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    I'm new to the Forum. My name is Roger Pink and I have a Ph.D. in Physics. I posted earlier but I'm not seeing what I posted, so I'm trying again.


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    I figured out my previous post didn't show up because I had a link in it. Apparently new users can't post links. Curiously, I can reply to my own post with a link. So I just wanted to mention that I write about science and I'm doing a little self promotion. I write a blog and the most recent subject is on the Saturn V Rocket. If you're interested, please visit my blog and give it a read. You can comment there or put your comments here, feedback is welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerPink View Post
    I figured out my previous post didn't show up because I had a link in it. Apparently new users can't post links. Curiously, I can reply to my own post with a link. So I just wanted to mention that I write about science and I'm doing a little self promotion. I write a blog and the most recent subject is on the Saturn V Rocket. If you're interested, please visit my blog and give it a read. You can comment there or put your comments here, feedback is welcome.

    Saturn V Rocket
    Well you're off to a flying start finally. Welcome
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    Yes, finally! I should learn to read after I submit rather than assume it just went through.

    Anyway, thanks for the welcome. This looks like a cool forum for me to check out once in a while.
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    Hello RogerPink and welcome to the forum.

    I found your blog article on LiFi very interesting and went to Wiki for a bit more of an overview.

    Wouldn't you know it, they are pioneering a retail store application already, lol. (I work in corporate retail grocery.)

    This first smartphones using this technology should arrive in 2015. This screen can also receive VLC signals as well as the smartphone camera.[32] The cost of these screens per smartphone is between $2 and $3, much cheaper than most new technology.[33] Philips lighting company has developed a VLC system for shoppers at stores. They have to download an app on their smartphone and then their smartphone works with the LEDs in the store. The LEDs can pinpoint where they are located in the store and give them corresponding coupons and information based on which aisle they are on and what they are looking at.
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    @ Zade

    Why couldn't all stores just add the reduced price for coupons on the items that have them. This way you'd get the coupon discount even if you don't have a coupon. I know that coupons are offered to get people to try new products but most of the time the products that have coupons are the ones being bought regularly. Another consideration is to put the coupons on the store shelves so people could see them and if they wanted to try the product they would see the reduced price which would be subtracted at the checkout counter. Just a thought.
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    You raise a good question, Cosmic, and the answer is really quite complex. For one thing, the coupons are seldom offered at store level, they are provided through outside agencies. They are often agreements that have been entered into with manufacturers and distributors. Financial institutions also mail out offers and customers can find many on-line sources to print off special coupons.

    Coupons are not just a single level entity. They are diverse and it is the psychology of competition that is being utilized, not the principle of 'fairness'. At our store, we do put the coupons on the shelves close to the product and I actually have noticed an increase in coupon use over the years. I have also observed that in many cases the shelf price goes up a few days before the coupon comes out so that the actual savings to the customer is not as great as the coupon might suggest.

    The companies frequently make small timing errors though, and here in the west, our weekly flyer price changes always come down a day before the coupons expire so when the price of a coupon item goes on sale, that is the best time to grab it and get a true bargain. I have my household products bought 6 months in advance by this method at super discounted prices. The same with PC and Optimum points. Occasionally they give me a points offer for something that is a really good deal because it is also an in-store special. When I get an offer for 20% off beef and we have some close-dated meat already at 30% reduction, that is a great time to top up the freezer especially as many of the offers do not specify limits.

    In summary, coupons CAN be good deals but the customer needs to pay close attention to the fine print in order to maximize their savings. Air fresheners are promoted regularly and the best deals on those are to be found after major holidays when most of the special packaging offerings get reduced by 50% or greater and there is also a coupon offer to be had. I have frequently bought $20.00 of product and then received a $15.00 rebate by mail.

    Here is an interesting article on coupons. How Companies Make Mistakes With Coupons
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