July 29, 1987 |
Lucia Mendez was beaming Tuesday morning as she pushed her loaded cart out of the Ralphs grocery store in Culver City. The chain's recent decision to offer "unlimited double coupons" had saved the housekeeper's employers an estimated $10 on their bill. "I didn't know about it until I got here," Mendez said as she loaded white plastic bags of groceries into her car. "So it was a nice surprise."
March 23, 1993 |
Millions of air travelers may get discount coupons under a $458-million settlement approved Monday in a price-fixing lawsuit against the nation's biggest airlines. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob came after three years of litigation over charges that the airlines used a computerized system to mutually raise ticket prices. The airlines denied wrongdoing, but said they agreed to settle to avoid a lengthy and expensive trial.
October 10, 1985 |
After nearly 10 years of trying to strike it rich with its computerized lottery equipment, a small Costa Mesa company has switched its betting to electronic retailing in hopes of scoring a big win. E.S.I. Industries Corp., which claims annual revenues of $25 million from its lottery equipment sales to Mexico and Guam, announced Wednesday that it has agreed to manufacture computerized coupon dispensers for a New York company that hopes to bring its electronic wizardry into the supermarket. E.S.I.
October 1, 1989 |
George and Sarah Yamasaki don't mind collecting coupons to save on groceries. But now they worry less about the hassle of clipping and sorting. By simply presenting a plastic card at the checkout counter, the South San Gabriel couple get discounts automatically, thanks to a revolutionary type of "paperless couponing" that Vons Co. is offering in its upscale Pavilions stores. On Monday, loyal shoppers at some Lucky and Ralphs supermarkets will get a taste of another sort of electronic marketing.
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March 21, 1988 |
As Malibu food market owner Jerry Alexander recalls his role in the sting, he was "not in the least" scared. But his wife, Kaye, "was petrified," he said. Alexander, 48, volunteered to be used as bait to catch a suspected con artist allegedly linked to a scam which has the food industry increasingly concerned--the cashing of "cents-off" food coupons without any products ever being bought.
June 18, 1996 |
Save those grocery coupons. They might become collectors' items. Though some consumers love coupons--and the thrill of getting a "bargain" every time they go food shopping--those who pay to put them in consumers' hands have grown weary of the expense and nuisance. Grocery manufacturers are looking for less expensive ways to buy market share. Retailers grouse about handling coupons and consumers are using fewer of them than in the past.
June 24, 2008 |
Today may be the last time that shoppers can double the value of a manufacturer's coupon at Ralphs supermarkets for more than 50 cents. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles-based chain is expected to eliminate bonus valuations on coupons for $1 or more and will only double the value of coupons for 50 cents or less.
November 8, 1992 |
Beep. Beep. Beep. In a drafty warehouse, Alma Leticia Munoz stands at her cramped work station, eyes riveted on the greenish computer screen. She reaches into an overflow of oddball-sized slips of paper and drags a single coupon across an electronic eye. With a beep, the computer reads the bar code and flashes the number 67. Munoz quickly turns to rows of cubbyholes behind her and shelves the coupon into its proper slot. Elapsed time: Four seconds. Then she does it again. And again.
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September 8, 1989 |
Maxene Johnston had come downtown for dinner and a movie when the panhandler approached her, begging for money. "I felt assaulted, insulted," she recalled. "I thought, 'This makes me feel uncomfortable.' " As president of the Weingart Center Assn. and doyenne of the private, nonprofit group's 600-bed service facility at 6th and San Pedro streets, Johnston is surrounded daily by poor people, and she understands their problems.
November 8, 1992 |
For 10 years, Janet Lieber and her Canoga Park Women's Club mailed tens of thousands of coupons to a San Diego post office box. They thought they were helping to buy guide dogs for the blind. Then came the lowdown truth: They'd been had by coupon cons. Instead of contributing to charity, each coupon the women clipped was forwarded to manufacturers in what authorities suspect was a wide-ranging redemption scam.