Thursday, 20 September 2012

Waitrose cut-price glitch - 24 sausages for 16p!

24 sausages for 16p! 

I haven't been doing a huge amount of shelf raiding for the past week as we've been eating our way through the freezer and the special delivery Mr Kate received (more on that in a future post!) but I could not resist this brilliant glitch in Waitrose's pricing...

A colleague of Mr Kate had told me about an occasion where someone he knew had gone to Waitrose, bought some #SOS bargains and, quite bizarrely, Waitrose had ended up paying them to have the food! Confused? Yes, I was too until it happened to me the other day!

Here's what happened...

- I found packs of sausages reduced from £1.19 per pack to 45p.
- However they were also on a three for the price of two deal.
- So I picked up three packets which you think would have cost £1.35 (three times 45p).
- But, Waitrose have a glitch in their pricing in that even if something is reduced to clear, they still honour the special deal which in this case was three for the price of two.
- However, instead of simply charging 90p (two times 45p) they took off the original price per packet of £1.19... still with me?!

To recap...

- The original price for three packets for the price of two was £2.38.
- Three packs reduced to 45p each was £1.35.
- They took off the normal full price of one pack (£1.19) to honour the three for two deal so my £1.35 for three packs of sausages ended up costing me just 16p!

And this is how it can end up that Waitrose actually pay you to take the food off their hands if the reduced price is right! If you had three items that cost a pound each, they were on three for the price of two, but were reduced to 10p each (30p in total), Waitrose would end up paying 70p back to you!

Complicated for the mathematically challenged like myself, but the basic message is - if something is reduced to clear in Waitrose and also on a BOGOF or 3 for 2 offer, buy the full amount and it will cost you next to nothing OR even better Waitrose will pay you to take the food off their hands! RESULT!

Do let me know if you manage to get some bargains using this pricing glitch - and fingers crossed they don't change the pricing any time soon!


  1. WOW! Waitrose here I come x

  2. Get in and stock up quick before they realise the glitch!

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