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!