At first glance, loyalty programs at grocery stores look like a way for shoppers to save money. However, recent studies have shown that loyalty club members may be spending more than the shoppers that are not members. Here is a list of articles that take a hard look at the advantages and disadvantages of grocery store customer loyalty programs.
Everyday High Prices
An in-depth study of standard prices at stores with loyalty card programs discovers prices are 28-71 percent higher than those stores without cards.
Loyalty Cards: Reward or Threat?
Is your grocery store profiling you based on what you spend? This article answers that question and many more, plus explains how this trend can be damaging in the long run.
Alternatives to Loyalty Cards
If you prefer to not join loyalty programs you can still shop and get decent deals. Here is a roundup of some of the major supermarket and shopping outlets that don't offer loyalty cards and what they do offer instead.
How Grocery Stores Are Feeding Fears
Jane Black of BusinessWeek.com takes a look at the way loyalty programs can segment customers based on their spending habits.
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