICAGO - Groupon is giving away stuff now. The Chicago-based company, which is trying to reshape itself into a sprawling e-commerce marketplace, has started offering national brand promotion codes and coupons that do not require an upfront purchase. Groupon calls the category "Freebies" and said more than 5,500 brands, including Best Buy, Nordstrom and Sephora, are participating. Freebies is available just in the U.S. for now, though the company expects to roll out the category internationally next year.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON
Cold cash and cold cuts are merging at Union Bank of California ATM machines in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Customers who use Union Bank cash machines will receive coupons redeemable for free sandwiches at Subway. The so-called "client rewards" are the first of several planned marketing programs, according to bank spokesman Gary Marvin. "There may come a time when everybody can just clip coupons at the bank machine," Marvin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1988 | Ronald L. Soble
Coupon hustlers are creative crooks. Some, say law enforcement officials, pay housewives and illegal aliens to clip thousands of coupons out of newspapers. Others use mass production methods, such as industrial-strength paper cutters. And still others run them through washing machines to give them that "used look." In 1972, a Los Angeles accountant recruited hundreds of housewives to clip newspapers, the biggest source of coupons, paying them $5 a pound, before he was arrested.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1989
Coupons have proved increasingly popular with advertisers and a powerful lure for shoppers over the last five years. While the number redeemed by consumers rose just 16.7%-but yielded a 42.2% increase in savings. in billions of coupons 1984: 163.2 6.25 billion redeemed $2.06 billion in savings 1985: 179.8 6.49 billion redeemed $2.24 billion in savings 1986: 202.6 7.12 billion redeemed $2.68 billion in savings 1987: 215.2 7.15 billion redeemed $2.84 billion in savings 1988: 221.7 7.
NEWS
November 9, 1998 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's an idea to get Japan's tightfisted consumers to finally start spending: Give away $250 to every man, woman and child in the country. Sounds easy, foolproof. Send everyone off on a huge spending spree and Japan is back in the pink, drinking the bubbly and strutting its stuff on the global stage. That's the scheme now making its way through parliament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An Anaheim man pleaded guilty Thursday to producing and selling tens of thousands of fake Kohl's coupons in a months-long scheme that netted him about $93,000, federal officials said. Boi Quoc Vo, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit documentation under a plea agreement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and fines of as much as $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the ruse, whichever amount is greater.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Santa Fe Sage Inn in Santa Fe, N.M., has launched a 48-hour sale with low room rates at this budget hotel that's not far from the city's historic plaza. Prices drop to $59 to $64 a night for fall, winter and early spring. Here's how to make the most of the sale that ends Friday. The deal: The hotel is selling one-night coupons (you may buy as many as you like) that are good for two guests in a room with a king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. Rooms cost $59 a night for stays from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 and $64 a night for March 1 to April 15. Here's how it works: After you purchase the coupon, you then make a reservation with the hotel.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Nikola had a special offer from Supercuts: Buy 12 haircuts and get the 13th free. However, when he tried to redeem his card for the freebie haircut, he was told the offer was no longer good -- even though the card had no expiration date. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Nikola wants to know: Don't they have to honor their own coupon? As far as I'm concerned, yes. A coupon is basically a contract. But apparently that's not what a lawyer would say. The legal view here is that a coupon represents a marketing pitch, not a binding contract.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Friday was a bad day for LG as 20 people were injured at an event the company held to promote its latest smartphone. LG announced the new G2 earlier this month, and last week, it reportedly held an event at a public park in northern Seoul where it released balloons with coupons attached. According to the Korea Times , there were 100 coupons for free G2 smartphones. The coupons attracted quite a motivated crowd, with some attendees showing up with BB guns to shoot the balloons down so they could get one of the coupons, according to the report.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
For millions of Southwest Airlines passengers, the drinks are on the house. The airline has reached a tentative settlement with passengers who sued Southwest over vouchers for alcoholic drinks that were given to “business select” passengers before Aug. 1, 2010. On that date, Southwest changed its policy, saying that even though the drink vouchers had no expiration date, the airline would only honor them on the date passengers were traveling. In the lawsuit filed in 2011, the plaintiffs, Adam Levitt and Herbert Malone, said the policy change amounts to a breach of contract and made the coupons worthless.
OPINION
December 9, 2012
Re "Fresh & Easy may check out for good," Business, Dec. 6 I am not surprised. While Fresh & Easy grocery stores have charm, and much of the food is fresh, shopping at them is certainly not "easy. " I try to avoid my neighborhood store. What irks me most is the fact that I have to do my own checkout. I marvel at how skilled supermarket clerks are at that; I am clumsy and slow. The machines often do not accept store coupons, and the clerks who help customers have to go in a roundabout manner to give the discounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
An Anaheim man pleaded guilty Thursday to producing and selling tens of thousands of fake Kohl's coupons in a months-long scheme that netted him about $93,000, federal officials said. Boi Quoc Vo, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit documentation under a plea agreement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and fines of as much as $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the ruse, whichever amount is greater.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Friday was a bad day for LG as 20 people were injured at an event the company held to promote its latest smartphone. LG announced the new G2 earlier this month, and last week, it reportedly held an event at a public park in northern Seoul where it released balloons with coupons attached. According to the Korea Times , there were 100 coupons for free G2 smartphones. The coupons attracted quite a motivated crowd, with some attendees showing up with BB guns to shoot the balloons down so they could get one of the coupons, according to the report.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2012 | By Shan Li
Ever since Apple Inc. alumni Ron Johnson took over as chief executive of J.C. Penney Co. the department store chain has been deep in the throes of a transformation that has so far confused shoppers and depressed sales. Now its third-quarter results show continued losses that are a worrisome sign for the holiday season. For the three months ended Oct. 27, the retailer on Friday reported a loss of $123 million, or 56 cents a share, slightly better than the loss of $143 million, or 67 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Sales plunged 27% to $2.93 billion.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Leaving your car at Los Angeles International Airport can run $12 to $30 a day, depending on which parking lot you choose. Here's a cheaper way to go: LivingSocial offers a $20 coupon for more than three days of parking at a lot near the airport. The deal: The coupon is worth $45 or 3 1/2 days in the self-parking section of Park Air Express (5757 W. Century Blvd., L.A. 90045). Park Air runs shuttles between the airport and the parking garage. When: You can buy a coupon from LivingSocial until 9 p.m. Pacific time Tuesday.
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