Q&A- black and white coupons

09/02/2009 9:00 am · 52 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Question:  Will a store accept printed coupon if they aren’t color? I think its a stupid question, but as I don’t have a printer & would have to go to the library I don’t want to end up not being able to use them cuz they’re black & white…

Answer: I personally do not print them in black and white, I go ahead and print them in color.  I hate to use up the color ink, but it is worth it so me.  Like I have always said some stores are more coupon friendly than others, my local Albertsons does not seem to mind them in black and white.  But I know other stores will give you a hard time or refuse to take them because they can not see the water marks on the coupon.  They fear that they have been photo copied so they refuse to take them.  I am not one to fight with the cashier so I just find it is easier to print them in color.

I would like to hear from the rest of you, I know that many of my friends print in black and white.  What has been your experiance  what stores are willing to take them?

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Elise
Elise

It's never been a problem for me. Any time my printer gives me the option before printing, I choose B & W......

Chrissy
Chrissy

I only print coupons in black and white on an inexpensive HP Laserjet and every store accepts them. I'd spend hundreds of dollars printing coupons if I had to use an inkjet printer and that just wouldn't be worth it.

Michelle
Michelle

I print in B&W to save $$. Haven't had a problem. Photocopied coupons do not scan properly.

Melissa
Melissa

I only print black and white, and have never had a problem at Walmart (I've only been there once), kmart, walgreens, Smith’s, Albertsons, or Target. I always recycle paper for coupons so EVERY coupon I print has writing or typing on the back. This has worked super for me.

Aimee
Aimee

I almost always print in b&w. Occassionally I have ran into problems so when really great promotions are going on in conjunction with great coupons and don't want to have problems executed a well planned out shopping plan, I print in color, LOL! For example, last Spring I printed all those GREAT Kraft coupons in color.... I just couldn't risk not being able to use them in conjunction with the great promotions Albertsons was running.

lynn
lynn

I've never had a problem with my black & whites. I always use the quick/low quality print and I often use the back of something else. Never had a problem. Even using really old, thin, yellowed paper that has print on the other side. I use them at Walgreens, Walmart, Albertsons, Target, Rite Aid, Fred Meyer, Win Co. No problems at any of the stores. The point of using coupons is to save money, so reuse your paper and use as little of the cheapest ink you can find!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I have NEVER printed in color, black and white seem to work fine, they scan!

nicole
nicole

I print in color and then I photo copy it at least 50 times and Im able to buy so much more. JUST KIDDING...HAD TO SAY IT. I do print in color and use lots and lots of it..

Leslie
Leslie

I print in B&W and have yet to have a cashier question me about it....I'm sure I just Jinxed myself...

Lisa Casey
Lisa Casey

I only print in black and white and never have had a problem :)

Tyree
Tyree

I bought a black and white laser printer and only print in black and white on toner saver 300dpi. I've never had an issue anywhere. B&W is the only way to go!

Lisa
Lisa

I ONLY print coupons in black & white and have not had them refused.

Rachel G.
Rachel G.

I print in black and white and use them at kmart, walmart, target, winco, safeway, raleys. most of the online coupon sources have different codes so you can tell if they are copied or not if the code is the same.

Nicole
Nicole

The printable coupons state on them "Dealer: This coupon may appear in black and white or color. Authenticate at veri-fi.com Do not accept without a dot-scan barcode below the expiration date." They cannot deny you the use of a coupon b/c it is in black and white as long as is has the dot-scan barcode below the exp. date. They are unique and no coupon's Barcode is alike. However, Smartsource Q's don't have dot-scan they use a pin #. Every pin # is different and it's how the retailers can see if it has been copied or if it's an original printable.

ratha
ratha

I only print in black and white & have never had a problem. I usually shop at safeway, albertsons, walmart, target and occasionally walmart.

Jana
Jana

I print in both color & black/white since we have a color ink jet and a b/w laser at home. Lots of times I'll have multiple coupons in color and b/w for the same item and I've never had a problem. One time a supervisor showed a cashier where to look for the coupon code to make sure they are not photocopied but it was more for the cashier to learn, not to accuse me... I use them at Albies, Winco, Shopko, Fred Meyer, Target & Walgreens... One interesting thing is that on my color ink jet I have the printing set up to grayscale printing and most of the coupons.com coupons print in b/w BUT the bricks coupons still print in color - something from their website must be overriding my settings... Anyone had this happen & able to change to b/w? I'd rather save my color ink for craft projects... :O)

Bev Tank
Bev Tank

I print in black and white and have only had a problem 1 time at Walmart when I printed on the back of some scratch paper and the cashier thought they were copied. I let her know I was just trying to save paper and assured her I had not copied them. They scanned through just fine.

Natalie Zahne
Natalie Zahne

Never had a problem except at Walmart. It took almost 20 minutes of waiting so the manager could check with her supervisor if they except the black and white printables. So lame. Their coupon policy states they do accept printables if they have a bar code and expiration date. I take that baby with me now so there are no further issues. Black and white is the way to go, but I'm wary of Walmart (what's new?).

heather
heather

i've never printed in color & never had a problem, lucky for me I guess!

Kayla Norris
Kayla Norris

Never had a problem with my black and white Q's...Walmart, cvs, walgreens, ingles, riteaid and local grocery stores accept them fine

Spencer
Spencer

I only use black and white coupons, and have never had a problem at Walmart, Smith's, Albertsons, or Target.

Amber
Amber

I print in B & W. The only issue I have had is something SO ridiculous I can laugh about it now. I was at the k-mart doubles sale and my $5 off $25 would not scan. I had 2 in color and 1 in black and white. I was trying to use the black and white one. The supervisor came over and said that she could not take the coupon because she had NEVER seen it before. I pulled out a color one and she said "Oh I can take that one, that is the ones that we have on our website." I put them side by side and showed her that they were the same coupon. She again said, yeah, I can't take that one (BW) because I have never seen it. I showed her that they were exactly the same coupon and she again made the statement. I was awestruck that she could not see that they were the same coupon. These ones don't even have rules about printing them multiple times so it was extremely weird. Anyway, due to that I print my K-Mart coupons in color.

Kym
Kym

b&w and have had no problems :) Hope it stays that way :)

Kristy
Kristy

Our Walmart has a color ONLY policy. So does the Maceys by me. They both will only take IP's if the yellow water marks are visible. I also had a cashier question me because I had printed them on a blue paper (left overs from kids school stuff) she said she couldn't see the yellow dots and therefore it could be copied. I guess it just depends on where you shop.

Suzanne B
Suzanne B

the computer reads the BAR CODE on your coupon which is black, so printing in color does not affect this. I print mine on a B&W laser printer and have never had an issue.

Lonie
Lonie

I used to print mine in color, but it was too expensive, so I bought a laser printer and print them only in black and white. I haven't had any problems so far and I've been doing them in B&W since May. I don't have an Albertson's near by, but everywhere else takes them just fine (Walmart, K-Mart, Target, Safeway, Raley's, etc.)

Kelli
Kelli

I used to print all of my coupons in color, then my printer decided to die. For a while I was unable to print any coupons which made me really upset. Then my fiance and I found a nice laser printer sitting beside a dumpster! We took it home and tried it, and it worked great. It only prints in black and I've only printed in b&w since. It's probably been 2ish months and I've never had a problem with them. I weeklt shop at Food Lion, Kroger, and CVS, and every once in a while at Walmart and Target.

Martha
Martha

I always print in black and white. I use them at Walmart, Target, Winco, Fred Meyer, Safeway, and Albertsons. Sometimes when I am low on ink the picture of the item doesn't show clearly and I still have never had a problem with any of those stores accepting my printed coupons.

Neva
Neva

My printer ran out of color ink a few months back, and since I am a student and mostly use my printer for papers, I haven't bothered to replace it. My coupons are always in B/W lately and I've only had one checker ask me about it, and even then he took it. I think as long as they scan they should be accepted. Also, each coupon has it's own "code" (under and right of the exp. date). If you have more than one of the same printed coupon they will still have a different code, so be sure to show this to the checker if questioned.

kristen
kristen

i never had problems using them in B&W....i know that on some of the printable coupons in the fine print it even states that you can print it in B&W...:)

stacy
stacy

I have done both color and black and white. I have never had any issues if they are black and white. I even used yellow and purple paper once because I was all out of white. The store still took them just fine.

lacey
lacey

I print in b%w and I have never had a problem...I only shop at albertsons though and they know me pretty well and know that I would never photocopy!

Piper
Piper

I use black and white and have only had trouble with one cashier at the Albertsons in downtown Caldwell. She always questions them so I just avoid her line.

Ali
Ali

Yep...I have never printed in anything other than black and white and have NEVER had a problem shopping at ANY store I have shopped at....Target, Albies, Walmart, Kmart, Shopko, Walgreens, RiteAid

rachelle
rachelle

I print them B&W and have never ever had a problem.. Definately saves on the ink..Also choose greyscale wiht your printer and it will use even less ink.

Jodie
Jodie

I only print b&w and have never had a problem.

Alice
Alice

I always print in black and white. Some cashiers do look to see that the numbers are different when I use multiples of the same coupon. My area (Oregon) is very couponing unsavvy and I have yet to hear any cashier mention a watermark. I doubt they know they are there.

Lenna
Lenna

I only print my coupons in black and white on a laser printer. (The watermark shows as light grey.) I use them @ Albies, Walgreens, & Target, mainly. I was curious what a copied coupon looks like, so I copied one. It is grainy & doesn't show the watermark. I decided to carry it with me in case a checker tries to tell me it is copied. Then I could pull out my copy and show her the difference. I've never had to do it.

Trista
Trista

I print in black and white and have never had any problems. :-)

Stephanie
Stephanie

I print my coupons in black & white and have never had a problem.

Cindy
Cindy

I only print in black and white and I have used them at Target, Winco, Albertsons and Walmart. No cashier has ever questioned me or refused me. I have been doing this for months at multiple locations. I don't think I have tried Walgreens or Rite-Aid - merely because I am so stocked up on the things that they sell I haven't been in.

Jessica
Jessica

only print in B&W and i have never had anyone question it!

Lynn
Lynn

I print my IP coupons in color. I also check in at the customer service desk if I have a concern or question about if a store will honor coupons for a deal. The only hassle I have ever received is that some cashiers think only the pictured products printed on the coupon can be purchased...then you have to train them to read the fine print that usually says "any" or nicely tell them to call a manager to check it out. At Kmart doubles a few months ago, the manager told us 2 ladies were busted for copying IP coupons (in B & W ) and she really appreciated us taking the time to check with her and get an o.k. She said people like that can ruin it for everyone but honest people like us really made her day !

Willowbeth
Willowbeth

I used to print in color but my printer has issues and the coupons do not scan well. I now put my printer on highest resolution and print only in black and white. I use them here (Tampa) at Publix, CVS Walgreens and Kmart with no problems. besides, not everyone has a color printer!

Marsha Daves
Marsha Daves

I print mine in color after a bad experience at Walmart trying to use black and white ones. They refused my coupons becasue of them not being in color and got rather rude about it accusing me of photocopying fake coupons. I was mortified and ended up leaving everything there and leaving the store. When I have them in color, I've never had any problems so I just stick with that.

Rachel
Rachel

I too print in color, the other day our grocery store manager came to me to let me know they changed the store policy and they only accept color now. I have used B&W a few time when my sister mailed me some and did not have a problem with them. I purchased the Kodak printer for $79 at Wal-Mart I did this because the ink is only $10 for black, $15 for color.

Cathy
Cathy

My printer is a black & white laser jet. So that is ALL that I print in! Only ONCE have I had a cashier ask if I photocopied the coupon! :) And I think that was in January. As long as they can read it, they have never had a problem with it! I know that Monica has even printed hers on PINK scratch paper before! Ha ha!

Michelle
Michelle

I ALWAYS print them in black and white, and have never had a problem using them : )

Tiffany
Tiffany

My Jewel has always accepted black and white coupons for me (my color ink ran out like a year ago and I haven't seen a reason to buy a new cartridge lol). I've found that CVS's coupons have important info printed in color (like the code for the coupon or what the coupon is for), so I use my boyfriend's printer to print those. I think this is one of those things you have to test on a store by store basis.

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