I get a lot of questions from readers on either our Facebook page or even via email and comments. Sometimes, these questions I feel are really good and something others might wonder about as well! Here was one that was sent to me recently:
I have a question about coupons…sites only allow you to print out 2 copies of each coupon and stores say you can’t use copies of coupons but if you print out 2 of the same coupon it has the same upc/code/numbers so why is making a copy of one you printed any different?
The simple answer is: NO!! You can NOT copy coupons!!!
Now, if you want to know why, read on — there are several reasons.
You can be tracked. When you print those coupons, it contains a unique bar code which identifies the print. This information ties the print back to your IP address – which means your computer. If you make copies, you can actually be found to be illegally copying coupons. If you were to use a magnifying glass and look at the border of the coupon, you will find the code:
Even if you are not personally copying the coupon, you are still liable. When your code is on the coupon, you are ultimately responsible. So, make sure you pass along these coupons only to someone you know who will not make a copy.
Stores will not be reimbursed for copied coupons.
When store accept these coupons, they are submitted to a clearing house for reimbursement. Stores are reimbursed up to 2 submissions per user. This is information is also found in the coupon border. You can usually print 2 copies of each coupon, which is allowed. Your store will be reimbursed for both of them. However, if there are 3, 4 or even five copies of the same coupon redeemed through that retailer, they will not be paid. That is basically like stealing from the store, as they will eat that coupon cost.
The coupons state you can not do so – for risk of fraud.
If you take a minute and read the fine print of the coupon, you will see it clearly states that doing so is fraud. Fraud is the reason stores are becoming more and more strict about accepting these type of coupons. When stores have to crack down, then we all pay the price either through stricter policies, limits or by refusal to accept any Internet Printable coupons.
So, don’t copy coupons. If you need more copies, ask friends to print them for you. Honesty is what helps us all save money!