Circuit City to Internet: Don't Use Our Coupons

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Yesterday in our Dealzmodo, we posted a link to a $40 Circuit City coupon, which could be used on a Wii if they were available this weekend. Then we saw this post on digg:

ADVERTISEMENT CORRECTION NOTICE

Circuit City is no longer participating in the AllConnect "Getting You Plugged In" Coupon Offers.

Because an error in production regarding limitations occurred, we had no choice but to expire this offer. We apologize for any convenience or disappointment this may cause you, our valued customer.

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But the plot thickens within the digg comments (yes, I read comments)...

"Actually this is not Gizmodo's fault. Circuit City just changed the coupon. My boss and I are both looking for Wiis and I told him about it right away. He printed the coupon and then I went back to my desk to print mine. I saw the "excludes video game hardware" blurb and went to show him. He does not have that blurb. Both versions have the same serial number. Good thing we have a photocopy machine."

So not only was the coupon less-awesomefied by no longer applying to consoles, but later pulled completely (no longer applying to anything). Should companies be allowed to change offers in this manner...and is it me, or do retailers not take the online sector very seriously?

Non-Coupon Page [via digg]

DISCUSSION

PSN kingpsyz

I would say something needs to be put in black and white by the BBB and the government. I would say that somewhat borders on false advertising.

And what with Best Buy coming out and denouncing 20% of their customers because they only purchase sale items, it seem they forgot that they stay in business by providing a service.

With the ammount of competition out, you'd think people will soon tire of retailers who recind offers hours before hand and go to a retailer like *GASP* Wal*Mart that happens to honoro EVERYONE'S OFFERS, sometimes with little to no proof.

Much to my chagrin, I have been behind people in line there (hey sometimes you need socks, body wash, and groceries at 3am) only to hear them say "Well those are two for one at Target..." and without a seconds thought the cashier adjusts the price.

Something to keep in mind Circiut City and Best Buy...