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Posted 11/20/2008 by tbond01 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 11/20/2008 3:46:00 PM
I will admit I have not been on the board much but I have been using my M's coupons and did not know the policy change. I was going to purchase the special issue of PaperCrafts Holiday card issue which was $14.99. The cashier told me the poilcy changed and showed me where it was on the coupon. I was horrified. I put the glorified magazine back. I will no longer purchase these books if I can't use a coupon. I wonder if this was requested by the vendors or it is a M's policy. I think this was an unwise decision on their part. Don't they know the state of the economy and people are making wiser and more careful choices? Maybe not. I just know I won't be paying full price for those glorified mags.

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Posted: 11/20/2008 4:31:39 PM
J's does this sometimes too. I think it is because there isn't as much of a markup in books and magazines as there are in other things. In other words, they are selling it for less than they are buying them and you can't stay in business that way. Maybe some of the other stores make up the loss in other items. Anyway that is the reason that I heard.


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Posted: 11/20/2008 4:40:51 PM
This started at least two months ago.


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Posted: 11/20/2008 5:05:31 PM
That's why I don't buy them anymore.

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Posted: 11/20/2008 5:30:25 PM
i asked a M's cashier why they don't take coupons and she said it was because people were buying books and mags, reading or photocopying them and then returning them. i dont' know what that has to do with using a coupon but she said that's the reason they don't take coupons on them anymore. sounds dumb to me.

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Posted: 11/20/2008 6:17:55 PM
If that was the case it would be even more incentive to allow coupons on those items because it's less trouble to just keep a book or magazine for 40% off than photocopy and return it. I was usually told by the cashier, before they rang up any book or magazine, it was non returnable. It's too bad because I rarely bought just a magazine. Now I don't even bother going there.

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Posted: 11/20/2008 7:13:57 PM
I won't be buying any more magazines either. I just love it when J's puts theirs on sale for 10% off


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Posted: 11/20/2008 7:24:13 PM
I found that out last week when I tried to purchase the Imagine book.

I will not buy any more mags or books there. I will buy them elsewhere.

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Posted: 11/20/2008 10:32:50 PM
I was shocked when this happened to me about a month ago. I loved reading Scrapbook Trends but it's so expensive and I won't buy them for full price. Then I saw Joann's didn't have that anywhere on the coupon that you couldn't buy magazines with the coupon so I went in there today and all their magazines and books were 10% off . It sucks!

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Posted: 11/20/2008 11:43:54 PM
I buy my mags at HL with my 40% coupon, they still accept them for books and mags.

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Posted: 11/21/2008 12:16:50 AM
I'm a special issue and idea book junkie. But I can't afford full price, so guess I won't be buying them anymore either I don't have HL here, just Mike's. They're kind of shooting themselves in the foot because, if we can't buy them with coupons, we'll turn to the internet completely for free ideas and inspiration. Eventually, perhaps there won't be anymore idea books, special issues, and mags....or they will be very limited. IMHO, I have a hard time believing enough people copy the ideas and return the mags to make THAT much of a monetary impact. I do see the validity of them just breaking even or losing money when we use our coupons. But I make a special trip to Mike's whenever I hear someone say "the new CK is out" or whatever because I don't subscribe, I buy them with my coupon....and, of course, while I'm there I always buy 1 or 10 other things...

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Posted: 11/21/2008 12:25:08 AM
When ACM did this I posted here, many many of us emailed and went to the website and complained. They changed it back immediately. They did! =) Try emailing Mikes, can't hurt.

BTW what I do at Mikes for a mag/book is use the ACM coupon, and they have always taken it.

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Posted: 11/21/2008 12:30:26 AM
Strange reason for making such a decision. It would make more sense to change the return policy to not allow the return of books and magazines. If the books and magazines had obviously been copied, they weren't in pristine returnable condition, anyway. And I'm sure most people are honest and wouldn't do that. I did have an M's clerk tell me that if enough people complained the policy would probably be changed.

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Posted: 11/21/2008 2:33:48 AM
That is so weird..I was in my Joann's yesterday and could'nt find something not on sale to use my 40% coupon on, so I bought a Happy Birthday card for my granddaughter and they took the coupon ..

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Posted: 11/21/2008 7:42:02 AM
My JoAnn's has been putting all books and mags on a permanent 10% off for over a year so that you can't ever use a coupon on them. I didn't know about Michael's though. Maybe because of the economy, and that they've really stepped up their coupons (more of them), they are being more restrictive.

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Posted: 11/21/2008 8:13:49 AM
That's how I used to buy all my books.Now I only buy online, books are so expensive in brick and mortar stores. I am sure they are not making much now on books with the policy change. Wouldn't it be better if they accepted the coupon and said "no exchanges or returns".


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Posted: 11/21/2008 8:52:07 AM
My local ACM said they would accept 40% coupons on books, but not magazines. I wanted to use it on an issue of Scrapbook Trends, but purchased Scrapbookers Almanac instead. And even though it's not printed on the coupon, there is a sign at the registers that states this.

When the month is over and they have all these unsold issues, wouldn't it be better to sell them at a discount versus not at all?

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Posted: 11/21/2008 9:32:59 AM
That new M's policy drives me bananas!!!

I longer purchase books/mags from them I diligently wait for my 50% off coupon at the bookstore and purchase it there.


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Posted: 11/21/2008 9:42:33 AM
There MUST be a huge mark up on the books/magazines.......I also was buying the Paper Trends card making books/magazines...regular price 14.99-19.99 since Michael's changed the coupons (I think back in August) I decided to finally go on-line and get a subscription.....guess what?...they are only like $7.50 per book!!!!! not the now price of $19.99....that's a huge mark know they are still making $$ on the $7.50

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Posted: 11/21/2008 11:41:03 AM
I have been upset about this for weeks! I will no longer buy any magazines from M's. I tell them this everytime I go in to M's. If I am buying a magazine now, I will get it at my lss or HL or even the market. Buying those expensive idea books will not happen unless it is a super book...and I mean superduper!!! I do wonder how this has affected their sales of books and mags...I used my coupons all the time for these items. Now, I often don't even use my coupons...

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Posted: 11/21/2008 3:29:51 PM
Book and Magazines have a HUGE mark up. I worked for a bookstore for years and when the stores return unsold magazines or paper back books we would just rip the covers off and mail back the covers so that goes to show you the value of the magazine and books isnt worth shipping them back to the publisher. So I think its really crappy to not allow coupons on magazines and books. The stores can more than afford a discount on those items.

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Posted: 11/21/2008 5:39:15 PM
I am glad to see I am not the only one who thinks their policy stinks.

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