Despite being hospitalized for E.Coli from eating at Chipotle, a 19-yr-old woman told her lawyer to ask for free Chipotle burrito coupons to be included in her settlement. Chipotle paid her an undisclosed sum of money plus gave her about 3 dozen free burrito coupons. foxnews.com/food-drink/ho…
In 1987 Glad-Lock Bags financed a theatrically released movie called "Million Dollar Mystery", where the audience was handed a coupon outside the theater, and the movie had a tie in with their promotion, even having the character directly talk to the audience at the end about the promotion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Jcpenney attempted to end its store coupons in 2012 choosing to instead offer its products at highly reduced prices, making coupons unnecessary. It failed miserably and coupons were reinstated because customers needed to feel like they're getting a good deal even if prices are artificially high reuters.com/article/us-jc…
A man set a record for the most expensive free drink at Starbucks ever when he used a coupon to order a "mega" latte with 101 shots of espresso and 17 pumps of vanilla syrup. His drink contained nearly 7500 mg of caffeine and rang up to $83.75. eater.com/2014/10/30/7131…
Warren Buffett once took Bill Gates to McDonalds. He offered to pay, and then reached into his pocket and pulled out coupons. couponit.com/blog/327/The…
Today I learned the Royal Family was subject to post World War II rationing rules like the rest of the country. The fabric used for Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown was paid for with clothing ration coupons. history.com/news/queen-el…
When a church put an anti-beer ad in the newspaper a local brewery accepted it as a $1 off coupon esquire.com/food-drink/ba…
The function of coupon codes is to increase the posted price to profit from price-insensitive buyers, while still maintaining an attractive price for price-sensitive buyers willing to use coupons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Because of the austerity measures following the war, Queen Elizabeth had to use clothing ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress. She was given hundreds of clothing coupons by brides-to-be to help her, but she had to return the coupon gifts as it was illegal to transfer them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wed…
In 2012, JC Penny implemented a "Fair and Square" policy that did away with sales prices and coupons that fool customers and instead priced everything at what it's actually worth. Customers hated it, the CEO was fired, and the deceptive pricing was quickly reinstated. business.time.com/2013/05…
The gas & oil shortage in 1974 in the US lead to the creation of gas rationing coupons, which had the same engraving of George Washington as a one dollar bill. This lead to them being used in change-making machines to get 4 quarters rather than the 60cents/gal of gas at the time. postalmuseum.si.edu/colle…
When Queen Elizabeth got married in 1947, she had to save up post-war clothing ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress. southernliving.com/weddin…
Quaker Oats once ran a promotion in which each oatmeal box came with a coupon redeemable for a plot of land in Connecticut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qua…
Charles Ponzi's scheme involved arbitrage of postal International Reply Coupons (IRCs). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1985 the staff of The New Republic placed coupons redeemable for $5 cash inside 70 popularly selling books. None of them were sent in. nytimes.com/2000/07/15/bo…
The first coupon ever created was invented by the Coca-Cola company in 1887. The coupons offered a free sample of the year-old drink, which was initially sold for 5 cents. wnyc.org/story/141353-fir…
Quaker Oatmeal packages in 1902 contained a coupon redeemable for an actual deed to a small plot of land in Milford, CT. ctpost.com/local/article/…
In 2011, Jell-O monitored the amount of smiley faces and frown faces used on Twitter. Whenever the national average of smiley faces was less than 51%, Jell-O released coupons to those who recently tweeted frown faces. adage.com/article/news/kr…
San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard Drives a 1997 Chevy Tahoe, and uses coupons to get free wings despite his $94 Million Contract complex.com/sports/2016/0…
Queen Elizabeth II had to use ration coupons to buy the material for her wedding gown en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
β€œcoupon clipping” did not originate from shopping, but from investment bonds. You’d clip coupons to redeem at the bank for money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Since 1995, 7-Eleven has provided more than 6 million coupons to police departments across the country to "ticket" young people "caught in random acts of kindness" dubbed Operation Chill. corp.7-eleven.com/news/07…
Jello monitored the ratio of smiley to frowny emoticons on Twitter and released coupons whenever the Twittersphere was unhappy huffingtonpost.com/2011/0…
In 2011, Fredericton police gave out Pizza Hut coupons to drivers who pulled over to talk on their cell phones yourlaws.ca/news/frederic…
Each year $470 billion of grocery coupons are distributed in the US. Only $3.7 billion is redeemed. statista.com/topics/1156/…
In 2012 an investigation led to the fall of a huge counterfeit coupon ring amp.businessinsider.com/m…
The first ever coupon was made by Coca-Cola in 1887 wnyc.org/story/141353-fir…
A clinic in Cape Cod once offered a coupon for a free pizza as part of their March Madness Vasectomy promotion, so men can watch the basketball games while on couch rest and get a free pizza newsfeed.time.com/2012/03…
During Hurricane Sandy, Newark mayor Cory Booker responded to a tweet by a someone saying they were running out of Hot Pockets. Nestle was made aware of the post, and sent hundreds of coupons for free Hot Pockets to Newark residents. newsfeed.time.com/2012/11…
A Florida computer repair business incidentally named "CP Distributor" paid $240 for an ad in an coupon book featuring the infamous pedophile meme character "Pedobear." thesmokinggun.com/documen…
When Princess Elizabeth (the future queen) married just after WWII, she had to use ration coupons to buy the fabric just like anyone else. The government allowed her an extra 200 coupons. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
Facial recognition is so advanced, CCTV pictures are compared to online pics & accurately identify us. Based on our face, opt-in marketing can give real-time coupons because we walked into a participating restaurant. Government has laws that protect us, but in the US, corporations have none. youtube.com/watch?v=mnfWZ…
JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson tried to reinvent retail by eliminating coupons, setting a price where the consumer did not even need a coupon in the first place. One year later, JC Penney posted a same store sales drop of 32% in 1 quarter and is referred to "the worst quarter in retail history". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In 1985 members of the staff of a "Bestseller" book, placed coupons redeemable for $5 cash inside 70 books that were selling well, and none of them were sent in, proving that they were most likely not read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
30 years ago James Cameron was a struggling writer surviving on McDonald's coupons his mother sent to him. Today he is worth is $700M. herocomplex.latimes.com/m…
In Nintendo's heyday they had amazing lawyers who negotiated for them to forgo the usual price-fixing penalties and instead reimburse their customers with coupons towards future purchases from Nintendo (indirectly earning them tens of millions of dollars) highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1059…
General Mills added language to its website that states that consumers give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, β€œjoin” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways. nytimes.com/2014/04/17/bu…
At least one of the extreme couponers shown on TLC's Extreme Couponing committed coupon fraud jillcataldo.com/node/1625…
Safeway (a large U.S. grocery store) placed an ad for two dollars off steak in a sport's illustrated magazine. Only two people redeemed the coupon because it was a tear-out ad in a commemorative issue. (see bottom of linked article) sbnation.com/nba/2015/8/2…
Quaker Oatmeal used to give coupons redeemable for land in their oatmeal boxes ctpost.com/local/article/…
The "Welcome Wagon" was a business that started in 1928 and would visit new homeowners to give them a gift basket with local products and coupons. They closed down in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
A few years ago, in Minneapolis, an angry father stormed into a Target retail store because his daughter has been receiving coupons that encouraged her to get pregnant. A few days later, the father apologised and told them she was due in August. consumerist.com/2012/02/1…
During the 70s, the oil crises were so severe the US government printed gas ration coupons, but never used them. nytimes.com/1984/06/02/us…
Why coupons sometimes say "cash value 1/20 cent" thekrazycouponlady.com/20…
A "rain check" was given to attendants at a baseball game when the game was canceled due to rain, and ensured them admission to a game at a later date. This notion was then applied to all outdoor events, and eventually even coupons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
German POWs in the U.S. were given writing materials, beer coupons and two packs of cigarettes a day. They were often allowed to leave camp and interact with the local population which lead to some meeting their future wives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Amazon now sells re-filled ink cartridges, which cost ~40% less, and saves a lump of plastic from going to the landfill. I found an online coupon I thought I would share. amazon.com/printclub
The reason coupons are worth 1/100th of a cent is because they were once used as stamps that could be redeemed for a product until the Government forced the coupon makers to put the actual value on the coupon. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
You can buy an International Reply Coupon that allows you to send a letter from any country to any country upu.int/en/activities/int…
The Original Ponzi Scheme was to buy and sell international reply (stamp) coupons and profit from exchange rates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…

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