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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
do you get annoyed when supermarkets or retailers put special offers on the week after you have bought the same item? this is a simple and effective way to get you own back.keep every receipt from when you shop.if an offer comes on at the supermarket for bogof the next week then buy the bogof offer too then the next time you go to store return one item with your previous receipt saying you bought it by mistake.you can do the same when something drops in price also.if its an electrical item such as a hoover as long as you return the brand new item with the original receipt just say it was bought as a present and is unwanted.you might only get vouchers back but atleast your effectively paying the lower price if you dont mind spending the vouchers.let me know what you think.ps might be awkward with expensive items due to checks on serial numbers etc
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
The cheek of it!
#2
That's fine if you have all the time in the world.
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'Tis great in theory, although it fails at the following points -

1) Supermarkets aren't obliged to grant you a refund. They are if you buy some of their own-brand stuff with the Refund & Replace policy on the packaging (Safeway and Asda do this - if you're not absolutely stupendously and utterly wonderfully delighted with a product, you can return it for a refund and a replacement, or a double refund). But for general products, if you bought it, its yours.

2) Service Desks are usually staffed by only a small group of people. They'll come to recognise you soon, and depending on how friendly they are, they'll either serve you begrudgedly, or bar you from the store.

Nice try, though.
#4
the.tourist
That's fine if you have all the time in the world.

im sure if 5 mins looking back through receipts saved you £20? effectively your paying yourself £20 for 5 mins work.you keep shopping grocery shopping receipts for 6 weeks and anything thats guaranteed for 12 months anyway.plus seasonal goods always get drastically reduced. for instance at xmas time you but your child a £30 toy at tesco. the week after xmas the same toy is in the sale for £7.50? you buy it at £7.50 and then return it with the £30 receipt.look how often clothes go down in price? you can save a fortune cant you ?
#5
dxx
'Tis great in theory, although it fails at the following points -

1) Supermarkets aren't obliged to grant you a refund. They are if you buy some of their own-brand stuff with the Refund & Replace policy on the packaging (Safeway and Asda do this - if you're not absolutely stupendously and utterly wonderfully delighted with a product, you can return it for a refund and a replacement, or a double refund). But for general products, if you bought it, its yours.

2) Service Desks are usually staffed by only a small group of people. They'll come to recognise you soon, and depending on how friendly they are, they'll either serve you begrudgedly, or bar you from the store.

Nice try, though.
#6
i have been a store manager for 20 years and have just left food retailing.the customer has to leave satisfied.if the product is unwanted you will get a refund in cash or on card but sometimes they will insist on a credit voucher.you may have to wait a few mins for your refund but you cant be barred for bringing unwanted or broken items back.the loophole has always been there and its very difficult to control.nothing stopping you returning goods at different branches if its for a worthwhile amount.
#7
No good for BOGOF on chicken legs though is it?
#8
SpecialK
i have been a store manager for 20 years and have just left food retailing.the customer has to leave satisfied.if the product is unwanted you will get a refund in cash or on card but sometimes they will insist on a credit voucher.you may have to wait a few mins for your refund but you cant be barred for bringing unwanted or broken items back.the loophole has always been there and its very difficult to control.nothing stopping you returning goods at different branches if its for a worthwhile amount.


If you've been a Store Manager for 20 years you should know the people on this site will probably already "cherry pick" at Supermarkets. Outside of the normal offers most people I think work on the "swings and roundabouts" theory and also stock up when items are deeply price cut.
For instance I cannot remember the last time I paid full price for any of the following:
Toilet Rolls
Soap Powder
Fabric Conditioner
Butter/Marg
Yoghurts
Bacon
Coffee
Tea

Actually the list is pointless because it's most things !!!

The people who don't do as above wouldn't care anyway as they just shop and not look at pricing. I used to tell friends and family who shopped that way that I could save them about 25% to 50% of their total weekly spend.
I still stand by that.

BTW I worked in Food Retailing virtually all my life.

I do however agree with you that it would probably be a good idea with larger non food items such as Tesco's sell nowadays. Then again I'm willing to bet this already happens ;-) ;-) ;-)

Finally
you may have to wait a few mins for your refund but you cant be barred for bringing unwanted or broken items back

Supermarket Managers etc can ban you without reason. You are on private property. Tesco quite regularly ban people and do not give a reason and up until they stopped their Replace and Refund Policy customers have been banned for doing just as you say, getting refunds by "fraudulent means" although of course that would never be given as the reason :whistling:
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I see nothing wrong in doing this occassionally (apart from fresh foodstuffs). If you make a habit of it I'm sure the staff would cotton on.......

A good time to do this is the week before Xmas. Buy some xmas stuff, keep the receipt and when its reduced after xmas buy the reduced items and take back with original receipt. I'd only do it with a couple of items and you are relying on them having stocks of the item after xmas.

And I'd like to congratulate the OP in posting this post in the Misc forum - all too often this kind of thing gets posted as a hot deal...
#10
I've done this before when I have bought something that's been reduced a short time after, usually with clothing, just buy it again and return the new one with old receipt.

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