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Anatomy of a Coupon Barcode

Look closely at the barcode on the coupon. That is what tells the computer (cash register) how much credit to give you. The barcode does not always agree with the printed words.

The Double Digit determines if the coupon can be doubled or not.  If this digit is a 5 then it can be doubled.  If it’s a 9 or 99 then the register will not automatically double the coupon.  Make sure to check with your store’s coupon policy on coupon doubling.

The Mfg Number is a unique ID that represents the manufacturer of the product this coupon is good for.  This number will match the Mfg Number on the products barcode.

The next three digits after the mfg. # are the Family Code. The manufacturer assigns family codes to each of their products. This three digit number is completely different from the product number used on an item, since many coupons are redeemable on more than one size, color, or form of particular branded product. The family code is the key to validating that a consumer has purchased the correct product.

A zero digit in the family code is used like a wildcard. So, if you know that Product Z is in the 146 family, then you could use any of these family-coded coupons on Product Z: 146, 140, 100, 000. If the family code is 000 then the coupon is good on ANY product from that mfr.

Family code 992 is for “no product verification”. Technically, the 992 is a message to the cash register to not verify whether you bought the item. Its intended use is for things that don’t fall into a ‘regular’ family – like ‘$1 off any Heinz X or Campbell’s Y or BallPark Z’. Wine tags are often 992’s because if you get to save off *any* seafood, there’s no way to know which seafood you will choose, and no other way to encode it.

*WARNING: It is considered coupon fraud to use coupons any in manner other than described in print on the coupon, even if the cash register accepts such coupons.

The 2 digit Value Code tells the cash register how much credit you get for the coupon. The one value code that always raises a flag is 00, which is specifically for checker intervention. No matter what, this coupon will beep – even if it’s a 992. Many stores will also flag frees (01) so that the actual price may be written in.  Please look for a Value Code Table at the bottom of this post.

The Check Digit is used by the cash register to help it verify that it scanned the barcode correctly.

 

Value Code Table

Code     Face Value

00        “BEEP” Manual Input Required
01        Free Item
02        B4G1
03        $1.10
04        $1.35
05        $1.40
06        $1.60
07        B3 $1.50
08        B2 $3.00
09        B3 $2.00
10        $0.10
11        $1.85
12        $0.12
13        B4 $1.00
14        B1G1
15        $0.15
16        B2G1
18        $2.60
19        B3G1
20        $0.20
21        B2 $0.35
22        B2 $0.40
23        B2 $0.45
24        B2 $0.50
25        $0.25
26        $2.85
28        B2 $0.55
29        $0.29
30        $0.30
31        B2 $0.60
32        B2 $0.75
33        B2 $1.00
34        B2 $1.25
35        $0.35
36        B2 $1.50
37        B3 $0.25
38        B3 $0.30
39        $0.39
40        $0.40
41        B3 $0.50
42        B3 $1.00
43        B2 $1.10
44        B2 $1.35
45        $0.45
46        B2 $1.60
47        B2 $1.75
48        B2 $1.85
49        $0.49
50        $0.50
51        B2 $2.00
52        B3 $0.55
53        B2 $0.10
54        B2 $0.15
55        $0.55
56        B2 $0.20
57        B2 $0.25
58        B2 $0.30
59        $0.59
60        $0.60
61        $10.00
62        $9.50
63        $9.00
64        $8.50
65        $0.65
66        $8.00
67        $7.50
68        $7.00
69        $0.69
70        $0.70
71        $6.50
72        $6.00
73        $5.50
74        $5.00
75        $0.75
76        $1.00
77        $1.25
78        $1.50
79        $0.79
80        $0.80
81        $1.75
82        $2.00
83        $2.25
84        $2.50
85        $0.85
86        $2.75
87        $3.00
88        $3.25
89        $0.89
90        $0.90
91        $3.50
92        $3.75
93        $4.00
95        $0.95
96        $4.50
98        B2 $0.65
99        $0.99

BxGy = Buy x or more, Get y free (same product)
Bx $z = Buy x or more, Get $z off
Codes that are reserved for future use are not listed

2 Responses to “Anatomy of a Coupon Barcode”

  1. SheShe Hype says:

    crazy but good to know.

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