After hearing reports from several of you that King Soopers was not allowing the use of printable coupons with another store’s logo (such as this one or this one), and that they were indeed being rejected by the computer system itself, I emailed King Soopers to find out if they’ve changed their policy. Here is what I found out:
Regarding printable coupons that say “redeemable at store name” on them – such as this one (redeemable at Walgreens) and this one (redeemable at Walmart) – I’d always been under the impression that these could be redeemed at any store, and since they were manufacturer’s coupons, any store would be reimbursed by the manufacturer for them.
In the past week or two, I’ve gotten reports from readers that several King Soopers stores have changed their system so that these types of printable coupons now beep and aren’t allowed to be manually pushed through. Is that becoming a company-wide policy? If so, I’d like to know the details so that I can inform my readers and do my best to point them toward coupon usage that is in compliance with the policy; but I wasn’t sure if this was select stores or what.
And here’s the official response:
These are considered competitor coupons because there is some sort of agreement between the retailer and the manufacture. Since the coupons are for a specific retailer, they are not in our system and that is why they are beeping. It is our policy not to redeem competitors coupons.
So, there you have it. It does seem that there has been a change in their computer system, because these types of coupons did not beep previously; but apparently they have changed it so that they are no longer accepted.
What does this mean for you as a shopper, and me as a coupon promoter? Well, obviously, it means that you should not use a coupon that has another store’s logo on it at King Soopers. That’s pretty simple.
As for me and my team, we will do our very best to make sure that we do not provide a coupon matchup that promotes the use of a coupon with another store’s logo on it at King Soopers. I can’t promise that it won’t occasionally happen, since it’s not always obvious when a coupon will have a store logo on it, but we will do our best to help you comply with this policy.
Look for King Soopers deals for next week to be posted in a bit!