Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shameful savings?

9/23/2013

I am writing in response to Linda Brown’s Thursday’s column, in which she asserted we are “sticking it to the retailer.”

Her column on Emily Graves’ comp list was a bit of an offensive piece. Is it sticking it to the retailer to use a coupon? Is it my responsibility as a consumer to pay more taxes than necessary? How is it in bad taste to make use of a system that Walmart put into place to draw customers?

I am writing in response to Linda Brown’s Thursday’s column, in which she asserted we are “sticking it to the retailer.”

Her column on Emily Graves’ comp list was a bit of an offensive piece. Is it sticking it to the retailer to use a coupon? Is it my responsibility as a consumer to pay more taxes than necessary? How is it in bad taste to make use of a system that Walmart put into place to draw customers?

Perhaps Brown should write her columns about the scandalous behavior of a giant retailer who knowingly puts into place a system that draws customers away from farmers markets (certainly local retailers), local grocery stores and other retailers. No, thanks go to Walmart for their policy. It saves me money.

The fact is that the free market enterprise system thrives on competition, and competition is encouraged by the dissemination of information — which

Graves does for all of us who enjoy her helpful list.

If I prefer to shop at a local store because the comp list has made it more appealing than driving outside the community and to several stores, then how is that a wrongful action against a retailer? Am I a better citizen for paying more for my lettuce than necessary?

Brown’s column should perhaps chastise those people who abuse the policy by lying and deceit, and say “shame on them.” But to claim that the shopper who abides by the rules and realizes a savings is somehow shameful rings false.

I appreciate Emily Graves and her helpful list (which we all receive free of charge) and I am hopeful that your unkind words do not discourage her from her gracious actions.  

I can appreciate that you have a right to your opinion, but as respectfully as I can put it, I believe you’re wrong on this issue.

— Debi Senior,

Pomona

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