Does anybody have a supermarket or high street loyalty card?
These cards are evil
The store gives them to you under the pretence that the store in question values your custom and wants you to save money but here is the reality.
You loyalty card is used as a spying device to gather information about your shopping habits. Swiping it through the machine at the supermarket entrance (supposedly to see what offers are avilable to you) lets the store know what time you entered. Using the card at the checkout lets the store know exactly what products you bought and what time you left the store. Without the loyalty card they can only tell which products were sold, not which products were sold to individual people.
So lets have a quick recap. The store knows what time you entered and what time you departed and how much you spent and on which products. Lets not forget that they also have all your credit card details.
OK. This might not seem like much of a big deal but they can also get your picture from CCTV and add that to your 'file'.
The idea behind all this is that the store in question builds up a good profile of it's customers which helps to determine ways in which the store can attain maximum profit. There is nothing wrong with this, everybody is entitled to make a profit but does anybody else think it is seriously out of order for these places to steal that information from us (or more accurately trick the info out of us) instead of telling us what their intentions are?
Surely, at the very least our privacy is being invaded. Debate this if you like but one single factor will always come into play...
Nobody gives away free products!!