What Is A Coupon?

A coupon could be a piece of paper or a digital code (a combination of letters, numbers, or both) that consumers can use to get something at a reduced price or for free. Retailers use coupons to encourage consumers to purchase their products. Coupons are commonly given out as a reward for signing up for an email mailing list, ordering for the first time, participating in a campaign, or other activities. Consumers can get coupons through newsletters, social media, apps, phone SMS, or other marketing means.

Retailers use coupons to build their brand and earn repeat customers through offers on specific products or discounted prices. Some companies give away free samples as incentives for taking part in promotions (this gives you the chance to find out if you like a product before buying it). Other types of coupons include “buy one get one free” deals, $10 off on a $50 purchase, or savings on specific brands stocked at retail stores.

What Is A Voucher?

A voucher is a cash alternative that you can use to purchase products in particular outlets, shops, and businesses. It’s not a discount on goods; instead, you can use it just like cash or debit/credit cards. Vouchers can be digital, a piece of paper, a card, a token, and so on.

The most common examples of vouchers are gift cards and store credits. They can be available at supermarkets as “grocery certificates” or you can purchase directly from retailers.

What Is A Discount Code?

A discount code is mostly an alphanumeric code that consumers can use to get products at a reduced price. The codes mainly offer discounts on groceries (usually only good on certain days), discounts on specified items in store (like clothing, jewelry), or a certain percentage off on sales.

Retail discounts could be of several types. You can get a percentage off or flat discount and a discount for spending X amount.

Percentage off/flat discount is the most common type and offers up to a certain percentage/amount off an item’s retail price when it’s purchased (i.e., 25%/$10 off). On the other hand, spending X amount will give you an automatic discount on your purchase as long as you meet the specific criteria set out until that particular promotion sunsets on its given date.

What Are Promo Codes?

Promo codes are alphanumeric codes that retailers offer at the time of promoting the time of launching a new product or campaign. Instead of being applicable to site-wide or store-wide items, promotional codes are almost always applicable to certain products.

Why Do Stores Offer Coupons, Vouchers, and Discount Codes?

Retailers offer these deals to tap into new consumer territory and build trust and confidence with existing customers. Coupons and discounts increase sales that ultimately cover the company’s profit cuts and keep the bottom line unscathed.

How To Use A Coupon/Voucher/Discount Code On DazzDeals?

If you want to avail of a discount for a particular offer, just apply the code during the checkout process (when buying online) or show it to the staff at the cash register (when buying from a store). Your discount will be applied automatically upon meeting all conditions. If the coupon/discount code offers $20 off on the purchases of $100 worth of products, you have to spend $100 to get the discount.

If you want detailed instructions, check our guide How to Use Your Coupon.

What Is The Difference Between Vouchers, Coupons, And Discount Codes?

There are two main areas of difference between vouchers, coupons, and discount codes. Firstly, vouchers have a cash value whereas coupons and discount codes don’t have any value outside of their associated offers.

Secondly, a voucher only has one set price which cannot change under any circumstances. But a single coupon/discount code can provide different monetary values. For example, a coupon with a 20% discount will save $20 on $100 shopping and the same coupon will save $40 on $200 shopping (unless there are any other conditions). 

Why Don’t My Coupon/Voucher/Discount Codes Work?

All coupons/ vouchers/ discounts codes come with various conditions. You have to meet them all to get the associated benefits. All of them come with an expiration date too. For example, a retailer may offer discounts on their meat items just for a week. Or, you may need to spend a specific amount to avail of a particular coupon. Always read the fine print to be aware of the exclusions of these deals.

Is It Legal To Use Online Coupon/Voucher/Discount Codes?

Yes, it’s completely legal. If you get a publicly available coupon or discount code, there is nothing unethical or illegal about using it. However, there are coupon generator websites and software that you should not use. Remember that the stores have the right to refuse any codes that may be considered fraudulent.

Can I Use Multiple Coupons Or Discount Codes On One Order?

It depends on the policy of the associated retailer or business. Some companies allow coupon stacking and some don’t. Many retailers do not allow more than one code for a single purchase. Sometimes, you will need to use the coupons in separate orders if you want them all applied. Just read the store’s coupon/ discount code policy to avoid any confusion.

What Are Private Coupons Or Discount Codes?

A retailer may offer private discount codes to a specific group of people and they won’t be available to all customers. It may be used as a marketing tool or for other purposes, such as rewarding loyal customers or first-time shoppers with special deals. The codes are usually communicated by email, phone, text message, or social media platforms to the target group of customers. Private deals are great for increasing sales and bringing in new customers.

What Are Restricted Coupons Or Discount Codes?

Sometimes, companies may offer restricted coupons or discounts codes to single users or a targeted group of customers. Almost all of these coupons are for one-time use. The code could be given as an apology for failing to deliver on time an appreciation for crossing a certain spending threshold.