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Member Name: jade22green
Advantages: vouchers, money off shopping
Disadvantages: only 1% cashback
Tesco brought out the club card in the 1990's. This was one of the first loyalty card schemes around then and it has become very popular, with Tesco adding more and more to their card scheme each year.
The club cards scheme is pretty straight forward an easy to use. Anyone can sign up for one by filling in a form in store or online with their basic details such as name, address etc. You hand your form in and within about two weeks, you will receive your club card and information telling you how to use it.
To use your club card you simply need to hand it to the cashier every time you shop in Tesco's, Tesco's petrol stations, or any of their other qualifying companies, which you will told about when applying. Whenever you spend over £1 you will be awarded one point per £1 spent. So for example if you were to spend n£50, you would receive 50 points. 50 points is equal to 50p in rewards meaning you get a money back rate of 1%, which is the highest for a supermarket.
Every quarter you will be sent a club card statement. This tells you how many points you have earned and where. If you have 250 points or more you be sent a voucher in with your statement. If you have earned 250 points you will receive a voucher for £2.50 off Tesco products to spend in store or online. You can spend this on anything you like, toys, food, clothing etc.
In with statements you often receive special offers to save money or earn extra points. These are personal to each customer and are different with each statement you get.
Tesco's club card often run promotions. At the moment they are offering double points on your club card. This means that for every £1 you spend you are currently awarded 2 points instead of one. At Christmas time you could take in a voucher from your statement and if you spent it on toys, clothing or wine, they would double the value.
I do think loyalty cards are great, but to be honest I would rather they just took the money off the shopping in my basket and lowered their prices. Think how people it must take to the do the admin for the club card, not to mention other costs such as postage and advertising. I would rather get products at a better price. It means keeping an extra card in your purse or wallet and is something else to remember at the checkout.
Now having said that, I do have a club card and use whenever I am in Tesco. If there's a way to save money and get some vouchers back for every time you shop then I'm going to do, after all it's not like they would listen to me anyway.
I don't go out of my way to shop at Tesco though, mainly because my nearest extra store is about a 25 minute drive away. I do shop at Tesco whenever I am near there, or if they have an exceptional offer on. The club card makes offers even better and it is a nice surprise when you get a £5 voucher and weren't expecting it.
Summary: Good offers, but I would rather have money off the products I buy
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