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Signing up with Shoppers Optimum?

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Aug 15, 2003
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Signing up with Shoppers Optimum?

I only go to Shoppers once or twice a month, but they've got another big, tempting signup bonus for their points card at the moment.

There's nothing wrong with signing up for this, is there? I won't be bombarded with useless junk mail on a regular basis?
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Mar 12, 2010
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Lots of people have them, including me, but it's just a pain of a points system in my opinion, so I don't much pay attention to it. I just scan my card when I'm there once in a while. Their points system is far too complicated to make it really worthwhile. Too many multipliers and redemption conditions, as in the value per point is never clear.
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Jul 31, 2008
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It depends what one determines as "junk".

They send a weekly email that tells you:

- how many optimum points you have
- link to weekly flyer
- weekly promo - if available (spend x dollars, get gift card)
- links to any bonus offers - if available (like the bonus points this week)
- links to coupons (if available)

One might consider it a lot of detail but if you're planning to buy something during the upcoming week - it might be helpful.

I personally don't find it that annoying. (I already spent my 30 dollar minimum this week to get the bonus points)
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Jan 16, 2009
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You can unsubscribe to the weekly email and keep the card, it's not mandatory.

I have an Optimum card, but it's usually pretty hard to work up to $50 in purchases for the big bonuses (even $30 like this week). My rule of thumb is never to buy anything I wouldn't have without the card, because otherwise you are just spending money now to maybe get some back later, and that's not wise.
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avp77 wrote:
Aug 10th, 2010 5:47 pm
You can unsubscribe to the weekly email and keep the card, it's not mandatory.

I have an Optimum card, but it's usually pretty hard to work up to $50 in purchases for the big bonuses (even $30 like this week). My rule of thumb is never to buy anything I wouldn't have without the card, because otherwise you are just spending money now to maybe get some back later, and that's not wise.
Thats a good rule...

The thing with Shopper is that, they are a little bit more expensive then most places. However if they have the spend $50/$75 and get x points or x times the points and if the Gillette cartridges are on sale then I go buy a bunch of them, no matter what I will use them. Right now I have about 36 new cartridges. It should last me for quite sometime.

I usually never buy anything from shoppers unless its on sale or I need it. The thing is that Shoppers is just few mins walk from my place so its convenient.
Jr. Member
Jan 11, 2009
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Oro Station, ON
Yes, generally speaking when SDM has sales - it's a good sale. But their regular prices are ridiculous.
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I was thinking about this again recently when I saw a neighbor had somehow gotten an SDM $20 off next purchase of $60+ coupon in the mail.

Is there a promo code somewhere I should use when I sign up?
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its probably the best points system in Canada. easy to spend money at shoppers if you have young kids, I buy diapers there all the time, they are always on sale.

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