The CIC expressed its disappointment with TLC’s reality show Extreme Couponing stating that it creates unrealistic expectations of coupon strategies and use.The show appears to portray coupons being used in violation of the terms and conditions printed on the coupons, such as using coupons to obtain products other than those specified by the coupon offer, and focuses on consumers who have procured large quantities of coupon inserts from unknown sources, which may raise civil and/or criminal issues,” says the CIC.

Using large amounts of coupons in this manner may violate the terms stated on the coupon and could result in the coupons being denied at the register. In some cases, investigations by law enforcement may take place.

Misuse of coupons can possibly cost retailers thousands.

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