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Clip Job: Beware Photo Copied and Gang-Cut Coupons




Question: "Isn't it wrong to scan or photocopy a coupon? I've been reading couponing boards and am tired of seeing people ask others to post scans or photocopies of printable coupons that aren't available to them anymore because of print limits. Some websites seem to advocate this. The store doesn't get reimbursed for the copies, right?"

Answer: Most couponers understand that manufacturers refuse to reimburse retailers that submit fraudulent coupons for redemption. But what, exactly, is a fraudulent coupon? And how do manufacturers find them?

Photocopies or scans of coupons are no good. Even if a store accepts a counterfeit coupon, it's highly unlikely that they will receive reimbursement for it. Most printable coupons have a unique identifying number on the face or within the bar code. If a printable coupon has been scanned or photocopied, the store will be reimbursed for the first coupon with that identifier; any subsequent coupons bearing the same number will be rejected.

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