Can you use two different manufacturer coupons on the same item?
Anyone interested in extreme couponing needs to understand whether or not they can stack two manufacturer coupons on the same product. The short answer is that buyers often can stack coupons in this way but that many restrictions typically go into effect to limit this stacking effectiveness.
Limitations May Restrict Coupon Stacking
Manufacturer coupons typically have a variety of restrictions that limit how they can be used. For example, some may have the disclaimer “limit one coupon per customer.” In this situation, a customer can only use a specific coupon once on a product. For example, a “limit one coupon per customer” 50 percent discount on diapers is restricted to one use.
However, customers may be able to stack different manufacturer coupons on the same item. For example, that same 50 percent coupon may be stacked with a “buy one, get one free” coupon if the manufacturer has allowed such stacking. Typically, this type of stacking is very restricted by most companies because of how much money such acts cost them.
When Multiple Stacking May Be Allowed
That said, there are situations in which a company may provide multiple coupons on the same item and either forget to set a restriction or purposefully ignore restrictions. Companies often ignore coupon restrictions if they want to heavily market an item or get it off of shelves as quickly as possible. Often, this type of unrestricted sale is common if a product is failing.
Take, for example, the recently released PlayStation Classic. This games console emulated games from the first PlayStation console and was a massive disappointment on its release. As a result, the price dropped by as much as 50-60 percent as early as a few months after its initial release. In similar situations, companies may try to dump stock merely to make any money on it at all.
In these situations, unlimited stacking could occur. These types of savings are what you typically see on coupon shows and often applies to particular products. For example, various kinds of soups may be on sale with unlimited stacking coupons, which limits you to purchasing just those types of soups.
Always Read the Coupon Fine Print
In some situations, you may feel like a manufacturer or store just sprung coupon restrictions on you without warning. However, that feeling is rarely accurate because most stores print very detailed restrictions in the fine print of each coupon. Understandably, many people don’t read this fine print because they either don’t have the time or don’t want to read that much information.
This action is a mistake because you’ll poorly understand how to use coupons and may end up trying to misuse them and embarrass yourself. Instead of assuming everything is okay with your coupons, read through the fine print. While there is a good chance that you can use multiple manufacturer deals on a product, some restrictions may apply.
In fact, all restrictions for coupon use must be printed on the physical coupon to avoid legal problems. Most manufacturers print these restrictions in a small print but do make the limitations easy to understand. So make sure to go over these issues before assuming that you’re okay with stacking multiple coupons.
How to React If Coupons are Refused
In some scenarios, you may find a store refuses stacked coupons even without specific restrictions on stacking. This situation is extremely frustrating to the buyer and often very confusing. Coupon refusal isn’t common but may occur and is legal. The only legally-binding element of a coupon is the contract between the manufacturer providing the coupon and the store using them.
In this situation, there are many different ways you can react to this refusal. Anger and resentment are understandable but won’t get you what you want out of the situation. Instead, you should follow this guideline to ensure that you get the best results:
- Stay calm: yelling or getting frustrated isn’t going to help
- Ask why the coupon is being refused
- Explain the fine print on the coupon to the cashier
- Listen to what they say to understand why they are refusing a coupon
- Talk to a manager about the situation to figure out what is wrong
- Try to argue your point calmly and rationally
- Accept the decision of the manager, even if it is not in your favor
Now, acceptance of the manager’s decision doesn’t mean that you have to buy the groceries. You could refuse to buy the item affected by the coupon or even walk out of the store without paying for the groceries. Remember, you aren’t legally obligated to buy food anything even after it has been scanned. However, you may be banned from the store for such actions, so think carefully before making such a choice.