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mahgobbi 1,015 August 6, 2008 at 08:42 AM in Coupon (2)
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THIS POST IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT POST COMMENTS RELATING TO WAYS TO CIRCUMVENT THE NARRATIVE / TEXT ON THE COUPONS!!!


A WARNING FOR COUPON FRAUD WILL BE ISSUED TO ANY USER WHO USES THIS INFORMATION IN ANY THREAD TO CIRCUMVENT THE NARRATIVE / TEXT ON THE COUPONS!!!

SHOULD WE GET TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO IGNORE THE STATEMENT ABOVE, THE THREAD WILL BE DELETED FOR GOOD.

In the past two weeks there have been two instances where valid coupons are beeping and it's resulted in a TON of thread posts with complaints, questions, and stories from frustrated couponers. Just a little bit of knowledge about barcodes can equip you with a lot of ammunition when dealing with cashiers and managers (since most of them are clueless and you'd be teaching them).

I'll explain the coupon barcodes, then show you exactly why the Lifesavers and Pert coupons are beeping.

Coupons will beep if ANY PORTION of the barcode does not match the products in your cart.

A typical coupon barcode looks like this:
1-22222-333-44-5


1 - This portion of the code will be either a 5 or a 9. It deals with doubling. If your store doesn't double coupons, then this number has no purpose. If your store DOES double coupons, then any coupon coded with a 5 will double (up to your store's doubling limit) and any coupon coded with a 9 will not double.

22222 - This number is the manufacturer's code. This code is the reason why the Lifesavers and Pert were beeping, but I'll explain those situations below.

333
- This number is the family code. Most manufacturers break their products into families. If you see a three digit number with no zeros, the coupon is coded for a specific product. If there is one zero at the end, the coupon is coded for more than one *variety* product. If there are two zeros at the end, the coupon is coded for more than one *type or brand* of product. Here's an example of how it works:

25700 100 - any Ziploc or Saran Wrap item
25700 160 - any Ziploc item
25700 170 - any Saran Wrap item
25700 164 - Ziploc containers
25700 175 - Saran Wrap disposable Cutting Sheets

If the family code is 000, then the coupon will not beep with any product which falls under the preceeding 5-digit manufacturer's code.

Some products are not broken into any families and are coded as 992. A 992 coupon will do one of two things, depending on how your store has it's registers programmed. Either it will NEVER beep, even if you didn't buy the product, or it will ALWAYS beep and require cashier intervention. These coupons were severely abused by couponers who wanted to use coupons even though they didn't buy the product, so most major retailers have now programmed their registers to beep at every 992.


44 - This is the value code. It tells the register how much to take off. Regardless of what the wording on the coupon says, this code tells the register what you need to purchase and how much to take off. Yes, in many cases there are some VERY EXTREME differences between the wording on the coupon and what the barcode actually requires you to purchase (since there are only a limited number of value codes available). Here are the codes and, again, PLEASE NO DISCUSSIONS ON HOW TO CIRCUMVENT THE SYSTEM. The wording on the coupon is the manufacturer's intended use for it.

00 "Beep" - Manual Input Required
01 Free Item - Will normally beep so cashier can input value
02 B4G1
03 $1.10
04 $1.35
05 $1.40
06 $1.60
07 B3 $1.50
08 B2 $3.00
09 B3 $2.00
10 $0.10
11 $1.85
12 $0.12
13 B4 $1.00
14 B1G1
15 $0.15
16 B2G1
18 $2.60
19 B3G1
20 $0.20
21 B2 $0.35
22 B2 $0.40
23 B2 $0.45
24 B2 $0.50
25 $0.25
26 $2.85
28 B2 $0.55
29 $0.29
30 $0.30
31 B2 $0.60
32 B2 $0.75
33 B2 $1.00
34 B2 $1.25
35 $0.35
36 B2 $1.50
37 B3 $0.25
38 B3 $0.30
39 $0.39
40 $0.40
41 B3 $0.50
42 B3 $1.00
43 B2 $1.10
44 B2 $1.35
45 $0.45
46 B2 $1.60
47 B2 $1.75
48 B2 $1.85
49 $0.49
50 $0.50
51 B2 $2.00
52 B3 $0.55
53 B2 $0.10
54 B2 $0.15
55 $0.55
56 B2 $0.20
57 B2 $0.25
58 B2 $0.30
59 $0.59
60 $0.60
61 $10.00
62 $9.50
63 $9.00
64 $8.50
65 $0.65
66 $8.00
67 $7.50
68 $7.00
69 $0.69
70 $0.70
71 $6.50
72 $6.00
73 $5.50
74 $5.00
75 $0.75
76 $1.00
77 $1.25
78 $1.50
79 $0.79
80 $0.80
81 $1.75
82 $2.00
83 $2.25
84 $2.50
85 $0.85
86 $2.75
87 $3.00
88 $3.25
89 $0.89
90 $0.90
91 $3.50
92 $3.75
93 $4.00
95 $0.95
96 $4.50
98 B2 $0.65
99 $0.99


5 Check digit...no real relevance to couponers.
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#61
Quote from karab View Post :
it comes up fine for me, I don't know what could be wrong Confused
Thanks, I couldn't get it to come up with Explorer ( maybe a Vista problem, there are enough!) so I tried with Firefox and it's fine. Thanks for your response!
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Some stores accept expired coupons. Check this thread to see if any stores near you have a policy to accept expired coupons:

http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?p=12410695#post12410695

Do you know if the source of the dealideal website decoder. What I mean is -- is it based on just people entering coupons into their database that worked or didn't work or is it based on something else.
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Quote from sflamom View Post :
Do you know if the source of the dealideal website decoder. What I mean is -- is it based on just people entering coupons into their database that worked or didn't work or is it based on something else.
It is programmed to know manufacturer codes, product codes, and value codes. Forum members enter new coupons they find and the program will decode which products (and quantity) the coupon will work on.
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#64
this is what it says now when u click on the decodingcoupons website...

"It is most obvious from post which have recently appeared on SlickDeals that the information in the database I maintain is being stolen and republished. Because of this, I have decided to take the database offline. The actions of a few ruin it for everyone.

-john "

/me shrugs

i dont see what the big deal is, unless i missed something its just checking coupon codes lol.
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Quote from imhzgrlnotu View Post :
this is what it says now when u click on the decodingcoupons website...

"It is most obvious from post which have recently appeared on SlickDeals that the information in the database I maintain is being stolen and republished. Because of this, I have decided to take the database offline. The actions of a few ruin it for everyone.

-john "

/me shrugs

i dont see what the big deal is, unless i missed something its just checking coupon codes lol.
Well not only that, but I was the OP of this thread and I did NOT take any information from that site. The only site I *stole* anything from was the partial list of product codes, and I *stole* that information from a post on dealideal (and gave credit to dealidea in my post).
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WOW! This is GREAT! I pretty much had all this info but from different sources. I'm printing this b/4 anyone tried to pull it. THANKS again, OP! worship
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
I honestly don't know. For some reason, I recall Illinois being one of them, but I could be wrong. I know that many states have individual stores which accept expired coupons. I also know that Military Commissaries accept them.
The military commisaries overseas will accept expireds for 6 months after the expiration date. The ones in CONUS (continental US) and Hawaii are the worst sticklers about coupons I've ever run into. nod

Thanks for the good info though. Smilie
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Well not only that, but I was the OP of this thread and I did NOT take any information from that site. The only site I *stole* anything from was the partial list of product codes, and I *stole* that information from a post on dealideal (and gave credit to dealidea in my post).
Dude, dont know what johns problem is, not like it couldnt have been googled. Scince when did people think they had privacy on the internet?Confused
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#69
Sounds like John is acting the way the people are suing him are acting. They don't want him stealing their code information and he does not want anyone stealing his decoding information. (not implying you stole the information from him)
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(not implying you stole the information from him)
Seeing as I'd never seen or heard of that website until somebody else posted it in this thread (and I didn't even use it after it was posted here), I'm not exactly concerned laugh out loud
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#71
This is a *very* informative post. It is extremely helpful to a newbie like me. Thanks much and definitely repped!
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Quote from tuixtry View Post :
Sounds like John is acting the way the people are suing him are acting. They don't want him stealing their code information and he does not want anyone stealing his decoding information. (not implying you stole the information from him)
Yeah, I emailed him once. On his tenbucks .net website. He never emailed me back. He must be real busy, too busy to respond to his members. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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#73
I have a question. I have used tons of those $3/2 Huggies Clean Team product coupons at Walmart, always at WM cause they are the only one that carries the soft packs for $1.64 and everytime I use them they beep and the screen read "Valid Coupon Amount $3.00?". Why do they do this?

I'll keep reading the thread and if it has already been answered then I apologize for asking again.

Lora
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#74
If the value code on that coupon is 08, then it shouldn't beep *unless* the product code differs from the actual product you are buying.
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Quote from OkieLora View Post :
I have a question. I have used tons of those $3/2 Huggies Clean Team product coupons at Walmart, always at WM cause they are the only one that carries the soft packs for $1.64 and everytime I use them they beep and the screen read "Valid Coupon Amount $3.00?". Why do they do this?

I'll keep reading the thread and if it has already been answered then I apologize for asking again.

Lora
Most every coupon that is "over the amount" causes WM register to say that. The coupon is $3/2, but the wipes are $1.64 each. For example, if you buy the john frieda stuff for .97 and use the $1 coupon, it says that also. I'm not sure if its asking the cashier to double check things, to make sure its legit, or in the case of the huggies clean team wipes, maybe it doesn't do well with $3/2. I mean, maybe it subtracts the $3 fine, assuming the cashier hits the button, but maybe it can't tell/know if you bought 1 or 2? Not sure, just guessing there.
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