Instant electronic coupon verification system

  • US 5,420,606 A
  • Filed: 09/20/1993
  • Issued: 05/30/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/20/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An electronic paperless couponing system for shoppers for use in a store having a purchase item checkout means comprising:

  • an electronic communication device having a display screen for display of a graphic of a redemption coupon, the coupon graphic communicating a discount for a product item offered for purchase by the store;

    display screen control means for generating and displaying the coupon graphic in the display screen;

    user control means on the communication device for electively selecting the coupon graphic displayed, thereby indicating the shopper'"'"'s intent to receive the discount represented by the redemption coupon;

    memory means in the communication device to record the user selection and acceptance of the coupon discount on the product item;

    communication means in the communication device wherein the communication means communicates the recorded selection of the coupon to the purchase item checkout means, wherein the purchase item checkout means includes a checkout register means for deducting the discount from the product item that is the subject of the redemption coupon when the coupon graphic for that product item has been electively selected and the product is purchased by the shopper, and, not deducting the discount from the product item that is the subject of the redemption coupon when the product is purchased by the shopper and the coupon graphic has not been selected.

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