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There is an interesting piece on Slate.com that presents the consumer case for why they ought not use loyalty cards, and how they can even be a crutch for poor business strategies and even get consumers to make poor choices.

The position here on MNB long has been that most loyalty programs aren't actually loyalty programs - just enhanced discount programs that have very little to do with loyalty.

I think this analysis is worth reading, and you can do so here.
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