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The latest craic on what is happening on the high street.

WH Smith's bizarre concept on drinking their booze

You'll know that retailers have to impose all manner of rules on customers that are buying booze. They advise you drink responsibly and ask you not to drink them on the premises and all that jazz. However, at WH Smith, they have drinking rules that are, to say the least, conceptual. As you can see…

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BHS sold by Sir Philip Green

BHS sold by Sir Philip Green

Remember BHS? That's right! They're those confusing shops that can't decide what they are or what logo to use on their stores! Well, we wrote about them as a Deathwatch a while ago, and it seems that owner Sir Philip Green has had enough, selling the company to the excitingly named investment ventricle Retail Acquisitions Ltd.…

GearBest's customers are not happy

You may have seen GearBest knocking around, selling video games, gadgets, clothes and all that, but it looks like there's a lot of people that are desperately unhappy with them. One reader got in touch with us and said: "Ordered from Gearbest 4 items the promised 3-5 days when nothing came I emailed them they…

What is the secret behind Boots' 'Hot Weather Refreshing Spray'?

Avid Bitterwallet reader, Steve Hogarty, spotted something in Boots and needed to share it with everyone. He'd spied their essential-for-summer product, called 'Boots' Hot Weather Refreshing Spray', which sounds magical, especially if you've been struggling in the heat. He said: "The special formula in Boots' Hot Weather Refreshing Spray is a closely guarded secret. Only…

Greggs have a rather offensive logo, according to Google

If you tap 'Greggs' into Google and look at the logo that pops-up, you might notice that there's something a little unusual about it. That's right - Google have once again found themselves hosting an image which is less than complimentary about a company thanks to people mucking around. As you can see, the Greggs…

The smell of Abercrombie and Fitch causes anxiety

If Abercrombie and Fitch - the shop for heartless jocks and their girlfriends the world over - didn’t make you feel anxious and panicky enough, it turns out that it also pumps out the SMELL OF FEAR. It’s policy in A&F’s shops to pump its signature cologne – called Fierce – through the air conditioning…

Paddy Power's Oscar Pistorius ad to be investigated

Everyone's been chattering about the controversial Paddy Power ad-campaign that features odds on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Clearly, it is in very poor taste, but is being tasteless illegal? Either way, increased scrutiny has ensured that the campaign will be investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ad, which you can see below, shows…

Tesco store riddled with dirt and old ham

Tesco in Slough is filthy, and not in a good way. Customer Sylvia Tyler was browsing in the Slough branch of the store when she found that the shelves were covered in grime, crumbs and general detritus. When she asked the manager why they were in such a grotty state, she was told that the…

Currys dragged over coals by disgruntled staff on Twitter

A Twitter account has cropped up which is attacking Currys for the way staff are being treated. Anonymously run, the account sees current members of staff offering their opinions and, pleasingly, a huge amount of scurrilous allegations have been made against the retailer. The account yells about everything from sexism, to illegally low pay, to…

Sainsbury's now have more local stores than supermarkets

This week, Sainsbury’s will have officially more Sainsbury's Local stores than gargantuan supermarkets, showing a shift from the trend of doing a ‘big shop’ to ‘rushing around like a blue arsed fly after work and grabbing any old rubbish you can for dinner.’ The store that broke the big shop’s back is Sainsbury’s 594th convenience…

People are STILL watching black and white tellies

You would have thought that the black and white TV had gone the way of the mangle and the Spinning Jenny by now, but according to TV Licensing, 11,550 households in Britain still have a B&W TV licence. London is a hot bed of monochrome TV watching, with 2334 sets – four times as many…

Irony drives sales of retro home equipment

‘Bend me over backwards on me hostess trolley’ sang 80s comedienne Victoria Wood, and it seems that people are once again getting hot under the collar for outdated home equipment, such as the teasmade, Hostess Trolley and the Sodastream. In their ceaseless attempts to be ‘ironic’ and ‘humorous’ the British public are buying up these…

New Morrison's vans herald their delivery service

Morrisons are to start doing online deliveries and they've got some new, rather busily designed vans to show off as a result. And bosses at the company reckon that a million new households will be able to shop with them each month by the end of January 2015. Chief executive Dalton Philips says that Morrisons will…

DEATHWATCH: Tie Rack hangs up its hat. (And ties. And scarves.)

When was the last time you said to yourself: ‘Hmm, I really need to buy a tie. I think I’ll go to TIE RACK?’ Well it seems nobody has done that since 1985, so it’s time for the station concession to pack up its mid-priced umbrellas and go home. Sadly, its repeated losses – and…

Iceland - the king of brilliant knockoffs!

You have to applaud people for their shameless attempts to ride the coattails of those more successful. There's some hilarious knockoff Manchester United kits doing the rounds and of course, all good B&M Bargain shops have things that Look A Bit Like Mars Bars and the like. However, Iceland have gone one further than everyone…