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Extreme Couponing Tip: DataBar Barcode

Extreme Couponing Tip: DataBar Barcodes

As of June 30th, coupons have started to take off the shorter 12 digit EAN/UPC barcode and are leaving the longer DataBar barcode. This new barcode, according to its maker GS1, will include more information than the smaller 12 digit UPCs previously: now expiration dates and more product specifics (size / weight / quantity) are encoded onto the coupon. It is up to the brand owner’s discretion to decide if they want to still include the smaller UPC barcode on their coupons in the future.

What this means:

  1. The checkout process should be faster and more thorough. Most national stores should now have updated their systems to scan the GS1 barcodes, however, some stores may still be changing over, so be patient. As long as your product matches the coupons fine print, things should go smoothly. If your store does not yet know about the DataBar barcode, educate them and direct them to go to the GS1 website: www.gs1.org/barcodes/databar/.
  2. With the implemation of the GS1 Databar, barcode decoding (see below for definition) will be stemmed, thus reducing coupon fraud.

Barcode decoding: Decoders are shoppers who sneak legitimate coupons past their cashiers when using them for products for which the coupon is obviously not intended. Barcode decoders try to circumvent the computerized cash registers by decoding 12 digit UPC barcodes, usually using a high value coupon on a smaller or inexpensive product from the same brand, getting it for free or overage. This is completely dishonest and constitutes stealing from the store since the store must provide proof of the correct purchases to the manufacturer to get reimbursed.
Unlike the EAN/UPC symbols, the GS1 DataBar symbol’s data characters don’t directly correspond to the encoded data character (minimal human readable text).

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130 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: DataBar Barcode”

  1. Michelle says:

    Less coupon fraud is awesome, but like all new strategies, its gonna take some time and some trial and eror to get this running smoothly. Im not excited about the change right now. Its gonna get messy…watch.

  2. Michelle says:

    Less coupon fraud is awesome, but like all new strategies, its gonna take some time and some trial and eror to get this running smoothly. Im not excited about the change right now. Its gonna get messy…watch.

  3. Zeesewhappy4 says:

    I’m not so sure I like this new coupon rules. Coupon fraud and jail time is a serious thing over coupons! I don’t want to go to jail because I brought the strawberry when it said blueberries. It seem rediculous! From the conversation above about the Tide… are you kidding me… I have to read the spanish version to understand the coupon!!!!! My rules… if the manf coupons is so specific as to clearly state a specific item and specific size, then I purchase exactly what it asks for. BUT if the manf coupons was so unclear even the store was confused I don’t see anyone doing anything criminal! If the store will accept the coupon for liquid that’s just good customer service… they get their cents for the coupon, move products, and I get my cents off and everyone is happy. So if the coupon doesn’t tell me how many to buy or what size or is so confusing the store can’t figure it out… I’m not pulling out my Spanish dictionary to use a coupon! Get Real!

  4. Skwebster31786 says:

    I called Kroger, they said they arent getting an update until the end of the month and they still arent sure if the system will update to accept the new coupons. My Kroger wont accept the coupons until they go through on their own….

    • Erciliah29 says:

      Walmart is not set up as well, I took 3 of the new coupons and had the correct products and it beeped and they refused to take the new coupons…sigh

  5. Milindamac says:

    I gotta say, I love Publix. I went through the line with a stack of coupons, and the cashier was training a new employee. She was explaining everything about the coupons to the new hire as she scanned them, and she included an explanation of the new bar-codes. Apparently, Publix (at least in Florida where I live) has trained their employees on coupons pretty extensively, and also is prepared for the bar-code change. I have been couponing everywhere for the past four months (since I got started) and have narrowed my shopping down to Publix and CVS for the best deals in my area. The people I have dealt with are friendly about accepting coupons and are often very helpful. Of course, I always try my best to make their job easier by checking the fine print on my coupons to match items perfectly with coupons, and when I make a mistake, I apologize. Always be extra-nice to cashiers. It’s not easy dealing with customers all day.

    • Erciliah29 says:

      I agree, Publix is very good with the coupons. I always go with a stack of manufacturer and Target coupons, and seldom run into problems. The cashiers do not treat me like the plague (like Walmart does) and they actually are very helpful.

    • Erciliah29 says:

      I agree, Publix is very good with the coupons. I always go with a stack of manufacturer and Target coupons, and seldom run into problems. The cashiers do not treat me like the plague (like Walmart does) and they actually are very helpful.

    • Erciliah29 says:

      I agree, Publix is very good with the coupons. I always go with a stack of manufacturer and Target coupons, and seldom run into problems. The cashiers do not treat me like the plague (like Walmart does) and they actually are very helpful.

  6. Couponlibrary says:

    i went to my rite aid this week in northern california and was rejected for my print-at-home coupon because there was no UPC code on it!!! the store manager told me they won’t accept any coupons that doesn’t have a UPC code on there. Did anyone else run into that problem?

    Seeing this post, i now know why the UPC wasn’t on the coupon but what does that mean for any future shopping trips with Rite Aid?

    • sugar says:

      I think this is going to be one big mess,, I know people are liking this because people wont get away with whatever it is others who are not perfect are doing wrong, But just wait and see how many of the new coupons are not going to be accepted untill the new system is implemated at all the stores, so big deal they are big retailers does not mean that is the biggest priority they have is making a couponers life easier! I said earlier where I live there are 5 Walmarts and 4 Targets lots of Publix and Winn Dixie CVS and WAGS all within 10 minutes drive apart and none of them are set up for anything new.Its bad enough now when one beeps and they look at you like your crazy and start checking the journel tape and your bags for the item, Hopefully they will get it all together, but I dont think it will happen anytime soon.

  7. Shan says:

    I’m having problem saying, “DataBar Barcode”. What a name!

  8. Jen515833 says:

    super like!!!

  9. Jen515833 says:

    super like!!!

  10. Jneubacher says:

    Here is what I noticed with the new coupon bar codes. I went in to walmart the other day with the internet printable coupon for the Scotch Magic Tape. I tried to buy the tape that was 1.22, the coupon stated any scotch magic tape and the product i was buying said that. At check out the coupon beeped saying it did not match product purchasing. I had the cashier scan both bar codes, one of the bar codes came up on the register for the product priced at over $3.00. So what I’m thinking the bar code will specify for them the correct product and may actually elminate the trial sizes. Even though the coupon doesn’t actually word it excluding trial sizes? Any thoughts???

  11. Kewponkweenz says:

    Ran into this today at RA – had a manager question me thoroughly about where I got my coupon – as if I was doing something wrong. It was printed from a manufacturer website. She scolded me and told me never to do it again. Thankfully, I only had 2 coupons today! She let it go through “this time,” but repeatedly grumbled about how the store wouldn’t get paid for it and how she would be getting a nasty e-mail about it. I wanted to cry by the time I left the store – I was so embarassed! (And it didn’t help that I was purchasing feminine products!) Thanks for the update… I’m going to bed tonight feeling much better about my purchase today and that it was just the store who didn’t have their system updated.

  12. Kewponkweenz says:

    Ran into this today at RA – had a manager question me thoroughly about where I got my coupon – as if I was doing something wrong. It was printed from a manufacturer website. She scolded me and told me never to do it again. Thankfully, I only had 2 coupons today! She let it go through “this time,” but repeatedly grumbled about how the store wouldn’t get paid for it and how she would be getting a nasty e-mail about it. I wanted to cry by the time I left the store – I was so embarassed! (And it didn’t help that I was purchasing feminine products!) Thanks for the update… I’m going to bed tonight feeling much better about my purchase today and that it was just the store who didn’t have their system updated.

  13. Kewponkweenz says:

    Ran into this today at RA – had a manager question me thoroughly about where I got my coupon – as if I was doing something wrong. It was printed from a manufacturer website. She scolded me and told me never to do it again. Thankfully, I only had 2 coupons today! She let it go through “this time,” but repeatedly grumbled about how the store wouldn’t get paid for it and how she would be getting a nasty e-mail about it. I wanted to cry by the time I left the store – I was so embarassed! (And it didn’t help that I was purchasing feminine products!) Thanks for the update… I’m going to bed tonight feeling much better about my purchase today and that it was just the store who didn’t have their system updated.

    • Sometimes at CVS, if I use a BOGO Q the cashier will adjust and write the actual sale price of the item, other times they have written it and taken the full value off ie the Dove men’s body wash- I paid $3 but he put it in as whatever the coupon said like $5.99. OMG did I commit fraud? I will not look good in a prison uniform……….

      • Barbie121374 says:

        You shouldnt worry, I believe the store is actually abusing that coupon! They are only suppose to go up to “5.99″ but when they have it on sale, 99% of the time they state the full price not the sale price. I had a cashier say it was because by the time they hand the coupons in the sale price is off…..I just had to giggle and walk off with my bag and receipt! I really don’t care, it is not like our store offers overages, but at the same time they are doing what the people who caused this are doing….well thats my opinion…

  14. Skwebster31786 says:

    So when should stores have this together (their system taking the coupons)? I tried the minute maid at Kroger today and they wouldnt take it..

  15. Skwebster31786 says:

    So when should stores have this together (their system taking the coupons)? I tried the minute maid at Kroger today and they wouldnt take it..

  16. Elizabeth says:

    There must be some pretty dumb cashiers out there who don’t even realize that the customer didn’t even buy the correct item. Even if they have hundreds of items, I can still remember seeing what was on the coupon. I know that these coupons scan, but still, they’re supposed to be trained to keep a watchful eye. After all, customers fund my paycheck each week, so it’s important to make sure that the store’s actually going to be paid.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    There must be some pretty dumb cashiers out there who don’t even realize that the customer didn’t even buy the correct item. Even if they have hundreds of items, I can still remember seeing what was on the coupon. I know that these coupons scan, but still, they’re supposed to be trained to keep a watchful eye. After all, customers fund my paycheck each week, so it’s important to make sure that the store’s actually going to be paid.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    There must be some pretty dumb cashiers out there who don’t even realize that the customer didn’t even buy the correct item. Even if they have hundreds of items, I can still remember seeing what was on the coupon. I know that these coupons scan, but still, they’re supposed to be trained to keep a watchful eye. After all, customers fund my paycheck each week, so it’s important to make sure that the store’s actually going to be paid.

  19. sara says:

    I don’t know what we are going to do….I am a manager at Walgreens and we had no idea they were taking the 12 digit code off coupons. If the coupon doesn’t scan, for any reason, there is no way for us to enter it in. We used to type in the 12 digit number but without a number we can’t enter it in. This is going to suck unless every coupon is printed with perfect ink on perfectly flat paper…grrrrrrrr I need a new job!

  20. sara says:

    I don’t know what we are going to do….I am a manager at Walgreens and we had no idea they were taking the 12 digit code off coupons. If the coupon doesn’t scan, for any reason, there is no way for us to enter it in. We used to type in the 12 digit number but without a number we can’t enter it in. This is going to suck unless every coupon is printed with perfect ink on perfectly flat paper…grrrrrrrr I need a new job!

  21. colleenlarkins says:

    I completely understand about cutting back on coupon fraud, but this is really frustrating. I went to walmart the other day and they won’t take half of my coupons because they didn’t have the new system that could read it. It is so unfortunate that some people had to be dishonest and ruin it for the rest of us:( Thanks for posting this, I didn’t realize that is why they couldn’t take the coupons until I read this!

  22. Jen L says:

    I ran into this today I’m glad you posted this so I know why that code disappeared. =) Thankfully the store took the coupon even though they were surprised that the code was missing also.

  23. Monohn says:

    Problem with that today, I had one coupon without the shorter code, their machine wouldn’t read it and they told me they couldn’t except it, I put all of that item back.

  24. Ercilia H. says:

    Couponing with a noob cashier is already bad enough, I just hope this new bar code thing will help and not make things worse. They said the same thing about the bar codes now and stuff still beep and cashiers automatically do not believe us and refuse the coupons. It just seems like people are trying to make couponing harder and harder. And all the people that are like “omg that is stealing” when a very small amount of people misuse need to stop acting like the corporations really care about us. For every 1 person that uses a coupon, 100 others buy stuff at full price. So corporations are not missing out on anything. Coupons are all marketing and at the end of the day we are still buying their products…

  25. Ercilia H. says:

    Couponing with a noob cashier is already bad enough, I just hope this new bar code thing will help and not make things worse. They said the same thing about the bar codes now and stuff still beep and cashiers automatically do not believe us and refuse the coupons. It just seems like people are trying to make couponing harder and harder. And all the people that are like “omg that is stealing” when a very small amount of people misuse need to stop acting like the corporations really care about us. For every 1 person that uses a coupon, 100 others buy stuff at full price. So corporations are not missing out on anything. Coupons are all marketing and at the end of the day we are still buying their products…

    • sugar says:

      If the stores are all not prepared for this change ,,like it seems alot are not, well its gonna be harder untill they get it right if ever,,,they are gonna ep and your gonna get looks like hey you didnt buy the right thing and they are gonna refuse you and maybe search for the item,,this is not going to be fast and simple at first,,thats for sure!!

      • Ercilia H. says:

        Yup thats what I suspect. I love couponing but some cashiers think they own the stores or something and they do not even know the coupon policy. Some do not even scan the coupon and refuse it off the bat when I know I am right. Grrr…it just makes me frustrated that they are changing things once again, and will not bother to train the workers in how this works…

        • sugar says:

          Yes, It will be a big pain, I know my stores here in Florida are not set up yet for this. I hate when the cashiers think they know everything,and really know nothing!!!

    • Coponforyou says:

      I agree everyone keeps freaking out about mis use of a coupon. Truth is stores make money off coupons and when stores make it hard to use coupons people will go somewhere else and that store will lose money. People need to relax its a freaking coupon. Merchandise is so overpriced that even with the coupon use manufactures still make money and so does the store. NOONE is going to jail for mis-using a coupon lol i think the police have bigger fish to fry. Why would the store care if you mis-used a coupon they still get paid. I have a bigger problem with people who clear the shelves. I almost feel sorry for the people who appeared on extreme couponing…they are going to be some very hated people now.

      • Melissa Marino says:

        I am still semi-new to couponing, but that doesn’t seem true, your comment about how the stores shouldn’t care because they get paid anyway… from what I’ve read, the stores have to prove to the manufacturer that each coupon was used for the correct and specified product… if they can’t prove it, they don’t get reimbursed. So every time someone uses a coupon incorrectly, the store loses out…. multiply that by 76 coupons, like some people use, and the store has just lost out a lot.

        • Jennifer says:

          You are correct. The stores don’t just hand over the coupns and get paid. They have to provide back up detail to show the coupons were used correctly. If the coupons were not used correctly, the store does not get reimbursed. Thus they lose money. It is the attitude above that makes it hard for the the people who try very hard and use the coupons correctly. It is either ignorance or an “I don’t care” attitude.

          I doubt anyone would go to jail but it is fraud and will ruin it for the people who coupon the correct way.

          • Coponforyou says:

            You are wrong…the only time a store has to back up coupons is if they get audited and then they match product purchased to product sold….so for every product you buy with a coupon their are a hundred people who didn’t use one so stores still get paid. Do you really think they match every coupon to every receipt…no it’s sent in one large bag every month.

            • sugar says:

              You are right!!! I was going to say that also,. They have nothing o prove unless they are audited!!! I have been in retail for many years and now currently employed by P&G for the last 10 years. When I started I was one of those people who put out the tear pads and IRC’S you call them peelies. Now people who work for me do that!! And since Im talking about that and people are talking about coupon fraud how about when some of you people take the whole tear pad or tke the peelies off the product and dont buy the said product.. Do you know that the people who put them out are sometimes audited in the way that someone else who works for the company goes around and sees if they put out what they were supposed to! Well if someone has taken them all guess what there is a possibility that employee will not get paid! Because they cant prove they put them out because someone already took them! I know this is a little off topic BUT with everyone bashing fraud, what would you call this?? I read people say ohh well I only take a few peelie not all of them well did you buy the product the peelie was on when you took it?? You know its not only miss use of coupons its also in the way you take them! Anyway this post was supposed to be only to agree with you to say they dont have to prove anything when they send in the coupons!! LOL sorry for the rant.. I have been holding it in for along time mostly when I read about the peelies and tear pads!!!

        • Coponforyou says:

          When the stores send in their coupons they do NOT send in the receipt that matches as long as the store has inventory for the correct item the coupon was suppose to be used for. For example you use a oscar meyer bologna coupon for the hot dogs as long as the store sells OM bologna they still get payed for the coupon. THEY DO NOT MATCH COUPONS TO RECEIPTS…this i know for a fact. I can post later the coupon process or you can look up life of a coupon on the internet. This is also why i have a problem with stores lowering the price you receive for a coupon because they still get full price…the coupons are sent down and scaned on a conveyer (sp) belt in bulk not looked at one by one. I have worked retail my entire life i know the process and usually its not the store thats so strict on coupons it’s cashiers who do it just to be bit— because they don’t like scanning them.

        • Coponforyou says:

          How are Coupons Processed and Who Pays the Cost?

          It turns out that stores treat coupons like money as well…because they are. Large retail chains collect millions of dollars worth of coupons each week and have devised a system to get their reimbursements from the manufacturer, who ultimately pays for the cost of the coupon campaign. Typically chain stores will send their coupons via mail to their headquarters after counting up their cash drawers (they include the value of all coupons collected in their count of cash). At headquarters, the coupons remain separated by store, and are shipped to a third party clearinghouse for sorting. The sorted coupons are then sent to the manufacturer with an invoice. The clearinghouse is paid a shipping and handling fee as well as a certain amount of money per coupon for their sorting work, and the store is reimbursed the value of the coupon plus a shipping and handling fee by the manufacturer (typically 8₵).

          This is the short version…i can give a more detailed one.

  26. Now I’m totally confused, other coupon sites say as long as the barcode matches i.e. P&G coupons 37000 – and the small print says “4 similar coupons per purchase” so I have used P&G febreeze coupons for another matching product. Is that stealing is that the fraud you are referring to?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, that is considered coupon fraud. What that site is teaching you is the barcode decoding talked about above, which is illegal and can get you sent to prison (3-5 yrs) and a fine of $250,000. You are only supposed to use coupons on what is described in the fine print. So if the coupon is for Febreeze, you should only use it on Frebreeze and the sizes it specifies in writing.
      I’m sure you didn’t do it on purpose, but now that you know, you should never do it again and let those around you (particularly those at that site), that it is illegal.

      • Sovirgo7613 says:

        What is “decoding?” Is it altering a coupon? I can’t see someone going to jail for handing the cashier a coupon for the wrong item. I have done that accidentally several times. Maybe I missed something here.

        • Anonymous says:

          It is pairing a certain number on a coupon’s EAN/UPC barcode with another item within that same brand other than what is listed on the coupon. It basically cheats the registers, but it doesn’t pass at the clearinghouse so the store doesn’t get reimbursed (they lose that money, just like if you stole the product).

      • Really, our local consumer reporter did the story on the website and I’m a little doubtful she wouldn’t have researched her facts…regardless I have another question what does it mean on the P&G coupons it says “Limit of 4 LIKE coupons in the same shopping trip. Either way it appears couponing will be difficult until everyone has updated their systems and educated the cashiers (which is the part I won’t be holding my breath for).

      • Thanks for the education – just googled coupon fraud and now I understand it better. Dang. Okay I get it now. and I found an explanation of the “like” coupons on hotcouponworld.

  27. Michelle says:

    Can the $3.00 Tide coupon from the June P&G insert be used on detergent or is it just for stain release? I saw where kcl said you could use it at Kroger this week for the detergent. I’m confused and don’t want to do anything wrong. Thanks!

    • P&G coupons say 4 similar coupons allowed per purchase…so I understand that to mean the barcode is the determining factor.

    • P&G coupons say 4 similar coupons allowed per purchase…so I understand that to mean the barcode is the determining factor.

    • MrsUndomestic says:

      It’s for both, but if you use it on detergent, it must be 40 loads or bigger. If you want to buy a smaller bottle, you have to use the $0.35 coupon instead.

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks! I’m so glad they are trying to cut down on the fraud. Looking back I have realized a few that I have used incorrectly and I’m really trying to not make the same mistakes. I think it is great they are trying to make it clearer.

        • Erin says:

          The $3.00 Tide coupon I got in my P&G is for Stain Release only, it can’t be used for the detergent.

          • Michelle says:

            The coupon I have says:
            $3.00 off ONE 26-50 oz Powder, 15-34 ct duo pac or 36-68oz liquid Tide Stain Release

            • Erin says:

              That’s what mine say’s too, it’s for the powder,duo pacs or liquid Stain Release not detergent.

            • Michelle says:

              That’s what I was thinking at first too. I went to a Rite Aid and the cashier ask if I had got the Tide deal for that week yet. (larger bottles a few wks ago) She said customers were using it on the detergent and it was working. I figured I read it wrong so I purchased some. After doing some checking and relistening to the radio show on fraud I decided I shouldn’t have done it. Then I saw it listed as a choice of q’s for the kroger deal and was confused. I guess when in doubt don’t do it.

          • Michelle says:

            The coupon I have says:
            $3.00 off ONE 26-50 oz Powder, 15-34 ct duo pac or 36-68oz liquid Tide Stain Release

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, thank you for the clarification! We’ve cleared it up on the Kroger post :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry for the confusion– it’s just for Stain Release items. The English wording is a little funny (it says “Stain Release” only after “liquid”). But if you look at the Spanish, it’s clearer: It says (rough translation), “$3.00 discount when you buy stain/ spot remover Tide Stain Release in Powder 26-50 oz, Duo Pacs 15-34 units, or Liquid 36-68oz”
      We fixed the Kroger post– thanks for keeping us on our toes!

      • Michelle says:

        Thank you Joanie and Heather you ladies are GREAT!!!! You have helped me so much. You are a blessing to all the couponers in the world. People start asking me questions and I will help them as much as possible but I ALWAYS direct them to your site and book. You Rock Ladies!!!!

      • Letmecoupon says:

        Ok now I feel bad. I used the coupon on the Tide detergent. I’m a stickler for honesty. But I can’t read Spanish so I did it out of ignorance because in my mind I understood it to read powder, liquid or stain release.

        • Michelle says:

          I have done the same thing. I did it with this Q last month.The wording is really tricky on this Q. Now we know not to use it on anything other than stain release. Chalk it up to a learning experience and go on. I went back to the Rite Aid I used it at and told the cashier that I didn’t think we should have used the Q on detergent so she wouldn’t let it go through. We are all learning together. Thanks for all the responses!!!

    • Letmecoupon says:

      I just used the $3/1 tide coupon at Walmart. I used the Kroger sales paper and got walmart to match the ad and then used the coupon. I got the liquid tide 32 load (50oz) out of pocket $2.99

  28. Lovin4dml says:

    Just actually discovered last night that target allows you to keep your overage, when using a target and manuf. coupon.

  29. Lovin4dml says:

    Just actually discovered last night that target allows you to keep your overage, when using a target and manuf. coupon.

    • Wayne FoX says:

      Their coupon policy is to not allow you keep any overage. I have only had one cashier adjust the price of the coupon down (she also adjusted the value on the coupon). The point of my comment is to say that if a checker does this, she has target’s coupon policy on her side, and you shouldn’t fight it. If this changes how you planned your transaction, you can always decide to put something back and have her void it off your transaction before you pay. As others have mentioned, they get redeemed for the full value of the coupon (unless they alter it). This creates a moral gray area, which is what I dislike most about couponing. Do I speak up and have them round down the coupon? knowing we will both get the full value if I say nothing? The answer for me is no, but I feel the weight of this decision, and am looking forward to any alterations by the stores and manufacturers to make coupons ring up as they should.

      • Sandee says:

        it makes no difference- there is no point in the store writing the actual selling price on the coupon. The manufacturer agrees to pay the store the face value plus 8 cents (or whatever is written in the small print) for accepting the coupon, provided it is accepted for the correct product.
        The store sets the selling price of the product- so if they choose to sell it for less than the coupon value- that really has no bearing on the coupon redemption.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I went to two different WAG’s where they would not accept any Q that beeped, stating it was their new policy. Even though they were legitimate and I was following the rules, they said they can no longer manually type in a price adjustment if overage or simply at all! I had a one cent overage on the Tylenol Precise and couldn’t get them because of this. I also got two J&J 99 cent To Go packs with a coupon I picked up from the store and it worked at one store but the same exact thing didn’t work at the second and even though it looked okay they said they couldn’t fix it.

    Are they allowed to do this without changing their corporate coupon policy? Does anyone know anything else about this? It would almost be a lottery system and you would just have to hope your Q’s work! Would involve a lot of restocking for employees, too! The cashier also told me they will be getting all new computers very shortly and the camera area will be taken down. I am sure this all has to do with couponers. It is unfortunate for those of us that are following by the rules, if this is a new policy, we won’t even be able to get deals by following all the rules. :( Can anyone help me on this?

    • danielle says:

      Elizabeth,

      What state are you located in? I haven’t had anything similar happen in the San Antonio area, but I hate this! WAGs is where I do 90% of my couponing!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I live in Indiana. Both stores said they had meetings about it with their employees and they were able to change/override it before but can’t anymore. The cashiers were really nice to me and they acknowledged that I was using the Q’s fairly but that there was nothing they could do. I love Walgreens but I am afraid this may cause them to lose customers! Maybe it is just a local thing? I am not sure if I can fight it or if I just have to work around it. Hopefully, for everyone else’s sake, this is not a policy that will become official and may just be my local area’s way of fighting back at the increased couponing, and thus increased coupon fraud and empty shelves.

        • Anonymous says:

          Right, each store is allowed some rights to tweak their policy or establish limitations. The corporate policy available on their website is the basis for their rules and if a store sees fit, they can limit coupons, item numbers, and/ or transactions.

          • Elizabeth says:

            Thank you for your response! I am starstruck! :) And I love WAGs, as I do most stores that provide awesome deals, so hopefully I can just work around this new policy.

          • nicole says:

            My walgreens said there are going to be changing there policy, I think at all walgreens. They are not going to take that walgreens coupons if the item is for sale. For example the walgreens diapers are normaly $9 if they are even on sale for $8 you can not use the $2 off coupon, you could only use if the item is full price.

  31. Tavir says:

    happy bout this now shelfs will not b empty!! idk maybe 76 bottles of shampoo sent them over the edge lol whatever the reason this is GREAT!!! bet alot will stop doing coupons cause they cant cheat and get free stuff thats not free!! very excited bout this!!!

  32. Tavir says:

    happy bout this now shelfs will not b empty!! idk maybe 76 bottles of shampoo sent them over the edge lol whatever the reason this is GREAT!!! bet alot will stop doing coupons cause they cant cheat and get free stuff thats not free!! very excited bout this!!!

  33. I am THRILLED about this! I think that it will cut down on decoding, and rain on unethical couponers PARADE!! I think it’s great! Maybe a lot of the fraud will slow down, and stores will maybe be a little better about accepting coupons, and everyone will be a lot better off!! KUDOS TO GS1

  34. Terha says:

    Guess that explains why the new printable Kellogg’s coupons (directly from their website) all look like something is missing at the bottom. :) I’ve had trouble using the Pop Tarts coupon at Target because it wasn’t scanning correctly and was missing the extra bar code.

    • juscheckin says:

      Poptarts and $2/3 coupons fromKelloggs did not scan at my supermarket either…cashier at Wags made it happen for me.

    • juscheckin says:

      Poptarts and $2/3 coupons fromKelloggs did not scan at my supermarket either…cashier at Wags made it happen for me.

  35. Chicabebe3 says:

    OFF TOPIC QUESTION: looking for a reliable legit coupon clipping service ??

  36. Chicabebe3 says:

    OFF TOPIC QUESTION: looking for a reliable legit coupon clipping service ??

  37. Almagarcia21 says:

    The coupon usually will say excludes travel size…if they don’t I think we can use them on the travel size products………..

  38. Jellybelly59717 says:

    I am a cashier and this will be great. Customers will no longer be able to use a coupon unless it is for what is specified on the coupon.
    I had the Aussie coupon the other day and the customer did not realize that they had to buy two products till I pointed it out to them. I work at a FM and if you dont buy both products then the system will say quantity not satisfied. If a coupon is over the price of the product we have to adjust the price because we are not allowed to give a customer an overage and you have to pay the tax if it is a taxable item. It states that on the coupon about the tax. I always look at expiration dates on coupons to make sure they are not expired. I like that the new barcodes will tell if it is expired. Coupons now do not do that and people say will if it scans it is still good and I say if it says it is expired we cannot take it.
    FM system will accept the new barcodes as long as they are scanned on the scanner scale and not with the hand scanner. So if you have an issue at the register at FM tell the cashier to use the scanner/scale.

    • When store adjust a coiupon to a lower value for the customer , they have to actually correct the value on the coupon in writting. Most of the time the store does NOT do this and intern , they steal from the manufacturer by redeeming the Q for full value. That is why Walmart changed thier policy to give customers full value , because they are going to redeem for full value.

    • dropofrain says:

      FM means Fred Meyer, right? It is interesting that you pointed out that “if a coupon is over the price of the product we have to adjust the price because we are not allowed to give a customer an overage “– one time I had a coupon for butter $2/1 and I was going to buy one tube which was on sale that week for $1.99 (one penny over). The cashier refused to adjust my coupon and since I wasn’t clear on the store policy, I contacted the HQ office to clarify the issue for me. Well, they said that cashier was right and this is corporate FM policy NOT to adjust coupons….. I wonder if it is a local store’s policy that is different.

  39. Bcccrc says:

    Had coupons for $1 off any Axe deodorant.Did not have any size restrictions. Bought the .97 travel size at Target. Coupon scanned with no problem but the cashier said I think these coupons are suposed to be used on the larger sizes only. So I’m thinking none of the coupons are intended to be used on travel sizes. Wondering if this new system will stop them from being valid on travel sizes?

    • Beth Mead says:

      THE COUPON WILL SAY EXCLUDE TRAVEL SIZE ! If it does not say then your good. Some coupon are out for you to try a product and travel size are good ways for you to try out a coupon.

      • MN_in_IN says:

        In fact some coupons include the trial size. For instance, the Old Spice coupons others are talking about. The $1/2 old spice products coupon says 1.7 oz or larger, which is the trial size.

      • MN_in_IN says:

        In fact some coupons include the trial size. For instance, the Old Spice coupons others are talking about. The $1/2 old spice products coupon says 1.7 oz or larger, which is the trial size.

      • MN_in_IN says:

        In fact some coupons include the trial size. For instance, the Old Spice coupons others are talking about. The $1/2 old spice products coupon says 1.7 oz or larger, which is the trial size.

      • MN_in_IN says:

        In fact some coupons include the trial size. For instance, the Old Spice coupons others are talking about. The $1/2 old spice products coupon says 1.7 oz or larger, which is the trial size.

      • MN_in_IN says:

        In fact some coupons include the trial size. For instance, the Old Spice coupons others are talking about. The $1/2 old spice products coupon says 1.7 oz or larger, which is the trial size.

    • Beth Mead says:

      THE COUPON WILL SAY EXCLUDE TRAVEL SIZE ! If it does not say then your good. Some coupon are out for you to try a product and travel size are good ways for you to try out a coupon.

  40. Hello says:

    I think this will certainly make things easier. And I agree.. the misuses & bragging about it is just plain insane!

  41. Candice says:

    When will stores start accepting them? My major stores like Wal-Mart and Target are still not accepting them where I live and I live in a pretty large city.

    • Debbs Seattle says:

      I would say to all of us:

      If Walmart, THE NUMBER ONE (1) CORP/RETAILER IN ALL OF AMERICA (according to CNN’s Fortune 2011 500 list)

      OR

      If Target, THE NUMBER THIRTY-THREE (33) CORP/RETAILER IN ALL OF AMERICA (according to CNN’s Fortune 2011 500 list)

      …did not prepare for a June 30, 2011 implementation date, then they will need to manually match and confirm the products purchased and manually enter each coupon, and do it with a smile and a pleasant attitude, until they make the investment to upfit the neccessary software and scanning equipment in their systems.

      So remember those rankings and if they deny the coupon and will not manually confirm and enter the Q’s, say: “So, you, WalMart, the number one (1) corporation/retailer in America, are not prepared for this change that was scheduled nationally for June 30?”

      FYI RANKINGS:
      Kroger 25
      Walgreens 32
      Safeway 66
      SuperValu 67
      Rite Aid 100
      Publix 102
      Winn-Dixie 324
      Shaw 336

      Just for comparison’s sake… Starbucks is 229.

      • Shan says:

        Where’s my beloved CVS that put reasonable limit on hot deals and put no limit on how many coupons/ECB you can use?

  42. Candice says:

    When will stores start accepting them? My major stores like Wal-Mart and Target are still not accepting them where I live and I live in a pretty large city.

  43. Divahethr says:

    Im all for anything to make the cashiers job easier and so they can stop giving me the red headed stepchild treatment.

  44. Debbs Seattle says:

    I am so happy this change will soon be in full swing. I am so stressed when I read brags by people who knowingly and intentionally used a coupon in a manner other than that which it was intended to be used. They usually use the excuse, well the computer took it so it must be ok. Or then they say things like it doesn’t hurt anybody so everyone should just mind their own business.

    The newest one is the: Aussie/Herbal Essence $3 off a styler wyb any other product and there are all the posts about getting non-styler products for free without buying any other product. So they use the excuse “the wording is fuzzy or unclear”, or “the computer took it, so it must be ok” or “I talked to the manager first and they said it was ok”. I don’t know what is fuzzy or unclear about it. Pretty sure you don’t need an IQ of 142 to figure it out, you don’t get $3 off anything until you buy something else, and shampoo and conditioner is NOT styling products.

    This change will stop the behaviors that may ruin it for the rest of us, and will protect retailers and mfg companies whose profits are just as important as our saving money at the registers.

    • guest says:

      Ok so I guess this answered my question about the Old Spice deal with people buying the travel size bw and getting the full size bs. Thanks for clearing that up. Things with coupons have been so shady lately with people not using them correctly that its hurting everyone else. I have had so many problems just because the stores don’t even want to chance it so im glad that something is being done to make things easier on all of us couponers and the stores as well. Couponing is just a way of life for me and my family and I don’t know what I would do if things got to the point where it just stopped.

      • Debra says:

        Usually coupons that have a buy1 of “something”, get another something will specify in writing size limits. If there is NO size limit stated at all, then there is nothing wrong with getting a travel size. Most recently, there was a Dial coupon for $2/1 ANY body lotion or body wash. There was no size limit, so purchasing a trial size was okay. Stores will get reimbursed the amount. :)

        • guest says:

          ok I see what you mean, I just wanted to make sure. I am fairly new to this couponing thing and don’t want to do an fraud. Thanks for your help :0)

    • MN_in_IN says:

      I agree with you on the aussie/herbal coupons. People know better and the funny thing is there are still more people asking how they can committ fraud too, knowing it is the wrong use of the coupon. I’m happy about this change.

    • Letmecoupon says:

      The wording on the Aussie/Herbal Essence $3 off was way confusing to me. I understand it know but when I first read it and try to use it, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. lol It should have said $3/2 and that would have eliminated all the confusion.

  45. red979 says:

    Not to sure if I really like this- I already have coupons that beep when I am checking out and I am purchasing the exact item on the coupon. I guess I jsut fear that the stores will see this as if it beeps then obviously its not the right product for the coupon, or have some excuse for not taking my coupon. I do like that it helps to eliminate the thieves and abusers but all these new restrictions dealing with coupons is only pushing me further away from couponing- its getting to be too much of a hassle and dealing with the cashiers over a .30 coupon just isn’t worth it.

    • Debbs Seattle says:

      This change will actually stop the ‘beeps’ because the new code will contain all the important data and do the matching to the item purchased automatically.

      It will speed up the checkout process and alleviate stress to us and our cashiers. It will also delete the scrutiny given to us and our coupons by it eliminating the fraud potential.

    • Coponforyou says:

      Extreme couponing show is what started all the garbadge

  46. red979 says:

    Not to sure if I really like this- I already have coupons that beep when I am checking out and I am purchasing the exact item on the coupon. I guess I jsut fear that the stores will see this as if it beeps then obviously its not the right product for the coupon, or have some excuse for not taking my coupon. I do like that it helps to eliminate the thieves and abusers but all these new restrictions dealing with coupons is only pushing me further away from couponing- its getting to be too much of a hassle and dealing with the cashiers over a .30 coupon just isn’t worth it.

  47. Deanna Rio says:

    I like very much. I’m interested in seeing how the thieves try and get around this.

  48. Ok, I have one question though. It says that getting things for free or having an overcharge means that you are stealing from the store. But obviously, if you match a coupon with a sale you can get things for free all the time. And I am talking about getting the specified items on the coupons, not cheating the system, but getting legitimate items with legitimate coupons. It almost makes me feel bad for all of the things I have gotten for free.

    • Holly says:

      I think what she means is getting something for free or an overage and not using the coupon correctly is stealing from the store. Since if your coupon was legitimate, the store would get the full amount for the coupon from the manufacture.

      • OK thank you. I figured that but I was confused. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something wrong. Because coupon shopping is the only thing that keeps our family within our means.

      • OK thank you. I figured that but I was confused. I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t doing something wrong. Because coupon shopping is the only thing that keeps our family within our means.

    • Debbs Seattle says:

      If you are getting the correct product, size, flavor, color, scent and it is free or gives you an overage, you did it right. Nothing wrong with it. You followed the rules.

      If you use a coupon intended for a pound of lunchmeat, to buy a 2 oz. lunchmeat, and get an overage or just for free, you broke the rules and that is wrong.

      This change will stop fraud and protect our right to coupon.

  49. Saved1099 says:

    Yay! This will make it better for everyone. While I am glad that more and more people are using coupons now, it makes me sad that the fraud and dishonesty is also increasing. My family SURVIVES because of coupons. It makes me fearful for what could happen if the stores have enough with all the losses they may experiencing because of fraud and dishonestly.

  50. guest says:

    so is this like the deal that people are getting the Old Spice for? Like they are purchasing the trial size body wash and getting the full size body spray for free. Would this be something about that too?

  51. Monique says:

    Ok this makes sense now. I used a Sally hansen Q at target the other day but the checker said there was no bar code to scan and couldn’t take it. I just took it to customer service and she did a missed coupon and gave me the dollar, but she didn’t know what was up either

  52. Monique says:

    Ok this makes sense now. I used a Sally hansen Q at target the other day but the checker said there was no bar code to scan and couldn’t take it. I just took it to customer service and she did a missed coupon and gave me the dollar, but she didn’t know what was up either

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, the newest Sally Hansen coupon only had the DataBar barcode. Also in the upcoming 7/10 RP, the Jimmy Dean D-Lights and the Hillshire Farm lunchmeat coupons will not have the EAN/UPC barcode.
      Some new printables are also leaving it off.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, the newest Sally Hansen coupon only had the DataBar barcode. Also in the upcoming 7/10 RP, the Jimmy Dean D-Lights and the Hillshire Farm lunchmeat coupons will not have the EAN/UPC barcode.
      Some new printables are also leaving it off.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, the newest Sally Hansen coupon only had the DataBar barcode. Also in the upcoming 7/10 RP, the Jimmy Dean D-Lights and the Hillshire Farm lunchmeat coupons will not have the EAN/UPC barcode.
      Some new printables are also leaving it off.

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