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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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#151
Quote from momto5 View Post :
That will be a very good idea schnauzermomma Smilie
One thing that people need to be aware of, especially @ CVS, The computer system does not recognize where to apply the 992 coupon, and it tries to apply it for an item that you have plans to use another coupon on, so, it is better to use all your coupons before you use the 992 coupon to make sure it gets applied to the specific item you are using it for, otherwise, some of your coupons might get denied. I will try to do some further research about Target, I remember that they used to accept 992 coupons.
This is one of my reasons for asking about this.

Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
Just a reminder to proceed with caution with your posts, so this thread doesn't get locked. It's nice to know where 992s will beep, just so we can be prepared. However, as long as you buy the exact product listed on the coupon the beeps should never be a problem and the cashier will push them through.
I completely agree, I am not trying to get the thread locked, or suggest people use coupons on stuff other than what they are intended for. I am trying to understand where I can expect a coupon to beep even if I am buying the exact product.

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Well, that's just not true. Some cashiers are so scared of coupons they won't take anything if it beeps. Beeps = something is wrong. Even if they read the coupon and are looking right at the item, some still won't push it through.
This is one of the key reasons for my questions. I had several coupons beep all in a row at Target once, but since I had the exact products, the cashier ok'd them through. But on about the 4th beeping coupon, she put on her light and called a LOD over to review my coupons.

He refused one coupon because the the exact product I was buying wasn't pictured. I think it was .75 off any Nabisco product or something. Now how could a manufacturer who is that large picture ALL of their products on one 2" x 4" piece of paper?

He proceeded to refuse other coupons because I had a trial size item (All detergent). The coupon I was using did not specify 'excludes trial sizes' and I now have an email from corporate saying I can use these types of coupons on trial sizes.

He refused another coupon because then, "I'd get it for free!" Well sorry bud, I didn't set the sale price of your product, and didn't set the dollar value of the coupon, I'm just trying to enjoy being smart enough to match them up! Stick Out Tongue

So, the more I know about what will beep and what doesn't, and where, the better I understand how long checking out there might take.

HOPEFULLY, no one is stupid enough to just give a bunch of coupons for stuff they didn't buy. Heck, for me I need to know I can go back to these stores and continue to get awesome deals.
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#152
Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :

This is one of the key reasons for my questions. I had several coupons beep all in a row at Target once, but since I had the exact products, the cashier ok'd them through. But on about the 4th beeping coupon, she put on her light and called a LOD over to review my coupons.

He refused one coupon because the the exact product I was buying wasn't pictured. I think it was .75 off any Nabisco product or something. Now how could a manufacturer who is that large picture ALL of their products on one 2" x 4" piece of paper?

He proceeded to refuse other coupons because I had a trial size item (All detergent). The coupon I was using did not specify 'excludes trial sizes' and I now have an email from corporate saying I can use these types of coupons on trial sizes.

He refused another coupon because then, "I'd get it for free!" Well sorry bud, I didn't set the sale price of your product, and didn't set the dollar value of the coupon, I'm just trying to enjoy being smart enough to match them up! Stick Out Tongue
I don't let the coupon Nazis push me around. If I can't get anywhere with a manager, I always email corporate and they fix the problem for me. I've had to contact corporate twice this month (both times it was from Walgreens transactions...two different stores).

Without getting into all the details of both transactions, the first time I was denied coupons totaling $4. I emailed corporate with the details and I received a call from the store about a week later. The manager apologized and said she was sending me a $4 GC. I found out yesterday when I tried to use it that the GC actually had $10 on it.

The second time, I had a MISERABLE trip with multiple problems on my order and a manager who didn't even know the store's own policies. My total "loss" was about $21, which consisted of a $10 register reward which didn't print, a $3 register reward which he wouldn't accept and ended up expiring the next day, and an $8 item which I had to purchase at full price and didn't really want. I emailed corporate and received a call from the store's general manager a few days later. He was WONDERFUL and apologized repeatedly for the troubles I was caused. He mailed me THREE $20 GCs, plus I have a $10 mail-in-form for the register reward which didn't print.

It pays to complain, as long as you do it in a professional manner.
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thanks
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#154
Does anyone know of a free or really cheap online coupon barcode decoder? Just looking for something simple. If so, please pm me with the website.
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#155
I have $3 on Woolite Rug stick 511120431877 and then another bar code with 0011120-005184

can anyone help with decoding? pm if you need to
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#156
Thank you for this thread!

I have a question - what about double barcodes? I've learned that sometimes if the coupon beeps, that the cashier could cover one of the barcodes to let it go through.

Also back to that Huggies coupon $3/2 it exp 9/13 do you think I could still use it? I was thinking to use it at Target tomorrow. But I want to know that they'd get reimbursed. tia
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Quote from mgood1950 View Post :
I have $3 on Woolite Rug stick 511120431877 and then another bar code with 0011120-005184

can anyone help with decoding? pm if you need to
Your coupon doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I have a coupon for $1.00 off any Woolite product and the coding is 5 62338 13076 7

Our coupons should have the same manufacturer's code, but clearly 11120 is not the same as 62338.

They should also both have *similar* product codes, but yours is 431 and mine is 130. At a minimum, both coupon should have the same first digit in this code.

Sorry I can't be of more help. All I can really tell you about your coupon is that the 5 at the beginning means it will double and the 87 means it's for $3.00. The 431 indicates that it's for a fairly specific product (most likely not the entire product line).

The second barcode on your coupon is inactive right now. All coupons will change to this new coding system beginning in 2010. It will make manual decoding almost impossible.
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Quote from jennrn View Post :
I have a question - what about double barcodes? I've learned that sometimes if the coupon beeps, that the cashier could cover one of the barcodes to let it go through.
With some IP coupons, the scanner gets messed up by the second barcode and it will sometimes scan properly if the cashier covers the second barcode. I've never had a need to bring this up to a cashier, but some people do.

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Also back to that Huggies coupon $3/2 it exp 9/13 do you think I could still use it? I was thinking to use it at Target tomorrow. But I want to know that they'd get reimbursed. tia
It will scan without a beep. Expiration dates are programmed into the extended barcode (by month only, not day), but I've never heard of a single store which programs its registers to read extended barcodes.

The store will get paid, but if your store doesn't have a specific policy permitting the use of expired coupons, then you should not be knowingly passing expired coupons.
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
Your coupon doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I have a coupon for $1.00 off any Woolite product and the coding is 5 62338 13076 7

Our coupons should have the same manufacturer's code, but clearly 11120 is not the same as 62338.

They should also both have *similar* product codes, but yours is 431 and mine is 130. At a minimum, both coupon should have the same first digit in this code.

Sorry I can't be of more help. All I can really tell you about your coupon is that the 5 at the beginning means it will double and the 87 means it's for $3.00. The 431 indicates that it's for a fairly specific product (most likely not the entire product line).

The second barcode on your coupon is inactive right now. All coupons will change to this new coding system beginning in 2010. It will make manual decoding almost impossible.
11120 is for Bissell Homecare, Inc. Did you get the coupon when you bought a vacum cleaner? It might be 3.00 woolite when you buy Bissell Homecare, Inc. item. It will not work on the woolite by tself
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am I right that this is coded for 2 caress body wash or beauty bar products at K Smart only?

9 911111 992829
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no, just found a pad of them at K Mart. No vacume purchase mentioned. Thanks for the help.



Quote from momto5 View Post :
11120 is for Bissell Homecare, Inc. Did you get the coupon when you bought a vacum cleaner? It might be 3.00 woolite when you buy Bissell Homecare, Inc. item. It will not work on the woolite by tself
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
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).
I never read this thread before,
but always use that site to decode.
I was wondering what happened as the decoder just stopped about 2 months ago.
I thought it had something to do with the lawsuit that he was fighting.
I do not understand why he pulled it, but he was a very brave man to stand up and fight....
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#163
How does a seller get reimbursed for the coupons? If I use a $1 off colgate toothpaste coupon.... does the seller has to show the proof (to the manufacturer) that he has sold a colgate toothpaste and a $1 off coupon was used?
How about the wrong usage of the coupons? If someone uses a coupon to buy a different product other than the one mentioned on the coupon (ex...992) ... will the seller be reimbursed?
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Quote from bluelabel View Post :
How does a seller get reimbursed for the coupons? If I use a $1 off colgate toothpaste coupon.... does the seller has to show the proof (to the manufacturer) that he has sold a colgate toothpaste and a $1 off coupon was used?
How about the wrong usage of the coupons? If someone uses a coupon to buy a different product other than the one mentioned on the coupon (ex...992) ... will the seller be reimbursed?
Generally speaking, in order to get reimbursed for coupons, a retailer 1) must sell the product the coupon is for and 2) must be able to show that s/he had sold adequate amounts of that product. So if you're using a coupon for something the retailer doesn't even carry, they probably will not be reimbursed.
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
There's no reason I can possibly think of that the second one could have beeped unless (1) you gave the cashier more Pert coupons than bottles of Pert in your order, or (2) you used more manufacturer's coupons (for ALL items) than items in your order and the Pert was one of the last ones to scan. The reason this could cause a beep is because many registers are programmed to beep if a customer tries to use more manufacturer's coupons than the total number of items purchased (store coupons don't count in this scenario).
sometimes coupons beep because it wasnt subtotled before scanning the coupon... (the register is telling the cashier they need to do something before they can scan it)
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