A PDF coupon has a barcode. A regular printable coupon has a barcode and a unique PIN number. Some also have an offer ID.
The bar code and offer ID will be the same on every coupon but the PIN numbers change to show its unique. A PDF will come out identical every time you print it directly from the site. A PDF will allow you to go back in and print multiple times and it won’t have a PIN number on the coupon.
Example of coupon with unique PIN numbers. Notice that the line around the coupon is not cut off. This is not a cut line and also has the pertinent information to be verified by cashiers.
Printing a coupon that comes out with a PIN number multiple times with the same pin is the same as photocopying and is illegal. The easiest way to know your coupon is unique is to go into the site and try to reprint the original way. Never select the number of copies even if it allows.
Example of a PDF coupon. Notice the bar code and number printed along the side. Every coupon printed by anyone in Canada will have those same numbers.
Last years aveeno coupon is a perfect example. Although it allowed you to select multiples to print it was not a PDF. Each of those require a unique PIN number. Not a problem however if you went back in and continued to print a new one each time.
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