::UPDATE: The link to the article about Jamie's shopping trip is glitching. Her site is getting SLAMMED with traffic as a result of her research. Keep trying – you don't want to miss this article!
I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that most of you don't spend all day, every day thinking about coupons, writing about coupons, talking to your fellow Deal Bloggers in social media outlets, etc. I am therefore going to assume that many of you haven't heard about the “scandal” that has come out of the Season Premiere of “Extreme Couponing”.
If you have read my Coupon Ethics posts, you know that I often talk about a time when people were using Crest Whitestrips coupons (which are usually high-value) on other products to get them free. This is called Coupon Barcode Decoding and is considered Coupon Fraud.
When the names of the people who would be on Extreme Couponing was announced, there was a “ripple” in the Couponing Community as J'aime (AKA “the mustard lady” from the show) was known to have posted videos of herself clearly committing coupon fraud. She had since taken those videos down and many of us were willing to give her the benefit of the doubt….perhaps she made the videos when she was still a newbie, didn't know that what she was doing was wrong, had changed her ways, etc.
And then she went on Extreme Couponing and from all appearances, she is still using coupons unethically…to the point of committing outright coupon fraud on national TV. Please take a moment to read this report that Jill Cataldo put together about Jaime's shopping trip, as well as the comments for a BUNCH of screen shots that clearly expose the truth about her shopping trip.
So why should we care?
Because Coupon Fraud hurts all of us in the form of tighter store policies, more scrutiny and suspicion from cashiers, etc.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out and if TLC has a response to this.