Unfortunately, the wonderful $10/$20 KMart coupon I posted about on Thursday has turned into a fiasco. I’m so sorry!
Many of you have been frustrated to plan your shopping trip, drive to your store, fill your cart, and go through the checkout line only to be told that the coupon is fraudulent. Some of you have even been treated rudely by store cashiers and managers for attempting to use a coupon which was hosted on their company’s website.
I wanted to set the record straight on the whole “fraudulent coupon” thing since people keep getting accused of this by KMart employees.
Here are the facts:
::KMart released the coupon as a PDF.
::KMart put the coupon on their website.
::KMart made it readily available to be printed as many times as a person wanted.
::KMart stated on the coupon that it was valid everywhere.
Based upon these facts, it is clear the $10/$20 KMart coupon is not fraudulent.
A fraudulent coupon is a fake coupon–something created illegally by a person to look like a real coupon. A truly fraudulent coupon would never be hosted on a company’s website. It would be hosted on a non-company website or sent around the internet via email or distributed through some other unethical means.
I am very, very careful to only post PDF coupons on this blog which I believe 100% are legitimate coupons. They either must have been posted on the company’s website or released directly from the company.
I’m sure KMart never expected the coupon to go viral and I’m glad that they removed it from their website promptly when they realized it was having a much wider reach than they were expecting. But I am very disappointed that it appears dozens upon dozens of their store cashiers, managers, and corporate customer service representatives haven’t a clue what constitutes a “fraudulent coupon”.
It appears like KMart has re-released the $10/$20 coupon stating it is specifically good in a few cities, but I’m hearing so many reports of it being turned down at stores all across the nation and my readers being accused of fraud, that I’m leery to tell anyone to even bother to try to use it–even if you live in one of those cities.
My sincere apologies to you all that a coupon I posted here has caused you frustration and wasted gas, time, and effort.