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This is the CVS Coupon Discussion thread for questions, scenarios & chat for all coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS.

This is the only thread due to the fact another thread that had CVS coupons only turned into a begging thread and was full of abuse.

"PLEASE READ THE WIKI FOR RULES ABOUT THIS COUPON THREAD"

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FAQ:

Q: Will (insert coupon) BEEP?

A: There are two types of e-mailed coupons. Product-specific coupons and $ off coupons. In most cases, product specific coupons will NOT beep at the register, regardless of whether you rec'd them in your email or not. On the other hand, $ off coupons WILL likely beep if you did not get them directly in your email. The cashier's screen will pop up with a message along the lines of "Coupon not valid for card scanned"

Q: Will my cashier push a beeping coupon through?

A: YMMV....that is up to the cashier/manager. Some users have reported that even if they have received a coupon directly from CVS, it still beeps, so CVS will probably push your coupon through as a courtesy to you. There is no official policy to push through beeping coupons, so DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO PUSH THEM THROUGH for you.

Q: What are 12-digit and 13-digit coupons? What's the difference?

A: A coupon barcode that has 13 digits is one-time-use. Once it has been used, it cannot be used again. If you try to use it again, the coupon will beep and the cashier's screen will say "Coupon already redeemed on [date]" 12 digit coupon are multiple-use coupons, and can be used many times.
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Disclaimer: The following information is based on what the CVS register system will allow. Individual store policy is still YMMV.

CVS Coupon Guide

% off CVS Coupons
- % will not be taken off of the amount of any CVS Coupon including $x/$xx and manually printed ECBs (either printed from register or from coupon machine), Quarterly ECB, Beauty Club ECB, or Green Bag Tag ECB used in the transaction
- % is effective on some sale/ECB/clearance items

13-digit CVS q's
-some expire promptly on expiration date given
-one-time use only: once scanned, that particular 13-digit q can never be used again, even if you void the order & start afresh; on the 2nd attempt, register will say already redeemed on mm-dd-yyyy
-$/$$ limited to one purchased-based coupon per transaction

12-digit CVS q's found in-store or in newspapers, magazines, and other publications
-expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction

12-digit CVS $/$$ q's emailed periodically
-always beep as "not valid for card scanned" if you did not directly receive the email
-often beep anyway even if you did directly receive the email
-sometimes work without beeps if you directly received the email
-most expire when they say; on a rare occasion, certain ones expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction in certain areas
-limited to one purchased-based coupon per transaction
-see additional info here

12-digit CVS product-specific q's emailed
-work without beeps even if you did not directly receive the email
-expire 15 days from expiration date given
-limited to one coupon of the same barcode per transaction

9-digit CVS q's from register receipt
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-expire promptly on expiration date given, and in some cases, at the exact hour/minute issued
-limited to one coupon of the same first 5 digits (of the 9-digit code) per transaction
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

9-digit CVS daily recurring q's from price checker/coupon printer
-examples: $2/$10 CVS Brand, $1/2 Gold Emblem Candy, $2 Gold Emblem Water 6pk or larger
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-CVS Brand $/$$ expire on the expiration date noted
-CVS Brand product-specific q's are good though the very last expiration date that will be available. For example, if a $1 Skin Care coupon printed last week and is also printing this week, the last one of these will be issued on Saturday 4/17, good for a week from Saturday (4/24). That means that all of them you have will actually work thru the 24th.
-most of the time, can use multiples per transaction... although you just never know with CVS... Smilie
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

9-digit CVS $/$$ or product-specific q's from price checker/coupon printer
-examples: $5/$25, $1 Almay, $4/$20 Playskool, $2 Colgate Toothpaste
-work only on EC Card for which they were issued
-expire promptly on expiration date given
-if used in a transaction that is then voided (so you get CRT back), next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.
-if expired & beeps "expired" and you get it back, next time you use it will beep "not valid for card scanned" even though it is for the right EC card.

Notes:
-actual CVS q's begin with 4
-9-digit CVS q's from your receipt or the price checker/coupon printer are called CRT's
-using expired CVS q's is YMMV, even if they work without beeps; some stores take them, some don't
-exceptions may occur due to store-specific programming of their registers
-exceptions may occur due to glitches in the system, especially on Wednesdays, but usually revert back by the following day
-exceptions may occur due to cashier error
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What do I do if I've lost my card but have a phone number associated with my ExtraCare Bucks account? Check this post for more information. [http]

Before starting a discussion about coupons , PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

COUPON ACCEPTANCE
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.

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 as of Apr 2010 is that you may only use one of these per transaction. Using more than that is YMMV and depends on your store's policy.

An item that is FREE as part of a B1G1 by CVS cannot be counted towards your minimum purchase required to meet the $xx.

This is to keep consistent with how CVS would officially count how much you spent when there is an ECB deal that requires buy $xx and get $yy ECB. (See below for example):
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When CVS has their "Buy x of product, and earn $xx ECB" promo, and the items are on sale B1G1 Free, do both of them count toward the promo?

If the ECB deal is buy a specific amount of $$ in order to obtain the ECB, then only the one you pay for counts. The free one will NOT count.

If the ECB deal is buy a specific number of ITEMS in order to obtain the ECB, then both items will count.
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In other words, we need to have the minimum threshold for the $xx be calculated in the same exact manner as how CVS would do it when they (CVS) offer a B1G1 sale.

Any deal scenario or discussion that talks about using these type of coupons without the total being greater than the minimum threshold of each $x/$xx coupon and/or counts the free item towards the $xx minimum threshold for a CVS B1G1 sale will be deleted.

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 removed and you will be subject to warnings for illegal activity.

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!

CURRENT KNOWN PROBLEMS WITH PARTICULAR CVS COUPONS
*will be updated as issues are reported*

SELF CHECKOUT

Q: What does "coupon not accepted" mean?

A: This is a generic error message that appears when a coupon is either expired, requires cashier intervention (such as a BOGO coupon that requires price input), has already been redeemed, etc. In order to use the coupon, a self checkout attendant will have to enter in the coupon him or herself.

Q: Can Self Checkout scan all types of coupons?

A: Generally, self checkout can scan any manufacturer or store coupon, however there are some technical and policy limitations. Technically, not all machines can yet scan the new GS1 bar codes (the long bar codes). This can vary by store or even individual machine. Machines also might have trouble reading fuzzy or mis-sized bar codes on IPs. Try to print from a laser printer whenever possible.

Occasionally, coupons will scan but will then throw the error, "unknown barcode scanned". This message requires an override from an attendant. This has happened before, for example, with RIB coupons.

Policy-wise, CVS may program a store coupon so that it cannot be scanned without cashier intervention. For example, a "free 14 ct CVS bandages" CRT might not scan at SCO so that the cashier has to verify that the free item is in fact a 14 ct CVS package of bandages.

Q: How will BOGO coupons scan at SCO?

A: Answer needed.

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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
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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 offense
• 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.

As 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.


This is an email I received from Corp regarding coupon use (2007) - 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.
Sincerely,
Post from 4/4/10 re CVS coupon policy (original post here)
Quote :
Dear XXXX,

Thank you for contacting CVS/pharmacy. Your e-mail has reached the Customer Relations Department. We appreciate the time you took to contact us with your inquiry.

Our registers are set to allow 1 CVS coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon per item. Free coupons or "offers at the register'"(OAR's) are unearned and issued to you as a valued member of the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare program. These coupons take the form of "open ended" coupons such as $3 off $15 or a certain dollar amount off a specific item. In any given transaction our registers will allow only one "open ended" coupon per transaction. CVS Extra Buck coupons are earned when you make a qualifying purchase. These print out instantly at the register upon reaching the threshold for the offer. You can use more than one Extra Buck coupon provided the purchase threshold has been met for each offer amount on a per-transaction basis.

In the case where a particular item is on sale for "buy one get one free" (BOGO), you are only allowed to use one manufacturer's BOGO coupon. For instance, if Revlon lipstick is on sale for BOGO, you can use one manufacturer's BOGO coupon. You would get both items free and pay any applicable tax. The use of this coupon/sale combination can be limited by the Store Manager after the first purchase. If our store is running a sale for BOGO, you can use two manufacturer's coupons for a specific dollar amount off. For example, if Revlon lipstick is on sale at our store for BOGO, you can use two $1.00 off Revlon lipstick manufacturer coupons.

In your case, you were buying four Herbal Essences hair care products. You had two manufacturer coupons for buy one get one free, thus you would have only been charged for two products plus tax. You could also use the CVS coupon for $1.00 off two herbal essence shampoos. Though one of the shampoos were free from the manufacturer's coupon, you are still purchasing two items so the $1.00 coupon is allowed. I am very sorry for any problem you had at the store and the cashier's obvious lack of training on proper coupon procedure. The Shift Supervisor was correct in that you could use all three coupons. If you would like to provide me with the location of the store you visited, I can certainly make the District Manager aware of the issue so this can be addressed with the Store Manager and staff.

Again XXXX, thank you for contacting us. We value your business and look forward to serving you in the future. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,
Danielle
CVS/pharmacy
Customer Relations
08169638
SD's official policy regarding the use of BOGO q's with $/1 q's here
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FYI - the B1G1 Guidelines - Keep in mind all sections that address "14" coding
B1G1 Coupon usage guideline.
Guidelines Regarding a B1G1 manufacturer coupon with a regular manufacturer coupon.

Thanks to another user who helps out in the RA threads for the template on the guidelines.

A) B1G1 coupons say buy X get Y free. So if the coupon is coded "01", the coupon is actually only applied to the one that you get free, in this case Y.

There is nothing to say that you can not use another coupon on the one product you are actually buying, in this case X. So YES, you CAN use a $1 off 1 coupon on X.

However, If the coupon is coded "14", then the coupon attaches to both items and you will not be able to put an additional coupon on the "X" item.

Example: Buy 2 HE products use one $1 off 1 HE and 1 X B1G1
This is YMMV according to many stores and only allowed if the coupon is coded "01".

If the coupon was coded "14" then you cannot do this as the register will beep. Asking the cashier to force through that coupon in this situation will be considered illegal activity and will not be allowed here on SD.

The manufacturer can choose the coding in this case ("01") or ("14") and this determines if the manufacturer will allow you to do the above or not.

B) Using the example above you can NOT use a $1 dollar off 2 items because that coupon applies to 2 products.

Example: Buy 2 HE products and use $1 off WYB 2 HE products and 1 X B1G1. <--- This is illegal activity.

OK to do: If you buy a total of 4 products you can use 2 B1G1 coupons + $1 dollar wyb 2. In this situation you have 4 products: The 2 B1G1 coupons applies to 2 products and the $1 dollar wyb 2 applies to the other 2 products for a total of 4.
Again, this can only be done if the B1G1 are coded "01" -- if they are coded "14" then you would only be able to use the 2 B1G1 coupons only. This is YMMV according to many stores.

C) The rule of thumb is that you can NOT have more coupons than products.
Example: Buy 2 herbal essences use two $1 dollar off 1 product and 1 X B1G1. <--- This is Illegal activity

There is too many coupons for the number of products. See number 1 for the correct scenario.

D) WYB VS. AND: If a coupon says Save $1.00 on X WYB Y, you CAN use a coupon $1.00 off 1 coupon on Y. If a coupon says Save $1.00 on X AND Y, then you can NOT use another coupon on either X or Y because the coupon applies to BOTH products.


Example of an abusive situation:

You cannot abuse the system like this: Buy two of product x and use a coupon of $5 off 2 products of x AND also the $1 off product x just because the $5 off 2 products is only coded for 1 product ("74").

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Do have the CRT, but can't find the coupon on their site.
Direct link don't work, must C&P
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i'd settle for a 20% right now... but didn't even get that this week. ugh.
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i'd settle for a 20% right now... but didn't even get that this week. ugh.
I'm with you. I haven't received a $/$$ or %off for as long as I can remember.
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The Starbucks bogo CRT beeps if you used a $/$$ in same transaction. It does not beep & auto deducts $4.29 without $/$$, even if you use 2 CRTs in same transaction.I experimented this last two days. HTH someone.
(zguru posted the above in the weekly thread, but I'm replying here because my reply really makes more sense in the coupon thread instead...)

Anyway, I'd suspected this when folks were giving mixed reports on whether this CRT beeps - thanks for confirming, zguru!

But yeah, I mean no disrespect to anyone who put forth their theories that different stores treat the same CRT differently - but in my experience, I just really don't think that's the case. I strongly believe that the same CRT will always behave the same way at any CVS store at any given time (the free bandage CRT auto'd for overage on Sunday but prompted for price on Monday - but it did the same thing for anyone using it at the same time); what determines whether it beeps or autos or whatever is what you buy and what other coupons you use in the transaction.

The most common reason that a CRT will beep for someone but not beep for someone else is that the former used another coupon in the transaction that conflicted with it - usually a $/$$. The reason for this is that the CRT is usually coded like a $/$$ itself, so it requires a minimum purchase amount - for example, maybe the Starburst CRT is coded as $4.29 off $5.98 worth of Starburst; what this means is that if you're using, say, a $4/$20 in the same transaction where you're buying 2 bags of Starburst, your subtotal has to be at least $25.98 for both the $4/$20 and 1 Starburst CRT to go through beeplessly. (That's just an example, I don't know if the Starburst CRT is really $4.29 off $5.98 Starburst - but I definitely think it's $4.29 off some minimum amount of Starburst.)

If anyone ever reports that a particular CRT beeped for them when it didn't for most others, I always assume it's because the CRT is coded like a $/$$. (Obviously CVS coupons can also beep if they're not valid for the card scanned, but that of course wouldn't ever be the case for a CRT that the card received.) I assumed this for the Starburst CRT too, even before zguru posted what he did above, which was why when I used 2 of my Starburst CRTs to buy 4 bags of Starburst in a transaction with a $4/$20, I actually did it with a total subtotal of over $60 - since I figured $40 would be more than enough for the 2 CRTs to look for. laugh out loud Happy to report that that was beepless by the way - so it's not so much that the CRT beeps if used with a $/$$, it's that it beeps if there's not enough above the $$ for it in the transaction.

Thoughts/confirmations/rebuttals? Smilie
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So my CVS account online has been royally borked for about a month, since they did the upgrade to their website. The "Rewards & Coupons" section only has been showing my Beauty rewards since the upgrade. All of the other deals I do are missing, the ECBS I'm earning, etc are gone, whereas they used to show up there. I also have not had anything to "send to card"

I've heard that others have had a similar issue. My question is, have any of you tried contacting CVS to get this resolved and has it been resolved? Also, does CVS have an email addy for customer support? TIA for your help!
I haven't been playing the CVS game for years like some people, but it was reported that last year or so you could print your ECBs online, just in case you lost or had some damaged ECBs [ripped, smeared, bad printing, etc]. Then that function disappeared. I remember a few months after I started CVSing, that function came back and the faithful cheered. And all the offers were showing up online so you could track it that way, instead of just at the bottom of your receipt. The crowd went wild.

Then CVS after taking one step forward, took one step to the left, then drunkenly staggered a few paces back. I presume because of people printing out ECBs and either mistakenly or purposely used those ECBs twice [using the ECB that printed out at the bottom of your receipt as well as the printed one]. But I guess the enigma that is CVS will never be solved.

Then select ECBs and offers tracked and showed up.

Then they "sent Qs to your card."

Then they had the whole "secure" Q stash that is CVS's IT department was abused by SDers and others looking to see what they could do to manipulate URLs to see what was possible.

So now we stand here at the end of August scratching our heads as tallies get erased, weekly deals arbitrarily becoming monthly deals, and like a meth addict looking for one more bump, faithfully click into our emails daily to see if CVS is going to dish out one last hit, maybe that elusive unicorn, I mean $/$$ Q might come back alive.

But stay strong!

PS. I contacted CVS about a gas card that didn't print, and they said it'd take 48 hours to print out via the coupon machine. It's been over two weeks. I probably should call back right? I didn't realize it'd take 48 days...

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Another lame ass 20%!!

UGH.
And this was sent to your card, not e-mailed to you with a direct link?
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And this was sent to your card, not e-mailed to you with a direct link?
It was emailed with a print or send to card option, but those links are customer specific now. Mad
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PS. I contacted CVS about a gas card that didn't print, and they said it'd take 48 hours to print out via the coupon machine. It's been over two weeks. I probably should call back right? I didn't realize it'd take 48 days...
nod Probably best to call them back - they take notes on what you've previously called about, so they should be able to easily see what you're talking about and that they didn't actually send your EB yet.

I called a couple weeks ago about an EB that didn't print, and they told me I'd get it in 48 hours too. Nearly a week later, still no EB, so I called back and the guy mumbled out loud some notes that had apparently been jotted down in my account and was like, "OK, I see you were supposed to get a $5 EB, it'll print for you within 48 hours" - and I did get my EB when I scanned my card 2 days later...though I do wonder why it wasn't really sent the first time, even though they had notes on it. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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(zguru posted the above in the weekly thread, but I'm replying here because my reply really makes more sense in the coupon thread instead...)

Anyway, I'd suspected this when folks were giving mixed reports on whether this CRT beeps - thanks for confirming, zguru!

But yeah, I mean no disrespect to anyone who put forth their theories that different stores treat the same CRT differently - but in my experience, I just really don't think that's the case. I strongly believe that the same CRT will always behave the same way at any CVS store at any given time (the free bandage CRT auto'd for overage on Sunday but prompted for price on Monday - but it did the same thing for anyone using it at the same time); what determines whether it beeps or autos or whatever is what you buy and what other coupons you use in the transaction.

The most common reason that a CRT will beep for someone but not beep for someone else is that the former used another coupon in the transaction that conflicted with it - usually a $/$$. The reason for this is that the CRT is usually coded as a $/$$ itself - for example, maybe the Starburst CRT is coded as $4.29 off $5.98 or something; what this means is that if you're using, say, a $4/$20 in the same transaction, your subtotal has to be at least $25.98 for both the $4/$20 and 1 Starburst CRT to go through beeplessly. (That's just an example, I don't know if the Starburst CRT is really $4.29 off $5.98 - but I definitely think it's $4.29 off something.)

If anyone ever reports that a particular CRT beeped for them when it didn't for most others, I always assume it's because the CRT is coded as a $/$$. (Obviously CVS coupons can also beep if they're not valid for the card scanned, but that of course wouldn't ever be the case for a CRT that the card received.) I assumed this for the Starburst CRT too, even before zguru posted what he did above, which was why when I used 2 of my Starburst CRTs in a transaction with a $4/$20, I actually did it with a subtotal of over $60 - since I figured $40 would be more than enough for the 2 CRTs to look for. laugh out loud Happy to report that that was beepless by the way - so it's not so much that the CRT beeps if used with a $/$$, it's that it beeps if there's not enough above the $$ for it in the transaction.

Thoughts/confirmations/rebuttals? Smilie
I concur.

Now I have to remember to come back tomorrow and rep you for typing all this up, cuz I'm all out for the day.

Thank you!!

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Reps are back...for now. Stick Out Tongue I owe loads of gratitude to everyone that got me where I am! Read the *NEW* CVS FAQ and post your questions there. Let's keep the deal threads deal-related, please.
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I concur.
Concur x2! Big Grin
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Thanks for the votes of confidence, y'all. Smilie

What I'd really like to see done in the future though is instead of simple reports of "I bought 2 Starbursts and the CRT auto'd for $4.29 for me" or "I bought 2 Starbursts and the CRT beeped," it'd be awesome if we could all give a little more info, like "I bought 2 Starbursts and the CRT beeped, but I used a $4/$20 first and only had $22 total worth of stuff" - would be insanely useful to help figure out what we all need to do for beepless transactions. Smilie

And not just for the Starburst CRT of course, but any CRT in the future where it may be coded like a $/$$ - I've found that maybe a quarter of all generics (the CRTs you get daily) seem to be coded that way for some reason. I've almost never had a non-generic CRT beep on me (excepting the Lumene CRTs, which I've still never figured out Confused) - but a significant percentage of the generic CRTs seem to be coded like $/$$'s and thus conflict with real $/$$'s (or might even beep if your subtotal is too low, even when you buy the exact items specified on the CRT).

As examples, the CRT for Gold Emblem chips a couple weeks ago was coded as a $2 off $2 chips, it seemed (so if you used, say, a $4/$20 in a transaction that included a bag of chips, you actually needed a total of $22 in the transaction to have the chip CRT go through beeplessly); and the $2 off Starburst nearly 2 months ago was so annoyingly coded that if you bought only 1 bag of Starburst (which was on sale for $2.50) and tried to use the CRT, it beeped because it was coded as $2 off some amount that was higher than $2.50. laugh out loud

One caveat though - if you're using a $/$$ that beeps for any reason other than "not valid for card scanned" and has to be manually pushed through, it shouldn't affect your other coupons at all - so if a CRT goes through beeplessly afterward, it doesn't prove that it actually worked in conjunction with the $/$$, since the $/$$ was manually entered.

On the other hand, I've found that using a $/$$ that beeps because it's not valid for your card will still make the register think that you used the $/$$ for some bizarre reason. I don't know if this has changed recently, since it's been well over a year since I last had a $/$$ beep that way for me (I avoid using the "generic" $/$$'s posted here if I didn't receive them directly), but if it hasn't, then if a $/$$ beeps not valid for card, it still deducts $$ from the subtotal for your other CRTs to look at - even if the cashier refuses to manually push it through! Very very stupid, but that's always been my experience anyway...
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I actually just talked with CS about this same problem this morning! They said the Little Movers diapers were not counting properly during that week, so even though they can see that you bought them when they look at your account, they for some reason didn't count towards the deal (which she said is now fixed.) I actually have one more pack to buy before I earn my free pack, so she said to call back after I buy that sixth pack and she will issue me a $12 ECB because she can't actually send the free pack coupon to the card. I'm so happy with that because a $12 ECB is way better than a jumbo pack of diapers! Just have your Extra Care card available when you call and if you also have the receipts from the diapers that will help alot. You'll be able to say exactly what days you bought the diapers on and they'll be able to find it very easily that way.
The only problem is I bought the huggies slip-ons and it tracked fine on my other card that's why I am a bit confused. I did call CS and all she said was she'd have to look into it. I guess I'll wait it out. Thank you for your response, repped Smilie. I would love a 12ecb rather than a free diaper pack Wink
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I scouted out the Aquafresh today at my store, but the only Aquafresh kids stuff I could find was all marked Kids, not Training - if you look on Aquafresh's web site, the Kids stuff is for kids ages 2-3+, while the Training stuff is for kids ages 3-24 months.

My CVS only had a 2+ Kids toothpaste ($2.67) and 3+ Kids toothbrush ($2.59) - both were BOGO50% (although I don't think they count for the gas card deal; isn't that just Oral-B this week? Confused), but the coupon is supposed to be for the Training line, which my CVS didn't seem to carry.

Anyway, just a head's up on that before others get too excited about this deal!
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I scouted out the Aquafresh today at my store, but the only Aquafresh kids stuff I could find was all marked Kids, not Training - if you look on Aquafresh's web site, the Kids stuff is for kids ages 2-3+, while the Training stuff is for kids ages 3-24 months.

My CVS only had a 2+ Kids toothpaste ($2.67) and 3+ Kids toothbrush ($2.59) - both were BOGO50% (although I don't think they count for the gas card deal; isn't that just Oral-B this week? Confused), but the coupon is supposed to be for the Training line, which my CVS didn't seem to carry.

Anyway, just a head's up on that before others get too excited about this deal!
Well, that's a shame! Sadwalk

Thanks so much for checking it out...off to edit my post.
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I scouted out the Aquafresh today at my store, but the only Aquafresh kids stuff I could find was all marked Kids, not Training - if you look on Aquafresh's web site, the Kids stuff is for kids ages 2-3+, while the Training stuff is for kids ages 3-24 months.

My CVS only had a 2+ Kids toothpaste ($2.67) and 3+ Kids toothbrush ($2.59) - both were BOGO50% (although I don't think they count for the gas card deal; isn't that just Oral-B this week? Confused), but the coupon is supposed to be for the Training line, which my CVS didn't seem to carry.

Anyway, just a head's up on that before others get too excited about this deal!
After looking at the website I see that I got the wrong toothbrush. I am going to delete my post, can you snip it from your reply please? Don't want to mislead anyone Frown

Although I can confirm that it counts towards the gas deal since I have a tally on my receipt.
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The only problem is I bought the huggies slip-ons and it tracked fine on my other card that's why I am a bit confused. I did call CS and all she said was she'd have to look into it. I guess I'll wait it out. Thank you for your response, repped Smilie. I would love a 12ecb rather than a free diaper pack Wink
I called last week about the same issue and said they'd call back but never did. That's why I called them back yesterday. This time the lady I talked to seemed to know what she was talking about (and she could see from the notes that I called about the same issue before and apologized that nobody got back to me) and was very competent about doing something about it. So if you don't get a call back be sure to get in touch with them again. Hope it gets resolved for you!
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