- What is a discount voucher or code?
The code will be a simple word or string of characters. The codes created by online retailers and then promoted on websites and in newspapers and magazines. Customers can use these vouchers to obtain discounts on just about any consumer product. You may also see vouchers that can be printed and then used in variety of outlets. For example, these are often used by restaurants who are trying to bring in more diners during quiet times.
- How do I use these promotional codes?
If you find it on a website that lists these codes then there’ll probably be a direct link to the retailer’s site and the discount will be automatically applied. If you see the code in print then you simply make a note of the code or voucher and then type it into the appropriate box when you reach the checkout stage when making an online purchase. If it’s a printed voucher then print off a copy and present it to the restaurant staff. It’s best to check at the time of ordering that the voucher is still valid.
- Why should I use sites that publish e-vouchers?
New voucher codes are published every day while others expire and are no longer valid, so it’s important to use a reputable site that keeps its information up to date so that you can be sure that the discount or special offer will still apply. It’s very frustrating to make a purchase assuming that you’ve saved some money only to find out later that the discount was not applied. Good discount voucher sites will work in close contact with the retailers to provide accurate and timely information. The website will earn a small commission for each sale but rest assured that this makes no difference to the price you pay at the checkout.
- Why do shops give away these codes?
Retailers and other businesses sometimes find themselves over-stocked with some products so they want to sell more of them more quickly to clear space for new stock. For others it can be simply a case of wanting to generate more income during a slack period, or perhaps they just want to introduce a new product and a discount promotion is a great way to boost sales and generate publicity.
- Surely there’s a catch?
No, there’s no catch. The retailers, restaurants, and online shops produce these discount codes themselves. They have valid business reasons for promoting them and they are only too happy to receive your custom and for people to make use of them.