Mac coupon printing problems

09/18/2010 1:08 pm · 2 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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macSo this past week I tried my hand at the coupon printing problem on a Mac computer. It was all new to me. Being a video game type of guy, I use a Windows operating system due to how compatiable it is to the game programs verses Mac’s. Before working on it I did some research as well. I found that this has been a very common problem with various coupon printer programs.

So here are a few things I learned, and hopefully it might help out some other. If you have a Mac and know how to fix this, or if you too can confirm these same issues then please leave a comment.

fxFirefox – well the only thing I was able to print was Smartsource.com coupons. About every other time the spinning “S” meaning it was thinking, would continue to spin for ever. So if I hit the back button one time then it seemed to fix its little hiccup.

saSafari – I was able to print from RedPlum, Coupons.com, Betty Crocker.com, and Pillsbury.com. Every now and then there would be a hiccup, and the back button press one time seemed to work. Our friend, who’s computer it was, said that sometimes the computer would freeze up all together and the only way to reset it was to unplug from the wall.

I do know that back in the spring this year (2010) that Coupons.com did have a pretty big issue with printing coupons from a Mac. I never really saw that it was actually fixed or not.

Supposedly here are the requirements of your Mac computer to print (but that still doesn’t mean there are no hiccups)

Coupons.comCoupon printing is currently supported on Macintosh OSX 10.3 or higher when used with Safari 2+ and FireFox 2+.

RedPlum.com - Coupon printing is also supported on Macintosh when using Safari under OS X 10.3 and higher

SmartSource.com - Macs running OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard)

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12 comments
Kalazzawi
Kalazzawi

Since screen resolution is doubled on the iMac you have to reduce the display resolution.  Apple icon > System Preferences > Displays > Click Scalled button.

Each time you print your coupons you will have to change your screen resolution to 1280x720 before.  Change it back after.  That should work for you.

Kristi
Kristi

I have been printing coupons on my Mac for three years via Firefox with no problems. Occasionally smartsource says there is an error but I keep hitting print and it's prints them. I always make sure to update Firebox whenever there are updates-that does help.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I have a mac and the only problem I have is that the picture won't print on my coupon. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Brandi
Brandi

I cannot print in firefox, just like you say. I ALWAYS get the prompt "you have to install the coupon printer," even though it is already installed. I can print coupons through Safari, however. It's just a pain because I prefer to surf though Firefox so I always have to cut and paste links when it's time to print.

Tiffany
Tiffany

I have the latest OS, Snow Leopard, and I just do all of my coupon printing from Safari and usually don't have any problems. I still do all my web browsing from Firefox.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I use our two Macs all the time and have never had a problem on the laptop or the desktop. Also, my boyfriend runs Windows on the Mac and is able to play all sorts of games. I would agree with Cindy- your friend should have his Mac looked at because that is not normal.

Marsha
Marsha

I have a MacBook and have never had any problems. it's strange folks have a problem. I had a whole new hard drive put in and all I had to do was re-install the plug ins that are prompted.

Dori
Dori

My husbands Mac is about 3 years old and I could not print any coupons with it yet. I also have one that is maybe 2 years old and that one does fine.

Tina
Tina

I've been printing from my macs for almost a year. I prefer to use firefox, but Safari works, too. Occasionally when printing a bricks coupon, I get the message to install the printing app, or that my printer is not set up correctly, but if I just click print again (sometimes I have to click 5 times or so) it always prints. I have OS 10.6 and firefox 3.5.

sarah
sarah

we only buy Mac (desktop and laptop) and I have never had an issue printing with my computers

Cindy
Cindy

I print all the time on all the coupon sites you mention and Target too. I never have problems. It is very unusual for Macs to crash or freeze up like that. Mine has done that twice in 4 years. We now have a great Mac store (not a reseller) in Boise Townsquare Mall. Your friend's Mac needs to get looked at.

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