What Does DND or DNT Mean?

Another question I frequently get is what does DND or DNT Mean?

If you look at a manufacturer’s coupon, it may say DO NOT DOUBLE or DO NOT TRIPLE at the top of the coupon. This is where DND and DNT come from.

So why does a manufacturer put on the coupon Do Not Double?

The manufacturer is making it clear that they will only pay face value of the coupon to the retailer. If you look in fine print, it normally says that the manufacturer will reimburse for the amount of the coupon plus a few cents for handling.

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Why does the coupon still double at my store even when it says DND?

Most coupons will still double unless a cashier tells it not to. This all has to do with the bar code on the coupon.
If you look at the far right of the bar code you will see either a 9 or a 5. If the coupon bar code starts with a 5, you will find that this coupon will double automatically due to the register programming. A cashier will have to manually override it.

A coupon starting with a 9 will never double. Coupons that are found in stores (like in blinkie machines) usually start with a 9. These will not double.

Who pays for the double coupon amount?

The grocery chain pays for the doubled amount – not the manufacturer. It is at the discretion  of the store as to whether or not to double the coupon. The manufacturer will never pay for the doubling.

So what is the bottom line with DND 5 coupons? Will they double all the time?

If the coupon starts with a “5” it will automatically double, HOWEVER, your cashier may adjust the coupon if it says DND.  So getting doubles with a a DND is totally YMMV.

Isn’t doubling a DND coupon unethical?

In my opinon, no. The store makes the decision and they aren’t asking the manufacturer to reimburse them

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