(WHTM) — Coupons are a great way to save money at the grocery store, but not everyone has access to digital coupons. is that unfair?
Many supermarkets require the use of digital coupons, which is a problem for many seniors and people with digital disabilities. A coalition of consumer groups is calling on stores to change things.
Kroger offered Thanksgiving turkeys for $0.49 per pound, but you had to download a smartphone app. Similarly, the $2.99 chicken breast was sold in Stop & Shop stores, but only through a smartphone app.
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Shopper Robin Casagrande believes these practices are unfair to people who struggle to make the app work. It’s uncomfortable.”
Six months after a ConsumerWorld.org report entitled “Digital Discrimination,” a coalition of groups is asking stores for help.
“39% of them don’t have smartphones. How do they get discounts? increase.
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But don’t expect paper coupons to give you big returns right away.
Dworsky says there’s no need to go back to the 1980s, but stores should allow cashiers to charge digital prices when requested.
“I think paper is better for a while, or half by half, how about that,” said Dwolski.
So far, Kroger and Stop & Shop have not responded to the request.
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According to Consumer World, in the current situation many retirees struggling to make ends meet on Social Security will not be able to get the discounts that younger shoppers get.