I love Sainsburys supermarket.
It has a great range of organic and fairtrade products, well stocked shelves and happy-to-help staff.
But I do have one gripe.
Every freaking time I go in there and get my receipt (10 out of 10 by the way for being one of the first companies to offer double-sided receipts which, effectively halves their paper use) I get vouchers!
These vouchers are printed automatically at the till, are in full technicolour and I don’t think I’ve ever used one (except for the time I got the 5p off a litre of fuel jackpot voucher and filled up my tank to celebrate).
They really annoy me with their ‘get x amount of bonus nectar points when you spend x on your next shop’ because the amount I have to spend to get the bonus points is about £10-£15 MORE than I usually do; so it’s clever psychology, based on my past spending patterns, aimed at getting me to spend just that little bit more on crap I don’t need.
Then there is the ‘half a billion nectar points when you take out car insurance’ or ‘Get a dinner date with Brad Pitt when you apply for our credit card’ . (Ok, there isn’t but you get the drift).
Then there are promises of yet more bonus points when I spend £20 on clothing that I don’t need.
I don’t WANT these things, but more than that I don’t want the vouchers either. I don’t want the pieces of paper with their toxic inks in my purse which I then have to recycle. I already receive about 1kg of paper receipts per year in useless receipts.
And no, you can’t stop the vouchers or request not to have them because it’s all automated. According to their website, Sainsburys have over 18 million customers per week. If everyone gets a couple of vouchers that’s 36 million pieces of (mostly unused I’d hazard a guess) paper ending up landfilled or recycled.
What about you – any gripes this week which are getting in the way of you doing your bit for the environment?