CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1988 |
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.
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.
November 9, 1998 |
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.
August 13, 2013 |
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.
April 8, 1990 |
A Florida woman who gained national notoriety as "Coupon Connie" for her role in a coupon counterfeiting scheme has been sentenced by a federal judge to 27 months in prison. Connie Arvidson, 35, of Boca Raton, Fla., was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater. Arvidson, who foraged through trash bins for legitimate discount coupons before she began selling counterfeit ones, said she is innocent and plans to appeal. "I'm not going to give up. I'm a very strong person," she said.
July 31, 2008 |
Yahoo Inc. is offering coupons or refunds to users who find songs they bought inaccessible after Sept. 30, when the company shuts its music-download service. The decision to close the Yahoo Music Store had added fuel to criticisms over copy-protection measures known as digital rights management. The firm said it was offering coupons on request for people to buy songs through Yahoo's new partner, RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody.
July 25, 2009 |
Been staring at a blank TV picture since June 12, when broadcasters switched to all-digital? That's a likely sign the television is of the old analog type and can't process digital signals without a converter box. The federal government has been issuing $40 coupons that nearly offset the price of the boxes, which are available online and in many consumer electronics stores. But next week could be your last chance to get in on the discount program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1987
A few weeks ago, I wound up in line behind one of those women you read about, who have accumulated enough coupons to pay for their entire order of groceries. It was unbelievable! Yards of tape totaling up the order, yards of tape subtracting the coupons. The cashier desperately trying to keep track of coupons, expiration dates, correct brands, correct sizes, etc., people leaving the line cursing, some abandoning their carts and leaving the store. Very few people have the time or energy to wade through the flood of coupons and rebates that pour in every week, yet we are penalized for not using them, because all product prices have been raised to cover the amount of the coupons, the handling, and the fraud.
November 22, 1991 |
Jonathan Lazar was mad. The Santa Ana resident had collected 88 manufacturer's coupons for $1 off Ralston Purina's Bran News cereal and was ready to redeem them all at Vons, a local supermarket chain that doubled coupons. He'd save $2 on every $2.49 box. Aware of the store's policy of doubling only three coupons for like items per customer, Lazar planned, as he later explained, "to enter, exit and re-enter the store for as many three-coupon trips as necessary."
December 10, 2009 |
The coupon is back, thanks to the recession. After several years of decline, 2009 is on track to mark the first year that coupon use has grown in the U.S. since 1992. Coupon clipping for the millennium isn't just for detergent and cereal. Retailers of all stripes, including Walgreens and Neiman Marcus, have latched on to the coupon to entice consumers to spend. And the Internet and mobile devices are making coupons more widely available. "Coupons are just more accessible to more consumers than ever before," said Todd Hale, senior vice president of consumer and shopper insights at Nielsen Co. "Without question, the economy has caused consumers to make pretty significant shifts in where they shop and how they buy and use promotions."