Buy One Get One Free... Later from Tesco - penguins breathe huge sigh of relief

18 October 2009

tesco_1 Tesco are cocking their snook at greenhouse gases, and global penguin-murder by introducing a widespread ‘Buy One Get One Free... Later’ offer in their supermarkets.

Customers who don’t opt to take the ‘free’ item from BOGOF offers will be given a voucher that will last for months – they can then go back and claim their ‘free’ item at a later date. The plan is aimed at reducing the amount of waste that customers experience, and Tesco’s leader, Terry Leahy explained the scheme further

"As one small, new step we will adapt our 'buy one get one free' offers in perishable foods to give our customers a new opportunity – 'buy one get one free – later.’ So customers will be able to get that other salad or vegetable or yogurt when they want it and when it will be used, not all together when it may – in the end – go to waste."

Wow – what a guy. Of course, cynics will say that it’s a win-win situation for Tesco and that customers will forget to go back for their free cucumbers or Pepperami or will mislay the vouchers by mistake. But what do cynics know about anything? We say that if this environmentally-visionary move saves the life of just ONE penguin, then it’s worthy of the Nobel Penguin Prize.

[Thanks to HotUKDeals member rosecaitlin for the original tip-off]

20 comments

  • Mark (.
    I'm not making any comment until we've been able to ASK THE HOFF. On all good iPhone app stores now!
  • Tam
    BOGOFs are incredibly annoying, so this seems like a good compromise. If people forget to go back for their second item that's their problem. It's a shame they can't extend this to "buy two for £x" offers too.
  • Jase
    I know we come here to just slag off whoever's in a lime-light at the time, but I genuinely think this is a good idea. I'm always tempted by # for £X and BOGOF's, but I always have to figure out whether I'd eat them before they go funky. For me I don't really care about the possible eco-friendly benefits, just helps to shrug off the food wasting issue and know I'm not wasting money.
  • Inactive
    Of course, Tesco could sell a single unit for half price if they really cared about customers needs.
  • Tam
    @ Inactive - I think we all know that supermarkets don't give a flying f*ck about us, they're in it for the money. This is just a gimmick to attract customers away from other supermarkets. However, it sounds like a gimmick which might actually be advantageous to the consumer - and tracking those down is what HUKD is all about, n'est-ce pas?
  • CompactDstrxion
    I'll only ever shop at whatever supermarket happens to be closest to me. Right now it's Sainsbury's, and I'm finding it much better value than Tesco was last year.
  • Inactive
    @ Tam, well it may well convince you, nothing on this planet would tempt me to use Tesco. Greedy, grabbing barstewards.
  • Benny
    A company...wants profits??? Wow, what next? This is actually a really good idea, hopefully other supermarkets will follow suit.
  • Shadow
    @Tam Since when did any business need to actually care? Ofcourse it is about the money. But businesses bring back to the economy via jobs
  • Angel D.
    Win Win for Tesco, In order to collect the other free item, you need to return to Tesco. They are hoping you return to do another weeks shopping there and not some other supermarket
  • pauski
    when can you lot understand you can swear without fucking mis-typing or using *???
  • pauski
    ooops I meant fcuking obviously, I am a silly little cnut, with tourettes bo**cks.
  • Amanda H.
    If they did sell 1 unit for half price instead of BOGOF. Then maybe, just maybe greedy bastards like me would buy 3 items instead of 2 or 1. Thereby killing 1 newly born extra fluffy penguin.
  • Sing B.
    Fucking hell, now I have to pay for 2 things I need now and get hte 2 things free the week after?
  • Sainsbury’s B.
    [...] month ago, Tesco announced they’d be cutting down on the world’s waste by implementing a ‘buy one get one free… later’ scheme, allowing punters to pick up a voucher and claim the free half of the BOGOF at their [...]
  • MarkA
    @Inactive - in retail cashflow is what matters so there's no point in selling at half price.
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  • Mr T.
    Why is it that people are allowed to swear on these type of websites?
  • Mr a.
    I wonder if other supermarkets will be doing this sort of thing like Tesco's? Mind you, I find Asda is quite annoying compared to some other supermarkets, as they are been extremely crafty. Over several weeks, I have been taking a note of certain food items and their prices. I did buy some of their Smart Price Baked Beans with Sausages at 27p. The next time I went in for them (as I thought they seemed okay for the price and much better taste than their beans on their own), they put the price to 42p. The next couple of times, they were still 42p so I did not buy any, but the next time I went in, they had a 'ROLL - BACK' and put them to 39p. So within about three weeks, they went from 27p to 42p and then to as roll - back to 39p. However, this is happening with most of their food products, and they are just conning the public, who do not seem to take any notice and the public, just seem to allow their prices to go up. If the customers do not want these prices to go up and up, they should either complain to head office that Asda should not be allowed to do this sort of thing, or better still, look elsewhere allowing Asda to lose business, where they WILL have to lower their gimmick 'Roll - Back' idea, to keep their customers. Maybe other supermarkets are doing this too as I normally just use Asda at present, but if they keep doing this gimmick idea of putting the original price up and then doing a roll - back which is dearer than what the original was just days or weeks ago, then I will go elsewhere. I wonder if other supermarkets know about Asda's scheeming idea? Maybe if everyone went to a different supermarket just for three months in a row, Asda will get the idea.
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