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It’s a common scenario: you’ve just left the supermarket and are a mere three blocks from home when you have a face-palm moment — you forgot the one item that was the impetus of your trip in the first place. Begrudgingly, you go to the closest drug store to pick up the toothpaste that eluded your earlier errand. After you’ve forked over your money to the cashier and wait patiently, you are flabbergasted when the cashier hands you a receipt that is nearly a mile long. In fact, it cannot be referred to as a receipt. It’s practically a scroll.

At a store that maintains a rewards program, when the cashier swipes a member card, miles of coupons accompany your proof of purchase to incentivize shoppers to stay loyal. It’s only natural for humans to desire such a tangible representation of a reward — just look at athletes kissing trophies. But when it comes to the shopping experience, is such a physical reward needed? Major drug stores like CVS seem to think so.

 

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A receipt just for milk.

Instead of digitally placing rewards on buyers’ ExtraCare cards, CVS claims that long receipts are desired. “When you give rewards, you want people to feel excited,” the head of marketing for parent company CVS Caremark told David Lazarus, a Los Angeles Times reporter. “You want them to know that they’ve earned the reward.” Whether or not long receipts work on a psychological level, CVS admits that only 49 percent of their reward coupons are actually redeemed.

In a time of online banking and digital invoicing, receipts are starting to look like dinosaurs in the consumer environment. Once a method of proving our ownership over an item, receipts more often than not are immediately discarded. So if companies truly believe that coupon-laden receipts mentally stimulate us to shop more, maybe it’s time to reevaluate what it means to maintain loyal, smart shoppers.

 

When shopping, how do you define a meaningful transaction?

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Chappell Ellison is a designer, writer and design writer. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York where she serves as a contributor for The Etsy Blog and design columnist for GOOD.

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    That photo is priceless....as well as most of the receipt.

    3 years ago

  • ZoeWithLove

    ZoeWithLove says:

    In today's digital world, paper receipts are quickly becoming a thing of the past and they should. Many stores now ask for your email address (you could have one just for receipts and ads from stores) and instead of a paper receipt they will send you one to your email. This saves money, saves many a receipt from getting lost, saves agitation one gets from looking, holding and storing mile long receipts!

    3 years ago

  • ARTisticMarketing

    ARTisticMarketing says:

    Yep, most places I just say "Can you throw that away, please" .... What a waste.

    3 years ago

  • LoveStitchesByNaomi

    LoveStitchesByNaomi says:

    I had to laugh when I read this. Sears is worse than CVS. We have a Sears card and find it is easiest to pay the bill at the store, but the receipt for this is at least a yard long!

    3 years ago

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy says:

    Those long receipts do drive me nuts. I don't like getting coupons after the sale. I'd rather have my current purchase discounted. Plus I forget to use the coupons during the subsequent purchase. . Here's a tip to make it more meaningful for you. :o) Checkout and pay for the cheapest item you have. Then when you get your coupons, check out a second time and use them on the rest of the purchase. No more forgetting to use the coupon!

    3 years ago

  • alicesatticonline

    alicesatticonline says:

    Interesting, I wondered why they did that. I don't feel as if I've earned something except more to clutter up my purse.

    3 years ago

  • rhfreiling

    rhfreiling says:

    Urban Outfitters now offers to have your receipt emailed to you. Of course, this is a ploy to provide your email address for future promotions...

    3 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Very true! Receipts are far to long for the smaller purchases we make!

    3 years ago

  • alopexia

    alopexia says:

    THANK YOU! This annoys me so much....I have receipts everywhere because I get them everywhere....in my bag, in my car, by my front door. Drives me nuts! I take them home to recycle, but they get out of control haha. Rhfrelling, very true!!

    3 years ago

  • threeravenstribe

    threeravenstribe says:

    I don't even like rewards cards. When a cashier asks me if I have one, I usually say no and that I don't want one, especially if it's a store I don't shop at often. And if it's one I do shop at, I only use it occasionally - except for groceries!

    3 years ago

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin says:

    I personally need a printed copy of transactions because it keeps my business purchases more organized. However, the lengthy coupon additions aren't necessary. For personal purchases, I love how Anthropologie, for example, now has all transaction history neatly stored on a card. No more keeping tabs on little pieces of paper. But the idea of the printed recording of a transaction is interesting. I never include a printed slip with my buyers' purchases. I assume they can review the financial details online if they wish.

    3 years ago

  • chloescrochetcloset

    chloescrochetcloset says:

    Haha! It's so true! Thank you for posting this, I've been feeling like this for months now!

    3 years ago

  • tangente

    tangente says:

    The larger the corporation, the longer the receipt.

    3 years ago

  • zenceramics

    zenceramics says:

    This is so true. I wonder if there is a survey how many people actually go though these long receipts, clip the coupons and use them. Though there are some consumers that are "coupon gurus", they save a lot of money on groceries using coupons. Think at today's on-line retail marketing strategies: Groupons, www.couponmom.com, www.dealfind.com, www.restaurant.com and on and on and on.... Try to Google coupon deals, there are zillions of pages with coupon sites!! Americans are totally "COUPON BRAIN WASHED" . We don't buy anything unless there is a special deal. Even Etsy now added a coupon feature and suggests that sellers offer coupons.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I hate receipts! But I guess if you ever want to return something then they're good since they show proof of purchase, but why can't I just show something from my bank instead? Ah they just fill up my bag and are difficult to dispose of since they disclose personal information...

    3 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    I hate the monster receipts I get from Big Box Stores....the only good side to them is that they are harder to loose...but I'd still rather have a regular sized receipt and print my own coupons from the internet when I'm on my way to a particular store.

    3 years ago

  • OldiesButGoodies

    OldiesButGoodies says:

    i recently got an email from cvs which gives the option of having some coupons and rewards sent digitally to my rewards card. I thought that it was a great idea. Maybe this will cut down on the paper use.

    3 years ago

  • DesigntheDate

    DesigntheDate says:

    I do appreciate the awards... but the receipt length is ridiculous!

    3 years ago

  • erinf115

    erinf115 says:

    That picture is priceless!

    3 years ago

  • NatalieDrest

    NatalieDrest says:

    Wow! That's an impressive receipt. We don't have things like that here in Australia yet. Thank goodness! I already have enough receipts in my wallet's coin pocket!

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Haha, it IS a scroll!! ..here ye! here ye! milk is expensive, pay up. signed - royal order of walgreens

    3 years ago

  • CelloRaisen

    CelloRaisen says:

    I like the coupons that get printed on a receipt. At CVS that means getting free money to spend at their store! Example - One transaction last week (contact solution that I had a manufacturer coupon for $3 off) got me $5 extra bucks. That $5 allowed me to buy a $4.99 travel sized lotion, body spray, and shower gel that I planned to use as a prize for a baby shower that I am throwing next month. Printed coupons save me money. And the unused portion of the receipt goes right in the recycle bin.

    3 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    I don't think we have this in the Netherlands!

    3 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    OMG! Michael's, and Target are ridiculous! What a waste of paper... Shame on corporate America too!

    3 years ago

  • ABlindCat

    ABlindCat says:

    Cute article. Most "great" conference room ideas really aren't. Now where it is said that the receipts can be bad for you as well? Sigh, another reason for not wanting a streamer. Unless you're going to do some decorating.

    3 years ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    ShoeClipsOnly says:

    My grocery store gives me a reciept a mile long! we use them to make firewood bricks in the winter (not really but I am thinking about it now)

    3 years ago

  • jennifermodom

    jennifermodom says:

    My favorite receipt was from Best Buy. A lot of stuff you buy there, high-ticket electronic stuff, leads to a complicated return/exchange/disclaimer policy. But my friend and I were just buying candy (this store is right next to a movie theater and has a huge and super cheap candy section). It didn't matter that I bought a box of sweet tarts - I got a mile long receipt detailing my return options. I wonder if the sweet tarts would involve a restocking fee?

    3 years ago

  • LesleyWilsonArt

    LesleyWilsonArt says:

    So true!

    3 years ago

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio says:

    I actually use all those silly coupons that print out at the register, and it saves me a lot of money (like hundreds of dollars on our groceries). So say what you will about them, they are as good as someone handing me cash - If you don't want them send them my way :)

    3 years ago

  • ThePurpleHippo

    ThePurpleHippo says:

    wait...what does this have to do with etsy? and yeah, if the coupons are targeted well (not cvs, but grocery coupons) i will definitely use them.

    3 years ago

  • KateStealey

    KateStealey says:

    I'm glad I"m not the only one who finds this SUPER ANNOYING!

    3 years ago

  • leatherstockingal

    leatherstockingal says:

    CVS and others listen up! Long receipts don't make us loyal customers, they just piss us off. I don't shop there often enough to need your 50 cent discount anyway and I would NEVER NEVER NEVER give a store my email addy, are you KIDDING? Who wants their inbox flooded with stupid emails and coupons? The paper is useless too for recycling, try to make a grocery list on the back of one with your ballpoint pen.......!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • unemployeddesigner

    unemployeddesigner says:

    I was wondering about the connection to Etsy, also. What are you trying to tell us, guys?

    3 years ago

  • JenTownsendJewelry

    JenTownsendJewelry says:

    Just remember, it is NOT the cashier you should be angry at! They just work there and don't deserve to be yelled at because your receipt is too long or your coupons are not valid!

    3 years ago

  • amusebeads

    amusebeads says:

    It seems like the era of the "paperless office" and digital banking has been offset by the era of personalized marketing. Two steps forward, one step back.

    3 years ago

  • soundsofthesea

    soundsofthesea says:

    I am with the majority on this one...receipts for the item , coupons for future purchases, points/rewards and then your banking card info together all in a row! Too much. I like that Etsy is raising the consciousness of the consumer - online or otherwise! Perhaps as a solution to the auto printing of endless coupons, the cashier could ask you if you would like the coupons rather than just assuming that everyone uses them??? What worries me is that as I age, my receipt at the prescription counter in the pharmacy is getting longer than my other bills! :'0( Too many trees sacrificed!

    3 years ago

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    PamelasDesertRocks says:

    A long receipt certainly is not going to make me go back for another purchase - it is wasteful and annoying - the picture says it all. The personal interaction is what keeps me going back to a store - I am actually glad that the big box stores don't get it so that we small business owners can scoop the business out from under them!

    3 years ago

  • YellowViolet

    YellowViolet says:

    This is priceless! I despise the long receipts as much as I despise the endless amounts of junk mail from credit card companies, the airlines I have frequent flyer miles with and the hotel chains I have rewards programs with. As a result I will not sign up for anything anymore.

    3 years ago

  • evelynnsalcove

    evelynnsalcove says:

    When shopping, how do you define a meaningful transaction? Well, I define a meaningful transaction by getting what I came for (meaning the item was the price quoted and what was described in the advertisement or have displayed on the shelf ) plus a little extra like a discount "at the time of purchase" or an unexpected perk like free item. I have experienced this very type of service here on Etsy. Like no other place on the internet, I believe the sellers on Etsy (including my self ) go above and beyond to make the shopping experience here the best there is. I would not want to sell or buy on any other site but here. Thank you Etsy for giving us this wonderful market place.

    3 years ago

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek says:

    Yes, it is very annoying sometimes, especially when I'm in a hurry. Hilarious photos in this article btw!

    3 years ago

  • amberike

    amberike says:

    I guess we know what to do with our long receipts when one runs out of toilet paper!!!

    3 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    I was thinking of recycling those lengthy receipts as wallpaper! I almost have enough for my bathroom! ;)

    3 years ago

  • HomeSweetDecor

    HomeSweetDecor says:

    It's funny that they say the coupons on the receipt are so people will feel excited / rewarded. Only 49% redeem the coupons... I think they don't put the rewards directly onto the cards because then that % of people redeeming the rewards would actually go up and they'd be losing some money!

    3 years ago

  • Monkeyville

    Monkeyville says:

    The coupon bit makes sense. However, us New Englanders have to contend with Stop&Shops horrific receipt procedure. First, any coupons are printed by a separate printer. Probably because if they were all done by the same printer, a single family of four would take an entire roll of paper. Even if you buy one item, your receipt (not counting coupons) is at least two feet long. Why? Because each item has a three line entry (price, discount card savings, tax) and then there's the list of EVERY promotion they've ever held. Sandwich points, dairy points, frozen food points, gas points (the ONLY one anyone cares about), etc, and each point section is four lines long. There's no reason for ALL of that to be on a receipt, when most people don't participate in all of these programs. There's nothing rewarding about it, it's just a huge annoyance and waste of paper. They could easily just display the gas point total on the check out screens. I was shocked the first time I went to Whole Foods and got a six inch receipt for ten items.

    3 years ago

  • DownToTheWireDesigns

    DownToTheWireDesigns says:

    I agree with a long receipt giving me a sense of victory and accomplishment. In fact, I usually ask a couple of the clerks to hold the receipt between them so I can dash through it with my arms held aloft!

    3 years ago

  • QuinnAngel00

    QuinnAngel00 says:

    I worked at CVS for over 3 years and the company has a list of items people buy when they use their rewards card; it keeps that info somewhere in some company system and they can actually look it up and see what you've bought if you used your card. So if you like your privacy but still want rewards you should sign up with a fake name and not include any personal information, its creepy. So really, a receipt is not even necessary if you use a card with every purchase and needed to return something they could set the system up so that cashiers could just look it up (I think only managers are allowed to access that), but this is not something they advertise (documenting your purchases) so that is why they don't use it, they don't want you to know that THEY know what you bought. Freaky!

    3 years ago

  • LeatherheadOriginals

    LeatherheadOriginals says:

    We heat with woodburners in Winter, so most of those loooonnnngggg receipts go for sparking up the kindling! Aty least my Post Office only gives out small, stubby bits of paper each time! And those are actually useful at times for tracking numbers, proof of mailing, etc.

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    i define a meaningful transaction by a quality product and a caring, thoughtful employee at the register. i must say that an extra large receipt only means more garbage and waste.

    3 years ago

  • Renmeleon

    Renmeleon says:

    Our bank has started offering the option of having your receipt emailed to you for ATM transactions. Handy but I'm not fond of having every aspect of my life linked. Know we are headed that way.

    3 years ago

  • oneplustutu

    oneplustutu says:

    what in my opinion is quite amusing is that those receipts are heat sensitive. you can not and should not leave them in your car to use for the next trip. they will turn black and be rendered useless....thus forcing you to bring them inside and store them somewhere, anywhere to be used at a later date...maybe that is why only 49% of them get used.

    3 years ago

  • oneplustutu

    oneplustutu says:

    oh and one more thing...all of those receipts are laced with BPA. thank you thermal paper technology...i love absorbing chemicals when I buy milk. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/48084/title/Concerned_about_BPA_Check_your_receipts

    3 years ago

  • laMarmotaCafe

    laMarmotaCafe says:

    I´ve always wondered…

    3 years ago

  • swaingo

    swaingo says:

    This article reminds me of the Mitch Headburg joke about getting a reciept for a donut. "I just can't imagine a situation where I had to prove I bought a donut...You tell your skeptical friend 'don't even act like I didn't buy a donut."

    3 years ago

  • MandicraftCo

    MandicraftCo says:

    At CVS they have another reward program for recycling. So if you scan that you have to carry your items out without a bag. It seems to me that you need a bag just to carry the receipt out.

    3 years ago

  • davita

    davita says:

    I define a meaningful transaction by getting what I walked into the door for with fair to above average customer service and at an appropriate price. I don't need a huge pat on the back for buying soy milk. I do it because it is delicious and healthy. Bottom line!

    3 years ago

  • OrganzaBags

    OrganzaBags says:

    When CVS mailed coupons to me for my purchase rewards, I used them. The coupons were noticeable and kind of special, lol. Since CVS switched to receipt coupons, I've never ever used one. They get discarded and I don't even look at them. We all go through enough ATM receipts annually to circle the globe 15 times. That's 2 billion feet of paper. Considering how much more paper I get from CVS than my ATM, I'd hate to imagine how many times we could circle the globe with CVS receipts.

    3 years ago

  • MayKnart

    MayKnart says:

    Everyone should get the same price, regardless. I am loyal to stores for several reasons - long receipts is not one them.

    3 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    I definitely don't define a meaningful transaction by receipt length! ;p For me it's about excellent, personalized customer service and a product that makes me feel good (be it local, organic produce or a handmade treasure). p.s. The photo in this post is priceless - love it!!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Went to Staples today. Bought 5 items. 3 items have rebate offers. They gave me 7 receipts. All together they measure 166". That's almost 5 YARDS of paper. I like Staples but I fear I have single handedly cleared a forest in the past 2 years.

    3 years ago

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston says:

    meaningful transaction = no receip at allt! They don't make a practice of handing them out at my local farmer's market, and I LOVE it that way!

    3 years ago

  • cheaptherapy

    cheaptherapy says:

    I have an 8 fold receipt in my wallet right now. Why? All I bought was a pack of 9 volt batteries to make my smoke alarm stop beeping at me. Thank you CVS

    3 years ago

  • gem6691

    gem6691 says:

    A picture says a thousand words quite literally...I avoid stores with such disdain for today's world

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Interesting! I have to be more careful on shopping.

    3 years ago

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin says:

    That picture is priceless! And so true. Most of my receipts are way to long and end up getting tossed in the trash too.

    3 years ago

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse says:

    Wao that is so thrue and they took of the plastic bags. They have to do a card to replace that long paper.

    3 years ago

  • pasinwedding

    pasinwedding says:

    Very interesting

    3 years ago

  • jucylife

    jucylife says:

    I agree that CVS should just put the rewards points on your card (so you can spend them without having 20 bits of paper hanging around) but it IS FREE MONEY to use however you want. (So far this year, I've spend $67 on over $200 worth of toiletries/make-up/hair stuff at CVS!) I am surprised that less than half of their customers redeem these coupons...I can't believe in this economy anyone would throw away free money! I use coupons so I have extra money to spend on etsy...without coupons, I would never be able to splurge on wonderful handmade items made by etsy sellers. :)

    3 years ago

  • lacyjillian

    lacyjillian says:

    No more receipts! No more receipts! No more receipts!

    3 years ago

  • AngelasAmber

    AngelasAmber says:

    One of the things I loved about shopping at Whole Foods Market is their SUPER SHORT receipts. They actually print on both sides of the receipt, so they ended up being half as long. (Like how I just figured that in my head?)

    3 years ago

  • juliaw

    juliaw says:

    Bear in mind that, according to Dr. Oz, the ink on those receipts is toxic and may contribute to cancer. It's also a waste of trees (or whatever that weird material is made out of). I second lacyjillian - no more receipts!

    3 years ago

  • zofie

    zofie says:

    49% is actually a very high redemption rate. Their shopper card program is one of the most successful one in all of retail.

    3 years ago

  • jlg82

    jlg82 says:

    I know the receipts are crazy, but if you can save lots of cash with their rewards. I get lots of good deals because of these & coupons combined. I don't guess I can complain much.

    3 years ago

  • intothesun

    intothesun says:

    A meaningful transaction = me getting what I went in to get. I HATE the long receipts!! I think that guy needs to do some research and realize people hate his company's "scrolls." In an age when people are worried about saving the world, why can't we have short receipts and have the discounts applied automatically? I know I feel more rewarded when I don't know the reward is coming.

    3 years ago

  • ladyhawthorne

    ladyhawthorne says:

    Long ago I wanted to wallpaper Mom's kitchen with receipts but she didn't think it was that great an idea, she preferred her orange and harvest gold Americana themed wallpaper.

    3 years ago

  • VintageRenude

    VintageRenude says:

    I would love it if more retailers would issue receipts like the Apple Store: via email! Paperless is the way to go!

    3 years ago

  • Speechclassdropout

    Speechclassdropout says:

    I was just thinking about this today. I bought four things at Hot Topic and ended up with a receipt that was as long as my arm. Also, ladyhawthorne, that is AMAZING. I would do it.

    3 years ago

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro says:

    I was just in Portland OR and boy, it's way different than SoCal!! They asked if I wanted a receipt there, here it's 2 miles long and pretty useless... ...send me coupons by email or by phone. among many other things - don't use straws, take your reusable shopping bag, and really - I don't need a receipt unless I ask for one.

    3 years ago

  • Jashme

    Jashme says:

    If I never got another receipt I think I'd be quite OK.

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Just another marketing ploy. Also another way to keep up with the competition!

    3 years ago

  • kraavagh

    kraavagh says:

    if you trade in a phone (or multiples) at radio shack (where i work), the receipt is about 3 feet long. FOR EACH PHONE. sometimes i end up with EIGHT trade ins -_-

    3 years ago

  • sandboxcastle

    sandboxcastle says:

    I like getting the coupons...but I'd much rather have them stored on a single card or something (although then i might forget they exist at all...)...more than half the time I'm at the store and I go "Oh...I forgot the coupon at home!" -D'uh!

    3 years ago

  • doodlebirdie

    doodlebirdie says:

    I like coupons so I don't mind a long receipt if it has one attached. But I hate the sweepstakes coupons or survey ones. bla!

    3 years ago

  • doodlebirdie

    doodlebirdie says:

    er, I meant sweepstakes receipt...not coupon

    3 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    interesting! thanks for sharing

    3 years ago

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 says:

    When shopping, how do you define a meaningful transaction? Well, communication, eye contact, brief and enjoyable conversations that are positive and someone who knows how to sack groceries! Motor oil and detergents do not go well with a loaf of bread which absorbs odors and chemicals....anyway, is that seriously a 22inch receipt? I couldn't see the inch markers very well. I would love an instant discount on the things that I buy which are good for me and not the coupon for the msg, fat loaded, chemically flavored, questionable meat product children's frozen tv dinner. I don't have children. And I don't like frozen tv dinners. I prefer home cooked, I decide what goes into my foods food. Except microwave potpies. Bad I know, but good for a quick fix for lunch. And the kind I buy doesn't have msg.

    3 years ago

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 says:

    This is a blog that I would really like a "like" button. If Etsy ever buys out Facebook and charges a small fee to be able to click without the ads and with all the creativity....I am so gonna pay for that! Can you say Etsy Monopoly? Oh yes, and buy Twitter too! Etsy can dominate the world, but please don't charge me too much. Make a Pro account cap off around $15.00/month please. I am a poor woman, but I think I can sell enough to afford $15.

    3 years ago

  • CraftShuffler

    CraftShuffler says:

    All things aside, 49% is MUCH more successful than online ads. CVS seems to know what they are doing. Maybe they should just stop designing such large coupons. That is the complaint, no?

    3 years ago

  • TwoBackFlats

    TwoBackFlats says:

    Oh my gosh! I am so glad for this story. I mention the looooong receipts to the cashier every.single.time. My theory is - my receipt should not be larger than my item. I am, personally, much more satisfied watching the total drop on the screen with a "bonus card" than this ridiculous wastefulness.

    3 years ago

  • msAnthrope

    msAnthrope says:

    You strike a nerve with me. I hate those cvs receipts....................generally they are offering me a five percent discount on a giant jar of peanut butter I couldn't eat in a year, or, twenty five percent off a purchase over five hundred dollars six tuesdays from date of receipt between the hours of one and two am. it's all a scam. cvs recently replaced a long's in our only small strip mall. They carpeted the floor, added milar baloons and promised LOUDLY and everywhere: SAVINGS!! I quickly saw that all the prices.......from batteries to dog treasts were HIGHER than before. the manager i spoke to said "oh, but the savings are all in the coupons in the receipts". As mentioned by someone above, these receipts are only used by 33% of cvs shoppers, so while everything is actually MORE expensive for most, only the diligent folk with time on their hands to keep track of these receipts MAY save money. It is another giant scam.

    3 years ago

  • wildwestfordhoney

    wildwestfordhoney says:

    Let's go TP their trees with it, maybe they'll get the hint.

    3 years ago

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy says:

    US Post Office receipts are twice as long as the actual transaction info requires. And there aren't any coupons on those. I tear off the bottom half immediately and toss in their garbage.

    3 years ago

  • GirlNamedPoo

    GirlNamedPoo says:

    Not only are those receipts a waste of paper and many of them become litter in the parking lot, but also CONTAIN BPA!!! Wash your hands after handling!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    I hate they waste so much paper. That picture is great!

    3 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    Too much paper waste.........................

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Very true!

    3 years ago

  • JustGreg

    JustGreg says:

    Lowes does the same thing

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    they must get results, otherwise, they probably wouldn't do it.

    3 years ago

  • oppning

    oppning says:

    This reminds me of people who printed all their emails at my former office job... what a waste ! And these were the same who refused to have an additional bin for recycling in their office because it would take too much space !?! Enough about my former boring job, I'm an Esty seller now ! Very nice article by the way !

    3 years ago

  • puddlejumpcottage

    puddlejumpcottage says:

    I will say this, a 50% usage rate for CVS is remarkable, given that most coupons/bag stuffers/paper deals get a far lower usage rate by most companies........

    3 years ago

  • lambybam

    lambybam says:

    I HATE these receipts, and I tell the cashiers so, and then I go home and jot off angry e-mails to the stores. Most reply that they are "looking into it." I think if more people spoke up and complained, things would change. the paper used to print them is godAWFUL for the environment. Tell them to take their receipts and shove them where the sun don't shine!

    3 years ago

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry says:

    This is sooo true. My purse can only hold so much ya know!! I t has gotten way out of hand. Plus their paper usage has to be way up!

    3 years ago

  • VictoriaShop

    VictoriaShop says:

    I love the idea of "digitally placing rewards" on my store cards. I hate those long receipts and maybe if stores got boycotted because of their contribution to clearcut, then they'd think different. I do not feel rewarded when I get a long receipt, I feel burdened.

    3 years ago

  • boardbeyondbelief

    boardbeyondbelief says:

    That's so frustrating. They are clearly trying to make you feel rewarded, but hoping you won't actually use your reward. If they really wanted to reward you, they would do it digitally. If I went to check out next time and my stuff was suddenly cheaper, I would be a lot more excited.

    3 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    I completely agree with you! I'm also not a fan of 100 coupons with your receipt. Sometimes they are useful (ie, when they give you a coupon for something that you're actually buying!), but usually they are for things that I never buy! And with the way they track purchases, you'd think they could at least figure out how to give you useful coupons!

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    I think it's ironic how more shoppers are using reusable shopping bags but now getting these gigantic receipts. My idea of a meaningful transaction is to get what I want, pay a reasonable price for it and have a pleasant interaction with anyone I come in contact with while doing so.

    3 years ago

  • cactusscraps

    cactusscraps says:

    If they really wanted me to come back and shop more at their store they would directly apply my discounts and coupons onto my "shopper card" so it would automatically be deducted on my next purchase. If I didn't have to jump though hoops I would shop there ALL the time! That is one sure fire way to get loyal customers.

    3 years ago

  • iCAKE

    iCAKE says:

    Helpful and interesting, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • themoonismymother

    themoonismymother says:

    Interesting article.....those receipts sound annoying. I live in Oregon and don't recall ever receiving a receipt so long.

    3 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    Recieving a big long reciept makes me feel like I've spent a fortune! Wohooo!

    3 years ago

  • larkspurfunnyfarm

    larkspurfunnyfarm says:

    Opened my eyes - I have never shopped at those types of stores so I have not dealt with it but now I am armed with information just in case I am stranded and have to purchase a life saving product. I turn all paper into compost or shred it to use for packing material - what do you do with the paper??

    3 years ago

  • PalmettoPeaches

    PalmettoPeaches says:

    I like having receipts just because it's good for tax purposes and when people overcharge you. However, this receipt is ridiculous and a waste of paper :(

    3 years ago

  • matryoshkasbysallie

    matryoshkasbysallie says:

    The receipts have gotten pretty bad that way. Someone early on mentioned Sears. I actually work there and they have gotten much better about that lately. Now customers can choose an online receipt for most things although they still get a receipt (small) so they have proof of their purchase. It doesn't make much sense to give someone a bunch of coupons when they are just trying to pay a bill though.

    3 years ago

  • lillith

    lillith says:

    Too funny and true - no one uses those. They just clutter up my already-cluttered purse and then one day I shred them all. Meh. I feel like I'm being spammed, basically, when I get these things.

    3 years ago

  • TheSketchyEasel

    TheSketchyEasel says:

    Those coupons save me a lot of money. They're just like cash to me and save me a ton when buying diapers, soap, toothbrushes etc. I only spent 3 dollars of a jumbo pack of diapers this past weekend saving 78% on my total purchase by using extracare bucks. I can honestly say I never have to buy those toiletry items again just buy using their coupons along with the coupons I find in papers. If you don't want your extrabucks, send them my way and I'll put them to good use. :)

    3 years ago

  • loveyourvintagenest

    loveyourvintagenest says:

    My grocery store (Whole Foods) has started asking if I'd even like a receipt printed and if I say yes their machine prints it on both sides of the paper... This is the smartest thing I'v seen a retail store do in a long time!

    3 years ago

  • Jinxie228

    Jinxie228 says:

    I like the printed receipt and I usually hit up the little machine by the door, swipe my card and print coupons before I shop as well. Always walking away with a couple freebies each time. Yep I use mine and my hubby (we have two cards with CVS). lol

    3 years ago

  • juxtaposeddesign

    juxtaposeddesign says:

    The reason they don't make it easier is because again, only 49% are redeemed. You are more likely to lose that little piece of paper than you are a card. It works well for the hardcore couponers, less so for the average person. Many people will shop at places like this for the discounts and the coupons, only to later forget or lose the coupon.

    3 years ago

  • hkgiasson

    hkgiasson says:

    Think of all the land that would be developed and all the people that would be out of work if we didn't farm trees in order to waste paper....sheesh!

    3 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Love the photo!!! Ahhh yes, the dreaded cvs receipt that one day was a long as my 7 yr old daughter! :0)

    3 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    I hadn't realized that! =:O Yup, at Carrefour's they always give me a lot of little paper coupons... must of them for promotions that 50% of the times I can't ever redeem :(

    3 years ago

  • pixxxiepieandposie

    pixxxiepieandposie says:

    So very wasteful, the long receipt. Discount coupons are a fine idea, but what often chaps my hide about the coupon scroll given at checkout is that none of the coupons are for anything I have just purchased. It's always a mile of coupons for products I DON'T EVER BUY. One would think that w/ all the technology we have collecting scads of info on everything we purchase that some techno geek on the back end could program the system to realize what you've purchased and give you specific, targeted discounts related to the items you actually buy regularly...instead of a 2 foot long waste of resources that makes you want to find a new place to buy groceries, lol!

    3 years ago

  • keshkingirl

    keshkingirl says:

    It's hilarious! At my day job, you buy a pen and get a receipt that is over 12 inches long. I've had to give out receipt that I have to fold almost map-style before I give it to my customer. :)

    3 years ago

  • katskratch

    katskratch says:

    Hmmmmmm I wonder if we asked for a reprint the same scroll would slither out of the printer? Maybe we could start a grass roots campaign to end the endless receipt by asking for the reprint and letting the store keep the original monster...after awhile they might get the hint. Unfortunately it would be an irresponsible waste of paper.... Sigh

    3 years ago

  • armstrong86

    armstrong86 says:

    Indeed everytime I am at CVS instead of a simple receipt of my purchase I get coupons on milk , diapers ,and other products I don't need or use. Diapers?! I don't even have a child.

    3 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    In this case the receipt is a form of advertising, annoying but necessary for retiring items too.....love that look of receipt horror in the above photo.... Priceless!!!!

    3 years ago

  • BellaTresses

    BellaTresses says:

    How many call the number to enter for the big sweepsakes prize or rate the service at the store? Even if is recycled paper it is so not "green".

    3 years ago

  • beetleandquill

    beetleandquill says:

    One of the smaller grocery chains in my area has now made it so that you sign up at a little console in the shop or online for coupon codes which get texted to your cellphone. Once at the register, all you do is present the code. My local library now has the option for you to email yourself the check out confirmation too. Luckily in Canada the mile long receipt doesn't seem to be as much of an issue, but some stores still print off way more than needed. Many retailers have moved to the double sided receipt, or even better, email, but there is a long way to go.

    3 years ago

  • CalamityCrowStudio

    CalamityCrowStudio says:

    That picture is so wonderful. I lol'd.

    3 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    I enjoyed this commentary - I hate long receipts, especially when you're just going to throw them out! Such a waste of time and paper at the store. And as my boyfriend mentioned, most of them use an ink that fades within a few weeks anyway.

    3 years ago

  • Maulani

    Maulani says:

    I don't like long receipts! What a waste...

    3 years ago

  • mindymosher

    mindymosher says:

    I feel more annoyed than rewarded, and though I'd love to use those coupons, I never seem to have them on me when I'm back in CVS...who wants to carry around that much paper "Just in case" you happen to pop into the convenience store? Plus, the "Extra Bucks" money off is valid during certain dates only, and I can never remember to make sure that If I go to a CVS during that time that I have the silly thing. It makes me think that they're less rewarding me for purchasing my items there, and more making a lame effort to make it seem like they're rewarding me, knowing full well that I'm never going to use the receipts, and saving themselves money in the end. It's maddening. :[

    3 years ago

  • humblestitches

    humblestitches says:

    Oh geez - when I went to CVS, they asked if I had a reward card, and I didn't even realize she tossed one into my bag until I got back to my car to put on the wrist brace I bought. I don't normally shop there, so the card is really somewhat of a waste. They should just give you points on your card or something (with any store!). Foodlion gives you a ton of coupons as well.

    3 years ago

  • BookCraft

    BookCraft says:

    I just sigh & roll my eyes when I see that receipt because I already know that it will just be full of coupons for products that I never get, and never intend to get. If they at least had some way making sure you got coupons that you would actually use it might be a little less of a pain... I am all for RIte Aid's card discount. I'm not sure if they are still doing it (My mom is actually the one with the card, and I haven't ran errands for her in a while), but I know they used to give you a 20% discount if you used your card on all non sale items. I wouldn't always remember that and when I saw a grand total of 20% less then what I thought I was gonna pay, I felt rewarded. That, and when cashiers have coupons with them and just scan those. Suddenly seeing a bunch of negative numbers pop up on that screen certainly makes me feel rewarded. Kinda like hitting the jackpot on a slot machine.

    3 years ago

  • countrymarketplace

    countrymarketplace says:

    That is too funny... I get so annoyed every time I file the long receipts I get from Home Depot and Lowe's. And if you a guy and you end up collecting a few of these crazy receipts in your back pocket while out shopping you are going to have some back problems or worst - look like you have some weird growth on your behind.

    3 years ago

  • Lheston

    Lheston says:

    I agree the picture is priceless - I'm told I often make funny faces about this too. I also agree with the person that said not to get mad at the cashier that handed you the receipt - they can not help it - it is their job.

    3 years ago

  • thepaperseamstress

    thepaperseamstress says:

    I made the mistake of throwing dozens of those long receipts out because they seemed annoying to me. I cannot begin to tell you how many hundreds of dollars I lost out on too. For every receipt I threw away, there were ones that had free merchandise on them! I am sorry now that I didn't pay attention to those :(

    3 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    I rarely shop at department stores any more. In answer to your question I define a meaningful transaction as one that leaves me feeling happy about the way I've been treated. Respect, smiles, courtesy those are just a few of my turn ons. ;)

    3 years ago

  • 14sparkle28

    14sparkle28 says:

    I put them in my paper recycle

    3 years ago

  • thecyclingartist

    thecyclingartist says:

    Doesn't bother me, and of course I need those receipts with itemization for my accounting! :) In fact Etsy sellers who sell supplies seem to be the main group that sends receipts with their orders for the same reason. Meaningful to me for supplies means when I buy something as a business item, the seller understands I'll need a receipt and provides one. yay! For personal purchases it doesn't matter to me - good friendly communication is tops. Don't think we can complain that much about a long receipt when most of us send business cards/postcards/etc with our items which get thrown away. How many times do we read "how many business cards do you include"? in the forums. Shouldn't we be aiming for "none" as the answer?

    3 years ago

  • cynfuldesigns

    cynfuldesigns says:

    I love it when I can have a receipt emailed to me. I simply keep a second email account strictly for shopping (online and in stores) so that it keeps the "clutter" out of my daily account. When it's a receipt I need, I simply forward it to my regular account. Keeps spammers and junque email out of my daily world!

    3 years ago

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings says:

    Still Laughing. I've used some coupons on the back of my receipts. Great Read i loved it.

    3 years ago

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones says:

    don't shop at big box shops. that is what we do...

    3 years ago

  • HuggyBearKidCrafts

    HuggyBearKidCrafts says:

    I wish that stores that use loyalty cards can just publish the receipt to your card. That way there is a receipt you can look up when you get home, should there be a problem with your purchase. I LOVE Costco for their receipt program...you get a receipt, if you want one...AND you can return anything that doesn't work for you-no receipt required. They keep a record on your card. I wish all stores did that!

    3 years ago

  • lythamsnowdrops

    lythamsnowdrops says:

    Whatever happened to cutting down on paper consumption?

    3 years ago

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign says:

    That photo is classic!

    3 years ago

  • donnakazo

    donnakazo says:

    Interesting comments, everyone... Coupons sure can save us a lot of money, IF we happen to have them on us when we shop at THAT particular store. I am not a CVS shopper but a few places where I shop include a few coupons with my receipt. Receipts are necessary, sad to say, if only to validate your purchase if you need to return an item to a store. I work at a Michaels Arts and Crafts store, and it is astonishing and disheartening how dishonest some customers are. They have been known to pick up something in the store, then go to the register and try to RETURN it, claiming they forgot their receipt!! Other people will root through the store's dumpster for something to return, claiming, again, they lost their receipt! Just our store alone loses over $43,000 a year to thievery (aka "shrink") of this sort and others. Also, having been up front as a fill-in cashier, the thought of having to look up a customer's records while people are fuming in line is horrible to contemplate. Michaels prints out 40% off coupons good on any non-sale item most weeks, and if we don't the cashier gets an earful! It's HER/HIS fault! We even have people ask us to take an item OFF the sale so they can use a 40% off coupon instead! And don't even get me started on our having to collect emails...

    3 years ago

  • BadaBloom

    BadaBloom says:

    I love coupons... but yard long receipts are a waste of paper!

    3 years ago

  • pollyfoofoo

    pollyfoofoo says:

    yeah i really hate the long receipts. it's gotten ridiculous. usually the "rewards" on them are for things i don't use, or during a time frame when i won't be returning to the store.

    3 years ago

  • JodysBabyGoodies

    JodysBabyGoodies says:

    The rewards card system was designed by CVS years ago and what it proved was that if they raised the prices of items of the items that were on sale that week people would come in and buy the items not even remembering what the price was a week or month ago. Then they add the coupons for the next visit knowing that no matter how much it is for or what it is for 50% of the people will forget their coupon at the time of purchase. Only to remember when they get home. But the big problem is not the company creating this scam and all the other companies catching on it is the people that fall for it and continue to buy into it. If items were just discounted (not marked up first) so that honest people could buy the item at affordable prices stores would loose less money to items being stolen at ridiculous prices adding up to the thousands and millions a year in shrink and the others trying to scam with coupons.

    3 years ago

  • JodysBabyGoodies

    JodysBabyGoodies says:

    P.s. I worked at CVS there are plenty of scammers of coupons. Just discount the items and the lines will go much faster

    3 years ago

  • SMarrtCreations

    SMarrtCreations says:

    I dont normally shop at CVS so I guess I dont have an issue with long reciepts. @donnakazo I work at Michaels too and have for years...Im quite tired of the dishonest people and thievery as well. Most places now require a reciept and ID to return an item. Sure the reciept may be long, but you better not throw it away unless you are planning on keeping what you bought. Most places now all have tape that is tamper resistant for obvious theft reasons, if BPA is in the tape then I have touched hundreds of thousands of feet of tape by now...

    3 years ago

  • modstitches

    modstitches says:

    On the good side, CVS is now offering to put your reward dollars on your extra care card instead of paper. This week I bought about $60 worth of items for $22. I was so excited!

    3 years ago

  • RedheadVintageII

    RedheadVintageII says:

    Hilarious article, thanks for the laugh! :O

    3 years ago

  • minipotterybyanita

    minipotterybyanita says:

    I've often wondered WHY you have to "sign up" for their deals. Why can't they just give you the better price, without having to have your name and address, phone number, etc.? They must be USING that info for something--and it's probably not something we'd want done with out personal information!

    3 years ago

  • SheCountsCrows

    SheCountsCrows says:

    I definitely *don't* like the idea of an emailed receipt. Does anyone else (after getting out of line, of course, and discreetly) check to make sure they've been charged correctly before leaving the store? I do. I've caught 3 mistakes in the past month alone-- one of them, at a craft supply chain that shall remain nameless, was HUGE, more than a twenty dollar overcharge! It's tedious (and sometimes difficult) enough to get the problem corrected before you've even left the store with the merchandise. I can't imagine having to check my email that night and then drive back in and prove, after the fact, lugging it all back with me and with a sketchy home-printed receipt, that I've been overcharged. But as for these mile-long scrolls of coupon? Yeah, the heck with that! Huge waste of paper, especially when half of them are for products you never buy and do not want. I'd love to see those rewards digitized!

    3 years ago

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound says:

    Oh, I hate those receipts. It's not a reward, it's a headache. Target has really jumped on that bandwagon, I've noticed. Every time I go there I leave w/a receipt like your photo (a classic, by the way!). I stuff all of it in my purse, because there's really nowhere else to put it & unfortunately most of it goes in the trash. It's a waste. I would love to see nothing more than my purchase on my receipt. Anything else, email it to me.

    3 years ago

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio says:

    I've experienced the mile long one item receipt as well. I feel like it's a total waste of paper. I also don't feel like I need a rewards program at every store I shop at. I'd rather the store just offer better deals to everyone.

    3 years ago

  • sodagoespop123

    sodagoespop123 says:

    A reward for me would be getting something at CVS that is not overpriced.

    3 years ago

  • RavinsLady

    RavinsLady says:

    Notice that over 50% of CVS Rewards Bucks are never claimed? That's money into the company coffers. The rewards aren't placed onto the cards so shoppers can celebrate rewards on the receipt; they do it because we lose them, forget to bring them, etc. and it's profitable.

    3 years ago

  • MapleCreekShop

    MapleCreekShop says:

    What a waste of paper.

    3 years ago

  • grumpyalvarado

    grumpyalvarado says:

    One good think I noticed specifically at CVS they have the price check kiosk and if you scan your CVS card it will give you your coupons before you shop. I love this idea at the end of your shopping trip your receipt is not as long as it would have been.

    3 years ago

  • zenchantedgarden

    zenchantedgarden says:

    I think it's funny that the places that are usually begging you to "go green" are the same ones that are killing a grove of trees with every receipt! I feel the same way about my cable company - every email they send me has something about the green benefits of getting my bill electronically, but then I get some kind of paper mail promotion from them at least weekly. Arrrggghhh.

    3 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Too much information from everyone these days. Great blog!

    3 years ago

  • JewelsandCrafts

    JewelsandCrafts says:

    Great photo! Yes, receipts have gotten way too long for my taste, too!

    3 years ago

  • BeauMelange

    BeauMelange says:

    Did I just read 4 posts down that Urban OUtfitters offers to mail you your receipt? This is highly irresponsible - not eco friendly in the least bit - gas, time, and energy - waasted!

    3 years ago

  • littledearies

    littledearies says:

    I LOVE my CVS receipts! I shop at CVS about once a month and pay mere pennies for toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, OTC drugs, etc, plus get to try all kinds of new things (like a ROC night cream that I got once for only $3...regularly $32) that I would NEVER pay full price for. My shopping trips are carefully planned and intentional. I don't just "stop by" for a forgotten item. When I arrive at the store, I know exactly what I'm getting, exactly how much I'll be paying, and exactly which coupons and Extra Care Bucks will be on my receipt. I am not an Extreme Couponer either; I spend about 2 hours a week organizing my coupons and preparing my shopping lists for various stores, and those little tiny two hours and those long receipts along with other coupons, have significantly changed the life of my family...namely, allowing us not to have to pay for most of our groceries and toilet paper, and instead spend the money on doing fun things and making memories for our kids! I want them to hand me the paper receipt on the spot so that I can make sure that I'm getting the coupons and Extra Care Bucks that I'm expecting at the end of the purchase. We've cut our weekly grocery/household budget by about 70% with those things and others like them from other stores!

    3 years ago

  • ChickadeeBeadJewelry

    ChickadeeBeadJewelry says:

    CVS is crazy!! They will email you coupons but they refuse to scan said coupon right off of your phone. How green is that I ask you? Get with it CVS!! Any other place that sends me coupons will scan it off of my cell phone. It's so irresponsible and UNGreen of CVS. Most of the time those receipts get thrown out with the trash. I think they count on it. That way they won't have much to honor.

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    My bookkeeper would love if all of my receipts were digitalized, like how I am able to print out my etsy transaction receipts! Receipts are good for wrapping the kids chewed up bubble gum in..LOL!

    3 years ago

  • timeforteame

    timeforteame says:

    This discussion is fascinating. As an Australian I was unaware that the U.S has such a pervasive coupon culture! There are some stores in Australia which give out coupons to other stores on the back of their receipts (like advertising), but our receipts are certainly nowhere near that long! What a waste of paper.

    3 years ago

  • tigerburning

    tigerburning says:

    Was just going to say what timefortea said! The discount coupons/advertising in Australia goes on the back of receipts... so I have heard of supermarket staff stealing entire rolls of receipt paper to get the coupons n____n

    3 years ago

  • hamdinger125

    hamdinger125 says:

    I love my extra long CVS receipt; it means I have lots of Extra Care Bucks to spend next time! :) I do wish they could be loaded into your card automatically, though- it would be a lot easier than having to remember to bring the receipt back.

    3 years ago

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum says:

    Not only is this a huge waste of paper, these receipts may be slightly toxic. "The Environmental Working Group found BPA (bisphenol-A) on 40 percent of the receipts it collected from supermarkets..." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/26/AR2010072605001.html No thanks.

    3 years ago

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons says:

    What a waste of paper! The problem is that you need proof or purchase for accounting purposes or returns. I could definitely do without all the 'extras' though! Love the photo :)

    3 years ago

  • perizade

    perizade says:

    49% turnout is actually quite fantastic for business. I hate those clumsy receipts, but they do remind me to go out and redeem them. Furthermore, I save a lot of money on bare necessities when I combine sales with coupons plus the rewards. That leaves me more money to blow on Etsy. The companies should find a better way to handle it, but I do see their point with the Scrolls of Discounts.

    3 years ago

  • somethinspecial

    somethinspecial says:

    Love the pic.

    3 years ago

  • AnneH2

    AnneH2 says:

    About 40% of cash register receipts and ATM receipts are coated with BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical pollutant that is a potential cancer causing and estrogen hormore disrupting agent. And you want to "reward" my loyalty by giving me a BIGGER receipt?! No thanks. Unless I need for a warranty or proof of purchase, I throw the receipts out right away after checking they everythiing scanned at the correct price...

    3 years ago

  • EcoFoto

    EcoFoto says:

    And the coupons are never for anything you actually want anyway, it stinks!

    3 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly says:

    I am not excited by the mile long receipt!

    3 years ago

  • EcoFoto

    EcoFoto says:

    I agree, its a total waste of paper and terrible for the environment!

    3 years ago

  • runkp425

    runkp425 says:

    the worst I've found are the attachments to Stop and Shop's receipts. Sometimes, I actually get ones that say they are Not coupons, just advertisements for coupons you might get in the future!

    3 years ago

  • dejavudu

    dejavudu says:

    I have never for a minute thought the reason for paper coupons is to "mentally stimulate us to shop more." I assume it's so that they can promote a rewards program knowing that half their customers will not redeem their rewards. Just as gift cards were the most ingenious invention of the modern era allowing merchants to collect money without parting with any inventory, knowing so many cards end up lost, forgotten or otherwise unspent.

    3 years ago

  • OrganicTanning

    OrganicTanning says:

    I love the cvs receipts. CVS is one of the best at this I actually get receipts that match somewhat what i just bought or always buy. As an environmentalist i know its a waist but i still love it! :)

    3 years ago

  • velvetacide

    velvetacide says:

    I wish there was a CVS here. We only have Rite Aid and Walgreens. Walgreens doesn't have lengthy receipts but Rite Aid can, if you've bought stuff that is currently giving cash back. I wish they would just load the cash back (the UP+ rewards) onto your card instead. I once had earned $12 back on a transaction after buying much needed toiletries, then immediately went back with the receipt to get $12 worth of items for free to donate to the local shelter. (Which is what I define as a meaningful transaction. Being able to use my rewards to donate necessities to those who need it.) Bringing out the long receipt is cumbersome and a waste. It's been a rough 2 years being the sole caregiver for someone battling cancer (and expensive - Cyberknife, anyone?) so any money saved is worth dealing with a scroll for now. Safeway and Kroger stores allow you to load coupons and sale prices to your card - drug stores need to get with the program!

    3 years ago

  • jamiesonbarkett

    jamiesonbarkett says:

    My favorite is when they ask you if you want a receipt... And when you say "No," instead of not printing a receipt to save paper, they still print one and they throw it away! Ugh. I HATE Walmart, but they do have some of the shortest receipts since they print on both sides now. I don't shop there much though. I know some companies (Target, Gap, Lowes, etc.) can look up your purchases with your card for returns, so I would love it if they would stop printing receipts for credit card purchases if you request them not to.

    3 years ago

  • jasdermom

    jasdermom says:

    Strangely enough, I didn't even realize there were coupons on the bottom of the yard-long receipts. I don't use coupons and don't look for them. When handed computer-generated coupons at the grocery store, I hand them right back. I take those arm length pieces of paper and automatically fold them whatever number of times it takes to get the receipt to fit into the pocket of my purse and never give them another thought. With an ever increasing awareness of the limitations of our natural resources, there is surely a better approach to customer rewards than receipt coupons and surveys, which I consider environmentally irresponsible in addition to annoying.

    3 years ago

  • GiftEmporium

    GiftEmporium says:

    It may be a waste to some -but for some it's how we live and pay our bills. I come from a family of paper makers, four generations, and was one myself. It may be a pain but that pain keeps food on our table. Ever drove past a paper mill and the smell would take your breath away-- well that's the smell of money no mater what form it's in.. checks, debit cards, and the list goes on.

    3 years ago

  • CrossExtreme

    CrossExtreme says:

    When I see a long receipt it actually makes my stomach knot a bit. I associate it with spending too much, over buying... To see a long receipt when I am trying to purchase only a small amount of items makes me think I must have slipped up somewhere, lost self control, and splurged. Not really a feeling I like having. Not to mention the rewards are never relevant!

    3 years ago

  • sarasexplodingcloset

    sarasexplodingcloset says:

    I rarely use most of these coupons......the only ones I always use are the $1 CVS Bucks I get by using my green leaf tag, which rewards you 25 cents for each time you don't use a bag (you can add them to your keychain, they must be swiped with your CVS card which is on the ring with it). They cost a dollar, but so far I have redeemed about $75 with them!

    3 years ago

  • ScrappinrenSupplies

    ScrappinrenSupplies says:

    I really dislike the mile long receipts I get anymore. I don't coupon, I don't do rewards and I don't like my purse getting cluttered or my office folders getting cluttered with paper I don't need or want. For those who do want the extra paper for their records, though, maybe they could at least ask us if we want all that or not.

    3 years ago

  • laundrymonster

    laundrymonster says:

    "Only" 49% of reward coupons are redeemed? Sounds like a fantastic rate of return to me.

    3 years ago

  • LoveMyGift

    LoveMyGift says:

    I could do without the long receipts. I don't think I have ever used the miles of coupons. They are usually for something I would not buy anyway! From now on I will ask the cashier to toss them; maybe the word will get back to whomever came up with the mile long receipt in the first place! :)

    3 years ago

  • YUNG

    YUNG says:

    I use my receipt coupons. I get excited when I save a ton on a really nice razor. I wouldn't say I'm a coupon extremist b/c I don't have the stockpiles in an empty room of useless things like candy and soda, but I do keep an eagle eye out for the things I need but usually can't afford to get....nice four bladed razor with the aloe vera strip? Now mine. But yes, I did succumb to making a coupon book. All the little old ladies want it out of my shopping cart. I see them. I watch and make sure they don't accidentally/purposefully knock it out of my shopping cart. It always sits right in the front, where someone's kid is supposed to sit so I can keep it right by me.

    3 years ago

  • GrandOldTimes

    GrandOldTimes says:

    At the end of the week, I clear my handbag and am shocked at the number of receipts I have gathered. Paper, paper everywhere. Wonder how proof of purchase was handled "back in the day" of Grand Old Times.

    3 years ago

  • SilverSmack

    SilverSmack says:

    Kmart gives a receipt and emails it to me. . . Yay!

    3 years ago

  • tatyana11

    tatyana11 says:

    I think this calls for creative payback. Folded receipt paper earrings? Perhaps receipt coasters?

    3 years ago

  • steampunkjunksupply

    steampunkjunksupply says:

    not only an endless receipt but one that fades in a week or two so you can't take it back. :) Silly stores.

    3 years ago

  • TheWolfBard

    TheWolfBard says:

    The funny thing is, if you use your rewards card, in most stores (like the one I used to work for) you don't even need your receipt for your returns. They can track them either by the rewards card or by the credit/debit card you used to make your purchase (provided you used one instead of cash). So aside from checking on the way out the door to make sure you got the right prices (always a good thing in my experience) there is no reason to even have a paper receipt any more.

    3 years ago

  • frogfruit

    frogfruit says:

    poisonous receipts, maybe cvs wants to hormone disrupt

    3 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    I admit it, I love when the receipt at CVS is long because I know I'm getting something I can use. What's really annoying is to get to the register to find that the paper I so carefully saved, and used, has expired. And still I go back for more.

    3 years ago

  • thetoymakersdaughter

    thetoymakersdaughter says:

    TheWolfBard brings up one good reason to have a receipt... to check it for over charging. It's almost impossible to keep up with the scan/register total and keep loading that conveyor belt. I don't know how many times I have been overcharged/charged twice for an item but without that receipt it is almost impossible to get a refund. Of course it is the one you are already due since it was their mistake... but YOU have to prove it. What a system.

    3 years ago

  • perizade

    perizade says:

    Some of these comments sound very privileged. Let's face it, there's nothing on Etsy that we "need" while there is at CVS. When we have something shipped, we're hurting the earth too. However, when I am able to save 80% at CVS I can support small businesses mostly owned and run by women.

    3 years ago

  • DualSoul

    DualSoul says:

    Wait.....this is making me laugh, as Etsy only gives sellers the option to....wait for it....PRINT A FULL SIZED RECEIPT. Irony much ? Also, many of us live in an area where grocery stores will allow us to take the CVS coupons and use them as "competitor coupons".So they save me about $60 a week on my grocery bill.Which is hugely appreciated.

    3 years ago

  • NaturalHomeDesigns

    NaturalHomeDesigns says:

    The receipts I send with our orders are a whole sheet because that is the only size they print out on Etsy. I guess Etsy is somewhat guilty of perpetuating the excessive receipt. The whole sheet is at least equal to two feet of register tape if not more. I always include a receipt in the off chance the packaging should get destroyed or the address obscured. Hopefully, If a receipt with the correct address is in the package it might still get to the addressee.

    3 years ago

  • samohon

    samohon says:

    I'd rather not have the long receipt, especially from CVS. There's usually a catch to theirs. You have to buy up to $30 worth of merchandise to save $5. If you don't need that much stuff you can save even more. There's also a high markup at most drugstores anyway. More and more places are asking if I need a receipt and if I don't plan to have to return something I just say no. I keep a total spent in my checkbook so it shouldn't matter if you waste more paper with the receipt.

    3 years ago

  • DualSoul

    DualSoul says:

    Still not getting how this is in any way pertinent to Etsy.

    3 years ago

  • susanwilliamsdesigns

    susanwilliamsdesigns says:

    Winn-Dixie! They give you a receipt a mile long plus coupons that you will NEVER use!

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    and the relevance of this article to Etsy? CVS cashier extraordinaire is my day job- I find no value to this article on Etsy

    3 years ago

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 says:

    A meaningful transaction = a warm smile and sincerity. I never send an invoice to my Etsy customers and I've never actually heard a complaint from any of them. I do send a thank you note and it's led to a few very cool friendships. I feel no love from my local Walgreens.

    3 years ago

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 says:

    Last time I was in CVS, I did not go digging for coupons in my purse but I did think to go swipe my card under that machine and I actually got one coupon I could use. I was so shocked now I could get $3 off a already highly over priced item.

    3 years ago

  • LAGypsyHeart

    LAGypsyHeart says:

    my problem is this,,,,I put that darn receipt somewhere and don't find it till the rewards have expired,,,wish it was just put on my rewards card, that way you wouldn't have to be so careful with those mile long flimly receipts, ALSO, they fade,,,,,sometimes you can't use them cause you can't read what they say!!!

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    With all the creative news opportunities out there Etsy writers resort to this?

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    this article comes across as privleged and arrogant

    3 years ago

  • michellec1968

    michellec1968 says:

    HA! You completely read my mind with this article. I frequent a CVS that is across the street from my apartment and I have also received that long-ass receipt with just buying one thing.

    3 years ago

  • PoppyFandango

    PoppyFandango says:

    The receipt people and the handbag people are in cahoots with each other. Over time the receipts have gotten longer and the handbags have gotten bigger!

    3 years ago

  • SparrowsKreations

    SparrowsKreations says:

    I would much rather have any rewards on a card. I coupon frequently and get tired of all the receipts that collect in my wallet!

    3 years ago

  • RetroRetroRetro

    RetroRetroRetro says:

    "The plastic component bisphenol A (BPA) has been in the headlines nonstop as scientists, health experts and consumers press for a federal ban on food packaging made with this synthetic estrogen, shown to leach readily into infant formula, beverages and canned food. But most Americans are probably unaware that they are regularly exposed to the same endocrine-disrupting chemical in cash register receipts. Two-fifths of the paper receipts tested by a major laboratory commissioned by Environmental Working Group were on heat-activated paper that was between 0.8 to nearly 3 percent pure BPA by weight. Wipe tests conducted with a damp laboratory paper easily picked up a portion of the receipts' BPA coating, indicating that the chemical would likely stick to the skin of anyone who handled them. The receipts came from major retailers, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, fast-food restaurants, post offices and automatic teller machines (ATMs)." http://www.ewg.org/bpa-in-store-receipts

    3 years ago

  • cindywolfquilts

    cindywolfquilts says:

    I was just talking about this the other day. I thought it was some corporate thing. Thanks for the information.

    3 years ago

  • crz4my3bbs

    crz4my3bbs says:

    Oi! Save a tree, right? If all you had to do was give your email address upon check out, they could send promos (and your purchase receipt) to you for you to peruse at a later date, and the register could just give you your 'assigned' discounts as you buy your items. Who needs to print them out at all? You make your list, you buy your crap, the coupons are applied automatically... no trees were harmed in the making of this obviousness. Bath & Body Works sends me 0 and I buy more than I should from them constantly lol.

    3 years ago

  • MySweetDeer

    MySweetDeer says:

    I agree. Wal-Mart prints tiny little receipts now, on both side of the paper. Just enough for proof of purchase. It is one of the last stores to hold out on the cards that you MUST have for every other store out there. Groceries, office supplies, drug stores and the list goes on. I have five pounds of cards in my purse, lol...If I HAVE to have a card, then put everything on it! You already have my information like name and phone number. Or like someone else said, you could set up a fake name and email just for purchases....but then they would probably ask to see your id. I really hate to see such waste. And it DOES influence where I shop...

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    I am a CVS cashier-and love my job 95% of my customers use the coupons that print. I actually would say most of them rejoice when they get them!! Maybe a fact check? Also, CVS is beginning to allow you to load coupons onto your card. Maybe time for a fact check?

    3 years ago

  • BowerbirdBazaar

    BowerbirdBazaar says:

    The post office by me is the worst in terms of receipts. You can count on an extra half a foot for every item mailed out. BUT. I still love going there, being surrounded by all sorts of mail incoming and outgong. :)

    3 years ago

  • KKhoney

    KKhoney says:

    I've always thought that the REAL reason they give you a long receipt with a coupon is not because they want you to feel rewarded but because chances are you will lose it and never redeem it. It is a win-win for the store, you feel happy you get a coupon and they know it's a 50% chance you will never redeem.

    3 years ago

  • ElegantRoseBoutique

    ElegantRoseBoutique says:

    Great photo! I do get annoyed with the long receipts, but try to cash in my rebates from CVS.

    3 years ago

  • blufaerie

    blufaerie says:

    I've complained to them soooooooooo many times about this. I never see anyone get excited about a long receipt...

    3 years ago

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign says:

    I have the feeling that the receipt with rewards are made for shoppers that buy the product, not necessarily because they cannot live without it, but because they want to be "rewarded". Lots of my friends buy items they would have never bought if it wasn't for the coupon. That's all it is, these long receipts are made to 'tangle" you in. Just untangle yourself and say : "no thanks" to the receipt, unless it is a product you may have to return.

    3 years ago

  • recycledideas

    recycledideas says:

    If such a high percentage of those coupons are being redeemed, it's no wonder the stores keep spitting them out. It's a shame though that many of the heat-activated receipts are also loaded with BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical pollutant that is a potential cancer agent and a known estrogen disruptor. I rarely redeem the coupons but every once in a while those coupons have very nice discount offers ($1 off this or that, $5 off a $25 purchase). At the grocery or drug store that is visited frequently, the savings is welcome. I just think if the store has a rewards program, the receipt rewards should be emailed instead for those who'd rather get the email.

    3 years ago

  • RecycledFibers

    RecycledFibers says:

    Someone earlier mentioned that Kmart will email your receipt...but they still give you a printed copy. More often than not, their printed receipts are also ridiculously long....and they don't give you any coupons to use...it's just ads and requests to take surveys. What a waste!

    3 years ago

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations says:

    I hardly ever use the rewards, I find these long receipts annoying too.

    3 years ago

  • nhvinyls

    nhvinyls says:

    I hate places that give you such long receipts. I rarely use the coupons (not because I don't want to save but because you always forget them or throw out the scroll of a receipt). Our local grocery store does that same thing. These companies should look into sending coupons straight to your cell phone (which is almost always on you) so people can actually use some of the savings and at the same time stop wasting so much paper.

    3 years ago

  • odacier

    odacier says:

    My Market Basket squeezes my categorized items onto one small receipt by using both sides. But most important to me is an associate that is willing to look me in the eye.

    3 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    I wait and wait for the big bucks, like 5 dollars off anything ones. Once I let my friend use my card and SHE got my 10 dollars off anything!!! I could not tell her that, I just let it go. What bugs me, is that they have dates on them. At Micheal's where a lot of etsiers shop for supplies, they tell you when this is going to be good. Not today, but at some specified time in the future. I cannot shop at the store's convenience, and if I get a lot off, I want to use that cupon today! Often, I will purchase one item at CVS to wait for the cupons, then I can use some of them on the rest of my purchase, both saving money, and getting rid of the mile long receipt! You really hit a nerve there, congrats on a million responses.

    3 years ago

  • EndearingDignite

    EndearingDignite says:

    We all love the bonus bucks, but since you have to use your loyalty card to get them... they could just credit them to the card and you could check them online. The huge reciepts are just a marketing method to make you feel like they are saving you more money. It seems like our paperless society has just ceated more wasted paper!

    3 years ago

  • ForeverDcember

    ForeverDcember says:

    I always, always, always lose my CVS receipts with coupons and ECB on them. Always. If it just stayed on file, it would be so much easier. Plus, you can scan your card in the front of the store to print MORE coupons.

    3 years ago

  • basecampgirl

    basecampgirl says:

    love the photo - priceless!

    3 years ago

  • NikkiAcid

    NikkiAcid says:

    Those are not 'just receipts', if you pay attention to what is on it, they are coupons, some a very useful like free items or free money to use back in the store. You need to relax. But then again spend your money recklessly in this economy if you want, it's your buck.

    3 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier says:

    Good grief....something I wondered about myself! My other pet peeve is beeping.... the truck/forklift in Home Depot/Lowe's backing up beep, the car seatbelt reminder beep, the refridgerator door open too long beep, the washing machine is finished beep, the dryer is finished beep,the handicap cart backup beep, yada, yada, yada.... Could someone please do an article on the nannification and childproofing of everything in America!!??!!

    3 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier says:

    Loved the photo/article too!

    3 years ago

  • megansbeadeddesigns

    megansbeadeddesigns says:

    Usually receipts just go in the garbage, but I'm wary of stores who ask if I would prefer to have my receipt e-mailed to me. They generally just want my e-mail so they can send me spam. haha

    3 years ago

  • lapetitcoquette

    lapetitcoquette says:

    At only 49%??? LOL I love how this article downplays that and tries to make that sound like some small thing. I have to wonder what is the amount of profit off of those coupons being used in comparison to the money lost in printing them? I'd much rather have long receipts with coupons over the long receipts from department stores which have no real reason for being as long as they are. I mean, remember back in the day when the return policy was printed on the back and not in the front?

    3 years ago

  • OoaudreyoO

    OoaudreyoO says:

    to defend Michael's we're using emails more than anything and encouraging people to use coupons on their phones rather than printing them out and bringing them in. we only print 1 extra kickback coupon every other week which we see a HUGE return on. we also only send out the newspaper flyer every other week and will eventually discontinue that alltogether. i really think printing those flyers in the newspaper and sending them out to everyone with a newspaper is more of a waste than printing kickback coupons to the customers that obviously shop there. and there are also surveys on every 5th reciept that may make it long but where i worked previously it was on every reciept which took up much more space.

    3 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    A long receipt has the opposite effect for me: I think, "Yipes, I bought a lot more than I thought– better not go shopping again for a while" and "How many trees did it take to make this?!" A short receipt makes me feel efficient and responsible.

    3 years ago

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC says:

    I find those receipts so annoying...

    3 years ago

  • SarahSterling927

    SarahSterling927 says:

    This is too funny, you guys are SO missing the boat. I am by no means an extreme couponer, but I do try to save a few bucks here and there for my family. I look forward to those long receipts, as they are cash to me. And each week at CVS, you can not only spend the bucks you've previously earned, you can earn more. For instance, if I earned $5 last week, and this week something costs $5 and it will reward me $5 bucks, I just got it for free. Now that was a simple scenario, but a basic overview of how it really works. Last week at CVS, I bought 3 bottles of dawn, 3 boxes of kleenex, a $12 battery operated gillette razor, two $6 oral-b battery operated toothbrushes and 4 chocolate candies for a grand total of $1.96 (after tax). CVS, don't listen to these people who have no clue how those printouts can benefit them. I used to be one of those who only stepped foot into CVS for prescriptions, feeling everything else was overpriced. Now I'd rather get my stuff at CVS over a place like walmart. I actually feel a little bad for all the commenters above me who agreed with this blog because they simply have no clue how much they could truly be saving, instead just tossing those CVS bucks into the trash (like I used to). I agree some stores have useless long receipts with sweepstakes and a bunch of meaningless junk info, but the CVS receipt was a bad example, as they're long receipts are as good as cash.

    3 years ago

  • SarahSterling927

    SarahSterling927 says:

    oops, I meant "their" in that last sentence. I was typing too fast. LOL. :)

    3 years ago

  • SunshineintheCellar

    SunshineintheCellar says:

    Those long receipts drive me crazy... but to me, a 49% redemption rate is pretty high.

    3 years ago

  • lisammay

    lisammay says:

    I really dislike those long receipts! Mine mostly come from Rite-Aid. I keep the receipts to remind me to log them in my checkbook register and to make sure the charge comes through and matches what I authorized (particularly useful in restaurants when you add a tip). Then I'll toss them. But it sure is annoying to get miles of paper with rewards balance info a coupons I rarely use or remember to use. Bleck.

    3 years ago

  • prettylovelypainting

    prettylovelypainting says:

    Really. Love that article...when I getvone of this receipt I always say to my self was that receip necessary! Were is the smart guy there that made this happen over and over again....does it not feel cocious

    3 years ago

  • katielynnjewelry

    katielynnjewelry says:

    I hate recieipts! I never redeem the coupons, though I wish I could be like one of the shoppers on "Extreme Couponing"!

    3 years ago

  • rompydompy

    rompydompy says:

    So Im assuming the look on your face is in response to the ridiculously high price of milk... and that you hold the bit responsible in your other hand!

    3 years ago

  • amya68

    amya68 says:

    I usually have a really really long receipt when they are having 20% at Big Lots - I really load up! DownToTheWireDesigns, that is hilarious! I must run through my receipt next time.

    3 years ago

  • diamonddixie

    diamonddixie says:

    Great article..Hate receipts....but I love the response this article got!!!

    3 years ago

  • SweetStock

    SweetStock says:

    I only shop places like CVS for the rewards - I recently used a sunday paper coupon to get allergy medicine at CVS for only 99¢ and then on my receipt was a credit for $5.99 to use next time! Mind you, the long receipt added unnecessary bulk to my wallet, but I certainly remembered to use it the next time I was there. I do agree that the paper receipts are going overboard, but I'm definitely not complaining about the awesome savings!

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    They are annoying! haha!

    3 years ago

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz says:

    Interesting. It is a lot to try and keep up with. Usually just gets way too confusing.

    3 years ago

  • anspooner

    anspooner says:

    Just walked out of CVS, literally 5 minutes and thought about my ridiculous receipt that immediately found its way into the trash can conveniently located right outside the door. Receipts can be helpful, I just wish that I had the option to receive one.

    3 years ago

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo says:

    downtothewire.....lol you made me laugh so hard!

    3 years ago

  • Groundhog6

    Groundhog6 says:

    The receipts and coupons end up stuffed in my wallet with my change. Then the next time I open my wallet they pop out like a Jack-In-The-Box. I always think I will use the coupons but by the time I get around to it they have expired. :(

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    new CVS program FYI http://info.cvscaremark.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvspharmacy-launches-new-digital-savings-option-extracare-nations-largest-re

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    new CVS program FYI http://info.cvscaremark.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvspharmacy-launches-new-digital-savings-option-extracare-nations-largest-re

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage says:

    I don't think we have these in Australia, at least not that I've witnessed! Our rewards programs are all on a little plastic card- it gets swiped when you purchase and it'll tell you if you've got enough points for something. I don't have one because like most Australians I just can't be bothered! Of course Australia is not a 'coupon culture' as America is (we don't get coupons in magazines and papers) so we have to wait for the points to build up- there's a cultural in-joke that you might get enough for a box of tissues after 70 years.

    3 years ago

  • HardlySimpleDesigns

    HardlySimpleDesigns says:

    So true! Except for big purchases, I almost always immediately throw away my receipts. Why would I need a receipt for a 99 cent Sweet Tea at the gas station? When I'm shopping, the most meaningful transactions are those that make me feel good, from the beginning of the shopping trip to the end. Stuffing my purse full of receipts and "surveys" doesn't make me feel good. :)

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    it is funny in the height of this economic crisis how many people poo poo saving money! Actually stuffing it and throwing it away! Etsians must be quite the privileged group!

    3 years ago

  • immortalfashions

    immortalfashions says:

    I love receipts!!!

    3 years ago

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer says:

    Haha!!! I live in Spain and this is also true here, I mean..do you really need a 10 inch receipt for a single item...what a waste!

    3 years ago

  • SugarfootGlass

    SugarfootGlass says:

    When I get register coupons I sort them as soon as I can. I bring the ones I am not going to use back to the store the very next time I go there. As I shop, I also keep my eyes open for the products I won't buy and tuck my extra coupons into the display of those items. I also sometimes hand the coupons to my son (age 14) the coupons to distribute. Helps keep him from getting bored while I shop. Just yesterday I gave away a $3 coupon for any size Beneful dog food. The store had small bags on sale for $4, so someone got theirs for a buck!

    3 years ago

  • LittleBlackDogPhoto

    LittleBlackDogPhoto says:

    Sorry CVS and Walgreens - trashing the environment to get my attention is not the way to my heart. Do away with the rewards cards, offer simple, low prices, and I'll show up.

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    paper usages more wasteful with no purpose movie tickets, greeting cards - people don't think twice about throwing them away -piles of them they fly off the shleves then what!! Also, forestry exists just for paper production-employs many people in this country

    3 years ago

  • MyCreepyCritters

    MyCreepyCritters says:

    wow.....I never really look at the receipt except to verify that I wasn't charged for more than what I bought at the grocery store. Are the receipts at least biodegradable? I put them in the recycle bin.....

    3 years ago

  • shipwreckdandy

    shipwreckdandy says:

    I'm against it.

    3 years ago

  • charcoaldesigns

    charcoaldesigns says:

    I'm sure it has been mentioned but I like that Old Navy now gives out email receipts. You can even use it to make returns. It's kinda weird checking out and not being handed a piece of paper after that transaction but it's kinda cool, I'm more likely to save (not to mention FIND) an email receipt than a paper one. I hope more stores follow suit.

    3 years ago

  • NannyMadeandfound

    NannyMadeandfound says:

    OMG, you hit on one of my biggest pet peeves. really, who started this nonsense? i want a nice little concise receipt please...don't give me a roll of paper!

    3 years ago

  • LMLMN

    LMLMN says:

    That article couldn't be truer! Just this last week I went shopping at Archivers and I had a small bag but a very long receipt with an employee circling things with codes and online surveys. If I am a good girl and participate, then I can come back and get 10% off my purchase of 50 dollars or more. It's interesting.

    3 years ago

  • Yourvictorygirl

    Yourvictorygirl says:

    Don't know if anyone mentioned this (tried to read most of the comments.) I think those long coupons are a horrific waste of paper. And paper = trees. No thanks.

    3 years ago

  • monpetitchouboutique

    monpetitchouboutique says:

    I guess I'll be the odd man out because I *LOVE* my CVS receipt. It tracks my rewards card and how much I have to buy to get X discount or it's a coupon off my next purchase. It's very handy when for example it's a month long promo and you need to keep track of purchases.. it does it for you. I am always tickled when I get the magic $5 off any $20 purchase on my receipt! I am very happy when a company is offering me discounts off my next purchase. In this economy, every few cents matters to my family. I'm going to have to buy milk again and that .25 always makes it easier! On another note, don't scan your card and it won't print all those coupons. :)

    3 years ago

  • barbsgotblues

    barbsgotblues says:

    Wow ok well anyone really bugged by those coupons I'll be glad to "recycle" them for you. I know that sometimes people don't see value, but I used the CVS reward and coupons on my receipts to buy my granddaughter diapers this month. Please don't discourage companies from rewards programs for those of us on a tight budget it helps. I mean the corporate world produces so much pointless waste surely we could aim at something else?

    3 years ago

  • Melancholywings

    Melancholywings says:

    'Begrudgingly, you go to the closest drug store to pick up the toothpaste that eluded your earlier errand. After you’ve forked over your money to the cashier and wait patiently,' If you used the receipt and coupons correctly you wouldn't have had to fork over your money for toothpaste. For many families the coupons that come at the end of the receipt are necessary for budgeting and providing food for their family. THATS the real crime not wasting paper, but that so many families are struggling right now to provide their family with food and basic necessities and the only way they can afford to survive is through the use of coupons and customer rewards programs. For many families coupons = money. I learned to coupon because it was the only way my family could afford my daughters long term medical co pays. You are living a life of luxury if you can afford to hold that receipt up with such disdain.

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage says:

    I don't get the ruffled feathers of the people here who say it's only wealthy privileged people who are throwing these coupons away. if you like and use the coupons good for you- the problem here is the extra long reciept. Coupons could still be issued for those who register an interest. I'm living (just) over the poverty line now for the first time in my life, and I've never used coupons. Acting poor makes me feel poor, so I just choose to live a simple lifestyle instead. I save money and i don't feel poor. Mind you I live in Australia where the culture of poverty isn't as harsh. We don't have coupons here, or giant discount mega-boxes like walmart- so it's pretty much a case of 'find a way around it' when it comes to not having money.

    3 years ago

  • Tina7383

    Tina7383 says:

    Ahhhh I hate that!!! I have a small wallet and no purse and so where exactally am I supposed to put half a ream of paper. More often then not it ends up on the floor of my car for me to still have to deal with later.

    3 years ago