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PC Optimum Discussion Thread (formerly PC Plus)

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Deal Addict
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Dammit.. I forgot to save my offers last night! ugh. :/

Ron.
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Oct 14, 2017
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GTA
PointsHubby wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 12:24 pm
And we still continue to receive great weekly PC Plus Offers... I still attribute this to being part of being a FREQUENT CUSTOMER by Loblaws / PC Plus definition... in that we are in the store once a week or more... even if it is just to pick up milk / bread. They are clearly hoping while we are in we will get more stuff.
This makes intuitive sense too. Since most of the grocery shopping you do that the algorithm can track is at Loblaws, it labels you as a Loblaws customer and gives you better offers to encourage you to keep going back because it treats you like a "normal" customer; i.e. one who is more likely than you are to buy other things when in-store. And as long as you keep your shopping frequency above some threshold, you'll continue to get roughly the same number of offers per week.

I think there are thresholds because when I've shopped less often at my primary Loblaws-group banner, No Frills, my number of offers has consistently dropped, only to increase again once I returned to purchasing there more frequently.

I'd guess that how much a person spends factors in too, but haven't tried to figure out how.

And I haven't noticed any differences since I got my PC MC a few months ago, although I haven't really looked for any.
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Jonric wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 11:56 am
I'm not ready to abandon this theory immediately based on one person who reports shopping at Loblaws "often" without giving any indication of actual frequency or relative frequency compared to other Loblaws-group chains.
Whatever.
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greenman456 wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 9:31 pm
Whatever.
Exactly my point. Without any quantification or context, "often" could be whatever.
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Aug 24, 2006
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Scarborough
Any deals in the GTA on electronics this weekend ?

I've finally received both the "10% in pts on electronics" and the "5K pts on every $50 spent" ..
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Jonric wrote:
Jan 4th, 2018 7:51 pm
I think there are thresholds because when I've shopped less often at my primary Loblaws-group banner, No Frills, my number of offers has consistently dropped, only to increase again once I returned to purchasing there more frequently.
On my account I see there is a three-week delay between shopping less frequently and being punished for it.

Or at least, I skipped shopping at any Loblaw banner three weeks ago and this week I have only 16 offers, down from near 30, usually.
Member
Nov 11, 2016
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Halifax
OK - the big upcoming merge.
Is there anyone that has signed up and DONE the merge ?
Do they do it automatically based on having the SAME address ?

Is everyone going to ONE account ?
I can't help but think of people with two Air miles cards ....

I just think with the combined app that it would be hard to have two people contributing to different accounts- impossible really.

lecale : I only have 16 offers this week as well - and we did not skip a week. - but used a 100,000 point redemption 3 weeks ago.
So I am not sure there is a pattern.

I have the three saved from last week : 20 % on Beef, Chicken and Deli Meat.

And then 20 % on
PC Frozen Fruit
PC Frozen Vegtable
PC Dog Food
PC Soda Pop
PC Black Label ( BL ) Jam
NN Pasta Sauce

And then 20 % on
Mushrooms
Peppers

And then
500 on Blackberries
600 on Butter
500 on PC Special Breads
800 on PC BL crisps
1000 on PC BL Ice Cream
500 on White Milk
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Sep 9, 2017
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Winnipeg
lecale wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 11:54 am
On my account I see there is a three-week delay between shopping less frequently and being punished for it.

Or at least, I skipped shopping at any Loblaw banner three weeks ago and this week I have only 16 offers, down from near 30, usually.
I think I'm being punished as well lol. I received a BOM Airmiles M/C in early December and have been using it for all my non-Loblaws purchases and man have my PC offers declined. This week I only have 13, and no bonus offers at all.
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Feb 7, 2017
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lecale wrote:
Jan 5th, 2018 11:54 am
On my account I see there is a three-week delay between shopping less frequently and being punished for it.

Or at least, I skipped shopping at any Loblaw banner three weeks ago and this week I have only 16 offers, down from near 30, usually.
Lol either we are ALL being punished... or it is just a slow month*

I have 20 JUST FOR YOU Offers this week. No where near my past numbers in the high 20s to mid 30s... but still decent enough. Have been getting around 20 Offers for the last 2 months. NO BONUS OFFERS this week (so far)

I looked up my transaction history for December...

If you were to ask me, I would say We did the bulk of our shopping for the month elsewhere... and that’s because the biggest stock up for Christmas happened at a Metro (just too many good AM Offers to ignore). Metro is where we got baking supplies, Turkey, and all the fixings.

But in reality, we were in Loblaws at least once a week with 7 visits between December 1st and 31st. And overall Spend was more than $ 300... most of it “specialty items” for a get-together Christmas Eve... and then for our New Year’s House Party. Spent over $ 300 but only earned 20,000 Points... which is about 6%.

Not good. But then again the stuff we bought for the party rarely has Bonus Points (PC Insiders Items / Party Trays etc)

We contemplated cashing in Points for the party items... but in the end thought we’d save them for January Groceries when times are a bit leaner (nice to get FREE Groceries when you have Post Christmas CCs to pay off)

* I have heard that statistically December & January are the biggest months for folks to cash in their PC Points. So I guess it makes sense if the number of Offers are down in that timeframe too.
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Dec 28, 2007
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I've been getting 10 offers in the last 3 weeks. Anyone else noticed a big drop in theirs?
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Jan 7th, 2018 10:00 pm
I've been getting 10 offers in the last 3 weeks. Anyone else noticed a big drop in theirs?
Mine is the usual 20 or so in total.
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Dec 28, 2007
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Only 10 Just For You and no Bonus offers. Pretty lame recently. Why not load everybody up so they would spend more. Would make sense to me. Pretty odd marketing if you ask me.
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Apr 20, 2011
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ON
My offers have been fewer and worse in value since the new year.
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Jun 26, 2011
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Markham
jackrabbit000 wrote:
Jan 7th, 2018 10:16 pm
Only 10 Just For You and no Bonus offers. Pretty lame recently. Why not load everybody up so they would spend more. Would make sense to me. Pretty odd marketing if you ask me.
I typically got about 20 and wife 10-12. This week I think she got 4 and I got 10. Maybe this is how it will be with PC Optimum lol!

I certainly am shopping a lot less this week. If that's what they intended, mission accomplished.
Newbie
Nov 24, 2016
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Mine haven't changed.still around 20 @ 20% but less bonus offers. No bonus offers this week.

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