If you’ve been couponing for a few years, you know how new the Rebate App space is. In fact, if you’ve been with KCL you’ve watched all of these rebate apps pop up, and now you’re watching them all pivot to different ventures or change completely.
Say goodbye to stacking Checkout 51 and SavingStar rebates.
Checkout 51 and SavingStar can now “talk” to each other by comparing a unique ID that’s associated with your phone or computer (or email address). The information they receive is encrypted and then shared between the apps. From here on out, both Checkout 51 and SavingStar will know if you’ve requested the same rebate from both apps.
If you’ve noticed your rebates from one or both of these apps being denied lately, this is the new system at work. Right now only a few brands are participating in this test, of sorts, but moving forward, expect to see more brands that don’t allow stacking with coupons or multiple rebate apps.
Brands have wanted this change to happen for a long time. Ever since rebate apps came into the couponing picture, brands have been more hesitant to make offers available on any apps in fear that their product would become free or turn into a moneymaker.
I kinda didn’t believe it, so I tried it out for myself.
Here’s what I found when trying to redeem a rebate for a 9.2 oz. Glade candle. If you activate the offer through SavingStar first, it will already show it’s claimed in Checkout 51. So in this instance, you can only claim that rebate through SavingStar.
Then, I bought two 3.8 oz. Glade candles and didn’t activate an offer in SavingStar and just submitted my receipt through Checkout 51. Right after, I submitted the same receipt to SavingStar, and the Checkout 51 receipt was denied, but I got the rebate through SavingStar.
So if you see wording on the offer through Checkout 51 that says “cannot use this offer with any other print or in-app coupon,” then you will only be able to claim one rebate. An “in-app coupon” refers to rebate offers from other apps, and they can see if you submitted with another app, thus denying your rebate.
Plus, you can’t stack some coupons with Checkout 51 or SavingStar.
Excuse me while I go cry. In addition to not being able to stack Checkout 51 and SavingStar rebates, some deals won’t even allow us to stack a coupon with a rebate.
Checkout 51 had already started prohibiting the use of printable coupons with a rebate by stating on offers, “cannot use this offer with any other coupon.” Which means you could either use a coupon up front or the rebate, but not both. Checkout 51 can tell from your receipt if you used a coupon or not, and SavingStar is following suit.
What does the future of couponing with rebate apps look like?
For now, Checkout 51 is having conversations with other similar apps about the new initiative, but it’s an experiment. If other apps don’t get on board, this change may not be permanent (fingers crossed).
In the event that it does happen, you’ll have to make the decision if you want an immediate discount with printable coupons, or if you want to pay full price to wait for a cash-back rebate.