You know those “Buy 9 Get 1 Free” cards? The ones you get at every coffee shop in town, stick in your wallet, but can’t actually find when you visit that coffee shop again? Those. Somebody finally made an app that makes this problem disappear.
It’s called Rewardy and it’s available for Iphone, Android and Blackberry users. The app currently has business in the US, the Netherlands and Israel.
The premise is simple. Instead of getting a paper stamping card, the app constitutes as an electronic one. When you’re at a shop that works with the app, you open the app, select the relevant card and hand your device to the salesperson who will “stamp” it by entering a code.
This is probably the point of failure of the procedure. Handing over my phone, that’s kind of risky – but I guess I could live with that. But the fact that the salesperson has to enter the code, that’s a major loophole. Let’s say you’re a scooper at Vaniglia (god bless their halva ice cream), you can just tell all your friends what the code is, and viola – free ice cream!
Other than that, I think it’s brilliant. No more useless paper cards clogging my purse, so it’s good for the environment; The companies benefit from free advertising, since every time I get a card stamped it can publish that to my Facebook or Twitter account; And most important of all, I get free stuff with no hassle. Cause who here among us leaves his house without his\her phone? You simply don’t.
What’s left is to find out which businesses use the app. I guess, if you’re picky, that’s the second downfall. I could not for the life of me find a mention of stamp cards available on the web.
So, the list I have so far: Valentino (chocolatier), Vaniglia, Agadir, 70 Pilim and Olive.
If anyone finds out more, do tell.