(Closed) Do you like that stores do this??

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It is really creepy but at the same I do data mining for the place I work at and it feels cool and weird at the same time.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It is CREEEEEEEEPY! & Besides that fact, these stores never know if they are keeping the baby, if they have MC or anything!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

this isnt new, stores have been using collated shopping data for years

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That is creepy. I was excited about Target opening here in 2013, now not so much.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  ouch – must admit ive never thought about if someone miscarries

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

That whole article makes me a tad uncomfortable!  I know stores collect info, but a “pregnancy prediction score”?  Weird.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is creepy!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Mm I can’t say I like it but I don’t hate it either.  Almost every store does it, I have heard that Best Buy is the best in its analytics and targeted marketing techniques.  It’s just where we are technology and marketing wise.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@eloping:  I wonder if they do! Probably not, who knows. But I suppose they will keep on keeping on. haha

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I know places collect information, but I try to forget about it. I don’t give my address or email address to get coupons, but they get you with the reward/discount cards.

I’d be creeped out by the baby thing, but since it’s not affecting me in any major way I don’t really have a stron opinion.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think I must be the only weird one who thinks this is cool and not creepy. Well, maybe a tad creepy lol. But really, Target is definitely not the only place that does this. Tons of stores do this. Easiest solution if it makes you uncomfortable; pay with cash.

Personally, I like it because that means I get coupons for things I actually want to buy!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Juliepants:  That’s what I was thinking as well. I knew that stores collected information already but I didn’t think that they were doing much with it. 

I usually have all of my ads blocked in my browsers as well but the other day disabled them. I hate feeling like I’m being watched non-stop. Every ad was directly related to something I looked at. Creepy stalkers.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Unfortunately this is part of being in business in the 21st Century.  It’s just marketing, you’ve got to play the game or get out! 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

As a marketer, my initial reaction was, “This is brilliant!” As a person, I think it’s a little bit creepy but still really fascinating. Now I can’t help but think what my purchases say about me!

But, remember, as long as you use cash, you can duck the system. 

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