Extreme Couponing Tip: Coupons That Won’t Scan

Sometimes coupons do not scan at registers. Below are several possibilities as to why, and what you can do to prevent it:

Low ink: If you’re low on printer ink, chances are that barcodes will not print clearly and therefore are harder to be picked up at the register. Make sure your ink levels are always adequate before printing.

PDF coupons (Portable Document Format): Enables the customer to print out multiple copies. However, many store scanners don’t like reading PDF barcodes because they do not have unique numbers and will make an angry beep. Read more about why this happens and what actions you can take here.

GS1 Databar Barcode: Some new coupons no longer feature 2 barcodes. They have forgone the standard UPC barcode in favor of the more detailed GS1 Databar, which reduces coupon fraud. For more on how coupons are switching over to the GS1 and how to inform confused cashiers/managers, check out this post.