Thursday thoughts: coupon fraud issues
In the last week, I have received a couple questions via e-mail regarding specific use of coupons that should be covered here on the blog - especially since they were asking about using them fraudulently!Posted — Updated
This week I received a couple of questions via e-mail regarding specific use of coupons. I think they should be covered here on the blog - especially since they were asking about using them fraudulently!
You can only use coupons for the products listed on the coupon. Some coupons will sometimes scan for other items that are similar, but that is not the correct use of the coupon and most stores will not allow it. It's called bar code manipulation and is a very fraudulent use of coupons. You definitely don't want to be doing it.
Now, sometimes a coupon will show a picture of a specific item, but the coupon states it is good on any package of that item. Even if the 8 pack was shown, you can still use it on the 4 pack or the 12 pack because a size was not specified. The key is to follow the wording of the coupon.
Fraudulent use of coupons affects the manufacturers negatively and will end up causing them to offer less coupons to all of us - a very bad result. So, if you know of anyone using coupons fraudulently, please pass on this information to them.
If you have any comments or questions about how to use coupons legitimately, please ask them here.
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