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hchappy76
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 12:28 pm    Post subject: using coupons for more than one item and profiting from it

Hi all I am new here I am a coupon clipper and love to save money using them. However I have a few people I know that clips coupons and somehow uses one coupon to purchase 4 items then they turn around and sell these items at a yard sale type thing and they make thousands of dollars in one weekend by doing this. When asked how they did it they say it is legal and you just have to know how to work the coupons. Does anyone know anything about this and is it really legal? Thanks
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mom2shawn
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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 1:25 pm    Post subject:

it all depends. If they are using the coupons on the products it says and how many specified then it is legal.

If they are illegaly using coupons its aginst the law.
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hchappy76
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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 7:28 am    Post subject:

Well unfortunatly this is my brothers ex and we no longer get along so she won't give me to much information but her family does it. I know the other week she had a grocery bill over $300 and only paid $87 she made the statement that she uses one coupon for 4 items and you just neem to know how to work them. I didn't know if this is something alot of people do or not it sounds as though it is a good way to make some money if you know how it works and it is legal.
Well thanks for any input Very Happy
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PrincessRobin
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Posted: Tue May 31, 2005 11:18 am    Post subject:

i knew some one that used 3 coupons for 1 item - meaning that they alot of other coupons and when they had the triples of the coupons they just put them in the pile at different places so when the cashier scanned them they wouldnt notice that they had used 3 coupons for only 1 item./
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hchappy76
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Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:14 am    Post subject:

I have done that as well but the only place you can really do that around here is walmart and some of the cashiers there do check but most don't. But these people somehow fix the coupon to use that 1 coupon on 4 of that item ! And I am just puzzled on how it works and if it is really legal to do !
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Old Refunder
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Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: using coupons for more than one item and profiting from it

hchappy76 wrote:
But these people somehow fix the coupon to use that 1 coupon on 4 of that item ! And I am just puzzled on how it works and if it is really legal to do !

ANYTHING one might do to a coupon to gain what the coupon itself does not entitle them to, is fraud AND illegal.

It's also people doing things like this that make it harder for everyone to use coupons and/or rebate forms.

Manufacturers used to be MUCH more generous with coupons and rebate forms... before "refunders" decided that cheating was an acceptable thing to do. Even though people get away with this activity, they hurt us all.

Sad to see it continues Sad
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hchappy76
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Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:29 pm    Post subject:

Well I don't do it and I don't misuse coupons I buy what they are for and that is all. But it just had me courious as to this stuff they were doing because I can't see how it would be legal altering coupons. And to be making thousand of dollars off this well I feel it has to be a scam and very ilegal but they won't tell anybody anything on how they do it but even if they did I would have no idea who to turn them into.
Yes I agree the coupons used to be so much better,most places around here where I live won't evven except coupons printed form the internet
because of fraud.
Thanks to all and happy couponing !
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Old Refunder
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Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:48 pm    Post subject: using coupons for more than one item and profiting from it

hchappy76 wrote:
Well I don't do it and I don't misuse coupons I buy what they are for and that is all.

I'm glad to hear it and wasn't implying that you were doing what your ex-inlaws are.

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And to be making thousand of dollars off this well I feel it has to be a scam and very ilegal but they won't tell anybody anything on how they do it but even if they did I would have no idea who to turn them into.


Maybe the aren't telling you the truth?? Maybe they aren't getting that kind of money from altering coupons??

If you did want to turn them in, I'm not sure who you'd contact either but I think I'd start with a big manufacturers Customer Service Department. They surely would know.

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Yes I agree the coupons used to be so much better,most places around here where I live won't evven except coupons printed form the internet because of fraud.


A lot of stores don't because they can't/won't trust their validity. Sad. It's the price we're all paying...
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hchappy76
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Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:55 pm    Post subject:

Well I guess how they do it is they use 1 coupon on 4 items. My mother asked her about it and that is what they told her like if a box of wheaties is on sale say 2/$4 and you have a $1 off coupon you could get 4 boxes using that coupon and get the $1 off plus the bonus $1 using the double coupon method then you get 4 boxes of wheaties for $4 then she sells them at these sale she has for like $2 a box maybe a little more and gets her money back plus a few dollars she said she can walk out of the grocery store with a cart load of groceries for sometime $2-3 ya just gotta watch for sale items and clip coupons. ( sounds to me like she needs to get a life lol) But she goes all over having these little sales whereever there is a community yard sale she is there renting a spot. The one I went buy she had cases upon cases of bounty towels for .75 each and those cereal bars out the gazoo for $1.50 a box. So I don't know is that legal? Also on a different topic has anyone ever used a site called www.couponclippers.com ? I found it and was just wondering if it was worth it to get coupons from there and if it was a legit site! Well thanks to all who has replied and those of you that will ! I guess I kinda figured out how she does it ! Well have a great day !
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hchappy76
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Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:58 pm    Post subject:

P.s how do you go about trading on here I always get coupons some I can use and some I can't and if there is someone out there that can use these couoons I can't I would love to share them with you but how do I get started ?
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junglejims
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Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:27 pm    Post subject: Re: using coupons for more than one item and profiting from

hchappy76 wrote:
Hi all I am new here I am a coupon clipper and love to save money using them. However I have a few people I know that clips coupons and somehow uses one coupon to purchase 4 items then they turn around and sell these items at a yard sale type thing and they make thousands of dollars in one weekend by doing this. When asked how they did it they say it is legal and you just have to know how to work the coupons. Does anyone know anything about this and is it really legal? Thanks


one coupon per one item, but I also sell the stuff I get at the flea markets. As an example, I just spent $187 (hotel and gas included) and know that I will make just over $800 this weekend from the stuff that I got for free or close to free after triple coupons in Indiana.

It is legal, but it also depends on the state you live in. In Ohio, where I am, you can "rent" a space that is 8 x 10 (feet) and sell whatever you want before you are subject to IRS rules.

It's profitable, but it is a LOT of work.
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junglejims
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Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:30 pm    Post subject:

hchappy76 wrote:
I have done that as well but the only place you can really do that around here is walmart and some of the cashiers there do check but most don't. But these people somehow fix the coupon to use that 1 coupon on 4 of that item ! And I am just puzzled on how it works and if it is really legal to do !


if you are using several coupons for ONE item, you are comitting fraud, which is why you can only do that at walmart--other places would stop you and probably call the police.
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SimbaZazu
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Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:15 pm    Post subject:

jungle jyms...

In response to using more than one coupon on one item... It all depends on the coupon! If it does not state one coupon per otem/purchase, etc, you CAN use more than one coupon on the same item. Also, you can use a store coupon with a mfg coupon on the same item. It all has to do with the wording on the coupons.

As for the coupon clippers site... it is a GREAT site! I use it a lot as do a lot of other people that I know of. I recommend them. HTH
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ash1800
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Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: hi

i just wanted 2 add a word that some times like twice or 3 times a yr in massavhussets i live here in ma we get double or triple any coupon sale in that week as it lasts a week i make more then 5 trips a day 2 store and get more then yr worth stuff free how??

its like last time glade wisp had coupon for $3 they are normally $5.99 so $3 doubles and u get free i gor 30 isp free and gave so many as gifts then the softsoap has a coupon of $2 the store was aving sale for $3.49 so free electrasol has a coupon of $.75c they were $2.29 so $.75c triple 2 $2.25 so got packages for $.04c each cascade was $1.50 used the $1 coupon double and get free i get most of these things in those sale i got lysol sprays more then yr wort bounty more then 3 month worth and so on and its a promotion by stores here and very legal so depends how it is.
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sultra1
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Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject:

junglejims wrote:
hchappy76 wrote:
I have done that as well but the only place you can really do that around here is walmart and some of the cashiers there do check but most don't. But these people somehow fix the coupon to use that 1 coupon on 4 of that item ! And I am just puzzled on how it works and if it is really legal to do !


if you are using several coupons for ONE item, you are comitting fraud, which is why you can only do that at walmart--other places would stop you and probably call the police.


My Walmart, (and this was in anoether post) has a system put it now on their terminals if I buy the wrong thing the coupons wont' work. I found this out by accident. However, They also will NOT take internet printed coupons and I am still battlling it. So I dont' think it's just Walmart, and it surely isnt' every Walmart.
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sultra1
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Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:20 am    Post subject:

I just have to ad that I dont' thnk it's fraud if the store has a coupon and i ad into it a manufacuters coupon. Or say i have two manufacturers coupons and i use them both on one item. Just my op.

Now i did see someone say it's how it's worded. So if the coupon doesn't specify that there is only one coupon allowed per item, I can use the two? I thought they had ot be different coupons. Question
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krispsmith
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Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:08 am    Post subject:

I don't know how she gets ONE individual coupon to work on FOUR items. It would literally have to be scanned 4 times, which means she has a cashier in on this too. I think the store would notice quickly when the # of physical coups at the end of the month don't match all that were scanned.

Coupon stacking is completely legal (Buy 1 airwick, get one free coup WITH .50 on 1 airwick coup doubled =2 free or cheap). The free is on the second and the c/o is on the first. As long as you are not trying to get money back on the free (ie B1G1 airwick and TWO .50 off) then there is nothing illegal going on.

Multiple coups on one item is fine when it is a store coupon AND a mfg coupon. I have never seen a store accept multiple mfg coups for the same one item and have never seen a coup not worded "one coupon per item purchased" or similar.

Once you bring those items out of the store they are yours- whatever way you paid for them (even if free after coups). You can sell them as you please (as long as you do it legally under IRS regulations- ie if you have to claim the income, etc).
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sultra1
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Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 10:30 am    Post subject:

Thanks Krisp, now I see, that is what I thought. Wink
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