One of the biggest drawbacks of using printed vouchers is that they don’t always work. They often fail because the vouchers themselves are fake. You may not even realize it until you get up to the counter with your goods and find out that the deal isn’t going to go through. Then you have to decide if you’re willing to put everything back or if you’re just going to pay the non-discounted price for the items.
Here is a look at five tips for avoiding fake vouchers:
- Don’t use vouchers; use voucher codes. The number one way to avoid this problem is to get in the habit of shopping with voucher codes instead of using printed vouchers. Yes, these codes are sometimes fake and they sometimes fail. The difference is that you are shopping online instead of at a store with a bunch of people behind you. You can search around for a new code that does work in case this happens.
- Look for questionable company names. The News Tribune points out that a big sign that a printed voucher is fake is if the manufacturer’s name isn’t clear on the product. If it’s absent, looks Photoshopped or is otherwise iffy then it’s likely that you’re looking at a fake voucher.
- Is there a barcode? A true voucher is going to have a barcode that can be scanned when you get up to the cash register. If you don’t see one then you are probably going to have problems using the voucher.
- Real vouchers almost always have expiration dates. Even if there is no expiration, the voucher is going to say “no expiration” right on it. If you don’t see a mention about the expiry date of the voucher then it’s probably not a real voucher in your hands.
- Don’t pay for vouchers. Books of vouchers or vouchers that you have to purchase online are often problematic. Sometimes they’re not real. Other times they are real; they just aren’t worth it!