^^^ Agree with this about access to the ads ahead of time! The benefit has greatly out weighed the negatives of being disappointed. Knowing the items' prices on BF compared to sales this past weekend (veterans' day sales) helped us out immensely. Macy's prices on Friday and Saturday for their one day sale in addition to the $10 off $25 coupon eliminated the need to shop there on BF. The system was down that tracks what is allowed for the $10 coupon so all the sales assiociates were instructed to push all the coupons through. So the coupon "worked" on everything, morning specials, designer fashions, cosmetics, perfumes, everyday values....all the typical exclusions. Comparing the ad prices most items differed at most by $1, if that. Not as much on sale BUT what I needed/wanted was. Combined with minimal people shopping, fully stocked in all sizes and colors and I was a happy camper.
They were giving out boxes for all things, no waiting in line for that and as many as you needed. Great shopping experience.
Same is true for our new Toys R Us, picked up what I needed price matching to Target, Walmart
and Big Lots and combining that with TRU's coupons, freebies and rebates (hasbro games) in the previous weeks sales.
Might only shop the remaining items on Amazon
. We shall see. But having the ads ahead of time helped immensely, even if they were disappointing to some. Saved time, aggravation and in some cases money!