Lately there has been talk among coupon groups about saving coupons as PDF’s to print as many times as you want, from your own desktop. People have been requesting other members send them a copy of their saved PDFs so they can also print off as many times as they want
The argument was since you were able to save it, the company must not care right? Wrong.
Printable coupons already have enough problems. Many stores do not accept them, more and more stores are viewing a photocopy as a fake and not allowing its use (recently happening a lot at Shoppers Drug Mart) and misuse of over photocopying.
Now you can save the coupon and print as many times as you want, where’s the harm in that? Simple answer is this: Once that coupon is removed from the company website/facebook page, it means the manufacturer has reached their quota for that coupon for that current promotion (and yes, there will be outstanding ones still out there—they account for that). Perhaps a better one will come out later, but that depends on the company and the activity of the use of that coupon.
So what? Saving that coupon and continuing to print it, or pass it around, is going to cause the company to spend more than they expected, so a new, better coupon may not happen. Here’s a recent example. Healthy Essentials used to have a $3 printable for Children’s Tylenol–what a fantastic coupon! PDF’s were saved of that one as well, so when Johnson &Johnson took it down, it was still being circulated. The result, a new coupon was put up for $1 off.
So what do you think? Albeit the companies who put themselves out there to offer printable coupons to the couponing public, maybe a mistake on their part to offer it, but how do you feel about printables and their overuse? Do you think printables are being ruined by over photo-copying and will be a method of the past ?