Price Glitches

Price glitches are the most entertaining payback you can get from a supermarket, shop or website, the savings can be immense but not all are successful.

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When completing a price glitch you will feel:

  • Fear, from the worry of being caught and/or refused.
  • A thrill, from scanning so many items on the self service tills that you are shaking.
  • Joy from knowing that you’ve just paid less than 5% of the RRP.
  • a sense of achievement, you just found a price glitch and it worked!

How do I find price glitches?

Supermarket/Shop glitches

The best technique to find price glitches is do your research, find
out when supermarkets are changing promotions (i.e. check online), test obvious products that may have multiple promotions placed on them by taking them to self service tills.

Most glitches happen when a new promotion is added but the original promotion hasn’t been switched off yet. i.e. 2 for 1 new deal & 3 for £2 old deal working together.

Online retailer glitches

It can be tedious and boring to actively try and hunt down these type of glitches, but if you find one they can be amazing!

What are the main types of online glitches:

  • Vouchers that work with no minimum spend, i.e. £5 voucher with a £5 spend = £0 paid.
  • Free shipping  – Request the items be delivered to store & the free shipping price is taken off full price!
  • Voucher stacking – Using multiple vouchers to give you certain discounts, i.e. free shipping, 20% off & another 20% off.
  • Discount code glitches – i.e. a code gives £5 off each item instead of each order.

Where can I find the latest price glitches?

All the price glitches we find are displayed on our Facebook page & Twitter account.

What price glitches have happened before?

  • Terrys Chocolate Oranges for 29p each (Normally £2.75)
  • £150’s worth of Asda George clothing for £18
  • Modern Warfare 3 for £18 on release date (Saving £20)
  • Crates of beer for £3
  • Ristorante Pizzas for 35p
  • Full sized loafs of bread for free
  • Bottles & Bottles of drinks for free
  • Philadelphia cheese for free
  • Bags of chocolate for 1p (worth £2.50)

I don’t understand, why would companies do this?

Companies generally don’t do these on purpose, except sometimes Tesco.
They’re caused by human error, a computer glitch, a marketing ploy gone wrong or simply end of line clearance.

Do companies lose money because of these?

It really depends on the glitch, some can cause huge profit loss but others can actually save a company money.

Example of how it can ruin sales for a company money: A computer glitch forces two promotions to work together at the same time, this causes a reduction of over 80% from the original price. The problem is not picked up by staff & it’s only a week later the mangers notice the issue, that could be £1000’s of lost revenue. The amount of loss depends on how wide spread the problem is & how many people know about it.

Example of how it can save a company money: If an item is close to its use-by date or is getting too obvious within store, i.e. old Christmas stock, then a company must face the possibility of paying a waste disposal company to take it all away. So instead they ‘secretly’ reduce the price of certain items without changing the labels, so when you go to the till you get a ‘bargain’ & tell your friends about it. i.e. a price glitch, these types of glitches are generally fabricated by larger supermarkets.

What happens to stock that pasts it best before date?

Read our full articule on end of line, out of date stock.

Secret of how Tesco reduce stock for clearance:

Our sources tell us this is how Tesco reduce items that are past an event date, i.e. Christmas, Easter, Valentines etc:
They knock 75% off, then 50%, then 25%. then 10% & finally reduce it to 1p, this whole process takes roughly 12 weeks.
Generally these items will not have a clearance label placed on them.

Can online companies deny my order after it’s placed?

The short answer is yes, most companies within their terms and conditions state that an order is only final once it has left the warehouse, so if your item has not left yet it can be cancelled.

But be sure to double check, as some companies state that an order is final once you get an email confirmation.

Is it illegal to use price glitches?

No, but there are exceptions!
The problem you have is when you’re fraudulently using discount vouchers for personal gain, i.e. using them multiple times or not within the terms and conditions of use.

Example of where it can go very wrong: A couple had a £17.50 voucher from Tesco clubcard rewards.
They used the self-service tills and used the voucher, but instead of placing the voucher in the ‘voucher slot’ they went back and used it again and again and again. After visiting 7 stores and using the voucher  62 times they were finally arrested, they walked away with a 12 month community order & had to pay £500 compensation to Tesco.