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Extreme Couponing – Dangerous and mostly illegal

21 May, 2011 (07:22) | antivirus/spyware, Easy Money Making, prediction, security

Watching the TLC show Extreme Couponing immediately leaves a computer nerd with a skeptical feeling. Coupons today are driven by an incredible data mining corporate machine, it is hard to understand the $/hour cost of couponing and selling your soul vs getting a job. A little googling shows the illegal status of bar code fraud that many of the TLC couponers use. Navigating the minefield of bargains available on the web is tedious and leads to spyware, tracking and a complete lack of online privacy.

For today the windowsnerd prediction is that the TLC show will end after enough people get in fights with supermarket managers or go to jail and sue TLC. If there was a phenomenon where you could get $1000 worth of groceries for $30 consistently, companies will go out of business, people lose jobs. The show decided to highlight an anomaly that can’t be sustained on a large scale. Too bad for them.

Later on it might be interesting to study the amount of spyware, cookies, etc that come along with a standard visit to some standard coupon locations. Slickdeals.net, coupons.com etc. More interesting would be a list of statutes violated by the bar code scam. Is is possible to be charged with a felony for enough coupon scamming?

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