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Money Moral Dilemma: Is it wrong to use staff discount after I've quit?

edited 28 July at 1:23PM in I wanna buy-it or do-it
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edited 28 July at 1:23PM in I wanna buy-it or do-it
This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

It's a year since I left my job with a large, well-known fashion brand, which I still buy from regularly online. As employees, we got a secret code for 20% off and free delivery, which I assumed would be deactivated after I quit. Evidently, this isn't the case as I still use the code for every purchase. It's hardly a MoneySaving brand, so I couldn't afford to buy stuff from it as often as I do if I had to pay full price. My mate who still works there says the company won't care because they're still making a sale, but it feels dishonest. Should I stop?

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  • Torry_QuineTorry_Quine Forumite
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    You really have to ask!
    The clue is in the name, staff discount.
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    If the company were to contact you and ask you to repay the 20% discount that you are exactly stealing,  would you think that is fair?
  • DoxDox Forumite
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    It doesn't just feel dishonest, it is dishonest. Why do you even need to ask?
  • amy1angelamy1angel Forumite
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    Where's the 'dilema'? It's wrong to take something you are no longer entitled to.
  • SalforalSalforal Forumite
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    Fraud by false representation. You are committing a criminal offence every time you use the discount code.
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  • navinightnavinight Forumite
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    As already said, it is a Staff Discount that was a perk issued when you were an employee.  
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    Lukas239 said:
    This forum is seemingly populated by self-righteous paragons. The discount means a purchase is still made (win for the economy), and you still have some money in your pocket (win for you) which you may spend elsewhere (economy win #2). Large corporations are likely to build relative 'losses' into pricing anyway. I say carry on, if they don't police or spot it, it's their incompetence. If it was a small, family run business it may be a different answer however. 

    What's your objection to honesty?
  • james543james543 Forumite
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    I agree with Lukas. Some real nonsense replies on here. Its up to your company to stop your offer. If I was you I’d keep using it as much as you can until they say anything (unlikely). You’ve not been dishonest because no-one has said anything to you. Don’t feel guilty at all!
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