On Friday afternoon, I posted about a stackable coupon deal on the Play-Doh Fridge Packs at Target.
Previous to that, several readers had contacted me to let me know that they were able to use the coupons.com coupon for a Mega Pack stacked together with the Target coupon for the fridge pack. I told them I wasn’t sure you were supposed to be able to use the Mega Pack coupon on this product, but said I would check it out as soon as I could get to Target.
When I went there on Friday, I confirmed that the price-cut Play-Doh is labeled Fridge Pack. The coupons.com coupon is labeled Mega Pack. It has a picture on it, but it does not say the number of canisters per package that constitute a “Mega Pack” (i.e. 20, 30, etc.)
My assumption, therefore, was that Mega Pack was actually a generic term, as I did not see any packages with that name on it (perhaps they are sold at a different store?).
I went up to the check-out, showed the cashier the coupons and asked if he could try it – he did and it went through without beeping. This confirmed my assumption that Mega Pack was a generic term.
I am writing this post to update because it has come to my attention that while the coupon may have been “coded” to go through without beeping, the intention of the manufacturer may not have been for this MegaPack coupon to be used on the Fridge Pack. I have emailed Target and Play-Doh to clarify, and will update you when I find out.
As those of you who have been reading KOAB for a while know, I am fastidious about ethical coupon usage. I would never knowingly misuse a coupon – nor, G-d forbid, encourage my readers to do so.
This morning I got an email accusing me of chilul hashem and perpetuating negative stereotypes about religious Jews for posting that coupon. Her comment cut me to the core – and made me reevaluate that post.
While I certainly had no intention whatsoever of doing something unethical – nor encouraging you to do something unethical – even the appearance of that is unacceptable for me. So, for now, I would suggest that you hold off on stacking the coupons and I will, as I said, update you if and when I hear back from either Target or Play-Doh.