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mahgobbi 1,015 August 6, 2008 at 08:42 AM in Coupon (2)
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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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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
Are you sure about this? In the scenario you're presenting, if I were to purchase multiple identical items with overage and use a coupon on EVERY ONE of the items, then the last coupon would beep because there wouldn't be enough product cost left to absorb the coupon overage. However, this isn't the case when I shop at CVS. As an example, I can buy 5 items for $.75, using a $1.00 coupon on each of the 5 items and none of the coupons will beep...I'd end up with $1.25 in overage as long as the cashier doesn't manually adjust.
I am sure about this, at least @ CVS stores in the DFW areas. I do that all the time. I remember when the had the cocoa reserve candy mark down to 0.75, I used to use 3 1.00 off coupons on 4 them. The system will not take the fourth coupon since the value of the first 3 covers the value of the candy. If you buy only one candy, the system will ask the cashier to adjust the coupon value to 0.75
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I am sure about this, at least @ CVS stores in the DFW areas. I do that all the time. I remember when the had the cocoa reserve candy mark down to 0.75, I used to use 3 1.00 off coupons on 4 them. The system will not take the fourth coupon since the value of the first 3 covers the value of the candy. If you buy only one candy, the system will ask the cashier to adjust the coupon value to 0.75
This is exactly how it is in all the CVS's I've been to as well.
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Quote from harperjn View Post :
This is exactly how it is in all the CVS's I've been to as well.
Same at my local CVS'. I can get overage on an individual item (assuming I bought more than 1), but the last coupon will need to be price-adjusted to match the balance left for that product.
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It seems the stores around here are getting increasingly hesitant to push through mfg coupons(I'm sure the facebook fiasco didn't help in this regard)...It is telling that he was willing to just enter the amount as a store coupon (however I had already reached my limit of store coupons for that order which I already knew)but "didn't know what else he could do" when it came to pushing a mfg coupon through as a mfg coupon .But,thanks everyone for the help now that I know which stores 992's do and don't beep, I will just use them at the stores where they don't and everyone will stay happy...
Hm, somewhere in the discussion I missed that info. Is this something we can share here? I just know that coupons that beep really freak out the cashiers at some stores I shop at. It's always nice to know if your coupons are going to beep, and it does help to think about the order we put our items on the belt and the order we give our coupons.

I think 992's generally won't beep at CVS, and I think they generally do beep at Target. Anyone know about Walgreens, Walmart, Safeway & HEB?

TIA for your help! Smilie
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#140
992's definitely DO NOT beep at Walgreen's. They fly right through.
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Quote from smythecvs123 View Post :
...But,thanks everyone for the help now that I know which stores 992's do and don't beep, I will just use them at the stores where they don't and everyone will stay happy...
Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
Hm, somewhere in the discussion I missed that info. Is this something we can share here? I just know that coupons that beep really freak out the cashiers at some stores I shop at. It's always nice to know if your coupons are going to beep, and it does help to think about the order we put our items on the belt and the order we give our coupons.

I think 992's generally won't beep at CVS, and I think they generally do beep at Target. Anyone know about Walgreens, Walmart, Safeway & HEB?

TIA for your help! Smilie
At the time I made the comment you are referring to, I thought the 992 had been programmed to beep at one CVS ,while it had sailed through at all the other CVS's.So, I was making note of which CVS's they worked(beep-free) and which they didn't.But, when another poster stated 992's work at all CVS's, it made me realize it was not that this CVS had programmed 992's to beep ,but rather it was the specifics of a particular transaction where I needed to use mfg coupons at that point ,and for this purpose the 992 was not counting as a mfg coupon.As confirmation of this, I used two of the same 992's at this same CVS in a non-limiting situation ,and they didn't beep though they did apparently prompt the cashier to key in taxable or non-taxable item(which seems odd in itself given 992's seem to be some kind of generic use on anything type coupon).

So,this appears to confirm that 992's work without beeping at CVS, and like you I would be interested in hearing what other stores they do or don't beep...
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#142
Ok, so 992's work without beeping at CVS and Walgreens, but usually beep at Target (although I have been told the FFS 992's are not beeping).

Anyone else able to share addiitonal info on this? Smilie
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#143
Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
Ok, so 992's work without beeping at CVS and Walgreens, but usually beep at Target (although I have been told the FFS 992's are not beeping).

Anyone else able to share addiitonal info on this? Smilie
Albertsons and Safeway allows it w/o any beeps. Kroger blocks them and requires cashier verification.
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Albertsons and Safeway allows it w/o any beeps. Kroger blocks them and requires cashier verification.
Ok, so 992's work without beeping at CVS, Walgreens, Albertsons and Safeway, but usually beep at Target (although I have been told the FFS 992's are not beeping). Kroger blocks them and requires cashier verification.

Anyone else able to share addiitonal info on this?

I will keep adding to the list and repping for all clear answers, then maybe we can add this info to the wiki?
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Quote from schnauzermomma View Post :
Ok, so 992's work without beeping at CVS, Walgreens, Albertsons and Safeway, but usually beep at Target (although I have been told the FFS 992's are not beeping). Kroger blocks them and requires cashier verification.

Anyone else able to share addiitonal info on this?

I will keep adding to the list and repping for all clear answers, then maybe we can add this info to the wiki?
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.
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#146
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.
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Quote from mahgobbi View Post :
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.
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.
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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 how 992s work at Stop & Shop, also. They seem to attach to the weirdest things. Best to use 992s last, and then use them in decreasing order. I never paid much attention before this education, thank you all!
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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.
Exactly, You should always use the coupons for the intended product. I even avoid using them at Kroger even if I have the right product because I do not like to have cashiers override any of my coupons. I established good reputation among all the stores that I go to that my coupons always matches my products and they never require to override any of them. It is still good to know this information. One more comment about 992 coupons @ CVS, they prompt the cashier to choose whether it is taxable item or not.
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Quote from momto5 View Post :
Exactly, You should always use the coupons for the intended product. I even avoid using them at Kroger even if I have the right product because I do not like to have cashiers override any of my coupons. I established good reputation among all the stores that I go to that my coupons always matches my products and they never require to override any of them. It is still good to know this information. One more comment about 992 coupons @ CVS, they prompt the cashier to choose whether it is taxable item or not.
Example to show when this info is useful.
Once I found some coupons 2 off oil, and 2 off meat when you buy the same oil. The meat coupon was a 992 coupon, so, I was able to use both when buying that oil. On the other hand, I found some coupons for 1.00 off foil and another coupon for 1.00 seafood when you buy that foil, however, the seafood coupon was coded same as the 1.00 off foil, so, to avoid overriding that coupon, I used only the 1.00 foil in that case.
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