Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1965 NO. 3 > Jan 14 1965

A license is required under the Washington trading stamp law where several manufacturers affix to their products coupons or trading stamps which purchasers may commingle and use to obtain merchandise premiums from a single organization promoting and advertising the plan since the manufacturer is not issuing and directly redeeming the coupons or stamps as required by the original package exemption allowed by RCW 19.83.040.

AGO 1961 NO. 54 > Aug 11 1961

(1) Trading stamps redeemable in cash only are not subject to the licensing provisions of chapter 36.91 RCW. (2) Trading stamps redeemable in cash only are subject to regulatory provisions of chapter 19.84 RCW. (3) A plan whereby a customer secures trading stamps with the value marked on each stamp in mills, which are redeemable upon presentment irrespective of the number of stamps presented, does not violate the provisions of chapter 19.84 RCW.

AGO 1961 NO. 80 > Nov 29 1961

The licensing requirements of chapter 36.91 RCW apply to a retail store which (1) issues trading stamps redeemable in Washington in cash only, but (2) through its employees informs its customers that such stamps can be redeemed for merchandise in another state and (3) in which state they are in fact redeemable.

AGO 1960 NO. 124 > Jun 15 1960

It does not constitute a violation of the Washington trading stamp law for a store to issue coupons or print them in newspapers or other advertisements which offer a reduction in price on merchandise not manufactured by the issuing store.

AGO 1958 NO. 215 > Aug 20 1958

(1)  Trading stamps which may be redeemable in cash or for credit toward the purchase of any type insurance are covered by the trading stamp act, chapter 19.84 RCW. (2)  Such trading stamps do not come within the licensing provisions of chapter 36.91 RCW.