If you were lucky enough to get the $1/2 Hidden Valley Ranch coupon in your 1/14 SmartSource, then you were especially lucky. There is a Hidden Valley coupon error hidden in the barcode that gives you $1 off $.02 worth of product. A bottle of HVR costs well over $.02, so this coupon will scan on the purchase of one item. This is how the coupon appears on QSeer which shows how the coupon will scan at the store.
We encourage Clorox (and all coupon issuers) to use CHEQR which is a coupon barcode verification app. If Clorox had spent the relatively small fee for CHEQR, scanned their coupon barcodes prior to printing and then made corrections, they could have saved themselves thousands of dollars in unintended redemptions from this coupon alone. This is one of the reports the brand group would have seen if they scanned the barcode with CHEQR. The 1st purchase requirement is coded as $.02 of qualifying items rather than 2 items.
Our goal at Dusty Wallet is for companies to issue accurate coupons. We would be happy to help any manufacturer, printer, or promotions company with their coupon barcodes on a consulting basis. Our team is comprised of consumer marketing veterans with Wharton MBA’s combined with computer science experts from Duke and Georgia Tech. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will help you stop making costly errors in your coupon barcodes.