Fact Check

Starbucks 'My Favorite Way to Cool Down This Summer' Coupon

Starbucks issued 'My Favorite Way to Cool Down This Summer' coupons via e-mail?

Published Aug 29, 2006


Claim:   Starbucks issued 'My Favorite Way to Cool Down This Summer' coupons via e-mail.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]

I received a coupon for free starbucks iced coffee from now until August 30. Can you confirm if this is true?

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Origins:   Recipients

are well-advised to treat retail coupons circulated via e-mail with suspicion, because the coupons often turn out to be phonies created by pranksters or real coupons that someone has reproduced and circulated without authorization (and which are therefore not accepted by the retailer).

The Starbucks 'My Favorite Way to Cool Down This Summer' coupon reproduced above — redeemable through 30 August 2008 for a free tall frappucino, ice brewed coffee, iced espresso, or iced tea beverage at any participating U.S. Starbucks store — was apparently an in-store coupon (hence the "Bring this back to your favorite Starbucks" legend) that someone scanned and put out on the Internet without authorization. Although some Starbucks outlets may accept printed versions of this coupon, many readers have reported to us that their attempts to redeem such coupons at various Starbucks stores were rebuffed, and Starbucks responded to our query by stating that coupons distributed via the Internet are "unauthorized":

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.

We want to thank you for bringing this unauthorized use of the Starbucks name to our attention. Starbucks does not endorse and is not responsible in any way for this coupon duplication.

Starbucks does not offer coupons via the internet or e-mail.

Thank you again for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.


Julie S.
Customer Relations
Starbucks Coffee Company

Last updated:   3 August 2008

  Sources Sources:

    Associated Press.   "Starbucks Pulls Free Iced Coffee Promotion."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer.   30 August 2006.

    Reuters.   "Caribou to Honor Voided Starbucks Coupons."

    ABC News.   1 September 2006.

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