By Suzanne Vranica WSJ Tues., March 19, 2019 Rebecca Kinney, a pregnant 24-year-old from Spokane, Wash., received a greeting card in the mail several weeks ago with about $200 in gift cards for baby products. “So excited for you! Hope you like these,” said the note, which appeared handwritten, complete with an ink smudge. It was signed with a heart, “Jen.” Ms. Kinney texted friends to figure out who sent it, but came up empty. She isn’t alone. The same card has landed in the mailboxes of dozens of pregnant women around the country. It turns out “Jen” isn’t a friend or relative but rather part of an elaborate, personalized marketing program aimed at mothers-to-be. The women targeted were on a list of expectant mothers acquired by Utah-based Mothers Lounge LLC from sources in the marketing world, according to Jayson Crawley, a local law-enforcement official in Virginia who investigated the matter. Aiming ads at … [Read more...] about Which ‘Jen’ Sent the Baby Gift Cards? Not One You Know.
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Monday is the last day customers can use their Payless ShoeSource gift card and merchandise credit. The Topeka, Kansas-based retailer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 18, will begin to shutter its remaining stores in North America at the end of this month after receiving a court approval to support the orderly closing of about 2,500 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce business. All stores across the country will be closed by the end May. The shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales last month at its North American stores and said it would honor gift cards and store credit through March 11. March 1 was the last day for returns and exchanges of merchandise purchased before Feb. 17. Its Payless Rewards program has also been discontinued. Disabled plaintiffs call themselves activists working to improve society for the disabled, one lawsuit at a time. Critics call it "legal extortion," now … [Read more...] about Bankrupt Payless to Honor Gift Cards, Store Credit Through March 11
Dennis Green, provided by Published 4:12 am CST, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 Some Walmart.com shoppers found an extra item in their orders. They got a Walmart gift card with nothing on it, which could then be loaded with money online and given as a gift. "Unloaded gift cards are another way that we can make gift gifting easier for our customers," a Walmart spokesperson said to Business Insider. Some Walmart.com shoppers found an extra item in their orders this holiday. Unbidden, the store slipped in an empty Walmart gift card in some orders. The idea is the card could then be loaded with any amount desired online and then given as a last-minute gift. "Unloaded gift cards are another way that we can make gift gifting easier for our customers," a Walmart spokesperson said to Business Insider. For customers who don't want them, the gift cards are simply worthless pieces of plastic that can be thrown away. Walmart did the same thing for some holiday orders last year. … [Read more...] about Here’s why Walmart put an empty gift card in your online order without asking (WMT)
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jul 14, 2018 The online shopping frenzy generated by Amazon Prime Day may be a great way to find some deals. But remember, scammers love to tap into big events to try to catch you off guard. Amazon Prime Day — which runs 36 hours this year — officially kicks off Monday afternoon. Plenty of retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy, typically offer their own online deals during this made-up summer shopping holiday, too. Too often, of course, things can look so great online that consumers are tempted to act first without wondering about the possibility of getting tricked by a spam email, a phony promise and some really bad customer service lines. Don't be fooled by super-cheap, crazy deals The Better Business Bureau is warning this summer that it is seeing an increase in complaints from consumers who are tapping into social media and going shopping online. About a third of online shoppers say … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for
Amazon started it, but really, everybody is doing it now. Prime Day, named for Amazon's $120-a-year Prime membership, begins Monday at 2 p.m. and lasts until midnight on Tuesday. Your favorite place to shop is likely offering you something special too, because retailers don't want to be left out.This year, grocery stores are being pulled into the promotional event because Amazon is making Whole Foods Market, which it purchased last summer, a big piece of Prime Day with discounts and Amazon credit card tie-ins. In its fourth year, Prime Day has become the summer's Black Friday. Austin-based digital discount website RetailMeNot, said it can attest.Last year retailers who actively competed on Prime Day saw online traffic increase more than 30 percent. Those who didn't saw traffic fall 4 percent. And, 119 national chains posted competing deals with RetailMeNot, up from 27 in 2016. Target and eBay are among the retailers that have announced sales to compete … [Read more...] about Plan your Prime Day: It’s not just about Amazon anymore