Whether you're drawn to it because you're amazed at how obsessed people can get or if you're looking for some coupon clipping inspiration, it's clear that the public is totally digging TLC's Extreme Couponing. The show ranked as one of Wednesday night's most top rated TV program. However, not everyone is a fan. Here's what the CEO of Coupon.com, Steven Boal tells SmartMoney:
“Not only am I not a fan, think about the shopping experience. Could you imagine being stuck behind someone like that in the checkout line? . . . It’s not good for stores, manufacturers or consumers, it’s good for entertainment television . . . I’m less interested in the quirks of consumers and more interested in the background, how products are laid out and the operations of the store.”
I think Boal makes good points about how these coupon obsessed customers might make the shopping experience a little painful for other people. I can't imagine having to wait in line behind an extreme couponer! It'll also be quite inconvenient for other customers if the couponers are emptying out the shelves.
Although Extreme Couponing has more of an entertainment value, there are a couple of useful tricks consumers can pick up along the way. For example, I learned this tip on one of the shows: if you're trying to use a coupon and they don't have the item in stock, you can go to customer service and request a week extension on the coupon so you can use it even past its expiry date. How about you — are you a fan of the show?