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    Unhappy Printable On-Line Coupons Refused Here

    Here in Norfolk Nebraska Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart and Target are
    refusing to take any coupons printed off a printer.(there are not that
    many places for shopping) If they are not torn out of a newspaper or
    glossy Sunday ad or magazine, we don't get those advantages - I used to

    print off the online Coupons, but just can't use them anywhere here.
    Do you have any suggestions? Thanks
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    I work in the cash office at Walmart in northern Minnesota. Walmart policy
    is to take them as long as there is a barcode that can be scanned. So if
    the ones you print off has a barcode on them tell them to scan the barcode,
    it will process the money off automatically. There's no reason at all for
    them to not take them if there's a barcode. Talk to the manager, threaten
    to call home office about it, they'll take them because they want to make
    the customer happy. Stacy Goodbrand
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    Actually, what I got from headquarters, is that while the Corporate
    policy at Wal-mart is to accept internet coupons, it's up to the
    individual stores to decide whether or not they will actually accept
    them.

    What that means is that any individual Walmart is well within their
    rights to decline internet coupons.

    Most stores have the same policy- for instance, the town I used to
    live in, Meijer's accepted internets, and doubled. If I drove 20
    minutes to the next town over, they didn't accept internet coupons
    OR double coupons.

    Stores will alternate between accepting them and declining them
    based on fraudulant coupons. A lot of people get emailed coupons
    that look real, right down to a working barcode, but are actually
    fraudulant. Because most people who get them have no idea they ARE
    fraudulant, they tend to get passed around in areas all around the
    same time- through friends and family. That's the leading reason why
    so many stores do NOT accept them.

    The stores loses out on the cost of the product if they accept a
    fraudulant coupon, and they have no way of knowing when they accept
    them if they are fraudulant or not, based on it having a working bar
    code.

    2 years ago, my mother forwarded me a list of almost 20 coupons, all
    for free products of greater than $5. The barcode was re-used from a
    coupon for a free can of pringles, or something. The original coupon
    was basically worth $.99, but the stores were losing money quickly
    by giving away free cosemetics, free laundry detergent, free food,
    etc. The coupon worked- it simply asked the cashier to enter the
    value in, which they would do. Then, viola, $5.89 taken off here,
    $8.37 there, etc. My mom had co-workers who went and were able to
    use them, and because they were online, they each printed off dozens
    and used them. She thought it was perfect for me, her coupon
    clipping daughter.

    To me, though, it sounded WAY too good to be true, so I did
    research, found them all to be listed as fraudulant, and told her to
    tell her friends to stop using them. Several stores in our area
    actually started arresting people who tried to turn them in after
    just a short period, because they had so many of them flooding in.
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    The stores( Walmart, Kroger and Houchens) around here also do not take on-line coupons. I usually write or e-mail the company and they mail some to me. It does not matter whether they have a barcode.They just will not take them anymore. When we had Windixie here they would take them, but when they left most stores just stop honoring them. I know when I write to a company , they usually send a reply that states that stores set their own policy regarding coupons, but they provide these that should be usable, Marsha
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    I think in your case I would watch the forums for the latest deals with coupon inserts and see what I could find for deals in that repect. What I've noticed is that they cycle- for 2-3 weeks you can get Major deals from coupons in the paper and for a week or so you can get really great deals on I.P's. Just stick with the Newspapers & use whatever resources you have available for getting extra inserts.

    I was able to strike a deal with a smaller mom & pop store a few weeks ago that at the end of the week they'll let me buy any leftover coupon inserts, (dirt cheap).
    Some weeks there are quite a few, some weeks there aren't any. You could also ask on a freecycle list, you could ask your newspaper delivery person, etc.

    Lots of areas to gather coupons and lots of savings that you can take advantage of.

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    If its worth it to you, write a letter to the store manager. I used to live in Columbus, Nebraska and the walmart there accepted my online printed coupons. I'm ashamed to admit it, and I was much younger and didn't care, and have changed my ways and regret my actions,

    But I fabricated my own by copy and pasting their ad online and changing the price on one of my document editors, and they gave it to me. This is probably why they don't want to do them anymore...

    Sometimes, though, when they realize that people are trying to legitimately use them and that they may lose customers to other stores, they will allow you to use them again if you can provide the website address or the supplier of the ad.

    Just a thought, and no negative comments please, I'm well aware of my actions years ago, and know that it was wrong.
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    I walked into a Walmart in Philadelphia and in New
    Jersey and was told that Walmart no longer accepts
    printer printed coupons. I subscribe to a few on line
    coupons clubs and am wondering whether I should cancel
    subscription at this point.
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    I printed the online coupons in black and white and tried to use them
    at my local Shop 'n' Save and they told me they couldn't accept black
    and white. They had to be color. I didn't know that. Maybe others
    know this, but it was new to me. Then again, I am new to all of this.
    I finally cut out all the Sunday coupons, now I have to either buy or
    find my coupon organizer.
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