RETIRED: CVS Coupon AND Other (i.e. Manufacturer's) Coupons that can be used at CVS Discussion
I decided to make a new thread for DISCUSSION of CVS Coupons and how they should be used.
As you know, there has been too much discussion of CVS Coupons in the old coupon thread, preventing people from actually finding the CVS Coupons they were looking for.
PLEASE USE THIS FORUM FOR THE DISCUSSION OF CVS COUPONS OR OTHER (I.E. MANUFACTURER'S) COUPONS THAT CAN BE USED AT CVS -- PLEASE KEEP THE OTHER COUPON THREAD LOCATED HERE FREE OF DISCUSSION AND ONLY FOR THE POSTING OF ACTUAL CVS COUPONS.
Credit goes to hawaiiandawn here
Also credit to The Raddish for allowing us to have this thread and see how it will work out.
As a general rule, stores should accept your coupons because they got you in the door and build sales. The official corporate policy is that CVS will accept one Manufacturer's coupon and one CVS coupon per item. Extra Care Bucks do not count as a coupon for purposes of this rule.
When you get into the fringe scenarios, however, it will vary by district, store, and even by cashier. Some stores have been instructed to "take all the coupons a customer has", some limit you in various ways. Some stores allow multiple "Save $X on $YY purchase" coupons, some don't. Some stores allow the use of coupons past their printed expiration date, some do not. Please note that the newer Save $x on $yy purchase coupons limit you to 1 per transaction.
USAGE OF EXPIRED COUPONS
Historically speaking, CVS coupons do not beep* until 2 weeks after the expiration date printed on the coupon. Some stores take the coupons until they beep, even if it is past the expiration date. Other stores have a policy to NOT take coupons once they have expired.
So, until something changes in their system, a $/$$ coupon that is expired will NOT beep until it is 2 weeks past the expiration date. Given that, please calculate what 2 weeks past the expiration date is and don't ask this question in the thread. [thanks schnauzermomma]
Since some stores have a 'no expired' coupon policy, and we do not want to abuse their kindness in giving us these coupons, please don't be upset if your store won't take the expireds. It happens. Key here is that once a CVS coupon expires, it is even more YMMV than before.
* "beep" : When the CVS register system alerts the cashier that the coupon was not accepted, we refer to this as a coupon that "beeps".
USAGE OF "Save $X on $YY purchase" COUPONS - STACKING AND SUPERSTACKING
The official corporate policy is that you may use as many of these coupons as you like, as long as your total purchased meets the total of the coupons. In other words, if you purchased $30.00, you may use both a "$4 off $20" and a "$2 off $10" in the same transaction. You may not use a "$4 off $20", a "$3 off $15" and a "$2 off $10" together in this scenario because those coupons would require a $45 total purchase. This is good for the coupons that don't specifically say that only one $x/$xx coupon per transaction is allowed.
Many people have discovered that the CVS register system will allow you to go beyond the rule stated above. This is referred to as "stacking". Some folks have successfully used several $/$$ coupons in the same transaction and received $25 or more off of their purchase, and this has become known as "super-stacking". Not every store/cashier allows this. Please read on. This cannot be done with the newer set of $x/$xx coupons as they specifically mention that only one $x/$xx coupon per transaction can be used.
IS IT "WRONG" TO USE COUPONS X,Y,Z IN THIS MANNER?
Some stores will allow you to "stack" coupons beyond the rule stated above. Some stores allow you to use expired coupons. Many posters on this board consider this to be abuse. Many do not. Did CVS intend for these coupons to be used like this? Did CVS really intend for folks to walk out with $100 worth of merch having paid only $0.46 for it? Isn't that just wrong??
Since none of us work for CVS marketing, none of us could ever know CVS's intentions with respect to these coupons. Therefore, we can never know whether we are right or wrong. Whether you choose to do this is up to your store and your conscience.
In any case, please do not discuss the process or the morality of "stacking" or "superstacking", or any other "iffy" couponing scenarios on SlickDeals. Such discussions will generate pages and pages of differing opinion that ultimately goes nowhere. It just gets people upset and no one ever wins the argument.
SlickDeals does not condone fraud, the discussion of fraud, or anything resembling fraud. Any scenario where you try to cheat CVS by inappropriate purchasing & returning, using coupons to buy gift cards, or any other fraudulent usage will be modalerted and removed.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR COUPON BEEPS
Please do not call the CVS customer care line to complain because a store didn't allow you to stack multiple $X off $YY purchase coupons, or because they wouldn't let you use an expired coupon, or because they wouldn't let you use a coupon for a 6.0 oz colgate on the 4.2 oz package (that coincidentally is generating ECB), etc. DO NOT EVER CALL ABOUT STACKING $x/$xx COUPONS!
The following is an example of starting a discussion about stacking $x/$xx coupons and should be avoided, instead one should please read the above about coupon acceptance instead.
Quote :Not that it would be wise to attempt it and attract unwanted attention, but as an example to facilitate understanding here : On a $35 purchase transaction of at least 9 items, a register could accept all the following unique coupons ?
$5 off $30 #1, 4-1583, 1-13-08
$5 off $30 #2, 4-1817 , 1-13-08
$4 off $20, 4-1584, 1-13-08
$4 off $20, 4-3037, 1-21
$5 off $15, Times Union 1-13
$3 off $15, 4-1585, 1-13-08
$3 off $15, 4-1587, 1-27
$2 off $10 4-1575, CVS Brand, 1-13-08
$2 off $10, 4-9924, 1/31/08
OFFICIAL POLICY REGARDING THE POSTING OF COUPONS ON SD AND ALSO ANY FUTURE COUPONS THAT HAVE NOT OFFICIALLY RELEASED.
The official policy on coupons as far as SD goes is that we allow all coupons to be posted with the following exceptions:
• Altered coupons - warnable offenseAs for the coupons posted early, as long as they are hosted by the retailer on the retailer's server, we'll allow them. As a compromise, we'll hide the posts until they are 'officially released', but we will allow them to be posted.
• Posting a scanned version of a coupon that was printed out at Coupons.com - warnable offense
(note: providing a link to where to print out the coupon at Coupons.com is OK)
• Scanned manufacturer's coupons - warnable offense
• One-time use coupons (useless anyway)
• Coupons asked to be removed by the source (for example, Lowe's and Target have both asked us to pull coupons off SD
• Please note that CVS has asked us to not allow attachments, this includes *.JPG, *.PDF, and *.DOC to be posted here. Direct links to CVS coupons will still be allowed.
This is an email I recived from Corp regarding coupon use - NeedNewShoes
Quote :Dear Ms. Jen :
Thank you for taking the time to contact CVS/pharmacy with your inquiry regarding CVS/pharmacy coupon policies and proceedures. I hope that the following information will help to clarify things for your group.
We value our savvy coupon shoppers at CVS/pharmacy. As of June 2007 however, we are no longer accepting expired coupons.
Like many companies, we cheerfully reset expired coupons for many years to accommodate our wonderful customers. The recent change in proceedure can only be attributed to loss prevention.
CVS/pharmacy will accept coupons printed from the Internet.
They must have a legible barcode that scans at the register.
If the coupon does not scan at the register, the cashier should politely inform you that we are unable to accept your coupon. We do not allow manual overrides at the register for coupons printed from the Internet.
Our registers are set to allow 1 CVS coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon per item. However, the staff should be allowing customers to use Extra Bucks in combination with other CVS coupons since these are coupons you have “earned.”
In addition, similarly they should be allowing the use of “offer at the register” coupons which would be an open offer of $3 off of $15 or a certain dollar amount off of a specific item.
Since our registers are programmed to only accept 2 coupons (1 CVS, 1 manufacturer) per item if the number of coupons exceed the items purchased a member of management will need to assist the cashier in processing the coupons.
I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
But once again, I thank you for contacting us. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us again.
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