Walgreen Drugs is, according to the signs posted in two of their stores in my community, refusing to honor advertised sale prices, denying any sales or discount advantages to consumers who have not joined their rewards program. After November 18th anyone who has not signed up for the program, registering certain personal information,(I do not know what else is required because I have refused to sign up) will not be allowed to ring up sale prices at the register.
I think this is blackmail and should be illegal because Walgreen's is asking for personal information and recording consumer purchases in exchange for discounts.
It has always been my feeling that merchants should reward customers for merely walking in their store instead of their competitors. I was told by management in both of the stores that this is a corporate decision.