It is always exciting to find coupons for meat, so we were excited to see these new Smithfield coupons show up today. Hurry and print because they won’t last long.
The strange thing about these coupons is that the $1/1 Smithfield Bacon coupon is properly encoded as $1/1 Smithfield Bacon, but the $1/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites is encoded to be good on anything.
The Smithfield ham products have manufacturer UPC codes on their packages, so there is no reason for Smithfield to have used the “992″ or “all-scan” family code in the coupon barcode.
We are seeing that a number of stores including Walmart have programmed their checkout computers to ask their cashiers to verify these “all scan” or “992″ coupons. We don’t recommend using these coupons on M&Ms for example, but technically they should work on anything in the store.
Smithfield is owned by a company that is owned by the Chinese government, so maybe they operate under different profitability standards. But more likely, this is just an error caused by the challenges of creating a coupon barcode. The GS1 databars are not readable to the human eye, so it is impossible to know just by looking at the coupon if the barcode matches the terms written in English on the coupon.
We created CHEQR to enable brand groups, printers, and coupon issuers to scan their barcodes before going to press to confirm that the barcode is accurate. For companies that need more help, CHEQR PRO contains the verification features along with a user-friendly wizard for creating accurate coupon barcodes.