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Coupon Values[edit]

So what is the deal with the "This is worth 1/100th of a cent" on most coupons? Enquiring minds want to know!— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:18, 3 June 2006‎ (UTC)

in the Uk its because coupons must have a cash value by law (which you can in theory redeem), as they are a form of payment. This cash value is made so small because the company does not want it to have a cash value at all, and therefore makes it negligible.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:29, 17 June 2006‎ (UTC)


Currently all the external links appear pretty much spam-like. Any one have any feeling on their inclusion/deletion?

Aaron Brenneman 5 July 2005 07:31 (UTC)

I am removing all the external links because they are all aomercial links, if anyone has any good links feel free to add them. --PinchasC | £€åV€ m€ å m€§§åg€ 08:43, 9 August 2005 (UTC)
I'm again removing commercial links. --mtz206 (talk) 15:14, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

One of the external links go to a page which needs a log-in so can one of the mods remove it as it serves no purpose unless the person has the login details.

He are two other good resources of info on coupons. and - http :// —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:58, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Origins vs History[edit]

These sections seem to contradict each other about when coupons were first used. TRCunning24.124.29.130 08:10, 18 June 2007 (UTC)

The first consumer coupons issued were for Coke, but the first real grocery coupon was a year later from Post for .01c off Grapenuts Cereal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:53, 14 October 2007 (UTC)


In the legal sense, this word refers to a change in medium, ie scanning, copying, photographing, etc. This restriction on a coupon refers to that usage. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:12, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Coupon Fraud[edit]

I'm not sure if it's notable, but the "fraudulent" coupons shown here were, upon a little bit of research, actually coupons produced by a consortium of several Taco Bells in several States in the US, as you can see here: http :// (look at the footer for the list of stores) and here, for PDF copies of the coupons in question: http :// (talk) 22:41, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

Mobile Coupons[edit]

In addition to internet coupons, what do people think about adding a section on mobile coupons?

There's plenty of references out there about coupons on your cell phone, which seem to warrant inclusion in the Wiki http :// —Preceding unsigned comment added by King4057 (talkcontribs) 03:16, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

There are several cites that offer online coupon that can you can print at home and use in retail stores. Two of the largest websites with online printable coupons are Red Plum and Smart Source. Facebook is also a source for internet coupons. Many manufacturers will often post coupons for their products and you are able to print them after "liking" their Facebook page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Klgibas (talkcontribs) 16:31, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

I agree regarding a section for mobile coupons - I can give the perspective from Australia. It is relatively new here - unfortunately there are limitations to coupon redemption on mobile phones as the large supermarkets and variety stores do not have the facilities to scan barcodes or monitor redemption.

Nikki Cripps Nikkicr (talk) 00:22, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


I've added the globalize tag to the article, in the hope that it will spawn a description of usage in various countries, and remove the focus from the rather US-centric description that it has today. As an example, the concept of coupons is almost non-existing in Denmark, and probably in other countries - so some effort should be made to describe the concept to non-coupon using readers.

Some pointers to what i'm looking for:

  • description of usage
  • how widespread is this marketing means?
  • how does usage in the US differ from other markets?


--Kim D. Petersen (talk) 08:33, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kim - I've added a small section about couponing and its origin in Australia to the coupon article. Couponing in Australia differs significantly from that in America and UK - we do not have the an acceptance of couponing for grocery items that you do, unfortunately. All our research tells us that customers want discounts on grocery items but there is no sign of producers or manufacturers wishing to go down this path. Instead couponing here is largely two for one offers for food, coffee, restaurants and gym discounts.

Nikki Cripps Nikkicr (talk) 00:19, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Extreme couponing[edit]

I am surprised that this phenomenon of the extreme couponing which has seen programs and books written about , it is not even mentioned in Wikipedia. \A new voice should be created. It is amazingly popular and it cannot be skipped.MaXiMiLiAnO 21:26, 3 March 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Maxcrc (talkcontribs)

Welfare Coupons[edit]

Should Welfare Coupons even be considered within this page anymore? Or could someone at least try to expand it's entry and/or emphasize its difference from the concept of grocery coupons? --User:TheIC2013On

Good point. They really are an entirely different subject. I have moved the section to the foot of the article just now and removed the discussion of US poverty levels. Apart from being US centric, the degree of poverty and its relevance to "coupons" is not established in the cite, which isn't about coupons at all. This makes this discussion original synthesis. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 21:03, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
I wouldn't say its an entirely different topic. A short section on welfare coupons is appropriate, with a link to a longer article would be better in my opinion. Or maybe a link to Social programs in the United States. Jonpatterns (talk) 08:42, 19 July 2014 (UTC)