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Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby tightwad » 01 Sep 2012 11:15

I occasionally allow strangers in line to purchase their groceries with my loyalty card out of courtesy as they have forgotten theirs or they didn't have one. Is there any reason why this should not be done? The card number and the total accumulated points are printed on the receipt but without any personal information.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby Zipper » 01 Sep 2012 11:42

tightwad wrote:I occasionally allow strangers in line to purchase their groceries with my loyalty card out of courtesy as they have forgotten theirs or they didn't have one. Is there any reason why this should not be done? The card number and the total accumulated points are printed on the receipt but without any personal information.

I'm surprised that the check-out clerk would let you do that.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby AltaRed » 01 Sep 2012 11:47

tightwad wrote:I occasionally allow strangers in line to purchase their groceries with my loyalty card out of courtesy as they have forgotten theirs or they didn't have one. Is there any reason why this should not be done? The card number and the total accumulated points are printed on the receipt but without any personal information.

I have done this on occasion as well (maybe half a dozen times) depending on my 'take' on the individual. The clerks do not care. I've also done it with my good friend. She has given me an Air Miles card (with her name on it) to use, and I also use her Safeway card. There is no reason why people, not living in the same household, should not do this to optimize the 'mileage' one of the people can get.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby stardancer » 01 Sep 2012 13:34

I've done this with my mother and daughters, but never with strangers. Too bad if they forgot their card; I wouldn't expect a stranger or even an acquaintance to lend me their card.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby CROCKD » 01 Sep 2012 13:46

I must be dense but I don't see how this benefits anyone except the cardholder who gets points awarded to their loaned card on someone else's purchase.
What possible benefit is accrued to someone who borrows a card?
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby augustabound » 01 Sep 2012 13:49

CROCKD wrote:What possible benefit is accrued to someone who borrows a card?

None. They're just doing you a favour.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby BRIAN5000 » 01 Sep 2012 14:25

CROCKD wrote:I must be dense but I don't see how this benefits anyone except the cardholder who gets points awarded to their loaned card on someone else's purchase.
What possible benefit is accrued to someone who borrows a card?


Some prices are for card holders only and as much as half off, if you don't have a card you don't get the cheaper price. Card lender gets the points, card borrower gets the cheaper price. Save-on clerks are disallowing borrowed cards. Safeway and some other stores all you need is your telephone number.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby newguy » 01 Sep 2012 14:29

If I buy something at Pharmaprix my gf can bring my receipt in later and get the points with her card.

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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby Insomniac » 01 Sep 2012 15:13

The only loyalty card I carry is airmiles, which is not accepted at the local grocery store. I ask the clerk to give the points to the SPCA.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby AltaRed » 01 Sep 2012 17:18

BRIAN5000 wrote:Safeway and some other stores all you need is your telephone number.

In the particular case of Safeway, it works in the USA too. As Brian said, who gets the savings depends on what the card does.

Regarding Save-On-Foods, you can use someone else's More Rewards card. For example, I gave my card to friends and relatives this past summer to get some groceries so they could get the Card price. Occurred without a hitch.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby tightwad » 02 Sep 2012 04:14

So far it seems there's no downside to doing a good deed for someone.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby CROCKD » 04 Sep 2012 18:08

Interesting that this thread just came up. I learned something reading the contributions. Today for the first time while waiting to pay at PharmaPlus (Rexall) the young guy ahead of me asked me if I wanted his points when he saw me with an AirMiles card. OK I said and he grabbed my card and swiped it over the card reader while the cashier looked on. He volunteered that he was working too hard to go anywhere. I said that I had never collected enough points to go anywhere.
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Re: Lending of loyalty card at grocery store

Postby izzy » 04 Sep 2012 22:27

CROCKD wrote:Interesting that this thread just came up. I learned something reading the contributions. Today for the first time while waiting to pay at PharmaPlus (Rexall) the young guy ahead of me asked me if I wanted his points when he saw me with an AirMiles card. OK I said and he grabbed my card and swiped it over the card reader while the cashier looked on. He volunteered that he was working too hard to go anywhere. I said that I had never collected enough points to go anywhere.

I don't mean to be picky but,at least in Manitoba,Pharmaplus is in the Aeroplan program -not Air Miles!
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