These counterfeit coupons, although the damage will be on the merchant and the product’s manufacturer, will eventually affect consumers.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 09, 2013
One of the online resources for debt relief information, Debt Consolidation USA, concentrates on coupons in the article published on November 4. With a title “Fake Coupons Alert! Six Ways To Spot A Counterfeit,” the article obviously targets fake coupons. The whole purpose is to provide consumers with the knowledge so they will not become victims of these fraudulent coupons.
The article discusses how these counterfeit coupons, although the damage will be on the merchant and the product’s manufacturer, will eventually affect consumers. The losses will eventually be passed on to the consumers through higher price points on the products. Given that, Debt Consolidation USA encourages consumers to be on the lookout for these fake coupons.
The article provides the following signs that a coupon is not what it seems to be.
1. High price discount. If the discount is too high - even higher than the regular price, then this is something that the consumer must be cautious with. The article reveals that legitimate coupons usually require a purchase before qualifying for a discount.
2. Long expiration date. If the coupon’s expiration date is also long, that is a sign that it is fake. Those that will take 6 to 12 months to expire, these should be double checked by the consumer.
3. Fine prints that does not say “buying or selling is prohibited.” This is a telltale sign of a fake coupon. The article claims that this is another reason for consumers to really read the fine prints.
4. PDF/Jpg coupons that can be printed repeatedly. There must be a limit to the printing of coupons - usually this is only one or two only. If the consumer can print more, that coupon should be questioned.
5. Sourced online. This is not always the case because the article states that there are legit websites that consumers can go to. But most of the time, there are websites that allow consumers to print it even if they are not the actual manufacturer’s site, that is quite questionable. The best source is actually the local paper.
6. Included in the CIC list. The Coupon Information Center is a website that lists the fake coupons and the article encourages consumers to check out coupons that they suspect are not real.
Debt Consolidation USA ends the article by providing tips that will help consumers stay away from these fake coupons. These include getting coupons from the local papers only, knowing where the coupons come from and even being wary of getting free product coupons.
To read the whole article, click on this link: http://www.debtconsolidationusa.com/personal-finance/fake-coupons-alert-six-ways-to-spot-a-counterfeit.html.
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