This JC Penney Coupon Is Very Versatile

Reader Greg writes:

As I recall, you did something on useless Sports Authority coupons. JC Penney is no slouch either. From one I got in the mail:

Wednesday-Saturday March 5-8
Extra 10% off

And the small print:
10% discount does -not- apply to purchases of:

Value Right
“2 or more” prices
Cosmetics & Fragrances
Jewelry Bonus Buys
Furniture & Mattresses
Made-to-measure Window Coverings
Personal Care & Fitness products
Small Appliances & Electronics
Columbia Sportswear
Easy Spirit
Hunter Douglas
Afterschool Promotional items
Outlet Stores
Salon Services & Service Contracts
Gift Card/e-Gift Cards

-and- (their “and”)

JC Penney Custom Fit clothing
Jodee Catalogs
Combo Prices
Fine China
Floor Care
Infant (Bedding/Furniture/Wheeled Goods/Accessories)
Musical Instruments
Pet Items
Sporting Goods
Video Games
Grand Patrician
Oreck & Teleflora

So, what exactly is left that I could want 10% off on? Oh, and this super discount is “not advertised to the general public”, or so it says on the coupon.



This sucks, I was totally going to order a pool from JC Penney until I realized that I could not have a 10% discount. Now I’m going to have to swim in my own tears.


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  1. I know this isn’t about J.C. Penney, but I went into Nordstrom’s last week, and HELLO EXPENSIVE!

  2. sleepydumbdude says:

    Reminds me of some of those coupons off of regularly priced items. You go to the store and it seems every damn thing is already on sale. It was either Penney’s or Macy’s I ran into that problem. I glanced over at the register and the item was 3% off all ready so I couldn’t use the coupon.

  3. ClayS says:

    Can the coupon be used on any Big and Tall clothing?

  4. “Now I’m going to have to swim in my own tears.” – too funny :)

    Years ago I got a flyer for a local business with a coupon on it that said “50% off of all out of stock items. No rainchecks.” Certainly a misprint, but it was funny nonetheless…

  5. aparsons says:

    @loquaciousmusic: nordstrom takes anything back (even if they don’t sell it there anymore). If you have a receipt, you get what you paid for it. I had a pair of shoes from there, saved my receipt, and when the sole broke, I took them back to Nordstrom. 100% refund, no questions asked.

  6. starrion says:

    What were you expecting in Nordstroms?

    There whole “raison d’etre” is vacuuming cash from trophy wives and princesses.

    Clothing comes off the assembly line, some they ship to discount stores, others they set aside, sew a tag in it with a name brand and ship it to Nordstroms at three times the markup.

  7. RobinB says:

    In defense of JCP, they mail out catalog coupons that are great–used one to order drapes just this week and saved 20% (which pretty much just covers shipping, but it’s a saving!) If I bought a lot of high-end brand name stuff the coupons might not apply, but I don’t go to JCP for that stuff. To me, JCP represents good ol’ generic home furnishings and clothing basics.

  8. cockeyed says:

    JC penny blows anyway.

  9. ElizabethD says:

    LOL! Everyone head for “Big and Tall”, stat.

  10. Angryrider says:

    10%? That only covers sales tax!

  11. yasth says:

    @starrion: That just isn’t really the way things work. I mean sure some things are almost the same.

    Yet others really do have differences, whterher you are ever likely to notice or care is another issue entirely but, small details change quite a bit.

    If you really want to see the difference take one of the M65 Military coats that are everywhere, pick one up at a high end store and one at Target. Now look at the stitching of the details, the zipper pulls, and the hemming. There simply will be differences.

    Now whether those are worth paying the price delta is between you and your pocketbook, but as you return them, realize that while nordstrom’s makes more money per item, they really do pay more for the product they put on their shelves, and that does buy… something.

  12. NotATool says:

    Sears coupons are the same way…so many exclusions and limitations you wonder what you can actually buy with it.

  13. AMetamorphosis says:

    I have received these coupons on many occasions from JCP as I am supposedly a ” preffered customer “. The last time I received one I walked in and asked (nicely) WHAT exactly could I use the coupon for?

    The good natured sales person laughed and said: “Your guess is as good as mine”

    Although I was not happy that the coupon was a bogus sales advert I appreciated the honest response and the shared commradere of this young lady.

    I suggest that from now on, whenever you get one of these coupons from any retailer that has these many exclusions, walk up to customer service and ASK what exactly you can use the coupon for. If they can’t give you an answer, drop the “coupon” on the desk and tell them that you’ll have to shop @ another competitor.

    As a side note, MACY’s, BOSCOV’s, The BON TON & many other retailers are playing this same game.

  14. Steve Trachsel, Ace says:

    I’ll say this as someone who worked for them a LONG time ago. The coupons were like that back then too. No Jewelry, cosmetics, Dockers/Levi brand, ect…

    Basically it was anything that was already on sale or wasnt allowed to be discounted.

    It did apply to their store-branded merchandise, which was half the store. The problem was they couldnt put “store branded” because they wanted those brands, Stafford, Towncraft, Hunt Club, ect, to have a premier feel to them, and most customers didnt realize how much of the stuff was store brands.

    In summary, limits suck, coupons still good for a lot.

  15. Shmonkmonk says:

    The list seems long but most of those stuff aren’t even sold in stores (when’s the last time you saw video games sold there?) and a lot of them are things the general public wouldn’t be interested in (Jodee catalog, if I recall properly, only sell bras for mastectomy patients).
    I worked at Penneys, the list seems very restrictive but it still applies to like 80% of the stuff in the store. Plus, if you claim ignorance and nicely (key word is “nicely”) ask them to override the discount (“The prints is so small, how was I suppose to know?” “Well, there wasn’t anything on the sales sign saying I couldn’t use it.” “Well, I thought it was going to cost $XXX so that’s all the money I brought.”) chances are good they’ll override it for you. When I worked there, we dealt with so many idiot customers it wasn’t worth it to fight them on little things.

  16. Raanne says:

    certain brands dont allow themselves to be discounted, as they like to be sold for teh same price at all stores. other items (such as the value right) have a low markup to start with, so the store doesn’t discount them.

    This really is a standard coupon for JCP, and is what they have always looked like. what you can use it on is almost anythign in the store – trust me – they carry way more stuff that it can be used on.

  17. hi says:

    They forgot the last one:

    10% discount does -not- apply to purchases of: “Things made in China”.

  18. mthrndr says:

    @Tracy Ham and Eggs: Yeah, growing up I always thought Stafford was a good brand, all proud wearing my Stafford coat. Later I realized it was about as cheap as Payless.

  19. rjhiggins says:

    @starrion: Besides being totally off-topic, you sound a bit jealous because Nordstrom is out of your price range.

    I shop at Nordstrom because the quality is outstanding (to suggest you get the same stuff at JCP is laughable) and the service is phenomenal. Return an item a year later? No problem. Heck, they take returns on items they don’t even sell.

    Is some of their stuff overpriced? Absolutely. But if you shop intelligently you can get decent deals on clothes that will last for years — unlike that crap from Penney’s.

  20. rjhiggins says:

    @Shmonkmonk: The second half of the list is for things sold only online. (It’s stated clearly on the coupon, not so much in the poster’s translation.)

  21. snoop-blog says:

    penny’s is a little pricey, but i’m running out of stores that carry south pole clothes. (i love them!)

  22. catnapped says:

    I should send you one from Boscov’s…you’ll wonder what you can buy given all the exclusions.

  23. userboy says:

    As long as that list is, it’s still not as bad as the list of exclusions on Macy’s coupons. You can still use it on most clothing, including the new Ralph Lauren line at JCP.

  24. The Great Aussie Evil says:

    Jeez, just write “Not valid at JC Penney’s” and save some paper!

  25. iamlost26 says:

    once i was at a macy’s with a similar coupon (but probabbly 25%), and tried to buy a gold necklace for my girlfriend. anyway, the coupon wouldn’t go through at the computer, and when the cashier asked the manager for help, without even LOOKING AT THE COUPON, she says, “look, excludes fine jewelry”, then walks away. after SCOURING the coupon afterwards, we concluded that it didn’t say that ANYWHERE on the coupon. and eventually another person came along that wasn’t totally incompetent and got the coupon through.

    anyway, all department store coupons are like this, but i bet they do it on purpose just to confuse you.

  26. Oface says:

    I worked at Belk’s and HATED coupon days. They exclude everything but the store branded things that aren’t on red dot. And people would yell at me about it. Yes, I’m an associate making $8 an hour. Its TOTALLY my fault. Damn coupons.

  27. Moosehawk says:

    @loquaciousmusic: The Nordstrom in MOA had this checker vest looking gay sweater thing on display next to the walk way and I looked at the price tag thinking it was like $20. Boy, was I wrong. Try $1200. I didn’t think ANYONE would buy it for $20, who the fuck would buy it for $1200?

  28. DeleteMyAccountPlease says:

    That coupon is actually very useful. Read it as 10% of clothes, except for Columbia Sportswear, Easy Spirit, Hunter Douglas, or Levi’s.

    That’s basically the whole top floor at my mall.

  29. tkozikow says:

    I view JCP and Kohl’s as about the same and we get similar coupons from Kohl’s all the time with far fewer restrictions. While you may not be able to use it on a Krups coffee maker or Calphalon cookware, just about everything else in the store is fair game.

  30. Brie says:

    Funny, I’ve had the exact opposite experience with JCP coupons – maybe I don’t shop for the restricted brands. The checkers tend to give me the fill-out-this-survey-and-get-15-percent-off thingies, which I always use to slam their horrible dressing rooms, and which are also somewhere online if you look hard enough. Anyway, these coupons are good on anything I try to buy, including clearance, so I’ve walked out of there with a $2 top for myself in addition to my daughter’s new pants.

    Granted, this was two years ago when she still wore whatever kind I went there to buy.

  31. StevieD says:

    Gee Whiz, typical coupon that could be from any business.

    The whole purpose of a coupon, any coupon, is to attract attention of consumers and generate sales of slow selling products.

    Obviously the coupon has gotten our attention and if somebody buys the slow seller then JCP will win as well.

  32. CandiM says:

    I’ve been employed at a JCP for over a year now and believe it or not, most of their coupons are like this. They exclude most everything -aside from the most basic of JCP clothing brands- and then the managers get angry when customers argue over the sheer stupidity of such a coupon. And yes, there is a far better coupon that can be gotten after most any purchase; fill out the survey on the back of your receipt within 30 days and you get a 15% off -which works with many more things than this 10%.

    Of course, JCP has been going down the toilet lately. We just had mandatory three hour training sessions about how we are supposed to trust the customer in everything they say; most cases, that’s good. However, it was explicitly said that if a customer comes up to us with virtually any item and claims that they found it on a sale rack, we are obligated to give them the price -virtually any price- they tell us. I don’t think that is a particularly smart way to run a business…