Monday, June 6, 2011

Yes, We Do Accept Canadian Tire Money

A customer once asked me in jest if we accepted Canadian Tire money.  At the time, I chuckled with her as I told her that, 'No, sorry we don't.'  Upon reflection though, we've decided to offer our customers the opportunity to save money on their purchases from The Chain Mail Guy and Jasper Moon for a limited time by using their Canadian Tire money.  We are regular shoppers at Canadian Tire so, why not?  In fact, we bought a cool new tent there just yesterday.

Canadian Tire money was introduced in 1958, and was inspired by the wife of Canadian Tire's co-founder and first president as a response to the promotional giveaways that many gas companies offered at the time.  Initially, it was only available at the company gas bars but was so popular that in 1961 it was extended to the retail stores as well.  It has become the most successful loyalty program in Canadian retail history.

Today, the newest releases of Canadian Tire money incorporate the latest anti-counterfeiting technology available.  Special watermarked paper is used in the printing.  When held up to the light, a white outline of the Canadian Tire triangle is visible through the paper. Raised lettering on the face of the bill, a maple leaf image, and anti-copier tints are used to create the background patterns.

Each new series of Canadian Tire money is catalogued, tracked and collected by people, not just in Canada but around the world. Rare bills are quite valuable among collectors.   There is even a Canadian Tire Coupon Collectors Club that was founded in 1990 that publishes a quarterly newsletter reporting discoveries & information about different varieties and issues of the Canadian Tire money/coupons.

So, yes....we do accept Canadian Tire money.

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