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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Beware of dodgy special UK offers

Louise McBride

Louise McBride

If you're planning to head to the North or Britain for your Christmas shopping, be careful about getting sucked in by special offers.

Many supermarkets in Britain are selling products on dodgy special offers, according to an investigation published by the British consumer magazine, Which?, last week.

The probe found that supermarkets had sold some products for a higher price for a short time – before selling that product at a discount for months. Which? also uncovered misleading multibuys, where the offer didn't save a shopper any money, or actually cost more.

For example, one British supermarket increased the regular price of Uncle Ben's rice from stg£1 to stg£1.58 as it went on to a '2 for £3' multibuy – and then returned it to stg£1 when the multibuy ended – making it more expensive when it was on offer than when it wasn't.

Another British supermarket sold a Carex handwash at a higher price of stg£1.80 for seven days – before putting it on offer for 90p for 84 days.

Sunday Independent

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