If you heard several loud “AARRGGH!”s last night between 10:00pm and 11:00pm last night, that was me watching the season premiere of TLC's Extreme Couponing.
It seems that we are in for another season where TLC, the producers of Extreme Couponing as well as the couponers eager for their 15 minutes of fame don't care about ethical couponing, coupon basics or if they are messing it up for the rest of us.
So what counterfeit coupons were used?
- Free Hefty product coupon – this coupon has been on the CIC's list of known counterfeit coupons for about 2 months
- Quilted Northern Coupon – also on the known counterfeit coupon list
Jill Cataldo has already provided some screen shots of the fraudulent coupons and I am sure that we will be seeing more in the next few days.
It is unknown if Cole or Angelique knew that they were using counterfeits, but Angelique has said that she had to buy some coupons from a clipping service for her appearance on the show. Were some of the ones she bought the Free Quilted Northern coupons? Did she buy them from a reputable clipping service or on eBay? A quick search on eBay shows that there are many coupons on the counterfeit coupon list available for purchase on eBay (including the counterfeit Quilted Northern coupon)!
Interesting to note that, unlike in previous seasons, there seemed to be less “screen time” for the coupons themselves. TLC obviously has no interest in portraying ethical couponing, but I guess they have decided to make it more difficult for bloggers to prove that they are televising and promoting fraud.
Did you watch the Season 3 Premiere of Extreme Couponing? What did you think?