Inspired by this Rebekah’s post, which was inspired by this my post (it’s complicated), here’s a follow-up on the (not so) thrilling subject of groceries and loyalty cards. I have quite a collection of them, against my better judgement. Most of them do very little, and what some of them do I don’t even know.
I went to get a few items in the Mara-approved Billa supermarket today and, forbid, I had a good shopping experience. My shopping was checked in by the shift manager, who is always very polite and all smiles. How the hell does he do that? His wages probably range between 12k and 18k minus about 30% tax—for comparison, my rent plus utilities is 11k, which is about the usual. Maybe he’s hysterical. I would be. I am. However, he fixed me with a 10% discount coupon because it’s my birthday this month.
That’s nice and not nice. The coupon applies to one batch of shopping, which means that the coupon user is under pressure to buy more to “save” more. The coupon is valid for a month, so I have time enough to ponder upon the dilemma. That’s philosophy in everyday life.