dpd1 - 1:39 am on Dec 3, 2010 (gmt 0)
Am I the only one here old enough to remember when trading stamps were huge in marketing in the mid-60s? (Top Value, S&H Green Stamps, Plaid Stamps etc). A forgotten fad now. At their peak they were far hotter than Groupon.
Geez, I remember green stamps. I was a little kid and I recall my grand-ma collecting those. I think all they did was get some lame free item that they didn't need in the first place.
I personally have never been into coupons. If it's something significant that I actually use, then fine. Ralphs sends out cash cards that can be $20. I use those. Otherwise, who cares. Not to sound like a sexist, but coupons and all that have always seemed more like a female thing. I had girlfriends that were nuts about them... They'd always be dragging me to some stupid place I didn't want to go to, because they had a coupon. But then the ironic part was... They'd go out and buy a car for sticker price, without even attempting to haggle, thereby instantly erasing about 5 years worth of coupon efforts.
I've also never understood the various hoarding trends. I've seen middle-aged guys that no doubt, live in their mom's basement... waiting outside Toy's R Us for it to open, so they can storm in and rape the shelves of whatever the trend of the month is. I actually almost got in a fight with this guy once, because I was with my girlfriend's daughter, and this idiot grabbed the Star Wars figure she wanted right off the shelf in front of her, along with all the other ones. I had to make a big scene and actually threaten the guy to get it from him. The stores and manufacturers actually promote this type of nonsense. It's pretty pathetic when a 30 YO guy snatches a $5 toy out from under a little girl.