I was watching the news last night and learned of some recent changes Target has made to it’s coupon policy. In the past, if the coupon did not scan, the team member would manually enter the value so that the coupon could be applied to your purchase.
If your coupon does not scan, the cashier will be alerted. The register will ask the cashier to apply the discount to the item that corresponds to the product. If they can not do that, then the coupon will not be accepted. It will be returned to the customer.
The reason is simple. To better match coupons to specific items, rather than read only a portion of the coupon. In the past, this could result in a coupon being applied to another item and not necessarily the item being purchased. This allowed for overages on purchases, which would be applied to the other items in the shoppers purchase.
Yep – no more overages at Target.
In fact, the new system will automatically downgrade the value of the coupon if it exceeds the purchase price. For instance, if the product sells for $0.89 and the coupon is for $1.00 off the value will be adjusted down to $0.89 and not provide a savings of $1.
These changes are being rolled out to all stores over the next month.
What do you think about this policy change? I honestly like it. It will not hurt the honest people, but those who are trying to cheat the system. When people use coupons incorrectly, we all pay due to changes in policies, less coupon acceptance and even increased store prices.
You can read the entire Target coupon policy here.