A hard bargain? 1 in 3 Argos sale televisions used to cost <em>less</em>

12 January 2009

We told you last week how a high street sale doesn't necessarily guarantee a saving - the law allows a certain degree of flexibility on how price comparisons are advertised. Argos is a prime example; we highlighted items that were part of their clearance sale that were in fact cheaper before the sale started.

How many items in the current clearance have previously been available for less than the current sale price? HUKD member antj87 trawled through the Home Entertainment section of the Argos website, and found nine of the 52 items were previously available for less, and a closer look reveals that one in three of the clearance televisions were sold for less before the sale:

We know there's little point crying over spilt milk, and unless you're knocking up a quantum leap accelerator in the garage, there's little chance of travelling back in time and snapping up the cheaper bargain. Just remember that a sales doesn't guarantee cheaper products and more importantly, if a product was recently on sale for the lower price, another retailer might still be selling it for that price, so always shop around.

25 comments

  • Mike H.
    Always shop around? Ohh I'd not thought of shopping around. Do you think we have just stumbled upon this blog or actually come here from consummer savvy site HotUKDeals which promotes the best of the best deals? you plank.
  • magicbeans
    bit harsh mike!
  • Gi
    Interesting article. Hope you start having a better day soon Mike! :)
  • Jon G.
    I agree with Mike! Good old bitterwallet - always stating the obvious
  • Phil
    Well Mike's right, this site is a load of s***e
  • Blondie
    If you thinks it's a load of S**E, why are you on here and why are you posting replies!?
  • Mark
    Because the stuck up attitude of "the team" makes it so much fun to see the shite they come out with ridiculed
  • Why
    I found this website on internet and liked it ive never been to HotUKDeals
  • Ian
    Well, I'm entertained.
  • Steve M.
    What a knob you are Mike. If you don't like the site then you don't have to use it. Keep up the good work bitterwallet. Its good for sites like this to draw attention to crafty sales techniques.
  • Jon G.
    "Its good for sites like this to draw attention to crafty sales techniques." For gullible cunts like you Steve Mac
  • tony
    in the words of louis walsh.... "I like it"
  • bowdeni
    I agree you've got to make more consideration to your audience. At least Argos state fairly clearly what price the televisions were previously. I welcome that.
  • Phil
    Well said Jon I only come on here because i can't get rid of the bastard thing on the right of HUKD!
  • Bob
    Who in the name of Holy Fuck would buy a Bush branded product? "Hello, I'd like to buy a really cheap nasty TV please." "Certainly sir, do you have any idea as to what you'd like?" "I'm looking for something with no styling that looks as though it was designed by a blind, quadriplegic 2 year old" "We have plenty of those sir, a bit more specific perhaps?" "Hmmm, I'm looking for something that will break down at least twice a year." "A little bit more specific?" "Possibly something to get the excitement back in my life, one that will spontaneously erupt into flames and burn my family to death if they’re not quick enough off the mark?" "Ahhh, You'll be after a Bush then, what size...."
  • Amanda H.
    @Bob "Margaret! Margaret!!" "YES!" "Have we got any Cheap Nasty Tv's with no styling that looks as though it was designed by a blind, quadriplegic 2 year old, that will break down at least twice a year to get the excitement back in my life and one that will spontaneously erupt into flames and burn my family to death if they’re not quick enough off the mark?" "How about the Bush one?" "Oooh, Weve got a Bush One!" "Ok, but I need a Black & White 25¾" Widescreen One with 792u HD Resolution"
  • Matt
    I lol'd at the comments!! Loving the hate, God bless the t'interweb.
  • When B.
    [...] does the situation differ with our recent example of the Argos sale? In that case, though some goods were available for less before the sale, a comparison to previous [...]
  • Millender
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  • Maynard Z.
    Hm there one bug with the website with OPera the menu is weird :/
  • Helen C.
    I know it's difficult, but when dealing with the Argos catalogue (or any other online or catalogue retailer for that matter) it's easy to get sucked in by a cash discount or percentage saving. Savvy consumers need to look beyond the headline grabbing offers and decide if the asking price is truly good value for money. Sites like HUKD make it tempting for some consumers, who aren't the sharpest tool in the box, to buy something just because the saving makes it look like a good deal, when in reality it isn't.
  • Steeley
    Best info. They must be something best. Thanks
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