SnipSnap Coupon App an interesting concept for savers, but likely won’t pan out

May 7, 2012
Shopping

Coupons seem to be embracing a second wave of popularity thanks to the extreme among us. But if carrying around a giant binder of clipped savings isn’t for you, SnipSnap Coupon App for iPhone and iPod Touch helps ease the burden of toting around scraps of paper. Somewhat, anyway. With the app, users can take […]

Coupons seem to be embracing a second wave of popularity thanks to the extreme among us. But if carrying around a giant binder of clipped savings isn’t for you, SnipSnap Coupon App for iPhone and iPod Touch helps ease the burden of toting around scraps of paper. Somewhat, anyway.

With the app, users can take photos of coupons for online storage. The app will process the bar code and turn it into a scan-able image, all while retaining the original photograph. I like the idea of SnipSnap Coupon App, but where I would use it most (with manufacturer coupons in the grocery store), isn’t supported at this time. Right now the app is better suited to smaller mall chains or big box stores such as Target.

In addition to scanning your own coupons, you can also see coupons that other people have scanned, too.

You can select coupons to add to your favorites list and once you’ve tried using them at the store, indicate if you were successful or not. Here lies SnipSnap’s inherent problem. Retailers are under absolutely no obligation to accept your electronic discounts. Stores such as Target that already accept mobile coupons are probably your best bet, but there’s no guarantee, which means for now you better keep those scraps of paper close by.

SnipSnap says manufacturer coupons are coming soon, but with typical restrictions on number of uses, the group pool feature is likely crossing a line that companies won’t be happy about.

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