This is a tough question - how can we tell when JCPenney coupons are only for one-time use? Since JCP returned to offering coupons they've tried several strategies. For a while the codes had unique serial numbers that had to be entered online in addition to the coupon code. Most of the in-store coupons have recently had 24-character bar code numbers; this is true for both the general use coupons and the one-time use coupons.
Over the Labor Day holiday a one-time use coupon was circulated online and some shoppers were able to use it when the cashier applied it anyway, even though it would not scan
. Some people did report in comments that the coupon scanned as "already redeemed." It only became more obvious that it was unique when a second coupon was posted online and on Buxr for the same offer with a different 24-character bar code. Unfortunately we didn't really get enough feedback early to warn everybody that the coupon would not scan. Some shoppers do not want to argue about the coupon in the store, and would want to avoid a confrontation.
These are the 2 offers:
It probably should merit a closer look because $10 off $10 is not likely an offer JCP would make to the general public, and the text on the coupon said "One coupon per customer per transaction, one use per coupon; must be provided/surrendered at time of purchase."
I went back and reviewed previous JCPenney coupons and I really don't see any obvious pattern that would make the one-time use coupons stand out. The cashier said the only available offers can be seen on the JCP website; these indivdualized coupons were sent by email to specific customers who used them and then posted them online.
This is a previously posted unique coupon - http://www.buxr.com/deal/jcpen.....ore_154429
Does anyone have any other ideas about catching these? Certainly, more feedback would help.