The big Xmas con!

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Found 24th Dec 2008
I've looked around at these so-called deals or sale items, well I feel it's a load of rubbish. If you have been to a store and saw the prices over the last few months then you will see its a scam.

Take 1 example, Burtons. The deal before the "sale" it was buy the suit jacket and get the trousers for free. Now in the Xmas "sale" the jacket is reduced, but you have to buy the trousers. Now I'm sure many people shop in the same stores and have similar stories. If you have watched the prices for months, you know it's a load of rubbish. Same with JJB and many more. Tesco increases the prices of cucumber so over a few months it's doubled then say 40% off the new price (it's still more than I paid for it before)

Xmas is canceled!


Stop moaning - it's christmas

As long as the product "on offer" has been at the increased price for 28 consecutive days in the previous six months in one store prior to the "sale" then the offer price can be treated as a sale price.

If that one store was in the Outer Hebrides & the price in that store was, say, double what it is everywhere else in the country, the the sale price can actually be higher than the original price (in all the other stores).

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Some seasonal advice for sales shoppers - beware of bogus bargains. Be a sales sleuth to sniff out the real reductions!

Good sales shopping advice to remember is:

Shop around and compare prices to ensure price reductions are genuine: It is all too easy to fall for apparently brilliant bargains at this time of year - but shoppers should try their best to make sure that their bargains are everything they seem. Don't be afraid to ask questions before parting with cash or signing up to buy goods. It is essential that shoppers take common sense precautions so they get bargain benefits not bogus bargains.

Be alert to sales gimmicks: In general, there should be an indication of the higher pre-sale price as well as the sale price but shoppers should look at the asking price and consider carefully if it offers them value for money. They should question all price claims and not be taken in by virtually meaningless terms like 'special purchase' or 'bargain offer' - and remember to call trading standards if they spot a so-called reduction which isn't.

Always read the small print on sales offers: Look out for any conditions of sale prices to ensure that you do not part with more money that you originally thought. Some offers may require customers to buy a certain number of items before a reduction is given, or in the case of holidays, book for a minimum number of people.

Look out for in store notices disclaiming or explaining price claims : Pre-sale prices should be the last price at which goods were offered - and the goods should have been at that price for 28 consecutive days in the previous six months. Shops can however use disclaimers to get around the law, such as "higher price charged from 1st to 7th April 2001" or "higher price charged in our Oxford Street store".

If you have any problems with any sale goods that you buy don’t worry, you have exactly the same rights when buying sale goods as you do when buying full price goods.
Above all, remember to look at the price, not the reduction.

It is impossible for trading standards officers to keep a check on retail prices so one of the best ways of detecting offences is through shoppers who have been eyeing up an item since before Christmas and notice if the sale price isn't a genuine reduction. If so, then please ]contact us.

Date of Release: 27-12-06



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