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ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 10:00 AM

is anyone signed up with loblaw's pc plus program? do you find you are getting lots of useful bonus point offers? what about ads and emails?

i found it kind of creepy with the tracking of your purchases, but i suppose they could do that at any time with any card you carry.

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    TOFoodie1 RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 12:07 PM

    I signed up for the program, and receive a couple of emails per week (one with points offers based on my buying habits). Unfortunately, I find this program virtually useless. The discounts that are offered are small and I've always found Loblaws to be the most expensive grocery store, in general. I only shop there when the have sales, and those don't coincide with the PC points that they offer.

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      Smorgasbord RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 12:45 PM

      We've already redeemed $80 in groceries since we started. Not only do you get the personal points you load to your card, there are also additional in-store points available (listed on cards under the product). The only complaint i have is that often the points for the next week will be for items you bought the week before and probably won't replenish until a few weeks later. But i do like that i'm getting points for things i would already buy anyway. Our weekly bill is approx. $70-125, and usually receive 2000-3500 points (20,000 gives you $20). Eh, what can i say? it was free to join and not that arduous to bring my card to the store each week. And given that we also shop at
      Costco and local markets, i'm not even maximizing my points potential. If you have room for another piece of plastic in your wallet
      and you go to Loblaws more than 2x/month, i'd say go for it.

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        magic RE: Smorgasbord Oct 19, 2013 01:41 PM

        I have no problem with PC Points. I like them very much. Simple, straightforward, easy. (Although the best rewards program for me is easily Shopper’s Drug Mart’s Optimum program.)

        The PC Plus program is different and is a smart idea, but only if you have a smartphone or tablet, which I don’t have yet. Without a smartphone, how are you supposed to remember your loaded offers while in store? I suppose I can print them out at home, but I’m not gonna do that. Especially since I try to use as little paper as possible.

        Also, you aren’t told the PRICES of the items that have added PC points. To me, I don’t care how many extra points I can get by purchasing an item. If I don’t know the price I’m not interested in making the trip. If I knew the price of a featured item, and more importantly if it’s on sale, perhaps then I’d be more inclined make a special trip to purchase it and accumulate the PC points.

        When I have a smartphone I’ll likely start using PC Plus. Even then, I don’t think I’ll be a making special trip to earn 400 PC points on Kleenex napkins without knowing the actual price, but at least remembering my loaded offers would be easier.

        I have no problems with my purchases being tracked though. If it results in a more personalized shopping experience for me that's actually a very good thing. Not creepy at all. For me at least.

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          sbug206 RE: Smorgasbord Oct 19, 2013 03:23 PM

          There's no way they can give you the prices. They don't know which store you're going to shop at. Prices will vary depending on the store.

          Keep in mind how inflated the points values are. They deliberately add on the zeros to make it seem like they're giving you something but 500 points is only equal to 5 cents! So don't ever buy anything based on the points you'll get. Just shop normally as if the points aren't there. It's a very sneaky marketing scheme.

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            pakmode RE: sbug206 Nov 4, 2013 09:52 AM

            1000 points = $1.00
            so 500 points = $0.50

        2. CocoaChanel RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 02:18 PM

          I have found the offers rather useless. Has taken s 4 months (or however long the program has been running) to get 20,000 points. Too much "push" if product and it is *justthismuchoff* what I really need. I only buy what I need for my list/menu plan, and if it happens to have points, so be it.

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            cheesymama RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 03:05 PM

            It works for me. I have a PC bank card that I use for all of my purchases at Loblaws anyway so I was already collecting points. I find that my points are accumulating much more quickly now. I haven't changed my shopping patterns and I don't buy all of my groceries at Loblaws.
            I agree about the tracking of purchases, kind of creepy but they were doing it anyway. At least now I benefit from it.
            If you do any grocery shopping at Loblaws I say give the program a try.

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              knusprig RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 04:52 PM

              I do not find this program useful for my grocery shopping pattern. I plan my grocery shopping on Thursday evenings and shop early on Friday morning.
              PCPlus email me the points info (to load) after 11:00 am Fridays.
              I don't have tablet/smartphone either, so by the time I get to my laptop - I've done 70% of my shopping.

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                cheesymama RE: knusprig Nov 1, 2013 07:39 AM

                You can sign into your account and load your offers before they E-mail you with them.

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                FrenchSoda RE: ta0126 Oct 19, 2013 07:36 PM

                It's the 'loading-the-offers' that turned me off. Any loyalty card tracks your purchases and I'm perfectly willing to carry the card in return for reasonable benefits, but having to log on to the site and click through agreeing every single week is ridiculous.

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                  BlueGoo RE: FrenchSoda Oct 19, 2013 11:22 PM

                  Totally agree! Also, the PC plus website is useless for iPad users.

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                  ta0126 RE: ta0126 Oct 20, 2013 07:42 AM

                  thanks for your input. i guess i will stick to just pc points for now and hold off on pc plus. loblaw's prices are pretty high compared to no frills and other discount stores so any incentives would have to be fairly significant.

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                    Yongeman RE: ta0126 Nov 2, 2013 01:38 AM

                    Can you use the card to accumulate points at other Loblaw affiliates like No Frills or ValuMart, or only Loblaws stores?

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                      cheesymama RE: Yongeman Nov 2, 2013 04:02 AM

                      Only Loblaw for the PC Plus.

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                        Yongeman RE: cheesymama Nov 2, 2013 02:38 PM

                        Thanks, cm. Too bad, but I got a card today anyway. I'm going to register.

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                          pakmode RE: cheesymama Nov 4, 2013 09:53 AM

                          Superstore's in Toronto started taking it last week...finally.

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                            cheesymama RE: pakmode Nov 4, 2013 12:14 PM

                            Excellent! Now if they would only get No Frills on board.

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                              Midknight RE: cheesymama Nov 6, 2013 09:30 AM

                              Fortino's is on the program, as well.

                      2. rosieintoronto RE: ta0126 Nov 3, 2013 07:52 AM

                        I signed up, but I don't go out of my way to collect the bonus points because I find it annoying when the bonus offers are based on my taco night three weeks ago. I look out for the offers where they give 20000 points when you spend 80, and then I stock up on sales and products I like they don't carry at my no frills, like the montmormency cherry jam.

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                          evansl RE: ta0126 Nov 4, 2013 12:53 PM

                          I'm always amazed that people would be willing to help corporations spy on them and collect data on their personal life by signing up for such programs. It's hard enough to maintain any privacy at all these days without making it easier for them.

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                            magic RE: evansl Nov 4, 2013 01:55 PM

                            If it helps them to market to me more effectively and not waste my time looking at products I have no interest in, I say spy away.

                            I think I'll live to see another day, even if they know I like Unico linguine.

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                              Samalicious RE: evansl Nov 10, 2013 10:40 AM

                              They know what you're doing anyway, might as well get 10 percent off.

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