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What makes an in store coupon legitimate?

submitted on January 20, 2015 by djhciskoski in "Buxr Website / Contests"
When submitting a deal, if I do not have a direct link to the coupon, what makes a coupon usable for in store?
Is this ok?
If a store wants to see the email, why does the screenshot work?

I guess it would be to the stores discretion, but if I cannot attach an email because of my address being attached, does a screenshot work for both an online/in store deal?

Thanks for the help!

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    Posted by mdshopper1 on January 20, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    i think admins want a link to make it legitimate (at least that is MY understanding). i have used screenshots or just downloads before in my deals if i cannot get a link. i dont think it hurts to include them. i have had success in stores using these without having the actual email.
    it has become a bit problematic on some emails where you cannot get rid of the "unsubscribe" button or email address/name being shown.
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    Posted by YanBz on January 21, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    We don't like screenshots for a few reasons.

    1. It is hard to verify that it is genuine. Photoshop and some skills can do wonders!

    2. Many coupons are 'non transferable' (read the coupon fine print to find it in your particular case). Making a screenshot is the most blunt way of transferring/distributing the coupon where the issuer has no control whatsoever over the further life of a coupon.

    3. We want to be good players in the 'coupon market'. Coupon abuse will make merchants think twice before issuing coupons or using coupons to market their products. If we, even unknowingly, distribute fraudulent coupons, or distribute good coupons in a way merchants didn't intent, we hurt everyone, not just those breaking the rules.
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    Posted by djhciskoski on January 21, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    So, Yan, I would guess my first example does not make it an in store deal, would you accept the second example as an in store and online deal with the link in the comments?
    Again, I know it can be posted to show the coupon exists, and a store may actually take it, but as far as submitting a deal, are they just online deals because a code has been submitted? I agree, I would hate to keep adding screen shots and the store stop putting coupons out there! I do know that Kohl's has told me they do not take the links through Retailmenot because they are not actual coupons.
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    Posted by YanBz on January 21, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    You are correct. The first link is online only deal and the second one is both, online and instore.

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