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8y, 7m agoFound 8 years, 7 months ago
MOds - Please move this to relevant section if it's not right here.

I've just received £89.00 pounds off an already reduced camcorder at PC World by haggling with the manager because I know that all products which have a price ending in a 7 are end of line, discontinued and they want to get rid of them.

So look out for (e.g.) £99.97 price tags - and go for it. (£89 was an additional 30%).
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#1
I know this has been mentioned before, but it is still a good one. I for one keep forgetting to look for this. Thanks virus.
#2
Think this was mentioned on the gadget show last week or the week before as anything ending in 7 or 8 is a discountinued item
#3
Thanks for the tip! Is that for all shops or just PC World?
#4
It's all DSG shops ( i should know i used to work for PC World!), that means and includes:
- Currys
- Curry.digital
- Dixons Tax Free
- PC World
1 Like #5
i can pretty much guarantee you will not get the same percentage off anywhere else, the official line is that they will only knock off a maximum of 10%off clearance or discontinued items but it can be on managers discretion depending on how much discount has been given on any particular day or even if the manager is in a good mood. It most definitley is not an exact science .Prices that end .97 means clearance(aged stock) .98 means discontinued (no stock coming in again)
#6
heated 4 ya
thnx 4 the tip
#7
This is definitely worth knowing this when haggling! Thanks! Voted Hot!
2 Likes #8
pcworld guru
.Prices that end .97 means clearance(aged stock) .98 means discontinued (no stock coming in again)


.98 means end of line, meaning there are still limited stocks available (alot of 98 products can still be ordered in from the stock centre for example)

.97 means discountinued, meaning there will be no further stocks..
#9
Thanks for the tip!
#10
tajinderd
It's all DSG shops ( i should know i used to work for PC World!), that means and includes:
- Currys
- Curry.digital
- Dixons Tax Free
- PC World



You would have to look at the original price at Dixons Tax Free. The store I know will put stickers on the discontinued stock, so it's dead easy to see for the sales people (and customers alike). Only problem, they will NOT negotiate at all in the airport stores (unless you buy the extended warranty).
#11
Unrelated, but DSG have pretty good prices in their airport stores. I remember seeing an ipod claasic 80gb in dixons for about £130. You do however have to be on the other side of security control...
#12
Nice, heat added
#13
I used to work in Dixons for 5 years and at the time they gave discount to clear .97 items but now discount is not much. The OP got lucky with the amount of discount.
2 Likes #14
This is nothing lol. If you take the cover, salespeople will do anythign for u. Remember. The cover is not a bad thing, just an expensive thing.

When buying items under £120 like printers or digi cams. Cover is £20 for instant replacement.

They will ALWAYS do this half price if u ask, plus if u dont want it, call up before 10 days and they will REFUND the WHOLE £20 cover. Cos the salespeople only reduce the item, and not the cover itself.

If you are buying a laptop, and want the monthly cover, same applies, ask for some free months. U can wangle 3 months usually, which can be about £30!! - Plus you can cancel it the same as explained for the printers!!

They are targeted on clearance, but only a select few stores are over 10% clearance, if they are more then they are pushed to sell it, and will reduce the price for u.
#15
If it ends in 98 then it's end of line, but technically we are not allowed to sell 98p off of display, especially if there are brand new boxed ones of the item, in which case getting a discount on it is pretty much zero. 97p is a different kettle of fish, but just know that haggling like the op is not always going to work

Some stores have clearance sections... Usually old stock they couldnt shift, customer returns (refurbished) or ex-display (exactly like the section you saw on the gadget show...) With those, you *might* be able to haggle a little bit, but in my store at least they are already discounted and getting further discount wont happen - I've tried...

PS. From what I remember the instant replacement on printers and cameras can be as little as £10 for 3 years... I think it's on items £40 and under. "PC Performance" can definately be a good thing as said, but due to the monthly costs on a PC or laptop, it's not for everyone... though it can save you hundreds. Argh, im not at work...gotta stop that...
#16
Toys r us have a similar one. though I can't quite remember what. But snooping around a bit at various other prices will help you figure it out.
#17
Thats good to know! I'm surprised they make it so obvious by just ending the price with a certain number though!!
banned#18
LOL, I have to vote cold... work for the company and this is not applicable for 'big nige'.

Not a penny discount anywhere lol...
#19
I have a question that maybe the wise owls of HUKD can answer...

Why do DSG stores do this? Is it a secret code to shop floor staff about the status of a particular product? If so, surely the staff could look it up on the computer instead, the public would be none the wiser and wouldn't haggle for discounts?

Is there another reason for it?
#20
Nice one this is a great tip :thumbsup:

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1 Like #21
AndyToys
I have a question that maybe the wise owls of HUKD can answer...

Why do DSG stores do this? Is it a secret code to shop floor staff about the status of a particular product? If so, surely the staff could look it up on the computer instead, the public would be none the wiser and wouldn't haggle for discounts?

Is there another reason for it?


Having worked for DSG for 7 years, the answer is simple.

When a product is "end of line" it would go to a price ending in and 8, ie £9.98. This would tell staff this product was on its way out and to clear while still at a profitable price, and also stock was becoming fewer.

Once the product was "clearance" and needed to be cleared they would reduce the price to £9.97 to let staff know the item was "discountinued". They would also put the price on a yellow ticket to hightlight the price and allow the price point to stand out amongst other items. These products could still have loads of stock within the company not just one offs.

The longer these products remain on the companys "eclipse" system the cheaper they become, often dropping by around 50% atime, until the stock has cleared.

I have in my time picked up 50 pack of CD-r's for 7p, 5 pack of mini DV tapes for 7p, console games from 47p, Hama camera filters for 47p (worth £25+ each) I have seen cooker hobs and ovens from £4.97, stainless steel cooker hoods from 97p.

The stores have a "Clearance stock report" which staff can print off in order of price, or by product type etc..

This reports are updated on a Sunday morning, as this is the start of the DSG week, if you go into your local store first thing on a sunday you will often see staff going around updating some "clearance" tickets.

I used to buy the products and sell them on ebay, making huge amounts of profits.

Hope this answers your question.
#22
vixygwim;1973937
Swap the product label with something cheaper, about the only way humanly possible to get a better deal at a DSG outfit :lol:.

(warning, don't try this at home kids)

NOT ADVISABLE:
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#23
not quite the same but tescos end clearance products with .47/.97 too - must be a industry thing.
#24
myaser88
not quite the same but tescos end clearance products with .47/.97 too - must be a industry thing.


And costco is 97 then it goes to 77 and so on
#25
in response to some comment about the warranty being good. Warrantys aint a bad thing, especially the pc world one. No questions asked if you drop ur laptop etc. However, the cust support is silly if you have knowledge of computers etc, cos they all treat you like ur dumb lol!

- It does tho, fyi, make the company 60-70% profit. So keep this in mind when asking for free months!!
#26
Lol you watched the Gadget Show last Monday
#27
As your on the subject of end of line indicators - Staples is £xx.91.
Perhaps it would be a good idea to have thread with end of line indicators, updated on the 1st post, for all retailers we know?
#28
Staff can give 10% off ex-display at their discretion... I'd only knock it off if you took out PC performance (extended warrantly).

Don't expect any discount on any other .97p items... you would never have got it from anyone at our branch.
#29
I've had my eyes on an iPod dock in my local PC World. It's a 18 month old model and has been on .97 clearance for at least 2 months. The discounted price is £10 more than the price of the current model and the store won't discount further (I've asked).

SO: I won't buy at the current price, but would at 2/3rds the price of the NEW model. Any tips / advice on trying again or should I just move on??
#30
the staff in my local branch are complete dicks, everytime something is a bargain like the games they just blatently lie and dont help at all and become very rude.
#31
foraminafera
I've had my eyes on an iPod dock in my local PC World. It's a 18 month old model and has been on .97 clearance for at least 2 months. The discounted price is £10 more than the price of the current model and the store won't discount further (I've asked).

SO: I won't buy at the current price, but would at 2/3rds the price of the NEW model. Any tips / advice on trying again or should I just move on??


Try again in a week or 2. It depends on their weekly discount rate as to how much they are happy to discount usually.

They would rather not sell an item than make a massive loss though.
#32
Well they're meeting target by 100% there then......

No further discount = no sale.

Maybe that explains their financial results- they'd rather tie up capital in overpriced old stock than realise what they can and re-invest.
#33
AndyToys
I have a question that maybe the wise owls of HUKD can answer...

Why do DSG stores do this? Is it a secret code to shop floor staff about the status of a particular product? If so, surely the staff could look it up on the computer instead, the public would be none the wiser and wouldn't haggle for discounts?

Is there another reason for it?



scanning thru, i thought your name was adult toys!:thumbsup:
#34
AndyToys
I have a question that maybe the wise owls of HUKD can answer...

Why do DSG stores do this? Is it a secret code to shop floor staff about the status of a particular product? If so, surely the staff could look it up on the computer instead, the public would be none the wiser and wouldn't haggle for discounts?

Is there another reason for it?


I used to work for an electrical company called Miller Bros. The ending of the price determined the amount of commission the salesperson was paid.
#35
It's no wonder all them 97p games listed on here are never there if the staff grab them all for ebay.
banned 1 Like #36
I'd never give discount on a .97 item, it's already usually heavily discounted (low margin) so giving more off would be just stupid and would damage the store margin.

I'd rather let it sit there until it's recalled than sell on for a heavily negative margin
#37
Kinda unrelated, but a lot of the electronics companies have official ebay shops were they sell returned items and stuff like that very cheap. I picked up a £700 Canon camera for £500 just because the box had been opened. There's loads of bargains, and because you are buying from Canon or whoever direct you get a standard warranty as if you bought from a normal shop.

Just search ebay for them :-)
#38
Thanks for the info, i will try when I am next in PCWorld
#39
AndyToys
I have a question that maybe the wise owls of HUKD can answer...

Why do DSG stores do this? Is it a secret code to shop floor staff about the status of a particular product? If so, surely the staff could look it up on the computer instead, the public would be none the wiser and wouldn't haggle for discounts?

Is there another reason for it?


northy69er
Having worked for DSG for 7 years, the answer is simple.

When a product is "end of line" it would go to a price ending in and 8, ie £9.98. This would tell staff this product was on its way out and to clear while still at a profitable price, and also stock was becoming fewer.

Once the product was "clearance" and needed to be cleared they would reduce the price to £9.97 to let staff know the item was "discountinued". They would also put the price on a yellow ticket to hightlight the price and allow the price point to stand out amongst other items. These products could still have loads of stock within the company not just one offs.

The longer these products remain on the companys "eclipse" system the cheaper they become, often dropping by around 50% atime, until the stock has cleared.

I have in my time picked up 50 pack of CD-r's for 7p, 5 pack of mini DV tapes for 7p, console games from 47p, Hama camera filters for 47p (worth £25+ each) I have seen cooker hobs and ovens from £4.97, stainless steel cooker hoods from 97p.

The stores have a "Clearance stock report" which staff can print off in order of price, or by product type etc..

This reports are updated on a Sunday morning, as this is the start of the DSG week, if you go into your local store first thing on a sunday you will often see staff going around updating some "clearance" tickets.

I used to buy the products and sell them on ebay, making huge amounts of profits.

Hope this answers your question.


I worked in a Dixons store in 2001 and back then the commission structure was that on current line goods you were paid commission on the profit margin ONLY but on clearance lines you received commission for the selling price.

This was done I believe to get the shop staff to shift clearance lines as soon as possible as in most cases the commission worked out higher on an end of line product than a current line which may have a higher selling price.

To a degree my manager allowed me free reign to offer up to 10% discount on clearance lines as long as the customer took a warranty as again the commission on a 5 year warranty was far greater than the 10% lost via the discount.
#40
SONY 40S2530 LCD in Merry Hill reduced from 599.99 to 549.97 on a yellow ticket. Only one left in store. I asked for a further reduction, it wasn't even considered. Not a chance, he said, it's already been reduced as far as it will go.

So cold for me

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