Coupons

But why the short deadlines, the "damn, it's expired," thirty day life of a coupon? In 1980, the life of a coupon averaged a year. Today's short deadlines are mostly due to rising fraudulent use. With those nifty laser computers, any housewife can easily bypass the one-per-household stipulation on a coupon, or even launch an entire campaign by selling fake coupons in bulk. Even retail stores, who receive a generous eight cents for sending back redeemed coupons can illegally buy bulk fake coupons. A shorter coupon deadline is designed to curb this practice. Or at least it forces con artists to work a bit quicker.

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