One very controversial issue in couponing is how much stock you should buy and is it OK to clear a shelf. No one likes to make a trip for a smoking deal and find an empty shelf, but with today’s economy, it is often a reality. Is it wrong to clear a shelf (buy a lot of one item)?
Here is my opinion: it is controversial because there is not a definite right or wrong answer. A lot of my opinion on this topic depends on certain factors.
Factors that influence my opinion:
- the size of your family (my two person family requires a lot less than a larger family)
- the amount of stock you already have
- the amount of stock you can consume before it expires
- if you are donating stock or purchasing for personal use
My Personal Guidelines:
- I don’t take more than my family can use of an item that we personally use before the next sale, but I do include my parents and in-laws.
- I only buy 1-2 items for donation purposes, and these are usually items that my family does not use. I leave the others for people who use them in their family. I do believe donating items to a worthy cause is important, but I try my best to leave good stock for the families looking for the deal.
- I try not to clear a shelf, but when there are only 4 items or less on the shelf, I don’t feel one bit bad about it.
- I try to treat others the way I want to be treated, and encourage stores to have enough stock. I have even been known to compliment customer service for great stock.
Remember, these are just the rules I follow for myself! I will say that if your coupon ethics are contrary to mine, that is OK. I am going to say what I think, and you don’t have to agree with me! All I ask is that you keep your comments objective and kind.
I know this is a controversial topic, so I will be watching comments carefully. Please keep them kind and considerate of others.