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Friday, April 11, 2014

Maidenform Customer Satisfaction Program

I love Maidenform, and after this recent email, I love them more!

Check out this email I just received!


 
 
Dear Valued Customer,
 
We are writing to you to make you aware of an important customer satisfaction program because we value you as a customer and appreciate your loyalty to Maidenform products.

It has recently come to Maidenform’s attention that the manufacturer of the fabric for certain shapewear products, marketed by Maidenform, may be unable to provide the level of substantiation for advertising claims that Maidenform expects. Although there is nothing wrong with the products, Maidenform wants to ensure that its customers are completely satisfied. Therefore, Maidenform is offering a Maidenform Visa® Prepaid Card to any customer who is dissatisfied with their purchase of the below listed products. The Visa® Prepaid Card will include the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”) for each item purchased, an additional 10% of the MSRP to cover any sales tax you may have paid, and an additional $6.00 to cover shipping and handling.

Flexees Slim Wear Hi Waist Thigh Slimmer (Style #1267/1267C) (MSRP $44.00)
Flexees Slim Wear Thigh Slimmer (Style #1358) (MSRP $38.00)
Self Expression Thigh Slimmer (Style #00835) (MSRP $20.99)
Self Expression Boyshort (Style #00882) (MSRP $14.99)
Sweet Nothings Hi Waist Thigh Slimmer (Style #88267) (MSRP $20.94)
Sweet Nothings Thigh Slimmer (Style #88358) (MSRP $16.94)
Sweet Nothings (High Waist) Boyshort (Style #88359) (MSRP $15.94)
Sweet Nothings (Wear Your Own Bra) Cami (Style #85266) (MSRP $18.94)
Sweet Nothings Boyshort (Style #88860) (MSRP $12.94)

If you have purchased any of the above listed products and are dissatisfied with your purchase, you may return the above listed products (new or used) in exchange for a prepaid card. In order to receive the prepaid card or if you have questions about the customer satisfaction program, please visit www.maidenformCSP.com,
call 1-866-892-8076, or email inquiries@maidenformcsp.com. In order to participate in the program, you must register online by July 15, 2014 and you will receive the prepaid card six-to-eight weeks after the eligible product is returned. The prepaid card will expire six months from date of issuance. This card is issued by CenterState Bank of Florida, NA pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
We thank you again for your loyalty
to Maidenform products.
 
 




Double Dipping Grocery Deals!

If you are a fan of Crazy Couponing, you know how much I love smartphone apps that help you save or make money!

Ibotta
Shopmium (Use code GYYGCUTN to get a free Lindt Chocolate Bar!)
Checkout 51
SavingStar



Buy any brand Milk-
Ibotta- $0.50 cash back
Checkout 51- $0.50 back

Total Cash Back= $1.00

Real California Milk Coupon= $0.35



Glade Wax Melts
Ibotta- $1.00 cash back
Checkout 51- $0.50 cash back

Total Cash Back= $1.50

Glade Wax Melts Coupon=$1 off two


Yogurt-
Shopmium- Fage Yogurt- $0.50 cash back
Checkout 51- any brand yogurt- $0.50 cash back

Total Cash Back= $1.00


Lavazza Coffee-
Shopmium- $1.50 cash back
Checkout 51- $2.50 cash back
 (Must buy Gran Aroma, Classico, Gran Selezione or Perfetto blend to receive both rebates)

Total Cash Back= $4.00


Glade Plugins Scented Oil Twin Refill
Shopmium- $1.00 cash back
Checkout 51- $0.75 cash back
Total cash back= $1.75

Glade Plugins Scented Oil Coupon-$1 off


Belvita Soft Baked Breakfast Biscuits 8.8 oz.
Shopmium- $1.00 cash back
Ibotta-  $0.75 cash back
Total Cash Back- $1.75 


Ritz Crackerfuls
Ibotta- $1.00 cash back
Checkout 51- $1.00 cash back
Total Cash Back- $2.00


CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner
Ibotta- $0.75 cash back
Shopmium- $1.00 cash back
Total Cash Back- $1.75


CLR Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover
Ibotta- $0.75 cash back
Shopmium- $1.00 cash back
Total Cash Back- $1.75




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sweepstakes tips and tricks!

 How many of you have seen contests or sweepstakes on Facebook or Twitter and entered one or two but never really won anything? I win stuff here and there, but I've never focused on sweepstakes as a full time job. There are many full time "sweepers" who take entering contests seriously.

I met Melissa via Facebook through one of her sweepstakes groups. After becoming her friend, I saw how many sweepstakes she entered and how many she WON! I was fascinated. I never saw someone winning THAT many contests before. I had to know more! She was gracious enough to answer some questions for me, and give you all some great tips!

Crazy Couponing: How did you get started sweeping?
Melissa Tippie: By trying to do the coupon thing. Then went to Free Samples online. Which lead entering to sweepstakes.

CC: Do you do it exclusively? Meaning full time. Do you have another job?
MT: Over the years I've done both. Worked part-time at my sweeps while also work outside of the home. To now full time doing sweeps only. With gas prices & living in the country ... I found I could help my family more by staying home & entering sweeps vs working only part-time at a job outside the home. 


CC: How much time do you devote to it each day?
MTSometimes only 4 to 6 hours..and sometimes I'll sweep for 10-12-14 hours in a row. It depends on many factors: such as weather ~ season/my health/beginning or ending time of the month/etc
I do enter sweeps everyday ~ even holidays. Except if I'm on vacation or away camping w/no internet access. I find I win more if I sweep everyday.

CC: What are the most frustrating aspects of sweeping?
MT: Nothing really. I find it's like a treasure hunt looking for sweeps that I am eligible for my state/country to enter. I look at it like a sports player or a race car driver would in their sport ~ they don't always score a basket, hit a home room or win the car race...but they are getting to play something that they love. And I love sweeping. I'd rather enter find & sweeps then say watch tv/movies, do crafts, etc or what other people might do as hobbies with their free time. 


CC: What are the most fun aspects? 
MT: Whenever I find a sweep with a really fun or cool prize. Then as I enter I get to dream ... if only for a minute ... what I might do IF I was lucky enough to win that prize! How it could change my life...or my families??? Or who I might give that prize to IF I won? 

CC: What is the biggest prize you have ever won?
MT: Trips, I'd say. Won: My FAVES ~ NBC's The Voice Season Finale 2 Live Shows in CA. From a Twitter sweep where I had to answer questions ask by Kohl's over a period of months. Or a Trip for 4 to Disney, CA w/hopper park passes from a Facebook sweep. Several gambling trips as well to Las Vegas & Tunica, MS. Plus Big Ticket Items: 2 ct Black Diamond Yellow Gold earrings, $2500 Mac Make-up, Amethyst 18 Yellow Gold drop earrings, $570 Smartphone & Epson Wireless Printer. Smaller Ticket Items: 2 portable wireless printers, Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, SkyPad 706 Tablet, picnic table, tools, tv wall mount, clothes, shoes, jewelry, tons of headphones/earbuds, books, dvd's, cd's, backpacks/bags/totes to lot's of food/drinks etc. Checks from $2 -$1,000. Gift Cards from $5 -$500. Also a Year of: Toilet Paper, Toothbrushes, Hummus Dip, Socks, Weed Killer, etc.

CC: How often do you win?
MT: Every week. Even if it's smaller items.

CC: Do you rely on referrals for wins? Why or why not?
MT: I share every sweeps that I enter via all my personal social pages. I think if everyone would share what sweeps they've found and/or entered then none of us sweepers would have to rely on paid sweeps sites to find the sweeps. Lot's of sweep that you enter you will give someone a referral ... whether it's to a sweeper that you know in person/online or someone you don't know behind the paid sweep site. That doesn't mean you are handing that person the win. It means that you have found another sweep to enter. That's it. I had 9,000 entries in to win $10,000 and a lady won it w/only a few entries. It's luck...in what sweeps that you DO win. It's NOT luck in winning ~ IF you enter into enough sweeps each day/week/month. The key is ENTER ENTER and ENTER some more.

However, that being said READ the rules once or twice. Don't waste your time entering, sharing & re-sharing all month long to win a sweep that you are not eligible for your age/state/country etc to win. No one likes to read the rules cause it slows a sweeper down. However like I said don't hurry in the beginning ~ only to waste time all month long sharing a sweep ~ to find that you can't win the prize. So work smarter not harder.

CC: Does anyone in your family sweep with you?
MT: No. My 18 year old son thinks it's stupid & crazy  until I win him a prize or a trip! I have a few ex co-workers, some of my families co-workers & some friends who sweep some/part time. But no one who does it with on a daily bases. Just strangers I've met online via social web sites ~ that I'm lucky to say quite a few have become good friends over time.  

CC: What is the biggest tip you have for people who want to win contests? 
MT: Read the rules & enter as much as you can/and as often as you can on each day/week/month. Have patience waiting on a win. My 1st won took like a month or so. Also, try to enter different types of sweeps w/diff ending dates all through-out each month. So, you will give yourself more chances to win prizes each month. Examples: Instant Win Games, Text-To-Win, Twitter's ReTweet-to-Win, blogs, PunchTab, Woobox, magazine sweeps, tv show sweeps etc. Do both Enter Daily & One Time Only sweeps/giveaways too. Try to join diff social sites ~ Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, myspace, Klout, Crowdtap, YouTube to find both the sweeps/giveaways/contests & sweepers to connect up with every day/week/month. Also, don't forget your local sweeps & contests from radio stations or in stores.

Thank you Melissa for the wonderful tips and tricks! If you would like to start sweeping and become friends with Melissa (She has TONS of links to sweepstakes!), you can contact her at the following links!


https://twitter.com/MelissaTippie

www.pinterest.com/meltip1
https://www.facebook.com/melissa.tippie 

And if you want a list of sweepstakes we enter, go to our Facebook Page




Monday, January 20, 2014

Jewelry in Candles Review and Giveaway!

Jewelry In Candles is a great company that offers amazing scents and cute jewelry all in one candle!

The candles are 100% soy wax, so they are a healthier and longer lasting alternative to paraffin candles. As a mom to two little ones, I appreciate that a company takes the time to create a product that is better for the environment!

Not only are candles available, wax tarts and aroma beads are available as well! There are many scents to choose from such as Hazelnut Coffee, Honeydew Melon, Vanilla, Clean Cotton and MORE!

Along with the amazing scents, each candle has a jewelry gift inside valued from $10 to $1000! It's like two gifts in one!

I love the scent of lavender because it has a very calming effect on me. When I have had a stressful day, lighting a candle seems to be just the thing to soothe me. I was excited to try the lavender candle from this company!



After lighting the candle about 3 times, I finally saw the foil at the top of the wax! I blew out the candle and pryed it out. I didn't have to damage the wax too much, which was a nice relief! I was excited to see what treasure I received. My daughter and I peeled back the foil and found a little plastic baggie. Once we opened the baggie, we found this cute necklace inside!





I'm assuming this is a $10 value, because it obviously doesn't look like it is worth much more than that. It IS perfect for my 5 year old, so it worked out perfectly. She asked me to put it on her right away!

Jewelry in Candles was nice enough to offer one lucky reader a candle in the scent of their choice!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Disclaimer: I received the following products for review from Jewelry in Candles. All opinions are my own.



Thursday, December 19, 2013

MooLaLa

I have promoted MooLaLa to no end on my Facebook page, my personal page and on this blog. I am now NO LONGER supporting them. If you signed up under MooLaLa with my referral link, I am sorry! I do not promote businesses that treat me poorly as a customer.

In the last month, I have had SEVERAL issues with MooLaLa. I believe their customer service is terrible and I find it unacceptable.


November 11th- I wanted to cash out my rewards of $11.93. I usually try this option with businesses to see how fast they can send a check.

"If you've got over $5 in your rewards account you can request a check. We'll mail your check within 10-14 days. We love sending our members money!"

10-14 days sounds reasonable, right? Well, 10-14 days passed (they don't specify business days), and on December 3rd, I finally contacted customer service to ask them about it. I also could not request another check, since that one was still "pending". December 5th, I got a response that my check was mailed out on December 2nd.

Fine, it was annoying, but it was handled. I still supported the business and just chalked it up to a busy season.

Then I started reading about the Rainbow Loom fiasco.

MooLaLa ran a deal for Rainbow Looms for $9. I promoted this deal HEAVILY in November,  because I knew Loom Band bracelets are very popular and they would be a popular Christmas item.

Little did I know, HUNDREDS of customers would be complaining about MooLaLa and the vendor, Belleza Jewelry, about NOT receiving the Rainbow Loom Kits. Many who did receive them, stated they were fake. Now this is not entirely MooLaLa's fault, but when you associate with vendors who are giving customers a hard time and telling them they might not receive their orders before Christmas, it makes you look bad. It's called Guilt by Association.

I ordered the Rainbow Loom Kit, and I DID receive it a month later. It does not look authentic.

Here are what some customers told me personally:

"I am having an issue with Moolala as well. I ordered a product on their page, a Rainbow Loom. Bought my voucher and ordered from the 3rd party both on 11/13. Have not received the item, nor a response, from either Moolala or from the third party vendor. Supposedly my item was shipped two days ago, however the tracking information doesn't say that it was actually shipped and it looks like the item won't be here in time for Christmas. I am considering disputing the charge on my credit card."

"They supposedly shipped out 4 Rainbow Looms but none of the tracking #'s work and I still have a Rainbow Loom and a case I am waiting on. Moolala has done NOTHING to help rectify this situation. I went on Belleza's FB page under Belleza Jewelry and posted that I had waited 4 weeks and emailed, called etc and had gotten no response from them and they blocked me from posting on their page! I was just trying to get in touch with them to see WTH was going on?! I have 5 kids waiting, wanting Rainbow Looms for xmas and I have no idea if they are coming or not and I have already been charged $97, waited 5 weeks and have not had anyone own up to what is actually going on. If they do send me fake ones I am going to flip on them. They advertised authentic Rainbow Looms"

There are TONS more complaints on Facebook, which I am not going to quote here.

Next issue I had was with a "Mystery Box" I ordered for $29. It was originally worded as being a "$400 value". They then CHANGED the wording to say "Up to a $400" Value. I received the following items and broke down what the box was REALLY worth. This is the email I sent:

"I've purchased a mystery box and I am disgusted with what I have received.
http://amzn.to/IIHHLj- $6.95 Robot Kit
http://amzn.to/JkLnUc -$12.99 Flashlight
http://bit.ly/18Y5QtM -$8.99 iPhone Case
http://amzn.to/1daG7uQ -$4.99 Ear warmers
http://amzn.to/1cF25YX- $5.19 Door and window Alarm
I've obviously done the research and given RETAIL value for each item. The Retail value of the entire package is $39.02. Paying $29 for a box of cheap crap is NOT the same as a $400 value. How exactly do you do your math? I would like a step by step explanation. "

This was sent 7 days ago. The only response I received was this:

"Please accept our sincere apology for the delayed response. Our ticket volume is much higher than normal during this busy season. We have hired additional personnel and are working long hours to serve you better. The Moolala Member Experience Team is working through the requests in the order of receipt. Please be patient. We are certainly not intentionally ignoring you and want to give each member's request the attention it deserves.
Debbie
For the Moolala Member Experience Team"

Apparently, my request doesn't deserve any attention until I start threatening to write this blog post. I sent a message to Moolala's Facebook page telling them I would be writing a blog post expressing my grievances with their company. This is how they responded:

"Hi. We are not ignoring your messages. I understand your frustrations with the lack of response but we are doing our best. The Christmas season took us by surprise which in turn swamped our 3 person customer service team. To alleviate that, we have brought on several other employees recently to help conquer our back log of inquiries. I myself have dropped all of my responsibilities in order to help expedite our response time to the best we possibly can at this point. I ask that you please understand that our delayed responses are not a caused by irresponsibility, but rather a surprise in seasonal uptick. Moolala is a relatively young company with 20 people, who work in Austin, Texas, who are working hard to make the website as best of an experience as possible. We are NOT a disreputable company to make a quick buck through "shady practices". I have asked Customer Service to bump you up to the front of the list, and to get your ticket resolved. Please watch out for their email."

They then proceeded to BLOCK me from the page or sending them messages, so I am unable to get ANY communication from them whatsoever. I have been frozen out, and I am not expecting any responses from them in the near future.

I understand NEW companies having this sudden "uptick", but Moolala was founded in 2010 and has more than 17000 fans on Facebook. You would expect them to have more than three customer service representatives and or 20 employees total.

I am completely disappointed in this company and DO NOT RECOMMEND PURCHASING FROM THEM.

If you have had a bad experience with Moolala, please leave your story in the comments.

Moolala is NOT accredited by the Better Business Bureau, but you can still file a complaint against them. Here is the link. They have a rating of C-.

Read other's complaints about Moolala here.


UPDATE:
This is the response I received today, AFTER this blog post originally went live.


Wyatt (Moolala Support)
Dec 20 04:30 PM
Hello amara,
Your refund for $29.00 has been processed and should show in your account within the next two weeks (depending on your card issuer).
I'm going to go ahead and solve this ticket for now, but that doesn't mean we're done here. If you still have questions or if there's anything I can do to serve you better, please don't hesitate to reply to this email.
Wyatt Stafford
for the Moolala Member Experience Team 

I assume they decided to finally deal with my issues. Instead of explaining to me why the Mystery Box was improperly advertised, they refunded me $29. I'm happy with the final outcome, but I am still disgusted with their business practices.
 

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