Are Social Savings Techniques Ethical?

Are Social Savings Techniques Ethical?Personal finance weblog The Simple Dollar has a post on social savings techniques. The big example he gave was shopping carefully for a new pair of shoes for his young daughter at an outlet store, finding a great pair for $12, then shopping at another store where another parent was planning on buying the same pair for $50. He told the parent about the shoes being at an 80% discount at the outlet store. Was this ethical?

Trent at The Simple Dollar argues that he would not do this at local stores where he values their other benefits (expert knowledge, a place to play board games, ancillary services) but has no problem telling customers at major corporate chains where to find deals.

What do you think? Have you recently experienced any social savings techniques such as coupons left by other shoppers on items or McDonald's Monopoly game pieces left behind at tables? Let us know in the comments. Photo by Bill Bradford

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