Ask Kat: How Do I Get Discount Coupons?

So…

it seems like hardly a day goes by anymore that I don’t get an email from someone inquiring as to how they can gain access to a discount coupon?

discountcouponsThis is the typical scenario… They’re almost always visiting our website for the very first time. They’ve placed something in their shopping cart and then clicked on to the secure checkout site, and that’s when they spy the  coupon code box.

“WHAT?”

So they immediately either call me by phone, or they fire off an email inquiring as to how they can acquire a coupon code to use toward their first purchase. When I explain that we prefer using discount coupons as a way to reward customer longevity & loyalty, about 75% seem satisfied with that answer, especially when I explain how & where they can acquire a discount code.coupons

What about the other 25% you might ask?

Well…they’re anything but silent, that’s for sure! For some reason many of them decide to “take us to school” on the proper usage of coupons. For example; some say we should be offering discounts freely as an incentive to try our products. A few actually think that our website should be run like an open-market system where they can literally bargain for the price they are willing to pay, and a few are so adamant that we’re doing it all wrong that they threaten to cancel their order if we don’t issue a discount code to them right then and there.
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And with this in mind,

I thought it might be time to explain our discount coupon policy.

First off, we do NOT use discount coupons as incentives for 1st-time customers to buy our products. That’s what our FREE products are designed to accomplish. If you didn’t know we have free patterns and tip sheets for you to sample, you can check them out by clicking HERE.

We like to use discount coupons to reward customer longevity & loyalty and we have found these customers tend to be in one of two places… on our mailing list, our FaceBook page or BOTH!

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So…if you’re interested “joining our conversation”, there’s actually

THREE ways to become “coupon-eligible”.

1) Join our Mailing List: With a readership now of over 21,500 you’ll be in good company and there’s a whole lot more to our newsletter than a bunch of ads for our products. If you’ve never checked it out before, click HERE for a sampling of what our newsletter is like, and if you’re ready to join us, just click HERE and fill out the online form!

2) Like us on FaceBook:  Our FaceBook community is vibrant, active and one of the largest in the sewing industry (in excess of 64,000 as of post time). When do we run a coupon? Well, you never really know… for example, we ran a 40% off coupon sale in early March of 2014 to celebrate crossing the 40,000 fan mark. Over and above that, we aim to keep you inspired and connected with other like-minded sewists by regularly posting items that we think you’ll like. Just click HERE to join us or to check out what our FaceBook page is like!

3) Enter our “Handbag of the Month” contest.  Yep, it’s that easy! Everyone who enters our contest gets a prize! The monthly winner gets a $25 virtual shopping spree and everyone else gets a 40% off discount coupon which can be used toward the regularly-priced pattern, zipper or notion of their choice. For more info about entering out contest, just click HERE.

So… there you have it!

I hope this serves to clear up any confusion about our discount program,
but if you still have questions,  please feel free to post them in the space provided below.

And… if you’re already a member of the StudioKat Designs Nation” 
which type of post do you enjoy seeing the most on our FaceBook page?
or which feature do you love reading most in our Newsletter?

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7 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Some people just never fail to amaze me

  2. It is my habit to grab a cup of coffee, scan my email and sit for a minute before beginning my day. Today is a busy day (Happy Mothers Day to all) so only one or two emails would be read. This post was the one. As I gasp at the audacity of some peoples children I suppose I should not be surprised. Our culture is so entitled that demanding discounts from a small business retailer would not seem inappropriate! I have not yet jumped into purse making yet I follow this site religiously. I learn so much here. Thanks Kathy. I suppose I am clueless in this area, but I felt that the “free stuff” here was generous. Keep up the great work. I so wish I could meet up with all my favorite designers and quilt makers in Pittsburgh. Since I live in the host city, do you think there is some kind of coupon for people like me? Safe travel and good show to you.

  3. People are really rude sometimes! Unfortunately our society has the “squeaky wheel” mindset. Coupons are a bonus from the supplier and should not be expected! I’m with you-reward the loyalty of your customers!

  4. Merilee Kennedy

    I absolutely love Studio Kat patterns! And, I’m on a personal quest to make at least one from each and every pattern! So far I’ve made a Ditty Roo, two Cosmo Convertibles and almost done with a Carolina CarryAll! I look forward to your Newsletters as well!

  5. Thanks so much for your support. I really don’t worry too much about these type of requests though,,,I wanted to get our policy out here though, and from now on, when I get one of these requests I can refer them to this post and that’ll be easier for us.
    🙂

  6. I for one, always forget to use the coupons anyway..but I like being rewarded for loyalty. And I like referrring my friends to come and visit here. The OMG where did you get that purse, and I like saying I made it myself using a pattern from here. But since we are talking discounts, are there anytimes of the month when you offer Senior Citizen Discounts? Us old folks can really use those : )

    Have a great day, and a wonderful Weekend everyone…