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Office 365 Personal in-store at Sainsbury's. On shelf at £12.50. Scanned at a penny!
Office 365 Personal in-store at Sainsbury's. On shelf at £12.50. Scanned at a penny!

Office 365 Personal in-store at Sainsbury's. On shelf at £12.50. Scanned at a penny!

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Just back from Sainsbury's in Luton ( Bramingham Park). Soon needed to renew Office 365 subscription and saw it on the shelf for £12.50.

On going through the self scan checkouts it went through at a penny! (Will add receipt to first comment... bit slow...actually 7th comment!). Verified with staff and they checked and said a penny is correct!

I apologise in advance for any wild goose chases.. appreciate that this might be store specific. However I think that £12.50 is a good price (hence putting it up at that price)... but a penny seems crazy. I went back and picked up a few more copies and left 2 on the shelf. Although after chatting with the staff, think that they may well have had them!

Good Luck!

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Editor

Not to be a negative Nancy, and I do hope I'm wrong. But don't all subscriptions / cards of this nature scan at 1p until activated manually by the staff?

Was this purchased via the self service scanner, or did the staff on a till actually activate the card as they should?

Original Poster

No activation by staff, however I have just updated my own subscription adding a year on.. appreciate it seems a bit too good... I was surprised!

Editor

tjmartin

On going through the self scan checkouts it went through at a penny!



Nevermind. I've just read this part.

Editor

tjmartin

No activation by staff, however I have just updated my own subscription … No activation by staff, however I have just updated my own subscription adding a year on.. appreciate it seems a bit too good... I was surprised!



Fair play to you then if it's been redeemed successfully. Bargain

Nice, well done!

I have tried to buy these in various Sainsbury before and they never had a clue what to do in terms of activation - never seen one activated at a store - but all the Sainsbury's that I have seen these in they never even knew the price of them when they checked them by scanning and searching their computer systems.

Original Poster

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What does activation involve in a store? I see this mentioned often on here but what exactly is involved?

Original Poster

There was no activation involved in store... literally a box on the shelf. Activation in this case is online to basically add the code to your MS account so you can download the software.

can I use this offline without an Internet connection once installed?

Original Poster

bestbuy123

can I use this offline without an Internet connection once installed?



Yes. You can download and then use on your computer offline.

Whatever, this is a subscription 'service' so you'll need to renew it after a year
microsoftstore.com/sto…017 at at least £59.99

Original Poster

jasee

Whatever, this is a subscription 'service' so you'll need to renew it … Whatever, this is a subscription 'service' so you'll need to renew it after a yearhttps://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/cat/Renew-Office-365/categoryID.68131100?icid=Office_Renewal_office_topstripe_03012017 at at least £59.99



Absolutely. This subscription only lasts a year. Although having just read up on it, I understand that you can add more than one code at a time to extend the subscription further. However I have not tried this myself yet.

If it is boxed it will not need activating.

Oli3000

If it is boxed it will not need activating.


It will it will just activate online when you install it!

Yes Office 365 is a subscription, some people might be able to get a better deal on the Office software buying it as 'Office 2016', especially if you (or friends/family) can get it free or heavily discounted through work, school, uni etc.

The subscriptions aren't bad either though, especially at prices like £12.50 a year (or a penny).

£12.50 for a year of 1TB Onedrive, 60 minutes / month of skype, 1 licence of office desktop and 1 licence for office mobile isn't bad at all.

Sounds like a hopeless goose chase since there were only two left on shelf.

jasee

Whatever, this is a subscription 'service' so you'll need to renew it … Whatever, this is a subscription 'service' so you'll need to renew it after a yearhttps://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/cat/Renew-Office-365/categoryID.68131100?icid=Office_Renewal_office_topstripe_03012017 at at least £59.99



For every activation key added to your account, it adds a Year onto your service!
I buy the keys when needed, from eBay at a heavily discounted price, and I think I'm covered to 2020, and it updates every year to the latest variant of the software!

Great find Op, hopefully nationwide....

Or you could have this great alternative free forever: libreoffice.org/

Kulaak

Sounds like a hopeless goose chase since there were only two left on … Sounds like a hopeless goose chase since there were only two left on shelf.



​if only sainsburys became a chain of stores

aforumac

​if only sainsburys became a chain of stores


Last time this was on offer my local had none. Just cards to take to the counter. So I don't see them having any this time. I regularly shop at Sainsburys, often couple times a week so I do look for deals.

aforumac

​if only sainsburys became a chain of stores


hence the wild goose chase, doh

Banned

I've already got mine (well 2016 Pro) for £17.95...for as long as I work at my place. No subs ....
Edited by: "howdiefellas" 29th Jan

ONE store that now has none and the lemmings come running!!! is this just a vote on who got something cheap?????? I bought a car once it was a really good deal might post that

tjmartin

Yes. You can download and then use on your computer offline.


but you have to connect to internet once a month minimum to keep it working.

someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. price seems ridiculous if you keep renewing every year... forgive my confusion.

moodyafc

someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. … someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. price seems ridiculous if you keep renewing every year... forgive my confusion.


You get 1tb of onedrive as well, that did it for me. If it is the 5 user licence it's 1tb per person.

Original Poster

HamanBasher

but you have to connect to internet once a month minimum to keep it … but you have to connect to internet once a month minimum to keep it working.



Ah - thanks for clarifying. Didn't know that.

moodyafc

someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. … someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. price seems ridiculous if you keep renewing every year... forgive my confusion.



At 1p a year, you'd need to renew for nearly 39,000 years before you spent the £389.99 that Office Professional 2016 costs. oO

On a serious note, you can view the comparison here. The main difference is that Office 365 includes updates to the latest releases as they come out, and not just the 2016 version. Office 365 also has more apps than the home version of Office 2016 (unless you really prefer to spend £390 on the Professional edition).

Cold, I paid 1/2p for this at Woolworths in 1973.

Software that's never yours. Great model, Microsoft. (_;) Still loving Office 2010 but this is a great deal for those who don't mind renting. Forever.

dewonderful

Cold, I paid 1/2p for this at Woolworths in 1973.



​Picture of receipt, or I don't believe you!

dewonderful

Cold, I paid 1/2p for this at Woolworths in 1973.


No you're mistaken, you bought Microsoft Office 1973 Abacus, slide rule and typewriter Edition back then and I seem to recall they did a 5 user IBM family pack for 2 pence

Elevation

Software that's never yours. Great model, Microsoft. (_;) Still loving … Software that's never yours. Great model, Microsoft. (_;) Still loving Office 2010 but this is a great deal for those who don't mind renting. Forever.


It is an excellent model if you're Microsoft! - the 5 computer pack at £79 a year is arguably OK as you can install on 5 different machines/family members/cousins/uncles/aunts/man in pub etc

You can stack the subscription codes, so enter them now and your sub will run for however many years you bought

moodyafc

someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. … someone please advise me why I should have 365 vs normal office 2016. price seems ridiculous if you keep renewing every year... forgive my confusion.


The advantages are that you never have to upgrade, and the 1TB of storage. However if you get the £10 office deal from your work then that might work better for some people.

bestbuy123

can I use this offline without an Internet connection once installed?



​however you will have to be online once every 30 days to maintain activation.

Ah, this came in a box. My local Sainsburys only has these as little cards about the size of a credit card for sale. They have a silver foil bit on the back presumably with the code underneath so I suspect no activation required by the staff.

tawse57

What does activation involve in a store? I see this mentioned often on … What does activation involve in a store? I see this mentioned often on here but what exactly is involved?


I worked at a large computer store a bit over a year ago. For any MS office products I'd need to swipe / scan some card and select a pre-set value or product from a list displayed on the card machine. Same machine did xbox live top ups / sony top ups / itunes etc. Haven't a clue how it works, but it did involve scanning a card or inputting a code.

If the op has been able to activate his though I guess it's different. Unless they've all simply been pre-activated.

If you have office at work you can generally sign in to your work outlook account on the website on your home computer and download I think I get 5 licenses. Haven't ever paid for office ha
Edited by: "danmasonmp" 30th Jan
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