Basically, Internet coupons come in four types. Printable Internet coupons look like regular coupons, but they are available online, can be printed anytime, and used at any retail shop. Number two and three, activated link coupons and product code coupons, can only be redeemed online. Lastly, click coupons that are offered by most groceries, are transferred to a customer’s frequent shopping card via the Internet and they are credited in any participating grocery store every time you make a purchase.
Printable Internet coupons offer several advantages to every consumer. Unlike the regular ones that need to be searched through advertisements or newspapers, the Internet kind is accessible online and anytime. Also, they are more environmental friendly than the usual ones, since consumers print only what they like, instead of needlessly wasting pages of advertisements that they do not want.
Just like other new technologies, there are some downsides to using Internet coupons. Fraud, which is a possible concern for retailers, can lead to less productivity because of slower transactions and results to upset customers that are waiting in line. The Association of Coupon Professionals, or ACP, is doing their best to improve printable online coupons security strategies. In this regard, ACP has developed better controls over the quantity of coupons being printed, has found ways to detect copies and to keep Internet coupons from getting altered. To achieve this end, most online coupons require users to download the propriety printing programs intended to avoid fraud.
Product code coupons are applied during checkout, wherein an alphanumeric code is entered to give a discount to the item being purchased. This type usually offers a flat rate discount like 10%, and such items can be found by means of a search engine.
Code entry is not required when using Activated link coupons. These are automatically applied without the participation of users. Free shipping for qualified purchases is an example of activated link coupons. The discount is automatically applied to the invoice by connecting to the appropriate discount offer.
Lastly, click coupons are coupons used in groceries. They are applied to the frequent shopping card of a consumer and they are presented when checking out. Users go online to choose the coupons they like, then enter the card number of the grocery to electronically apply the Internet coupon discounts to the account. So, whenever users go shopping at a participating grocery, Internet coupons are automatically applied whenever the card is swiped.