During my very recent visit to the supermarket, I was using a few coupons and only one of which was a print-at-home and also a Manufacturer’s coupon. The others were original paper ones you see in the newspaper from SmartSource, Redplum and the likes.
When I handed the cashier the coupons I was using on my checkout, she informed me that I could not use the print-at-home coupon I had printed some time ago. It wasn’t expired, I checked the date, and scanned it quickly when she handed it back to me. I wanted to use that coupon, so I went into my coupon binder and took the paper ones from the newspaper that I clipped and gave that to her in place of that – both coupons were valued at the same amount. I had managed to get about four or five of the same coupons because I purchased two newspapers and I also was able to print the amount of two per computer that every coupon site allows you. This rule of thumb is one EVERY couponer should know. Each website like Coupons.com or SmartSource.com only allow you to print two coupons per computer. If you have more than one computer you have access to, then you have access to more coupons!
Nonetheless when I whipped out my coupon binder (which amazed her) and quickly spotted the coupon, I handed it to the cashier to scan and my checkout was then complete. I informed her that there was nothing wrong with the print-at-home coupon. I knew the store’s policy in which they DO accept legal, not copied print-at-home internet coupons.
The cashier told me, “The manager told me not to accept any coupons that are copied.”
I informed her that it wasn’t and that it was an original photocopied print-at-home coupon. Certain cashiers won’t be very knowledgeable in what fraudulent coupons look like or what an internet coupon is and how to tell the difference between the two. Rather than calling the manager over for one coupon, I used another that I had. No biggie. Next time, however, I will remember she isn’t very aware of the difference between coupons and so I will probably seek out a different cashier if she’s on the register during my next visit.
It also might be worth the time to send a letter to the supermarket or call their customer service to let them know about the cashier giving you a bit of trouble during your experience to prevent other cashiers from making those mistakes in the future.