Originally Posted by bubbsguy
The inserts are put into the detroit area papers first and then as they outside that area they are put in till they are gone. I've seen Alpena, Gaylord and Grayling not have inserts one week. Nobody is taking/stealing inserts. I think we need to remember the Detroit Free Press are in the business of selling papers not inserts and although we buy them for the inserts they can't guarantee all papers will have them. I looked all over town one Sunday and none of the coin machines had Sunday papers just Saturdays. I have missed lots of the good Redplums and most recently P&G's from 6/5, yeah I'm ticked but I've been couponing since 2006 and have realized to roll with the punches and there will be another coupon and sale someday.
Just for the record (and I say this with all due respect) I wanted to make it clear I NEVER accused anyone of stealing inserts. The purpose of my post was informational only. I wanted to see if others were experiencing the same thing I was. Not that I hoped it was happening but knowledge is power. If it was only in this area I could possibly look elsewhere for the paper. I also asked for inspiration and ideas IF
this was not an isolated incident. (other than buying individual clipped coupons on Ebay--just not a fan) I have been couponing in one shape or another since I left home and went to college. I almost hate to admit it but that's been 21 years. So I am a long way away from being a newbie and realize that I do not need to get every deal. However, if I can't even get the coupons I see that as a major obstacle.
I agree with you that the Detroit Free Press is in the business of selling papers. But the inserts are an important part of that paper--for me at least! I'm sure there are others who buy it for something other than the less than stellar articles (my opinion again). I've heard of some who buy it only for the movie listings or to line their bird cage. Frankly it shouldn't matter WHY I buy it but that I do. I also think it's a resonable expectation that EVERYTHING that is supposed to be included will be there. So the DFP (who I agreed is in the business of selling papers) may very quickly find themselves selling far fewer if those of outside of the Metro area no longer can rely on their publication as a source for Red Plum inserts. Personally I have relayed this information, which again I think is nothing new to their ears but I feel they should be told just the same. Maybe if enough people complain they can work with the publishers. In an era when I can get all of the news I need on the internet I believe the newpaper companies should be bending over backwards to accomodate people who want to physically buy their paper.
Last edited by Hyacinth125; 06-16-2011 at 12:35 PM.