There has been some buzz about some alleged changes to the CVS Coupon Policy. The last change we saw to their policy was over 3 years ago when they officially stated that they will not accept coupons with another store’s logo on it. The CVS Coupon Policy published to their website does not show any new changes, but reports from readers and other blogs say that these new policies are already implemented in some stores! Watch out for these possible changes in your local store.
- When using a purchase-based coupon, you must spend the required amount, AFTER all other coupons and ECBs have been deducted (see response from CVS customer service supervisor to iheartcvs)
Purchase-based coupons are $ off $$ Purchase coupons (e.g. $5 off a $15 Cosmetics Purchase). In order to use these coupons, your subtotal will need to meet the purchase requirement AFTER your coupons and ECBs have been scanned. For example, if you have a $5 off $15 Cosmetics Purchase CVS store coupon, a $2 off manufacturer coupon and a $3 ECB to use. You’ll need to purchase $20 worth of Cosmetics so that after the $2 manufacturer coupon and $3 ECB are scanned, you still have a $15 Cosmetics subtotal.
This possible policy change is a little bit fishy to me as ECBs have always been considered a form of “cash or payment”, not a coupon — although they do scan and show up on your receipt as CVS coupons! I also wonder how the register knows which items to apply the ECBs to. Say I’m doing the same scenario previously mentioned with $20 worth of cosmetics and $4 worth of cereal in my cart. The $3 ECB could apply to the $4 worth of cereal, meaning I would have bought $3 worth of Cosmetics more than I needed to. To me, that just doesn’t make sense so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this isn’t the case with regard to the ECBs.
- 98% Minimum Purchase requirement is no longer effective
According to a reader on the same post from iheartcvs, the 98% rule that applies to the minimum purchase required to earn an ECB no longer applies. Previously, if a CVS deal said “Spend $30 and receive $10.00 ECB”, you only had to spend 98% of the required amount to trigger the ECB (in this case, $29.40). Now, you’ll need to spend at least $30 in qualifying products to earn the ECB.
I have not had to deal with this yet at my CVS store, but I would not be surprised if this became an unwritten policy. If a deal says “spend $30″ to get the ECB, it makes sense that you’d need to spend $30. I wouldn’t expect this rule to be written in their policy, but just watch out for it when you do these types of deals.
- Expired store coupons are no longer accepted past a 14-day grace period: This applies to all CVS store coupons AND ECBs!
This shouldn’t be a surprise for most shoppers as most stores already had this rule in place. Although, some stores did accept CVS store coupons and ECBs basically “forever”, that will no longer be the case if this becomes official policy.
Since these changes have not been officially published to the CVS Coupon Policy on their website, we cannot confirm whether these are official corporate policy changes or if they are regional/store-specific. If you run into one of these scenarios, you might try a different CVS store as CVS store managers have always been able to enforce the CVS Coupon Policy as they interpret it.
Let us know if your store has implemented any of these changes or if you run into any other policy changes!
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