after getting a blog comment that old navy was still sending out plastic bags in some areas, i decided to give their customer service a call. i was connected to a very nice gal who knew absolutely nothing regarding the stuff & save promotion and reusable bags. but she did some investigative work while i waited patiently on hold, and came back to report on her findings. seems that this is a trial run for a change in the program. cards (good for reusable bags) were issued to customers in the following markets: san francisco, philadelphia, los angeles, houston, minneapolis, seattle and phoenix. experimental, toe-in-the-water marketing. she had no other information to offer.
i'd personally be a little offended if my market wasn't considered "green" enough to warrant a card instead of a plastic bag, but i suppose that this is still a step in the right direction. perhaps they'll see increased sales in the aforementioned markets, despite an ever-tanking economy. let's hope!