Why YOUR Coupons Are Missing Barcodes!

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 If you have been printing coupons for a while, you may have noticed some changes to the ones you have recently printed. They are now missing the Barcode on them. This has worried some, but there is no need to worry, it is just another way to protect companies from coupon fraud and actually help us couponers get through the check out more easily.

Coupons that were issued before 2008 had two UPC bar codes on them like this:

Then in 2008, the bar codes changed to look like the image below:

You can see how the actual bar code size has shrunk and the second bar code is now a Databar Barcode.  In 2010, coupons are gradually converting to look like this:

The new Databar Barcode contains more information then just a regular barcode. These Databars are coded with the expiration date, weight of the products accepted, exact products, quantity and any other information that the manufacturer would like to put in the coupon.

 Unfortunately, there are some retailers that have not updated their scanning equipment.  Retailers have had a couple years to update and most of them have not.  This means that when you go to use one of these coupons, it will beep.  The best thing to do is to call your local stores and find out if they have updated their systems to accept the “Databar Barcode.”

You can visit the GS1 website and find more information there.

Thanks, Coupon Sense




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  1. Laura Landon says:

    Thank you so much for this. I was almost throwing away some of them. Love your website! :)

  2. becky goldstein says:

    what happens if they have not updated their computers. How do u get them to accept the coupons without codes? Having enough problems using the internet coupons by retailers. Now there is another hurdle to cross.

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