Store Discount Cards
Ever wonder why stores really offer a discount card instead of just a sale? Loyalty?? Whatever name they put on them. One store calls it "Preferred". Makes me feel just so special (not). Funny how I never get "Preferred" treatment over someone that doesn't have a card! Maybe an exclusive checkout lines for those of us to whom the store has granted the privilege of a card. So many times, I have been stuck waiting at checkout behind someone that does not have a card. :(
Where is what I believe happens: So what does the store get in return for giving you a discount? Answer: Money! Hard to believe that the store can make lots of money by giving you discount!
How? Answer: They sell the information about what you purchased to marketing research companies. Yes, several different marketing research companies. By allowing them to scan your card each time you shop, you give them permission to collect information that they may share (read as sell) with others as they see fit. That is the easiest and low investment money the store makes. The information the store already gathers to track their stock instantly turn into easy money with the swipe of your card. Why do you think they always ask you for the discount card even if you don't necessarily have discounted item?
Remember how much personal information that you gave them to get the discount card? All the information the market research companies have gathered from stores is then crunched, analyzed, compared, sorted and studied and finally put into custom reports. The report could be who is buying a certain type of item (example: chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies?) to which brand of hot dogs is selling best in a certain region to whatever type of data report a customer wished to purchased. The possibilities are endless. To get an idea, do a web search for "market research". Look at reports offered.
Who purchased these reports? One (of many) was possibly the manufacturer of the product that was discounted by scanning your card. The manufacturer pays for the market report with money they make from you purchasing their product. So who really paid for that discount? You did!
Humor: I wonder what those market research computers thinks when it records a single male purchasing an "unmentionable" item for the lady currently in their life! How badly does that effect their statistical analysis? :)
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