So…I’m torn about whether to post a deal today. It’s one of those that has two solid arguments about whether or not the coupon is a match. So with that in mind, I’m going to present the case for using the coupon AND the case for not using it. Feel free to comment and discuss. Here’s the situation…
There’s a BOGO sale on Yoplait Go-Gurt 8-packs of tubes at Publix when the new ad beings (today 2/15 or tomorrow 2/16, depending where you live.) Thye are priced at $2.69. We have this coupon that MIGHT match the sale:
$1/1 Yoplait Yogurt 8-pack Fridge Pack printable coupon (preclipped)
Here’s what the deal looks like if you print two coupons and take them to Publix (when your new ad starts today 2/15 or tomorrow 2/16 – depending on your region):
BUY TWO YOPLAIT YOGURT GO-GURT 8-PACKS, on sale BOGO $2.69
Use two $1/1 Yoplait Yogurt 8-pack Fridge Pack printable coupons (preclipped)
NET PRICE FOR ALL: $0.69 (or 34 cents each!)
Maureen and I discussed this deal on Facebook Messenger this morning and neither of us really had a strong feeling about whether this is absolutely a legitimate or illegitimate way to use the coupon. It’s a close call. But here’s why I’m struggling with this deal…
THE “FOR” CASE FOR USING THE COUPON:
The coupon prints for $1 off any “Yoplait Yogurt Fridge Pack.” The coupon has a picture of the 8-pack of Yoplait Yogurt Cups, but as we all know, the picture on a coupon is not what matters. The words are what matter. The coupon does not print with any size restrictions, so it doesn’t require you to buy “cups” or a certain size, like…”6 oz.” Certainly this package on sale is intended for the “fridge”, because it is sold in a refrigerated case. So, in essence, these Go-Gurt packages are indeed “fridge packs.” In many ways, this coupon appears to be a match on a technicality.
THE “AGAINST” CASE FOR USING THE COUPON:
Despite the fact that the coupon may appear to be a match on a technicality, it’s pretty obvious what the manufacturer intended here. The picture on the coupon is circumstantial evidence that they are steering the buyer in the direction of an 8-pack of cups. While that isn’t enough to prohibit the usage, the words “Fridge Pack” do make a strong case for limiting the coupon to this specific product. I did some searching for images of these products on Google images. I couldn’t find any instance of the words “Fridge Pack” on the Go-Gurt items included in the Publix sale. However, SOME of the Yoplait Yogurt 8-packs of yogurt cups did have packaging that said “Fridge Pack.” What I think makes the strongest argument that the coupon is for the cups only is that the coupon wording has “Fridge Pack” as a proper noun. Many people will take that to mean that it is part of the name of the product. If that’s the case, it limits the usage of the coupon. However, if “Fridge Pack” is merely a term to describe the product as a big pack that goes in your refrigerator, that would not be the case.
What do you think? Join the discussion in the comments below.