Shelf Clearer (n.)- A shopper who takes an item that is on sale and buys mass quantities of it. Most often to the point where they leave nothing else for the shoppers behind them to buy. I have to confess when I first started couponing I use to get 9 or more papers on Sunday! Yes, I said 9! After I saw how many times items ended up being FREE I figured buying them and getting FREE itmes way over paid for my newspaper and that I mine as well stock up. After a few months I settled down and took it down to 4 papers, 1 per person in my home.
When I had 9 papers I was able to buy a TON of sale items. Many times I would walk up to the shelf and I would take everything from the shelf leaving nothing behind for anyone else. My family and I were using the items, but most times not as quickly as I thought we would.
I do remember that being able to stock up in mass quantity took a lot of work on my part. I had to pay attention to the sales, I had to try and get to the store when the store had the items in stock. I spent time clipping my coupons and I was paying for 9 newspaper subscriptions.
Sometimes when you see people walking around the store with the last of the item you wanted in their cart it can be frustrating, but every situation can be unique. I know a ton of readers were frustrated when they couldn't find the .25 Powerade a couple weeks ago because people were buying in in MASS quantities. At one point when I was at my store I saw a family pushing 30 plus carts around full of Powerade. Turns out they were stocking up for a Youth Conference activity. Another mom had probably 4 carts full, turns out she is a foster mom with 9 kids living at her home. Another dad was there buying a ton for the soccer team he coaches.
Yesterday as I read through the comments about the Quaker sale I learned that some Smith's stores were limiting the amount of items you could purchase. I found that interesting, so I wanted to know your thoughts
Do you think stores should limit the amount of items a customer can buy to prevent shelf clearing, or do you like to first come first serve rule?
Weigh in with your thoughts.......