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Oct
20
2012

Common Kindness Coupon Printer Upgrade

In the past we have told you about the  Coupon Network Catalina Savings Printer Upgrade that is now underway; however, many of you may not know that Common Kindness has announced that they are also undergoing an upgrade to their coupon printer as well:

CommonKindness is launching its own upgrade this week. The site has announced“a new Java-based print applet that sends coupons directly to the user’s default printer with a single click of an on-screen print button.” It’s marketing the upgrade as a “Time Saver” print feature, which “eliminates a step and speeds up the coupon clipping process.”

What it really does is close a gaping security loophole that’s been a feature of CommonKindness since it launched six months ago. Users are warned that they’re allowed one print per coupon, but there has been nothing to prevent the uninformed or unethical couponer from printing more. When selecting a coupon to print, an image of the coupon would appear on screen, along with a standard print prompt that asks how many copies you’d like to print. Each coupon is imprinted with a unique ID code, so any additional prints would be void. But just ask Lay’s or Coupon Network whether allowing multiple prints of uniquely-coded coupons – and hoping that customers will know enough not to redeem them all – is a sufficient security feature.

The “Time Saver” applet, CommonKindness claims, “only does one thing — it makes printing coupons faster.” Better make that two things. The new applet will ensure that print limits are enforced, thus providing an extra layer of security that was missing before now. For a printable coupon site that prides itself on “operating on the principle of kindness”, deciding to trust its users just a little less may not be “kind”, strictly speaking. But it borrows from another well-worn phrase: “Trust, but verify.”

Thanks to Bill from Coupons In the News for emailing me and letting me know about this upgrade!

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  • Hannah November 18, 2012, 12:23 AM

    I have not been able to print any coupons since they upgraded their coupon printer. Well no….once it did print them about 10 minutes later. Now it just says “Printing”….but nothing prints. Any suggestions?

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  • norma December 21, 2012, 7:59 AM

    I can’t print any either. It will say “printing”, but nothing happens.

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  • Aubrey April 19, 2013, 4:02 PM

    Same for me. I have tried everything I can think of, but it just says “printing” and then never prints!

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  • Cameron Sciotti October 30, 2013, 3:38 PM

    Common Kindness is a poorly maintained site. Nothing prints out no matter what you do. You can try different browsers or computers and nothing works. This is a site problem that has never been fixed. I tried contacting customer service by email, no response.

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  • MCsMom November 24, 2013, 11:59 PM

    Same here! I can’t get any coupons to print from Mac despising checking my Java Version, OS, Security Settings, etc. I was successful in printing a few coupons from a PC but it was excruciatingly slow! So what is the point in the new applet speeding up the click to print IF the PRINTING NEVER occurs or takes forever?!!! Argh!

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