Pricing errors part 2: the very best from you

10 July 2009

We may have found 5 pricing errors to write about last week, but our readers added many more. Therefore, in view of all the glaring price errors that you found, here is Part II of "Pricing errors we'll always remember."

1. Tesco's now-cancelled "Refund and Keep" policy was fondly remembered. Before Feb. 26, 2007, Tesco would refund the price of mis-priced goods, and let the customer keep the product. Perhaps they were thinking about the occasional tin of peas, but customers used it for other things, like free Xbox 360s and free computers. Alas, once Tesco discovered customers sharing mistaken prices online, they stopped the practice.

2. Entertainment items also tended to be the victims of mistaken prices, particularly "boxed sets" of things. For example, we reported on a James Bond DVD collection for £9.99, but our readers also pointed out a Blu-ray set of Kill Bill 1 and 2, along with Sin City from Argus for £3.47, and a temporarily mis-priced Blu-ray set of the Matrix trilogy on Play.com for £14.99, which they honoured. At one point Waterstones was offering a Harry Potter Special Edition Boxed Set at £5.99 when it should have been £185 (They cancelled all the orders, however.).

3. Oddly, cheap beds came up a couple of times. A double bed from Argos was advertised at £99, plus headboard, drawers, and 1.5% Quidco. Better yet was a king sized bed from Debenhams for £2. Apparently some people got the £2 beds before Debenhams fixed the error.

4. Pricing errors on computers were fairly common. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 showed up at £99 delivered, right from the factory. Until, that is, Dell realized what was happening and pulled the plug on it. A few people did manage to bag one, however. For a time, Littlewoods Ireland offered a Compaq Mini with a 21.5 inch monitor for 69 Euros, and an HP C7280 printer for £54.99 on Play.com netted one reader a £50 credit after complaining.

5. But perhaps in terms of return on investment, the Post Office life insurance scheme from 2008 where you paid £5 in for 3 months through Quidco and got £143 back, after which you could cancel, may be tops. For approximately 10 minutes of effort, £15 got you a £128 profit. Looked at in terms of an hourly wage, this would come out to £768 per hour!

Clearly there are a lot of sharp-eyed readers out there who've found some amazing deals. Getting the super-low, wrong prices when you order seems to depend on being early and buying only one or two of the item. Once the HUKD boards begin heating up, the deals almost always get pulled. But it can't hurt to try!

(Thanks to acecatcher3, Amzmalhotra, basquille, barneydog, courtster, Darren, jah, mister oddball, pricesavvy, Robert & thepearce for tips above)

6 comments

  • Nath
    Don't forget Argos' misprice on the gold necklaces, made £60 profit on each one selling them for scrap. http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/321002/9ct-gold-solid-curb-chain-1oz-possi/
  • billybob
    yeah sony had their new net book vaio w on the sony site for £1.99
  • N20Y1D
    Still waiting for my quidco from the post office........
  • kris
    I am also still waiting on quidco for the post office money. Got the £100 cash no problem though.
  • Bob
    Asda give you £2 back if they overprice any item stated, This also includes reduced goods, All you do is take the item and the receipt to Customer services who then scan the item and look at your receipt they then give you £2 on a gift card, I have had 100s from them,L.M.A.O.
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