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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Indiana Mike, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005

    I browse local stores online . I browse tires ,music gear , furniture etc...

    They all have sales .

    They all say "must print coupon and bring to store "

    Why can't I just present a coupon I have saved to my phone ,either in an app or a photo?

    This would save ink ,paper ,electricity amongst other resources .

    I know it could be done very easily .
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I think the idea is to use the coupon once. If you show them a picture of it, maybe you'll use it over and over again.

  3. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA, USA
    Mike may well be right.

    I was at a store in an outlet mall about a year ago and they wouldn't honor the coupon I had on my phone (thanks to the wonders of the internet) even though the barcode scanned perfectly. I was unhappy.
  4. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    They could code it so it could only be used once .

    Someone needs to make an app for this ...
  5. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    who do you think they are? quicken loans?
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I think World Market will accept a "phone coupon" but yeah, most places won't.
  7. RxFunk


    Dec 2, 2012
    Gamestop took a coupon code off my phone before, but Mike is probably right here, people probably tried to use the same code over and over again, so now they don't accept them. Just a hypothesis.
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I find that most places accept a coupon off of a phone. I know GC does, I've done it a few times.
  9. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I believe there may already be phone apps for coupons that work exactly as you described.
  10. I think that is right. The local stores just haven't adopted it yet.
  11. is it a manufacturer's coupon or a coupon from the establishment you're visiting. that makes a big difference.
  12. Image manipulation.
  13. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    I work for my money and have the money I put aside work for me.

    I wouldn't know how to and don't have an interest in fraud.

    Some people do and ruin it for everyone else
  14. xuztujma


    Mar 18, 2013
    I think the idea is to use the coupon once.[​IMG]
  15. AaronMB


    Aug 17, 2012
    Central Oregon
    It's worked for me so far, app or no.

    Yes, as suggested, there apps for that as well.
  16. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    What would stop you from printing the coupon more than once?
  17. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    It depends. You know how the grocery store cashier takes your coupon and sticks it into their till. All the printed coupons get sent to the companies so that grocery store can get reimbursed.
    So, that's the old way of doing it. If they can't get a printed copy to "track" the coupon, then they need to implement an electronic way to store the coupon for reimbursement, i.e. database storage. That's a little bit harder and requires some code development. And it's always easier said than done. So, creating a program that electronically tracks coupon use might cost $5,000 to develop while total discounts may be around $500 to $1000. So screw it, print out a paper coupon and do it the old fashioned way.
  18. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
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  19. Seen a few places take e-coupons via phone. A few of which simply use QR scanners and persumably have the software to generate different viable codes so each can only be used once (if they want it to be a single use deal that is).

    If it's a generic code, and not a one off, what difference does it make if you need to print it?

    If it's a generic code that can be used more than once, what's to stop someone printing multiple copies?

    If image manipulation is an issue, what's to stop someone manipulating the image then printing it?
  20. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I have had businesses scan coupons directly off my phone's display.

    The hard copy could be a requirement for manufacturers rebate -- meaning that the manufacturer itself gets forwarded all coupons to show that the price was reduced according to an agreement they had with the retailer.

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