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mahgobbi 1,015 August 6, 2008 at 09:42 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 neverminda View Post :
Always wonder about how the bar code tells the register about the expiration date since there is no place in the bar code to do that according to this wiki. Anyone knows how it works?

I'm asking b/c some CVS here accept expired Qs. Some Qs don't beep even they expired, while others beep so they have to push them through.
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The second bar code on the coupon (the one on the far right) can sometimes be read by the register if it is a standard format barcode (not a funky 2 level stacked one). That code can include the expiration month as the final few digits. That would be the only way the register could know the expiration month (not enough info encoded to get the full date). HTH.
The GS1 (2nd) barcode is not being read by registers currently. They are part of a phase in period for the type of barcode that is set to become standard (the stacked version of the GS1) between January and June of 2010. They will be used to have a much more comprehensive set of data on what the coupon is for, including the expiration date.
What has likely happened, neverminda, is that the ones that beeped expired don't have a current version out there with the same code, and the register has a database of coupons that alert the register that the coupon is expired. The ones that aren't beeping have a current version that has come out and won't expire for a while.
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I was wondering if you all could help me with a question. There is currently a $1/1 Pampers Q, and also a Q for a free tub of wipes WYB certain pampers. Can these be used together without beeps? Or will the free wipes Q attach to both products? I know they can both be used together, but I also know my Kroger will deny me if one beeps.

Diapers - 537000481763
Wipes - 537000462014

They should be beepless, right? Any help would be appreciated Smilie



Nevermind! Just decided to try it out and both Q's worked fine together. Only beeped to input price, which I expected. Thanks anyway!
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Quote from Brandilla View Post :
I was wondering if you all could help me with a question. There is currently a $1/1 Pampers Q, and also a Q for a free tub of wipes WYB certain pampers. Can these be used together without beeps? Or will the free wipes Q attach to both products? I know they can both be used together, but I also know my Kroger will deny me if one beeps.

Diapers - 537000481763
Wipes - 537000462014

They should be beepless, right? Any help would be appreciated Smilie



Nevermind! Just decided to try it out and both Q's worked fine together. Only beeped to input price, which I expected. Thanks anyway!
That is why it is always best to use the coupon that requires the price as your second one. Of course it is going to beep for the price, so if they question the beep, you just point that out to them. Smilie
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That is why it is always best to use the coupon that requires the price as your second one. Of course it is going to beep for the price, so if they question the beep, you just point that out to them. Smilie
That's exactly what I did hug I was ready for a fight, but my cashier just asked me how much they were. I told him and he entered it no problem Smilie Gotta love good cashiers!!
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This is such a great thread and I've learned so much from you all. Especially Fairynanook.

My question is: The $1 off any O-Cel-O that was in Publix's Summertime Savings Flier beeps to high heaven at WM. The UPC is: 5 53200 20076 8
Can someone tell me why it beeps?
TIA!
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Quote from lurkielounomore View Post :
This is such a great thread and I've learned so much from you all. Especially Fairynanook.

My question is: The $1 off any O-Cel-O that was in Publix's Summertime Savings Flier beeps to high heaven at WM. The UPC is: 5 53200 20076 8
Can someone tell me why it beeps?
TIA!
Walmart's system seems to be really weird, and I am fairly unfamiliar with it because I don't often shop there. Could you pull out the O-Cel-Os and tell me the barcode on them? Outside of my one hunch that the Manu codes don't match, I don't know why a coupon with that barcode would beep. Does the coupon say "redeem only at Publix" on it? I have found that Publix coupons coded correctly have beeped at other stores, probably because they added them to the database as invalid. Those are my two best guesses. If you post the barcode numbers, I can either confirm or rule out the first guess. Smilie
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Quote from fairynanook View Post :
Walmart's system seems to be really weird, and I am fairly unfamiliar with it because I don't often shop there. Could you pull out the O-Cel-Os and tell me the barcode on them? Outside of my one hunch that the Manu codes don't match, I don't know why a coupon with that barcode would beep. Does the coupon say "redeem only at Publix" on it? I have found that Publix coupons coded correctly have beeped at other stores, probably because they added them to the database as invalid. Those are my two best guesses. If you post the barcode numbers, I can either confirm or rule out the first guess. Smilie
Embarrassment Thanks for replying. The barcode is different. The product is o-cel-o scrubbers the q is for any sponge. Oh, well, good to know now that I don't have any more left! Only used about 30 of them. I'm usually so careful about upc matching but obviously dropped the ball on this one.
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3400041076 Can this coupon be used for ANY hersheys product or is it specific to the wording on the coupon? This is a coupon for $1 off any Hershey's Bliss bar. So just curious to know if it can be used on any regular Hersheys or only bliss? TIA!
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3400041076 Can this coupon be used for ANY hersheys product or is it specific to the wording on the coupon? This is a coupon for $1 off any Hershey's Bliss bar. So just curious to know if it can be used on any regular Hersheys or only bliss? TIA!
This will probably beep if used to purchase any regular Hersheys. The key is the 410 as I've bolded it above. If that was 000 instead of 410, it would work on any regular Hersheys. And if it was 400 instead of 410, it would work on more products in the Hershey's line.

HTH!
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^^^Yes, and thank u! repped!
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I have a bunch of peelies for Shout that says "Do not double" but barcode starts with a 5. Will it or will it not double?
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I have a bunch of peelies for Shout that says "Do not double" but barcode starts with a 5. Will it or will it not double?
Yes! nod
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Yes! nod
Oh goody!! Thanks and repped for the fast response. I'll use the self-checkout line to avoid the cashiers that read every word on the MQ. LOL.
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Oh goody!! Thanks and repped for the fast response. I'll use the self-checkout line to avoid the cashiers that read every word on the MQ. LOL.
Even if it says DND... it will still double. It's just is saying that if the store chooses to double the q that they will not get reimbursed by the mfr for the doubled $
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