I am deeply against loyalty card schemes as they enable the big multinational supermarkets to spy on you and use your data for their evil purposes. It is quite clearly the sort of thing that is warned about in the book of Revelation.
Having said that we collect Tesco clubcard points as it enables one to get magazine subscriptions for next to nothing. I hope to get UNCUT for a few pounds a year for instance on this very basis. It isn’t as if there is a choice of supermarkets or in fact anywhere else to buy food around here anyway so my severe hypocrisy is easy to justify to myself.
Some of the other clubcard schemes aren’t very good. The Nectar scheme, for instance, where a lifetime spent gathering points will get you a biro and perhaps a mug. I’m sure, now I’ve said that, that someone will write in saying that filling up with petrol once a month enables them to go on a cruise around the Bahamas every year, but I for one don’t believe a word of it.
Anyway, here’s the real point of what I wanted to say. Tesco are now supposedly giving clubcard points for those who re-use plastic bags. Green points, or somesuch. However, I for one have never been awarded any green points and I usually just put the shopping into my rucksack and cycle home with it. Usually it isn’t much – today it was carrots and cheesecake. But I should still be getting my 1p without having to ask.
This is the end of today’s post proper. Please stop reading if the weighty analysis aspect was the only reason you tuned in.
Other information and notices:
- I’ve updated the places to buy the book list with two other stockists, taking the total up to four shops worldwide.
- I’ve removed a Technorati gizmo which has been slowing the blog down for weeks and maybe months now. Sorry to take so long to do this but I’ve only just worked out what the problem was.
- Thanks for the kind words about the last two cartoons. I’ve not had a great week and my confidence in their suitability for the blog wasn’t high, so thank you.