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/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,185 -47 1.46%
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Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
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Are Couponites Exploiting A Barcode Loophole?

The television reality show, Extreme Couponing, which airs its second episode on TLC tonight, has shown the great lengths some ambitious coupon-clippers will go to for a bargain, knocking over 90% off a single grocery bill by hoarding hundreds of newspaper coupons and using store- and manufacturer-issued coupons. But it has also raised concerns among America’s coupon community about a barcode loophole that potentially allows customers to buy products at far bigger discounts not intended by manufacturers.

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Believe it or not, using a 50-cent coupon for a single 33-cent carton of yogurt, when it’s intended to be used for a multi-pack, would in theory result in “overage” or an actual profit for the customer. In a busy grocery store with long lines, this might go over the head of the cashier who is busily processing coupons on a large family shopping list. However, it hasn’t gone over the head of the industry: retailers and manufacturers began rolling out a new barcode system “GS1 Databar” last week.

The TLC channel says it is aware of the issue. Spokesman Dustin Smith tells Pay Dirt in a statement: “We have received a strong response to the premiere and are listening to and reading the various comments around the show.” He adds, “While the series documents extreme couponing strategies, we take any concerns about specific tactics seriously and are looking into the situation…The show documents couponers as they go after big savings. Any of the cast’s strategies are unique and their own to comment on.”

The loophole in question relates to the older “UPC” or the Universal Product Codes, those series of black lines and numbers on your coupon, and specifically the potential misuse of the “family code”, which the industry acknowledges has been used by at least some shoppers for other products by the same manufacturer. Although retailers and manufactures began rolling out a new barcode GS1 Databar last week, coupon expert Jill Cataldo says that many cash registers in smaller grocery stores are still set to the old UPC barcode.

However, Stephen Arens, director of industry engagement for New Jersey-based GS1US, a non-profit group originally established by the grocery industry that administers and develops barcode standards, says that most large grocery stores are up-to-speed on the technology. “One of the reasons the coupon industry wants to use to GS1 Databar for coupons is because it offers the retailers increased capability regarding validation, so the product on the coupon is the same as the product purchased,” he says. In other words, to prevent cheating.

Prominent couponers have waited for this moment. Teri Gault, founder of the Grocery Game, which matches supermarket sales with manufacturers’ coupons, welcomes GS1: “We advocate only proper, ethical usage of coupons.” Cataldo agrees, and tells Pay Dirt that she was originally approached by TLC but ultimately not chosen for the show. She says there are no sour grapes. “It’s very over-the-top. This isn’t something I would want to be attached to anyway. It doesn’t present the average coupon shopper in the best light.”

Have you ever been tempted to use a coupon for another non-designated product?

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Italy’s Eni discovers ‘supergiant’ gas field off Egypt

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Happy 85th birthday to the $67 billion man


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Now is the time to fix your investment portfolio
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Facebook users flood Mark Zuckerberg with thank you’s
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Atlantic hurricanes lose sway over oil-and-gas market
Atlantic hurricanes lose sway over oil, gas markets

Blue-chips with fat dividends offer value


These are the best jobs for millennials
These are the best jobs for millennials


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Parents: You’re putting your kids in danger
Parents: You’re putting your kids in danger

Cheeseburgers and happiness always on the menu for Warren Buffett — and Jimmy Buffett, too
Farrell: Recipes for happiness, from Buffett and others

Harry Styles makes more waves for SeaWorld
Harry Styles makes more waves for SeaWorld

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Schwab site hit by outages in busy trade stretch
Lack of fear means this correction isn’t finished

Most imposing stock ‘wall of worry’ in 5 years
Worried? With good advice, you won't be

Meet the author of one of Wall Street’s best-read blogs
Meet the author of a best-read Wall Street blog

New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina: Looking back and forward
Obama in New Orleans to mark 10 years


China wins the Battle of Mountain Pass
China just undermined the U.S. Defense Department

China may be in worse shape than most of us think
What should China do to fix its economy?
Analysts dismiss fears of a China hard landing
‘Loch Ness monster’ and China's mystery rally

How Aldi stacks up vs. Trader Joe's
How Aldi stacks up against Trader Joe’s


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Decliners
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Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,643 -12 0.07%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,828 +16 0.32%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,989 +1 0.06%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,371 -3 0.11%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,133 -1 0.10%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44.49 -0.73 1.61%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,248 +56 0.90%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,299 -17 0.17%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,675 +17 0.36%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,994 -208 0.93%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,353 +63 0.61%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 363 +1 0.28%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,773 -25 0.90%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 18,981 -156 0.81%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 21,611 -1 0.00%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,185 -47 1.46%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,392 +161 0.61%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,958 +2 0.06%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.12 +0.00 0.36%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 121.15 -0.55 0.45%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.54 +0.00 0.25%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.71 0.00 0.40%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 95.86 -0.12 0.13%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.41 -0.10 0.11%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.17 -0.01 0.56%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.75 +0.00 0.17%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.91 -0.02 0.80%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.06 +0.01 0.26%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.85 -0.02 0.96%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.38 0.00 0.50%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 44 -1 1.61%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,133 -1 0.10%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 375 -1 0.13%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,495 -164 0.98%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,970 -20 0.98%
Silver
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FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 91.01 1.28 1.43%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 113.29 0.37 0.33%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 630.38 -7.23 -1.13%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.36 -0.08 -0.49%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 53.28 -0.16 -0.30%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.74 0.18 1.33%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.29 -0.15 -0.45%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 33.26 0.23 0.70%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.16 0.15 0.60%
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0.4%

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You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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