Can I Copy Printable Coupons is a question I am asked on a regular basis.
Copying coupons is never ok. Never. Ever. So, now that we got that out of the way – How can you prove you didn’t photo copy a coupon?
Reader Kenny was at the store with two identical coupons – or so the cashier thought. However, the coupons were not 100% identical.
Each coupon has a barcode on the bottom that is identical. This is the Databar Code or UPC Barcode that tells the register what you have to buy and how much to take off. However, if you look at the code below the date – this code is different.
If you look at the second coupon, it is identical to the first coupon, except it has a different code. This makes the coupon unique.
If you were to copy a coupon and use say 5 copies – only the first copy submitted with that code gets paid. All others are not paid – therefore, the retailer loses money. When you are using a copied coupon, you only hurt everyone in the long run.
Note: PDF coupons do not have unique codes. Many stores will not take PDF coupons because there is no control over how many are printed and the retailer could lose money.