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Thrifty or Stingy: Free Victoria’s Secret Panties

by Kayla K on November 2, 2011

It’s time for Thrifty or Stingy when you weigh in on my thrifty ways- am I going too far?

I have magically arrived on Victoria’s Secret mailing list.  I love their cotton underwear but have not shopped there in years because it is such great quality!

A few months ago I got coupons in the mail for one pair of free underwear, $10 off a bra, and a free tote bag with $75 dollar purchase.

You can probably guess what I did: I went in to the store, picked a pair of navy gingham panties, and paid with my coupon.  No money was exchanged, I didn’t take a bag (or fancy wrapping) and headed out the door.

Obviously the point of the coupon is to get people in the door to purchase bras and $75 worth of stuff for their free tote.  Was I cheating by only taking the free panties?

I got another coupon in the mail today.  Same deal.  I plan on stopping in soon…


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1 Amy November 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

Thrifty – Victoria’s Secret know that some people will shop and some won’t, but they are willing to take that risk. Redeem the coupon guilt free!

2 Lisa November 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I’d say neither thrifty nor stingy–but definitely unethical.

3 Jo's Country Junction November 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I agree with the first comment. They take the risk.

4 Jane November 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I think unethical is a bit harsh. She’s not getting one over on them, they sent her the coupon and it didn’t state that she had to buy something to get it. I recently got a free coupon in the newspaper for a brand new soft drink. I went to the store and got the soft drink free, and bought nothing else. I don’t think that’s “unethical”. Unethical would be to buy something, use it, then return it because you didn’t want to pay for it. If they don’t want to risk her using just the one coupon, they wouldn’t give it to her in the first place. Or they would make it bogo, or with $20 purchase, something of that nature…

5 Megan November 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Thrifty. Great self-control!

6 Pat C in Washington November 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I don’t think it’s unethical at all! It is a business decision for them to send out the coupon for the free underwear, knowing that a certain percentage of their clientele will use the coupon and spend no money at the store. I’m sure an accountant or an actuary has calculated the odds. Probably the next person in the store was someone who was bad at math, who spent $100 thinking they were getting a great deal.

7 Mand November 3, 2011 at 5:39 am

Pffft! In what way is it unethical? It is a marketing tactic on behalf of the company, which is betting that a larger percentage will spend the $75 than the percentage who will choose not to. If they were losing money on that deal, believe me, they would not do it.

8 Cyndee November 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

Definitely thrifty! Nothing unethical about it. Wish I’d get a coupon like that.

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