Michael’s Arts & Crafts: coupon nazis.
i’ve been meaning to buy a good set of watercolors for a little while now. i’ve also been waiting for a 50% off coupon and, of course, when there finally is one… Jo-Ann’s has all fine arts/paint supplies for 25% off. grumble grumble.
so i decided to hit up our competitor, Michaels, and use their 50% off at their own store. i was so happy to see that the paint and supplies were NOT on sale (thus allowing me to actually be able to use the coupon!) and was even more happy to discover that they are now accepting competitors coupons!
the craft world is a crazy place, folks. Jo-Ann’s is like the step-parent that wants to buy its kids love because it doesn’t really want to put in any effort otherwise… so they’ll let you use as many coupons, from as many places/devices (news paper, email print out, smartphone app, price matching other stores, etc), on as many items as you want. other craft stores are not like this at all and only accept coupons from their store. since i rarely shop elsewhere for my crafting needs, i never realized what a huge fucking inconvenience this really is for the customer….
i drove down the road to the Michael’s by my work when i finished for the day… browsed through the watercolors and decided that if i am going to spend money, i might as well spend it on a good brand. i picked out the Winsor & Newton: Cotman Watercolor Compact Set. it was about $40 (rounded up) regular price, but i had that beautiful 50% off coupon burning a hole in my iphone… AND a Jo-Ann’s 40% off coupon i was planning on using for a set of brushes. i go to cash out and asked, to make sure, if they accept coupons from other stores. the lady told me yes, and i had her scan my Michael’s one first from my apps* (*more complaining about the Michael’s app to follow!), then went to give her my Jo-Ann’s coupon and she said they only allow one per purchase. so i said (learning from the people i cash out on a daily basis…) “that’s okay, make it a separate transaction.”
“it’s only one coupon, per item, per person, per store, per day.” how about you take all your “per”s and SHOVE’EM. now i know why my store is always so damn busy…. we actually let people use as many freakin’ coupons as they can get their hands on.
so i said “that’s fine, i’ll just take the paint…” and cashed out.
here comes the little * rant…. when i opened my Michael’s app a while ago, it prompted me to “sign up” or whatever nonsense. i didn’t pay much attention to it. after opening my 50% off coupon in the app today, it had me click a button to “redeem now” on the coupon, which then took me to a screen that has a barcode for the “one-time use” coupon, with a button on that page that says “tap when done” to basically “throw out” or delete the discount.
ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME. ?!!!!.
not only can you ONLY use one coupon at this crapstore (crap… craft.. heh), but the fucking app will only let you use a coupon ONCE?!! what fucking horse shit.
anyway, i’m not an idiot. i left the app open as i drove home and hit up the Michael’s that’s by my house, bought the brushes and all is well.
well, except for the fact that Michael’s is cheap as hell. fuck you, Michael’s.