What are coupons


Vouchers are not to be confused with coupons and discount stamps, which are used for so-called couponing. They give holders the right to discounts, which vouchers do not, unless they are discount vouchers.

Plastic, paper or virtual

Vouchers can be issued in different versions. There is no legislation on the physicality of a voucher, which is why they are also popular virtually in the form of e-vouchers (electronic vouchers). Amazon in particular likes to use this variant. Buyers or recipients of vouchers receive a code that can be redeemed online. The code enables a clear assignment to the voucher account so that the corresponding amount can be used or credited to the customer account (e.g. Amazon customer account).

Vouchers in the form of plastic cards are a nice gift idea and especially popular with us Germans. They are the same size as our well-known girocards or credit cards, fit perfectly in your wallet and can be redeemed quickly and easily at the checkout. They are mainly used for vouchers.

Vouchers for services are more in the form of lovingly designed (folding) cards, can be individually labeled and designed according to the occasion.

Who issues vouchers?

Anyone can issue vouchers, regardless of whether they are private individuals or companies. The only difference: purchased vouchers from companies are legally binding. The exhibitor is required to provide the service linked to the voucher.


Since vouchers are not personal and may be passed on, voucher portals on the Internet are particularly popular contact points for those who are looking for, but also want to sell. Even if a name is on the paper or on the card, the voucher is still transferable.

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