Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Skinny on Printing Coupons

 One of the questions I commonly get is about Bricks coupons, or printable coupons found on a website that are not actually on  These are coupons that a manufacturer wants you to visit their site to print, and does not want included in the 200+ that are available directly on provides products and services utilizing our core coupon technology. Our their secure technology gives clients tight control over the number of coupons distributed, which helps to limit redemption.

Distribution Control
One of the reasons these exist is for control of the distributions.  It makes good sense that a vendor would want to count the number of coupons they are issuing. 
· Device-based limits-they limit how many can be printed from each device.  Like your computer.  You can print 2 per computer!
· PIN-based limits-they can set controls over location via zip codes or by time of day.
· Campaign-based limits-often they can limit when the trigger date for starts and stops are reached.

These limits are enforced across the entire network. 


The Coupon Printer

Before consumers print their first coupon from the systems, they must install the Coupon Printer, an industry-standard browser plug-in. Unlike cookie-based controls, removing and reinstalling the Coupon Printer does not affect its security settings. Moreover, a coupon never appears on the consumer's screen. Instead, it is sent directly to their printer, to prevent duplication of the coupon. The Coupon Printer also provides each coupon with barcodes that can be scanned at the point of sale.  There is no way to print coupons without the plug in being downloaded to your computer.  It’s the essential part of the counting process. 

Each Coupon is Unique

Each printed coupon carries a unique ID that is encrypted in a 2-D PDF417 barcode, enabling each coupon to be traced from print to redemption. All Incorporated coupons can be authenticated using this unique code. This unique ID also can be used to detect counterfeit or altered coupons. Cashiers are often looking at these codes when reviewing your coupon just to be sure they are not duplicated or altered in any way.  

Where to get them

We list Printable Bricks coupons in the Saturday blog often. These are the ones found on manufacturer’s sites.  I do not list ones found on, I assume you can find those weekly as you need them.  The ones listed are direct links instead of vendor landing platforms.  Meaning, I’ll send you directly to the Print page.  I will often list a coupon like this:

Save $1 on 1 Swanson Chicken

(Bricks print 2x)

This will let you know before you click on the link that it is direct, and that you should always click the link twice and print your limit of coupons. 

Once a coupon has reached it’s limited exposure, it will expire.  Often new users will think a coupon “Will always be there to print”  or “I can print it tomorrow from work”  and that is not the case.  Many times a Hot coupon will reach it’s limit  within hours of being available online. 

For additions Print N Save Coupons:

All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!