PDF Coupons – Is it OK to Save them to My Computer?


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PDF Coupons - OK to Save to My Computer

It seems like in the last several weeks there has been a lot of controversy surrounding PDF coupons. Manufacturers such as 3M (Scotch) and Physician’s Formula have posted coupons and then subsequently removed them. Once removed, it’s the manufacturer’s intention that those coupons no longer be available for distribution. However, it seems that these coupons continue to saturate the couponing and deal blogs through a variety of posts asking others to send the file. In some instances, the blog owners have gone so far as posting the PDF or GIF image of the coupon on their page.

Is it OK to do this?

The short answer is no! Manufacturers typically have the rules for the coupon written on the coupon itself or they have it posted on their page in the printable coupon section. It would be in the best interest of serious couponers everywhere to follow these rules. If we don’t, you can kiss the coupons goodbye. Many people don’t stop to think about the viral ramifications that can be caused by the sharing of static coupon images on the Internet. While I would submit that manufacturers should take precautions to protect their profits by not issuing PDF coupons, the truth is that some of them will continue to do it.

The Coupon Wizard’s Position on PDF Coupons

That said, our official position on the issue at The Coupon Wizards is that you should treat a PDF printable just like any other printable coupon by limiting yourself to 2 prints per computer. If your friend was on vacation and they want a copy, TOUGH LUCK! If they had tried to get it from coupons.com or another online coupon site and the campaign was over they would not be asking you, so don’t cave now by giving them the ability to print coupons once the campaign is over.

We are all in this together. Let’s make sure that we are doing the right things daily so that we can continue to enjoy our EXTREMEly effective coupling lifestyle for many years to come!

~David

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Comments

  1. good to know I have wondered how we are suppose to know when it is legit…other than actually going to cic each time you come across them. Thanks!

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