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    Do you think you got a bargain? (In Computer section but relevant for everyone)

    I've spent the last week looking for a new monitor, and come to the conclusion that EVERY shop, high street and internet - is ripping us off.

    The screen I finally decided on is a Samsung C27FG70, which a month ago could be bought for £360, now it is over £400 and "reduced" by £70 in the sales.

    pricespy.co.uk/pro…539

    Ignore the huge dip just before Christmas, it seems one small store dropped a clanger, then corrected it a few hours later.

    This is not an isolated case, I have noticed hugely inflated "sale" prices at several famous name stores, where the price a month ago was £20-50 cheaper than the current "25% OFF" sale price.

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    That's how most "sales" have always worked

    Happens all the time. Bought a fridge freezer for £300. Now it's £599. It will be back reduced in new year sales.

    Only thing to watch is that some electricals have gone up due to the £ and dollar

    I'd assumed that this was a given. The trick is to only buy stuff you need, and ignore the "saving". Do some research and buy it if it's a good price. Hence why the only things I'm after this sale period is a new NAS, and a mechanical keyboard with red switches. I've done the research, I've found a couple I want and now we wait...

    Same with Black Friday now,a lot of stuff can be found cheaper in the Summer months.

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    True, but the major price rises have ONLY been in the last two weeks, ASA rules are it has to be at the higher price for 28 days before you can claim a reduction, so the Christmas sale prices of "x% off" are not only a lie, but seem to break the law.

    A few players are toeing the legal line - in a way, it is obvious a few stores havent started their sales yet, as the current (vastly overinflated) price is currently in the mid £550's; so about £200 MORE than the average price a month ago - effectively double.

    I want/need a new screen, as I promised this one* to my daughter as part of her Christmas PC upgrade present, but paying £50 extra during a "sale" is extracting the urine.
    I can hold off a few days and hope they price drop for the New Year sales, but somehow I doubt it.

    * A 24" Asus IPS, which is rather good for watching films; not so good for gaming, but I dont want the compromise of a TN 144Hz screen.

    I not a HP Envy 15 almost unused but warrentee ran out in Sept, paid £380 for i7 4700mq with beats. Very pleased but it's only got to last till April :-)

    Do your research.... if you're happy with the price at the time, live with it... otherwise we'll end up in a world where stuff gets sent back cos you found it cheaper, not very nice for the person just about to buy the same product and gets passed what is essentially a used product...

    That's why camelcamel and Which was invented, to
    know the real price not the rrp

    Gentle_Giant

    True, but the major price rises have ONLY been in the last two weeks, ASA … True, but the major price rises have ONLY been in the last two weeks, ASA rules are it has to be at the higher price for 28 days before you can claim a reduction, so the Christmas sale prices of "x% off" are not only a lie, but seem to break the law.



    The advertising standards agency is an independent industry body, not a government one. And the rules don't say it has to be 28 days, it can be less if the period is made clear:
    cap.org.uk/New…spx

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    EndlessWaves

    The advertising standards agency is an independent industry body, not a … The advertising standards agency is an independent industry body, not a government one. And the rules don't say it has to be 28 days, it can be less if the period is made clear:https://www.cap.org.uk/News-reports/Media-Centre/2014/Making-price-comparisons-with-previous-prices.aspx#.WGEex6JQM-U



    ASA is an NGO with the power to fine.

    Also, None of the adverts I have looked at, where the price was lower less than 1 month ago mentioned the fact.

    One of the etailers raised the price on the screen I was looking at by over £140 (~50%) on the 18th December; they havent started their sale yet, and it will be interesting to see if they mention anything in the small print when they start their New Year sale.
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