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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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Last Edited by slayers750 March 10, 2010 at 08:56 PM
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.

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#166
i am soooooooooo confused. hotwhells barbie coupon for $5 off has 5 74299 55074 9 and then (8100)0 04124. how do i find out what i can use it on? anyone have any iedas?
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i am soooooooooo confused. hotwhells barbie coupon for $5 off has 5 74299 55074 9 and then (8100)0 04124. how do i find out what i can use it on? anyone have any iedas?
If I recall correctly, there are only a couple of things that code out to match this coupon. My recommendation would be to read the Target, Walmart or Kmart thread, watch for someone talking about using them (usually abbreviated HW) and then PM them to ask.
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Free is good Smilie Pay me? Even better! Smilie
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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?
992s also do not beep at Kmart.

I've had varying luck with 992s at Smiths (Kroger). Sometimes they beep and sometimes they do not. Confused
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Do all stores need intervention on the bogo q's? I have read that KMart and Target autodeduct some codes, any others??? What about Kroger?

On the 992, they always beep for confirmation at my CVS.
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Do all stores need intervention on the bogo q's? I have read that KMart and Target autodeduct some codes, any others??? What about Kroger?

On the 992, they always beep for confirmation at my CVS.
My Kroger autodeducts, as does Meijers. I don't believe CVS does. Of course, some stores may be different so YMMV I guess.
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Do all stores need intervention on the bogo q's? I have read that KMart and Target autodeduct some codes, any others??? What about Kroger?

On the 992, they always beep for confirmation at my CVS.
They do not beep for confirmation @ CVS. They prompt the cashier to enter either taxable/ non taxable items for the item bought by the coupon
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My Kroger autodeducts, as does Meijers. I don't believe CVS does. Of course, some stores may be different so YMMV I guess.
Thanks, wish my kroger did that too. It is a pain going through SCO when you have bogo or free q's.

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They do not beep for confirmation @ CVS. They prompt the cashier to enter either taxable/ non taxable items for the item bought by the coupon
Sorry, didnt know the difference between the two. A beep is a beep for me Smilie
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Why coupons from scanners at CVS beep even if they are for the same card? I had various coupons like 5/25, 25 GC w prescription, and many others beep when they are from the scanner. Strangely, same coupons from the register beep much less frequently. I can't figure it out.
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DONT USE CATALINAS at different stores
Lots of coupons can work at many different places, but that doesn't always mean you should use them. Most Catalina coupons are stopre specific. When the CVS manager finds a Catalina from Shoprigte in his coupon collections, he's going to get strictyer on his coupon policy.
Don't ruin it for everyone else.
Be smart when you use your coupons, not sneaky.
rc1000, please back up your statements with facts. I like to deal in facts rather than opinion or conjecture. Fact-based coupon basics makes shopping with coupons enjoyable & fun. Opinion, conjecture, & coupon ignorance makes shopping with coupons stressful & burdensome.

- What you are saying is in contradiction to what has been taught me by non-couponing supervisors/managers at 3 different stores across 2 different chains.
- What you are saying is also in contradiction to what has been confirmed by other couponers in other areas who have spoken directly with their store managers.
- The terms and conditions of a catalina coupon are also stated plainly on the front & back of the coupon, and it is not directed at any specific store, but rather "Grocer: (address of where to send the coupon)" & "Retailer: (t&c of mq redemption).

For CVS, I cut off a catalina's store name to highlight the facts, not to be "sneaky." At CVS, where all coupons that start with 99 beep, the cashier is forced to make a decision every time. Most CVS cashiers who are ignorant of coupon basics will come to the incorrect conclusion that the coupon beeped because it is only good at the store indicated. By cutting off the store name, I eliminate that distraction, so that they only deal in the actual facts on the coupon and not where it originated.

I don't cut the store name off a catalina from Ralphs to use it at either Vons or Target. Most catalinas don't beep at these stores. If a cashier questions the store name before scanning, I just note to the cashier (or supervisor called over by the cashier) the terms on the coupon... that they are standard manufacturer coupons directed to the retailer. When the coupon scans without issue, it confirms what I've said and one or two more people have been trained in coupon basics.

Yes, I do understand that many store managers have little knowledge of how coupons work & how they are processed. And that is why many of us wisely choose where we shop or use particular coupons, even within a particular chain. In any case, I don't want to "coupon down" to the level of a coupon-ignorant store. Rather than stress whether my legit coupon will be accepted, I arm myself with coupon facts and avoid the stores that make up their own coupon facts to suit their agenda. I'd rather "coupon up" to the level of a coupon-savvy store, so that I can learn a thing or two.

Here is an example of a non-couponing, yet coupon-knowledgeable, assistant manager at my Ralphs store: I gave him the $0.50 Propel mq that I'd torn from a Food-4-Less flyer. The mq was about 10" x 5" in size. He scanned it, the coupon doubled, making my Propel free. He didn't like how big it was; it didn't look like it would fit nicely in his register. He held the coupon against the edge of the counter and tore off the barcode portion. Putting the barcode in his register, he tossed away the rest. Shocked, I said, "You can do that?"

Certainly, if my understanding about catalinas is faulty, I welcome your correction... but please, only with facts. And for anyone else reading, please weigh in also!
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could sombody please explain to me about family 37000
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could sombody please explain to me about family 37000
I believe that's for the Proctor and Gamble family of products. Why is that of special interest? Confused
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ISO:
Most Protein bar Q's (EAS, Balance, Met-Rx, Zone, Powerbar, etc.)

HAVE:
20 SS and RP inserts/week, 20+ computers to print from

Thanks to my S&S thread buddies for pushing me past 10K! Hug2
#178
theres been talk about a 5 dollar q being used on tide i asked about it and they told me to do research on code 37000 i was wondering what q they were using
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shake head thats not nice
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shake head thats not nice
I agree
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