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RETIRED CVS Coupon DISCUSSION: questions, scenarios, & chat for ALL coupons (including Manufacturers) that can be used at CVS

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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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#46
Quote from couponfairy View Post :
Do have the CRT, but can't find the coupon on their site.
Direct link don't work, must C&P
http://see.walmart.com/aquafreshkids/
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#47
i'd settle for a 20% right now... but didn't even get that this week. ugh.
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#48
Quote from getgreen09 View Post :
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
Last edited by Kalanchoe August 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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Quote from jessjj347 View Post :
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...

Quote from WhitenNerdy View Post :
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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#53
Quote from Kalanchoe View Post :
(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!!

worship
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Quote from Kalanchoe View Post :
Thoughts/confirmations/rebuttals? Smilie
Quote from rydergal View Post :
I concur.
Concur x2! Big Grin
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Quote from rydergal View Post :
I concur.
Quote from TinCanLarry View Post :
Concur x2! Big Grin
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...
Last edited by Kalanchoe August 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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Quote from jb79 View Post :
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!
Last edited by Kalanchoe August 25, 2011 at 09:25 PM
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Quote from Kalanchoe View Post :
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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Quote from Kalanchoe View Post :
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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Quote from Requa View Post :
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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