Recently, there has been a influx of newspaper subscriptions that haven’t received coupon inserts. The LA Times has claimed to several SCS readers (via customer support) that there has been a shortage of inserts and people are not getting them.
before we get into why this could be.. let us go back 3 or 4 years ago..
I once wrote constantly about why you should get a newspaper subscription. If you want to get your weekly coupons, I suggest skipping the newspaper stands or stores and getting a paper delivered. I suggested this because coupon theft was on the rise. Yes. People steal coupons.
During the extreme couponing hype— I was subjected to coupon theft quite often. I would go to the newsstand to purchase a paper or two, only to find that the entire stack of papers were gone.. or to find that the papers had been searched through and coupon inserts missing. At that point, I assumed that people were catching on to couponing and didn’t want to pay $3 per paper for just the inserts (because when you are a couponer– you don’t READ the paper! 😉 ) So, I got several subscriptions that were delivered to my home…
Makes sense doesn’t it? Go right to the source to insure that the money I spend to get inserts is sent right to me. That way, I no longer need to worry about people stealing coupons I need to help support my family.
After awhile, the newspaper companies caught on to the theft in newsstands and stopped putting them in those boxes that you put your money in and made sure to sell them only in the grocery stores. problem solved? nope.
Getting your newspaper delivered is no longer a sure bet of getting inserts. Now those that stole from coupons and papers from the newsstands have stepped it up a bit and are going directly to the supplier.
On Instagram–you see several “coupon fairies” posting daily “stops” of where you can pick up and purchase multiple inserts. Then there is a long list of people commenting and supporting the purchase of inserts. No questions being asked of WHERE this person got a trunkful of coupon inserts. People are making coupon selling a business. Why?
All because you might purchase from them.
Facebook recently closed a slew of private facebook groups do to coupon selling and purchasing. So, I ask you.. don’t you think there is a problem?
Those that are purchasing papers and trying to obtain coupon inserts the right way will eventually suffer. eventually, you will find that you will no longer be able to get coupons in the paper and your newspaper subscription will be worthless.
This post isn’t meant to deter you from couponing or getting a subscription. It is simply meant to bring awareness that the more we purchase from these “coupon fairies” the more you support and contribute to it, the more the demand will become. They will continue to steal and you will continue to buy. Where the demand becomes so great that those who purchase the newspaper will get exactly what you they are paying for.. just a newspaper.
Nowadays, I still get a paper– it is a hit or miss when I do get inserts but I have stopped fighting it. I no longer ask for redelivery because it never comes.
How do I coupon now?
Are you noticing this trend?