Can label-gazing save you money at the supermarket?

18 August 2009

As In the shops now! points out on a frighteningly regular basis, the practise of supermarkets printing the correct prices on labels is a complex science, and even in the hands of professionals can be made a complete mess of. So what reward is there for the amateur price-watcher? Can your Action Man-esque eagle eyes not only save the skin of the backroom brainiacs pricing these goods, but earn you a few quid? They can according to Bitterwallet reader ASDA Pro:

If you purchase the item and point it out to customer services they will refund you the money and give you a voucher of £2 for your troubles. I recently bought a paper shredder displayed at £22.49, was charged £25, I pointed it out to them and got a refund of £2.51 and a £2 voucher for my troubles, so got the shredder for £20.49 in effect.

So ASDA seemingly reward the conscientious shoppers who point out pricing errors to them. Are there any other supermarkets that are as generous, or is this a one-off? Perhaps there's a way to clean up wayward pricing and profit from doing so. Let us know of any policies or guarantees your local supermarket has in place. Or alternatively, let us know if you spend most of your time talking staff through elementary mathematics and do so without a penny in thanks.

TOPICS:   Supermarket   High Street News

37 comments

  • Bob
    Tesco do double the difference... so you would of been given £5 cash by tesco for the error mentioned above.
  • Junkyard
    If I point out that an item is under-priced by a fiver, will they give me a £2 reward and then charge me the extra £5?
  • Mewling P.
    @Junkyard If the read the article then you'll find the answer to your question. I doubt we'll be seeing any stories of finding underpriced goods on here by you! Read properly before you make yourself look like a dummy, you big dummy.
  • Darren W.
    They even do it on your receipts as well, for example if they have scanned something twice, they refund you the extra and give you the £2 voucher. you can play havoc on the self service tills...
  • Chris
    Tesco is better, you get double the difference. On the shredder example £22.49, was charged £25, refunded £5.02 making cost £19.98 This can make things free on occasion compared to a £2 gift card.
  • Nobby
    > Tesco is better, you get double the difference. Do they still do that? I thought they stopped it ages ago.
  • kyalion
    @ mewling prick Try reading your own post, before labelling others. prick.
  • Dan
    Tesco double the difference is still in existence as far as I am aware. I bought a suit that was marked down from about £50 to something silly like £5 a couple of months ago (sorry I cannot remember specifics). Anyway, the assistant didn't see the hand written reduction, and charged my wife the Jacket part of the suit at full price. My wife was unaware of the Double the Difference policy so I took the opportunity of trying it out for the first time. The upshot was that I ended up with a suit, shirt and tie and in profit by 50p. Yes Tesco paid ME for my new outfit. Result!!!
  • Martha F.
    I found Junkyards comment highly amuzing. Mewling Prick do you drive a BMW/Audi? do you own an iPhone? Do you combine the 2 in a highly dangerous cocktail on a daily basis? You do? You are a nob like your Mrs tells me.
  • www.dotcotton.com
    What Kyalion said, exactly, i was wreckin my head tryin 2 figure out what he was talking about. Wasting my time, im nearly tempted to tell my boss thet Mewling Prick keeps wasting my time sayin silly stuff.
  • Santa C.
    Ho Ho Ho
  • Mewling P.
    @kyalion - thanks for the comments. Always nice to greet new fans of my work :) Can you explain please? Your pathetic drivel didn't actually cuntain any substance (I use the word "cuntain", as I think it's more appropriate for people like you :)
  • kyalion
    @ Santa Where is she ?
  • kyalion
    @ Prick If you re-read your own post, you would realise your GLARING ERROR. Your name says it all. PRICK.
  • Mewling P.
    @kyalion Thanks again - you really are most welcome, but please try to explain. You've neglected to do so, despite me pointing out that it is required. I know, I know - I'm a prick. Blah, blah, whatever. Try and explain yourself, or you'll just end up proving yourself to be a prick instead of me, which is obviously your main aim in life. Just give it a go - I KNOW you can do it!! :)
  • kyalion
    If the read the article then you’ll find the answer to your question. What the hell is this meant to mean? Dumbass !
  • Deejay
    Yeah, but if you ask for a £2 voucher, they'll tell you, you cant have one. And they dont always give you it.
  • Mewling P.
    Are you really that stupid???? And you have the nerve to call me a prick. That's the pot calling the kettle a pot!!! You absolute prick-dumb-idiot. Here's his question... "If I point out that an item is under-priced by a fiver, will they give me a £2 reward and then charge me the extra £5?" Here's a quote DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTICLE ABOVE... "I recently bought a paper shredder displayed at £22.49, was charged £25, I pointed it out to them and got a refund of £2.51 and a £2 voucher for my troubles, so got the shredder for £20.49 in effect." If you do not understand that that is an answer to the very question posed, then you really should be careful around roads and sharp objects. That, by the way, is called explaining. It's when your words actually give a description of the meaning you are trying to convey. It's a simple process that most people are capable of. Give it a go some time. You might find it useful. Thanks again for your lovely comments. I truly am honored, and you are a special and beautiful person. :)
  • kyalion
    @ Prick You clearly don't understand what you have written, so I am bored with you now. I played with you until I got bored. Prick.
  • Mewling P.
    Thanks, but I have to end this ridiculous conversation now. You obviously do not understand simple english. You shouldn't be allowed access to the internet - plain and simple. Goodbye, and I wish you all the best for the future (you REALLY fucking need it!!!) :D
  • Reser
    Err Mewling Prick you obviously do not understand simple English. The quoted part is the part the person was referring to but if you notice in the thing you quoted “I recently bought a paper shredder displayed at £22.49, was charged £25, I pointed it out to them and got a refund of £2.51 and a £2 voucher for my troubles, so got the shredder for £20.49 in effect.” That was not being UNDER charged that was being OVER charged and the price was CORRECTED when they reported it. The person you are arguing with here is saying so if he got UNDER charged and reported it , would they then do the opposite and CORRECT the price to the higher price and then turn round and charge him the amount they UNDER charged him give him the voucher of £2 for reporting it. It is a perfectly logical question and is not answered in this article at all.
  • Reser
    *and then turn round and charge him the amount they UNDER charged 'and' him give him the voucher of £2 for reporting it.
  • Reser
    Also this article is a complete waste of space. If you get overcharged OF COURSE you will get the amount your over charged back and a lot of stores will compensate you for their mistake when you are the one who was out of pocket. This is not worthy of an article it is common knowledge and common decency. and refunding the amount they overcharged is the law. To further add to the useless ness as has been stated Tesco have done a lot better then a £2 voucher for a long time.
  • Switzerland
    Not to be getting in the middle, but Kyalion makes a valid point. I think - Prick - you have mis-understood the "under-priced" tag. Kyalion was referring to the ticket having a £5.00 increase on the actual price of the item. He was asking if they will then charge the extra £5 and give him a voucher. The childish slanging match which ensued, was quite unnecessary. There really was no need to call each other pricks now, was there?
  • dp
    @Mewling lolfail
  • Poland
    @Switzerland - I'm glad to see you living up to your name and remaining neutral :lol: @Mewling - sorry but they're right.
  • japan
    No freaking way the nazis (wait i mean mewling) are right fuck you jews. so who's russia?
  • Mewling P.
    Hahaha - as if my name doesn't say it all. lol @ all y'all.
  • Paul S.
    Reser, if you want to go back and read the article, the point of it was to: a) ascertain whether it is common for stores to pay compensation for incorrect pricing b) share which stores this is policy at, so readers are aware and can profit by it "A lot of stores will do it" isn't much help to anybody - how about naming them?
  • LFC
    lol @Mewling for the major FAIL, and for the FAIL in noticing his grammar error which kyalion pointed out. I'm done now
  • Mewling P.
    @LFC NOT AN ERROR IN GRAMMAR!!!!!!!!! What are we to do????? Surely the world will end, or is this the full-of-spelling-and-grammar-issues flipping internet? God forbid you should ever make a mistake, such as supporting a STUPID football team! lol No I'm just kidding. I love Arsenal too. You just love arse. lol - just kidding. Mewl FTW!!!
  • Mewling P.
    Oh yeah... @Reser You said "That was not being UNDER charged that was being OVER charged and the price was CORRECTED when they reported it." The question was about UNDER PRICED, not over charged items, which is exactly what this article is about. Are you really that thick? I'm just kidding - you're a truly wonderful guy. MEWL FTW 4EVA!!!
  • Bluto
    Oi you idiots. Stop feeding the trolls.
  • Martha F.
    Actually, Mewl does, for once, have a valid point.
  • Martha F.
    Hmm, I must have been incredibly pissed, as I don't recall typing that comment, + I dodn't think I can type and drive home from work at the same tme.
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