Price glitches can appear within any retailer, at any given time. They occur when an employee is given the wrong information or simply makes a mistake when entering the price of a product on their system. In turn, the product goes on sale for a price either higher or lower than it should be.
The awesome news for us, is that when products go on sale for cheaper than they should be, it typically takes the company at least 24 hours to fix the glitch, as they have to wait for their systems to push the new price through.
Examples of price glitches include:
- Prices that are exceedingly low, for example a bottle of champagne accidentally put on sale for orange squash prices.
- Discount codes with no minimum spend, for example they offer £10 off your shop, so if you spend exactly £10, you’d be getting your goods for free.
- Discount codes that work against each item, when they’re only supposed to work for your whole overall shop.
- Being able to use multiple vouchers against the same shop, for example online glitches or coupons that don’t have any ‘one per shop’ small print on them.
- Vouchers that don’t state anything against invalidating them if photocopied, so you can print off the same code multiple times.
So how do you find out about price glitches? Other than searching through stores and websites with a fine-tooth comb yourself, there are several money saving blogs and websites out there who hunt them down on your behalf.
Of course, as soon as glitches go viral, the company will be trying to adjust the price or remove the product as soon as possible, so you’ve got to get in there fast in order to benefit.
This week, mistakes included Boots selling a £7.50 pack of tights for £2, which was immediately blogged by a customer and then bagged my many people before the deal was taken down the next day.
Another example, from earlier this year, included Tesco selling Terry’s Chocolate Oranges for 29p (normal retail price: £2.75) when they overlapped two different multi-save offers. Here’s an article on the lady who spotted this deal.
As well as simply searching online every few days for any price glitches being reported and remember, if you come across any, be sure to share it so more people can get in on the deal too!