Sometimes, when you visit a particular online store, you are offered a promo code. This usually happens when you visit a store for the first time or when the store has special offers at the moment of your visit. But, what is a promo code, why is it offered to you, and for what you can use it? The first thing you should know is that promo codes are specific to e-commerce websites and online stores, and it can take the form of a promo code or coupon code, although it means one and the same thing. Also, it is not a code some wrote down, as it is a code generated by a computer, so that each code offered to visitors is unique, as they are made to be used once.
Usually, a promo code consists of a combination of various numbers and letters, and it is offered with the purpose of giving clients a price discount for the products found in an online shop. The promo code can be activated during the checkout process, meaning that once you are done putting products in your shopping cart and you are ready to place the order, you reach the checkout page. It is the page that will require payment and delivery details while allowing you to take one final look at all the products you are about to purchase. Well, on this page, you should find a special box where you can introduce the promo code you received. Look carefully for the box, as it is rather small, but will have the “Promo Code” marker next to it. This box is actually a field in which you need to type the code so you can enjoy the promised discount. Just make sure that the code is written down correctly because if you write one number or letter wrongfully, the code will not be considered valid and you will have troubles getting the discount.
As you just found out, a promo code is actually a code for discounts. The discount comes in different forms, according to the policy of the online shop. Thus, it may be a fixed sum that will be taken off the price of the products, a percentage that will be offered as a discount, or other discount forms, but it can also come in the form or free shipping or free products, depending on how the shop advertises its promo code. Also, it is worth knowing that, besides the various shapes it can take, a promo code can take various names as well. Thus, you may find it as a discount code, gift code, offer code, digital coupon, and others. But they all mean the same thing and that is the fact that you’ll enjoy a discount.
Online shops offer promo codes for the purpose of attracting new clients or as part of their loyalty program. The codes can be offered directly on their website, but can also be present on the websites of their affiliates.
So even if you find a promo code somewhere else, like on a blog or in a newsletter, you can still use it. But, there are also chances to find these codes in a printed form, such as in business magazines and various specialty publications.