Friday, September 18, 2015

No, I Don't Want a Sears Rewards Card!

It has become a pet peeve of mine that every time I'm out shopping, I have to go through a Q&A session just to pay.

"Do you have our Happy Shopper card?"

"You could earn 12 points on today's purchase."

If you agree to sign up, you then must spend the next five minutes spelling out your name, email address, and home address. You'll then be the lucky owner of yet another piece of plastic to dangle from your keychain.



I've learned to just say "no."

For my husband's birthday earlier this year, I stopped by Sears to buy him a piece of luggage. I finally hauled it over to the cash register, where the kind cashier checked me out and asked the dreaded question.

"Do you have a Sears rewards card?"

"No, I don't really shop here. It's been something like 11 years since I've even been in your store."

"You can use it at Kmart, too!"



Seriously?



I wonder if anyone actually owns this card. Are there still people who shop at Sears or Kmart every single week?




How many rewards cards do you own?

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    1. We have to have one for our local grocery store chain (Kroger) to get any sales discounts on any food items whatsoever. So I'll always have to have that one.

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  2. They were really scraping the bottom of the barrel if they partnered with Kmart. I'm stunned either chain is still alive.
    We have a couple for grocery stores and one for Panera. Free bagels - can't pass up free bagels!

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    1. I think Sears owns Kmart, right? Or is it the other way around? I'm sure there was some master plan when they first got together, but it doesn't appear to be working!

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  3. I have one for the pharmacy, one for the gas station and one for Payless. With the way the kids grow I need that discount on shoes. ;)

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  4. I had one way back when for ebgames, but nothing since. Just another hassle. And yep, they always ask me the stupid question too. Worse are those saying "will this be on your Walmart credit card today?" Obviously trying to get you to say no and then apply for one.

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  5. Omg people still shop at Sears?? And Kmart? Really??
    I'd love a ratchet rewards card tho.

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  6. I haven't even been in a Kmart since I was a kid. Like below ten. I don't even think there are any around me anymore. I've been in Sears a few times in the last few years, but never buy anything. Their clothes just don't seem very.. stylish haha

    I have rewards cards for Panera Bread, Office Max, Walgreens, Genghis Grill, Vitamin Shoppe, Petsmart, Tom Thumb, and Kroger. Most of these I use a few times a month and points have gotten me free stuff at Walgreens and super cheap gas from Kroger so yeah. The Panera Bread one is just so that I can scan it and it brings up my frequently ordered meals and bam, don't have to order.

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  7. We do have the thingy at Sears but I don't think hubby has ever used the points associated with it; if I remember its a weird system of how to use them. Two reward cards I think we have now since we moved; both for local grocery stores.

    betty

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  8. I actually like Sears somewhat. We get a few things from them every now and then. I like them having a auto center because instead of waiting an hour to get an oil change, my wife and I can just walk around the mall and by the time we're done the car has been ready to go.

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  9. I used to shop at Sears when the boys were little, over 50 years ago, because that is the only place I could find double knee jeans for them. Haven't shopped there in decades and most of our K Marts have closed. On my key chain I have a Library card, a CVS card, and an Office Depot card...the rest have fallen off.

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  10. two - my local grocery store and petsmart - but i never drive in to petsmart any more.

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  11. We seem to only shop at Sears for appliances and are always pleased to find they're still in business - ha! Beyond that the only "rewards" card I keep is the grocery store that offers the best deal on fuel.
    Seems like anywhere you go has a 'card' these days (ugh), I start shaking my head before they start talking ;-)

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  12. LOL.....yes, I have a Sears rewards card. We usually only buy big expensive stuff like lawn mowers or ovens there, so I'm able to then get a $30 - $50 reward in one purchase and go back and buy a tool my husband wants.

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  13. I have one it's my credit card and it's accepted everywhere. I have one. I can't tell you how long it's been since I shopped at a K-Mart. Eons. Years for Sears too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  14. These so-called loyalty cards are everywhere. I've got a purseful of them: a couple of supermarkets, a pet shop, bookshop, two chemists, two coffee shops: the list goes on.

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  15. I put mine on Google Wallet. That way I can use them if I want to, and maybe get a discount.

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  16. NONE but the farm has reward points that are redeemable for merchandise. No reward cards though. I hate to carry another card in my wallet.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  17. Haven't shopped at Sears or KMart in years. I have no rewards cards. But then I have no Smart Phone or I Phone or most of the modern gadgets. Wouldn't know what to do with them if I had them.

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  18. We have to have one for our local grocery store to get the specials. I have one for a bookstore. I refuse all the rest.

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  19. There are so many points cards and credit cards now, it is too hard to keep track of them all, you do have to say no!

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  20. Yeah, Sears and Kmart are the same company. Have been for a while. I have a card with my grocery store, mostly because they deeply discount stuff I get all the time. But since I don't shop most places, it's not worth the effort. And besides, they just want you to have the card so they can track your purchases (and all the data mining they can do from that).

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  21. Stephanie, I get very abrupt in telling them "No thank you, I am not interested." right off the bat. I used to work in retail both as a clerk and as a manager, and the sales I did were because I let people choose what they want at their leisure, offering advice when asked or needed, but never hounding anyone to buy anything. I cannot stand it when the stores do this. I think I can see now why so many are shopping online these days. I am the same way with telemarketers...firm and to the point, "No thank you, I am not interested", then I hang up before they start trying to push anything. If you are firm I think they will back off, or should...and if not, I would just say to them that they are making shopping in their store a very unwelcoming experience. :)

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  22. Oog. I always just say "no thanks" to stuff like that, and that's all I say, even if they ask me again. Even if it's just a punch card for a frozen yogurt place. I'm not against saving money, but I don't think stores need to keep track of my purchases and all that. And I just plain don't need it.

    Besides, the only place worth signing up for a rewards program was Borders, and that's sadly long gone. I think I still have that card in my wallet. >_<

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  23. Just dropping by to wish you a happy B-day :) Hope you have a fun weekend and lots of presents

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  24. Lol!! Well, we use Sears Auto so those points build up quick. Other than that, we don't really shop there. And, I really REALLY hate rewards cards also. They ruin my wallet. Lol ;)

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  25. I'm the same as you now, I just say no. Unless I go somewhere religiously then I don't want the cards anymore as I just end up with loads of plastic bits on my keychain, haha! We don't have Sears or KMart here in the UK but one of our big supermarkets here is ASDA which is owned by Walmart and they have a rewards card system there too, but the rewards system isn't very good for their cards so I just said no! Thanks for all of the lovely comments too. - Tasha

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  26. Message for you at my place.

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  27. I only have a few rewards cards. I say no to all except the places I usually shop.

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  28. I have a few reward cards but rarely if ever carry them... we don't have a K-mart close by and I don't shop at Sears enough to own a reward card... I would prefer they just give us a discount when we shop... Have a great week Stephanie xox

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  29. I have a Kohls rewards card because they send me bonus cash to use in the store. That's a plus. And my supermarket has a bonus card that saves on products.

    Is it you Birthday, Stephanie?! Happy Birthday!!!!!! Have a great Weekend!!!!!!

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  30. LOL My daughter works at a Sears outlet store and do you know they actually get in trouble if they don't ask you if you want to sign up for the card?I think it's ridiculous but they have to. I do actually have a Sears card. I have 5 different rewards cards.

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  31. What I love is when they ask you if you have your rewards card and you say no and they give you attitude! It really is my choice!

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  32. K-Mart has not been in Canada in quite a few years. We have Sears but I heard they are in trouble. I find it funny, that when you say you will pay in cash...the sales lady always hesitates to think what to do next. I guess most people pay by debit or credit card. May I say...Happy Birthday!

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  33. My favorite Rewards Card comes from Taco Bell.

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  34. My grumble is always being asked for my phone number after I make a purchase.

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  35. Lol! Once again, you're writing what we've all suffered through. I may be in the minority here because I'm a serious bargain shopper, so I WILL sign up usually possibly holding up some innocent person behind me. (lol) I don't usually shop at K-Mart but maybe twice a year because it's really out of the way. If Sears is offering something super, super special, I will head out and grab it. Great topic! Hugs...Ro

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  36. I have too many! It's crazy. And no, I don't shop at Sears or KMart so I don't have that one.

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  37. Bahaha, this tickled me. I went shopping in our Sears for the first time when I heard about the sales they were having because they were closing. K-Mart not in 12 years or so. But I get asked those same questions. Everywhere. I probably own 10 rewards cards from various stores. UGG. I'm a cash kinda gal too. But I use the card for online stuff.

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  38. I have five: two for grocery stores (both of which I use infrequently enough that it doesn't make it worthwhile to use the points accumulated); two for pharmacies (of which only one, CVS, I can get discounts and rewards that I actually use. The other, Rite Aid, simply uses a point system, which due to my infrequent visits, like only once this year, doesn't work); and my Staples rewards card.


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  39. More than fits in my wallet. If I know I'm going somewhere shopping where I have one of those cars I sometimes remember to bring it along. If not the "I forgot it at home" will get you out of their card "sales" talk...

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  40. I didn't know you could get keychains. I have tons of "reward cards" in my wallet, but unless they're the two I use all the time--Airmiles and Shopper's Optimum--I forget I have them even when I do visit that particular store.

    I hate that spiel as well. Just a way to get everyone's personal info.

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  41. hii sir, please help me because yesterday office was close of Sears Customer Service. So please send me customer number of sears.

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