Coupon Katie Answers: Is It OK to Photocopy Coupons?

Thanks to Kaitlyn for sending in a  great reader question today. There are a lot of things to figure out when you start couponing- and it is always best to ask!

My name is Kaitlyn, and I was wondering that after you have printed the number allowed from a website such as can you just copy them? This may be confusing so I will tell you my experience: On I have already printed 3 of the cereal coupons and now it says that that I have printed it all that is allowed. So I was wondering if I take the one I print and put it in a copying machine if that would still work at a register, or if this is even allowed. I’m not sure, that’s why I wanted to ask.

The answer:

You should not make photocopies of printable coupons. It is never O.K.
There are several marks on printable coupons that can identify specific users. Also, most have security features such as unique security bar codes and watermarks to prevent people from using photocopied printable coupons.

Using photocopied coupons damages relationships with stores-who do not get reimbursed for them. This is one of the reasons Kroger has changed their printable coupon policy to  state:Only accepts two (2) Internet coupons per manufacturer, per product, per visit, per day.
It also makes manufacturer’s reluctant to release printable coupons-think Procter and Gamble.

You can usually print two of the same coupon per computer. If you need more than that consider asking a friend or family member to print some for you.

*I love reader questions, so if you have one feel free to send it along. Someone else is probably wondering the same thing.


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