I haven’t posted much about Extreme Couponing this fall because I really hate being a Negative Nelly. I hate focusing on the negative aspects of things and would rather channel my energy (and blog posts) on more positive, constructive things. With that said, I recently found this statement from Lowes Foods and it made me so sad (and mad) that I just have to share.
Statement from Lowes Food regarding Extreme Couponing show:
While we can not undo our participation in the taping of Extreme Couponing, what we can do is share with you our reason for doing so and some truths that will not be aired with the show. Lowes Foods agreed to allow the taping in our store in hope to show viewers that we are a coupon friendly grocer with outstanding products and customer service.
Some of what appears in the clip you saw was staged by the production company. In fact, the young man who approaches the empty shelf in dismay is actually a crew member. What is not conveyed well is time spent by the customer to clip and sort her coupons, not to mention the 8 – 10 hours in the store shopping and at the register. Another unfortunate aspect of the taping is Lowes Foods did not have access to the taping in the woman’s home.
Lowes Foods was recently asked to make our stores available for a new show from the production company that films Extreme Couponing. We have declined and have no intention of participating in future tapings.
We do not share this to deflect blame. We share it simply to let you know that things aren’t as they always appear. We definitely made a poor decision by participating in the show. What is most disturbing to us is we disappointed you, our valued customer. We sincerely hope you can look beyond our mistake.
Source: Lowes Facebook page
Kudos to Lowes Food for being honest to their customers – the ones that will be around long after their coupons expire and the show has gone off the air. Kudos to them for refusing to be duped into another show. Wonder what this next show will be about?
And now my thoughts on the whole thing. . . and they are only my thoughts and opinions. . . not Gospel or fact. . .
This show is so deceptive. They “stage” so much of the show and this is just another example of this staging. Grrr. Not “reality” if you ask me.
Participants sign their lives away and can’t really say what they want. It’s no secret that if you want to be on the show you have to sign an extensive contract. One that limits you from talking to the media about the filming, show, etc.
It promotes over-consumption. Let’s see how much stuff we can get – regardless of need or necessity. It is sickening to see the excessive and greediness.
It paints couponers in a bad light. I was at Panera this week clipping my coupons, minding my own business. I get a customer who comes up to my table and asks me, “Are you one of those extreme couponers?” with a hesitant are-you-one-of-them? tones. I just want to save on the groceries my family needs – I don’t want to be stereotyped as a crazy, emotional, hoarding, shelf-clearing, cheapskate. Grr.
It pushes stores, shoppers to go out of comfort levels. Buy more. Go for your biggest transaction ever. Change your store policies just for the show. Allow multiple transactions and dedicate hours and hours of your staff time to “pulling this off”.
Shame on you for making “real couponers” feel guilty. Feeling guilty because you only saved 50% on your last grocery purchase and feeling completely inadequate because you can’t get it for FREE? You can thank Extreme Couponing for that. But lucky for you, you can sleep well knowing you’re saving honestly and you didn’t have to spend eight to 10 hours preparing for your shopping trip. Your integrity is worth much more than anything you can get for FREE.
Come on TLC. You can do better than this. Forget about your ratings and start using your powers for good – helping people LEARN what they need to, so they can actually save at the register. It is the learning channel, right?
In my opinion TLC and the Extreme Couponing show can be equated to a selfish, attention-seeking, pushy friend that will eventually burn enough bridges (and use enough people) that it will be difficult to continue the show, without starting it’s own Extreme Couponing Grocery Chain – which I’m sure would go out of business faster than you can say double-coupon-days. I hope that happens sooner, rather then later.
Read my previous rants, err posts, on the show:
- Extreme Couponing – Reality check, remember it is reality television
- Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) issues statement on Extreme Couponing
If you have thoughts on this – I’d love for you to leave a comment and share.
Thanks for letting me rant. I will now return to your regular, reliable and much more positive programming. . .
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