Quite a few people have emailed or posted on Facebook that King Soopers is no longer accepting printable coupons for free products. This has actually been their official policy for quite awhile, but evidently they have stepped up enforcement of it.
There are very few printable coupons for completely free products that are actually legitimate. On occasion, a company will publish a printable coupon for a free product that is actually legitimate, but it’s not smart, as most stores will reject it. While it stinks that those of us who coupon responsibly and ethically can’t redeem a printable “free” coupon even if it’s legitimate, it’s understandable that they won’t accept them because there are too many people who copy, forge, or create coupons for free products and try to redeem them at the store.
Printable coupons for buy-one-get-one-free are a little different. King Soopers’ official policy does state this:
We do not accept “FREE product” printable coupons, with no purchase requirement. Buy-one-get-one-free coupons and other values that have a purchase requirement are acceptable but will be MUCH less common than traditional value-off coupons.
However, I’m guessing that even buy-one-get-one-free printable coupons may be rejected as well. Some cashiers don’t really differentiate between “free” and “B1G1 free” – all they know is that they’ll get in trouble if they accept a printable coupon that has the word free on it!
So, all that to say: King Soopers may not accept printable coupons that have the word free on it anymore. Though it’s disappointing from an honest couponer’s standpoint, the best thing we can do is accept the policy and abide by it so that they like seeing honest couponers come into their stores!
By the way, there was recently a coupon available on Facebook for a free Hass avocado. I didn’t post it, because there was a huge red flag – it was a PDF coupon that allowed you to print it as many times as you wanted. Plus, there was just something not right about the offer… It seemed fishy, and even if it was valid, it seemed highly unlikely that any store would accept it. My guess is that the free Hass avocado coupon may actually have something to do with King Soopers putting up signs warning about their policy.
You can go to Cents-Off.com to find a list of counterfeit coupons. Note that there are many counterfeits circulating that haven’t yet been reported, so they may not appear on that list. That website also lists coupon offers that have been withdrawn, such as a printable coupon that was originally legitimate, but has been abused and the manufacturer is no longer honoring it.
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