Discount Coupon Exchange

Saturday, March 5, 2005 10:34 PM
If you are looking for theme park discounts and have coupons to exchange with other CBuzz members, post here. Hopefully, we can all help each other out in saving cash.

At the moment, I have SFOG coupons for "Buy One Get One Free" and "$6 Off One Full-Price Admission". If you're interested in a trade, PM me and tell me what coupons you have. Maybe we can strike a deal. Thanks!

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Sunday, March 6, 2005 11:38 AM
That's illegal. You know that, right?
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 12:47 PM
I was actually looking for some good SFOG discount coupons and I'd love to make a trade, but up here in Ohio the theme parks haven't put out their coupons yet. If I were to go to Atlanta, is there anywhere to pick up coupons--grocery stores, etc??
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 2:36 PM
Really coasterwiz? Mind elaborating, that's something new to me, and not sure y exchanging coupons could be illegal, hrmmm...
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 2:57 PM
I don't see that either - I've trading and even purchased tickets for other users on this site and have never had a problem. Source?
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 3:13 PM
Why would a company want it to be illegal. It is extra promotion for them, and it increases the odds that the more ppl will go to the park. I can't see any reason they wouldn't like this. Also its not like ppl are buying the coupons and then selling them, the coupons are given away usually so why would the company care who uses them.
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 3:15 PM
I have 2 SFKK tickets I would love to exchange for 2 HW or PKI tickets.
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 3:50 PM
$6 off an SFoG one day? Get outta here! Bring in a Coke can for like $10 off.
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 4:06 PM
Look on the coupon... here's what my coupon says:

"May not be reproduced. Void if transferred to any person, firm, or group prior to redemption."

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Sunday, March 6, 2005 4:56 PM
Ok, people give coupons, tickets, discounts to people everyday. Nobody is going to care.
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 5:48 PM
There is a huge difference between 'void' and illegal.
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Sunday, March 6, 2005 7:41 PM
Actually I just noticed the $6 off coupon I have is for SF White Water - not SFOG.

Why would this be illegal to trade coupons with one another? On the back of the coupon, all it says is "Coupon cannot be sold". It doesn't say coupon cannot be traded with other people for their coupon.

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Sunday, March 6, 2005 7:49 PM
Coupons are sold all the time. Go to eBay and search for coupons. You will get over 10k hits. If it is illegal than sell an envelope with free coupons or tickets in it. That's how I got my UM/OSU football tickets last year. I bought a really expensive pencil that came with free tickets.
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Monday, March 7, 2005 8:54 PM
It also depends on the coupon. If you got some huge discount coupon as a result of some mistake they made - yeah, I could see it being illegal because it was a special access/deal that was granted to you as a result of the situation. If it's something that's publicly available, than no. Also - I concur: there's a big difference between being void and being illegal (see my anecdote below).

Also, as far as actual tickets go, it's illegal in most areas to sell them, regardless of the price (considered scalping). I forget where he went, but a friend of mine almost got arrested a couple years ago on a group trip because there was someone who had cancelled at the last minute, and he wanted to recoup some of the loss and was trying to sell a $20 group ticket for $10. An undercover police officer (or maybe security, I don't know for sure) said that it's illegal to sell the ticket for any amount of money because of strict scalping laws. According to the officer, he could give the ticket away for free but he couldn't receive any compensation in return or it was considered scalping, and thus illegal. The officer told him he was going to let him go since he wasn't aware of it, but that according to the letter of the law, he could have been arrested and fined.

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Monday, March 7, 2005 9:32 PM
In most states, a person can sell a ticket to any event at or below the face value of the ticket. It is trying to sell tickets at a profit when things get sticky.

The ironic thing is that if you have a business, you can charge the full ticket price, and a "Service Charge" or "handling charge" of almost whatever you want. Many States allow this (although some limit the service charge price to a percentage of the ticket price) and it is not considered scalping.

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Monday, March 7, 2005 10:08 PM
I think the key part in my friend's story is that the location he was in had (according to the officer) "strict scalping laws". In order to avoid variances in pre-sale costs, etc. they just say no selling - period. That way they don't have to get into the intricacies of handling charges, face value, tickets bought on sale, group tickets (After all, you go to Wendy's and get a coupon for $10 off full day admission ticket, and then sell it to someone else for $5 off full price. Is that considered scalping? Some people would say yes because you bought yours for $10 off. Others would say no since the other person is saving $5 from full price admission, and you're not charging them more than they would have to pay at the gate). *shrugs* I don't know the intricate details - only what my friend told me a couple years back. I think it was either in 2000 or 2001, I'm not sure.

EDIT: I mean selling the ticket you bought for $10 off, not selling the coupon itself. *** Edited 3/8/2005 3:11:18 AM UTC by dannerman***

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Monday, March 7, 2005 11:35 PM
When I started this thread, it was NOT with the intention of selling coupons to each other.

It's about I have a publicly available coupon you want - you have one I want - we send them in the mail to each other. Plain and simple. No money involved.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 12:13 AM
In the state of Georgia, you can legally scalp tickets from at least 1/2 a mile away (there are actually markers at Turner Field downtown), so as far as the SFOG coupons go, if you are selling them, trading them, or giving them away, it's legal, unless you are within that 1/2 mile ring ;)

Any coupons from Hershey Park would be nice, anyone want to make a trip to Giant Eagle for me?? (assuming they have them)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 10:43 AM
Every May, Cedar Point mails me the Canadian coupon book, which includes discounts which always matched or beat CP's online purchase deals (eg. $12 off a ride-all-day pass, no blackout dates).

I'd be willing to trade some of them, once the 2005 book arrives.

I'm interested in discounts for Paramount Kings Island and Paramount Canada's Wonderland, as well as non-admission discounts for both Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Darien Lake.

I can also purchase vouchers for Six Flags La Ronde at my local Costco (usually $5 CDN cheaper than gate). My local CAA (AAA) sells discounted tickets for all the Busch Parks (10-20% off gate prices).

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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 1:18 PM
There used to be a website dedicated to trading employee rewards like free tickets and passes for all entertainment spots. I can't remember what the address is but I'll keep looking...
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