Internet printable coupons are increasing more and more. It is improtant to know a few things about printable coupons to avoid fraud. Currently the Counterfeit Information Corporation lists 70 known counterfiet printable coupons.
Here are some guidelines:
- Never photocopy or scan a printable coupon or any coupon. It is illegal to photocopy coupons. An internet printable coupon has a unique barcode every time it is printed from a computer printer. A manufacturer will not reimburse the store if the coupon has been photocopied or altered in any way.
- A coupon should have at least an address listed on it for store reimbursement, an expiration date, a barcode and a description of the product.
- Most internet printable coupons have a print limit of two per computer. If a printable coupon is in a PDF file, it is more likely to be counterfeit. A PDF file allows for unlimited prints and most manufacturers do not allow that.
- “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.” It is unlikely that a printable coupon will be for a free product. In fact Kroger will not accept a printable coupon for a free product. The chances are high that an internet printable free product coupon is fraudulent.
- Most stores do not accept expired coupons. If you have expired coupons, donate them to overseas military.
- Internet printable coupons from a manufacturer’s website, Smartsource, Red Plum, Coupons.com or a grocery store website are all reputable.
If you have any questions about coupon printing or fraud please feel free to ask!