Tesco shoppers flock to bargains on sale at just 1p
Shoppers flock to Tesco for bargains on sale at just 1p
Shoppers have rushed to pick up bargains at Tesco stores after news emerged that the retail giant is selling items from discontinued lines for only 1p each.
Items ranging from iPod Touch cases to slippers, clothes and umbrellas are going through tills across the country at 1p a time.
Details have emerged via online consumer forums, triggering a stampede of shoppers to Tesco outlets.
Bargains ahoy: News of 1p items for sale at Tesco spread on discount websites
Tesco has rubbished suggestions on these websites that the bargains are the result of some kind of till computer glitch.
Britain’s biggest retailer has a policy of offering graduated discounts on discontinued lines which start at 25 per cent, rising to 50 per cent and 75 per cent. Tesco sets a time limit to sell these products.
Once they pass that date, the items are automatically marked down to 1p when they go through the till.
Shoppers will not realise they are paying only a penny until the item goes through the till.
Contributors to the moneysavingexpert.com shoppers’ website reported buying 59 different items for 1p each.
These included a £13 Kerplunk children’s game, £10 Disney hoodies, £8 Totes umbrellas, £7 Belkin leather iPod cases and £6 slippers.
Sale: Belkin leather cases for the iPod touch are usually £7
Other penny bargains reported included a £5 Technika camera bag, £3.79 Cafedirect Cloud Forest Coffee Beans, £2.39 Head & Shoulders shampoo, risotto mix, sauces, spices and £1.39 After Eight mints.
Shoppers said items did not list a 1p sale price but showed a penny when swiping at the till or self-checkout.
One contributor wrote: ‘I took a 1p item through and the staff said there had been lots of 1p items going through that day.’
Another said: ‘I got a dressing-up costume for 1p, which is my bargain of the year and means one happy little boy come Christmas with the cheapest present ever.’
A Tesco spokesman said: ‘This is no computer glitch. These are discontinued products which have gone beyond the "reduced to clear" period.
‘Our view is it is better these items are sold rather than being thrown away.
‘It is completely random as to whether people come across the 1p items. But there are going to be some lucky customers out there who find the most amazing bargains.’
TOP 15 TESCO PENNY BARGAINS
Cuponk cup and ball children’s game £12.97 (regular price)
Disney children’s hoodie £10
Black Tote umbrella £8
Belkin iPod touch leather case & screen protector £7
Men’s brown fleece slippers £6
Girls’ brushed cotton pyjamas £5
Technika camera bag in black and grey £4.97
F&F women’s 2-pack black knee-high tights £4.50
Cafe Direct Cloud Forest Coffee Beans 227g £3.79
Boys’ vests, 3-pack £3.50
Daddy Cool men’s socks £3
The Stig men’s socks £2.50
Head & Shoulders 250ml shampoo £2.39
Bart coriander jar £1.40
After Eight mints £1.39