Is it right to sell items you got for free with coupons?

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I am part of a buy/sell group on Facebook. A man on the page posted a picture of an entire table full of grocery items he had got for free with coupons. He was selling these things on the sell page. We still have double coupons at one of the very large chain stores in our area so that helps in making things free. The stores have had to limit to 3 like coupons and keeping the Sunday news behind the desk because ppl are stealing the coupons. I understand there a lot of ppl who donate to the military & homeless when they have access items. But what about the ppl who get every possible thing for free and then sell it? Is that okay in your opinion???


Proud - posted on 01/19/2012




I have mixed feelings about it. I mean I wouldn't sell stuff I had got for free because I'd rather give it to someone who needs it.

On the other hand to me if he says he got the stuff for free and someone is willing to buy it then I don't see a problem. If it's cheaper than what someone can get it for at the store then he is helping people out while helping himself.

Amy - posted on 01/16/2012




Honestly it doesn't bother me, people who are into this extreme couponing spend a lot of time doing it to get the stuff for free, have you ever seen the show. Without knowing his situation this may be how he's supporting himself while he's unemployed even if he's not if hebwsnts to earn money this way that's his choice. I personally wouldn't sell the stuff but would donate but in all actuality I wouldn't extreme coupon I don't have the time or patience for it.

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Isobel - posted on 01/21/2012




is it ethical to create a cream for 5 cents and then sell it for a hundred dollars? I would say no.

Rona - posted on 01/21/2012




stealing is stealing, its against the law. but if you buying for free and then selling -this is ethical question , actually it`s legal

Sherri - posted on 01/19/2012




If they don't want to do the coupons and sale searching but still get it cheaper than going and buying it outright would be why.

Stifler's - posted on 01/19/2012




Can't those same people get whatever he got for free too though. why would they pay him for it.

Sherri - posted on 01/18/2012




Sure why not?? If he is selling them at a discounted rate somebody else is still making out too.

Ariel - posted on 01/18/2012




Maybe he desperately needs the money? If it's not hurting anybody I don't see what the problem is...?

Mommy - posted on 01/17/2012




We live in a capitalist society. So he is doing exactly what every other big business is doing. Getting something for next to nothing and selling it at an inflated rate. We also live in a free society, which gives me the right to look at his overpriced loot for sale and say "no thanks!" And if he can get some sucker to buy it? Good for him.

Jane - posted on 01/16/2012




While it might be greedy, folks are only doing what is allowed. Companies don't have to print coupons, but they do. Companies can limit the number of coupons per purchase if the wish and stores can enforce the limits, but if they don't, the couponer is only doing what is allowed.

As long as the store gets paid by the company I think it is okay. Everyone who sells new stuff has to buy it for less than the selling price to make a profit. One way to do that is go to a wholesaler (if you have a tax number), another is to lower the price with coupons or special offers, and a third is to cheat or steal from the person you are buying your stuff from. Of the three, the last is truly immoral. The others are valid ways to make a profit.

If companies don't like extreme coupon people, they can stop issuing coupons, or enforcing the one coupon per item rule. Personally I don't use coupons often because I have other things I need to do with my time.

Rosie - posted on 01/16/2012




i see nothing wrong with it either. it's a little greedy, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes i guess...

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2012




I also dont see an issue with it. I know a family who buys items on Kijiji (local craigs list) and then resells the items slightly higher. This keeps food on the table for his 5 kids.

In an ideal world every one would donate their free items, but this world is anything but ideal.

Tam - posted on 01/16/2012




To be honest, I don't see anything wrong with it. He did the work to get the items, free or not, and when you sell something you are trying to get more than what you paid. Otherwise, what would be the point of selling it?

The only thing I can think of for this guy is that if he does it a lot, he may actually have to get a business license. If he's in the US, at least, it is required that you identify as a business if you make over a certain amount each year.

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I've seen this a lot with coupons for formula -- people will actually sell coupons/rebate checks on Ebay/Craigslist. Personally, I think it's a weird. If I'm not going to use a coupon or rebate check, I take it to the store and leave in on top of a can of formula in the store. That way, someone who is buying it can actually use it. It just strikes me as greedy and unethical.

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