Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Bloggers Do It Better | #2 Bargains

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The key to getting a bargain is to know what everything costs. If you've ever seen the show 'Dispatches', you should know that not everything is as it seems when it comes to shopping. Brands purposely try to elude you into buying their product with the promise that it is cheaper or you get more for the same price.

It was found that in places such as Poundland, they actively promote misinformation. They say that a product might be 33% larger than before, but really it means the product has been the same the whole time but just with a label attached to make it seem more tempting. In reality this means that you could be paying more at a pound shop than you would at a supermarket. This isn't to say that supermarkets don't use dirty tactics themselves. In some cases products of a smaller size bought to the same volume as a larger product could end up cheaper. But of course, as it looks as if you're getting more, you just assume that you are getting the better offer. All supermarket labels usually contain a price per measurement, but even then they can switch between units (for example, price/10ml on one product, and price/100ml on another) to make it confusing for the consumer to know what they're really getting for their money.

As well as this, there are shops like TK Maxx which have recently come under fire. Although they advertise named brands at a cheaper price, they actually own most of the brands they are attempting to sell. It was found that the parent company of TK Maxx owned over 100 brands that was sold in their stores. They managed to draw customers in by offering a massive price difference from the RRP, where it was actually them who set this number in the first place to make it seem like you were getting away with an awesome deal. As well as this, they used to print false information on the labels of their products stating that something from, for example, Ralph Lauren, was in season when really it was merchandised from four or five years ago. As an extensive of this, TK Maxx used to have real brands manufacture cheap versions of their very expensive product, replacing all the expensive materials with easily found and inexpensive ones. They would then claim that is was the same item.

This isn't to say that the shops are still the same, they could have well of changed, but I think it's best that we all remain well aware of the fact that some high street retailers are more interested in pulling a profit than offering a fair deal to its consumers.

What is your number one money saving tip?


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  1. Great post! Very interesting and gives up something to think about. I never knew that about the TK Maxx parent company owning the brands, though I never did believe that the 'current season' items actually where current season... after all why would a company such as Ralph Lauren provide their current season merchandise to be sold at a marked down price?

    Lauren | laurenthedaydreamer.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank-you! It's definitely food for thought, and the dispatches episodes regarding poundland and tkmaxx were really interesting!

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  2. Good article, think most of the shops rip us off here in the uk, we pay such a lot more for things than in other country's.
    www.naomitalksbeauty.com

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  3. Excellent post, I like to think of myself as a smart shopper (however we all like the look of a bargain). I will be even more scrupulous from here on out. :-)

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    1. Thanks! :) Definitely, I'm a sucker for a sale, but we just have to try and not get pulled in by anything!

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  4. Great post, I'm one of those annoying people in the supermarket working everything out so I know I'm getting the best deal haha!! Definitely makes you think, I didn't know TKMaxx owned so many brands!

    Jess xo

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    1. Oh gosh same here! But those few minutes of working out can save you money, so I think it's worth it! And it's a bit shocking isn't it!

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  5. This is a great post! I need to be more bargain savvy!

    Www.lovedbyhollie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank-you! Just keep an eye out for the real bargains! :)

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  6. Great Post! I cannot believe how cheeky they were were. I have never actually bought something from there!

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    1. Thank-you! :) It is rather quite cheeky, and I even had to sign a contract to say I wouldn't speak about this at work (I don't work there any more however). Very cheeky!

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  7. What an interesting post! A real eye opener for sure!
    Www.shemightbeloved.com x

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    1. Thank-you, I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  8. This was really interesting to read. It's good to be aware of this sort of thing when your shopping. For me, when it comes to clothes and shoes and items like that I usually shop for quality, not price, no matter the price. Although of course, I won't be in the high end section all the time. With supermarkets its a much harder situation and its for the reasons that you've explained. I don't know what to do about it though!

    Check out my post about the same topic: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/04/do-it-yourself-with-someone.html

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    1. Thank-you! I think we have to be really careful if you're trying to find what's cheapest, because after all the supermarkets just want to make money at the end of the day (so sometimes buying something in bulk might cost you more!). With clothes I do the same as you, to me the quality is what makes it so I don't spend loads on something that looks like it could only last a month :)

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  9. Can't believe TKMaxx did that! This is a really interesting post, I'm so tight with money that I'm always looking at the price per amount and all that! My no.1 tip is to go to eBay first, there are no sneaky hidden costs on eBay and if you find the right seller some of them don't even charge p&p :-)

    x

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    1. Thanks :) I'm a sucker for eBay, as long as you check the full details of the listing, you can really grab yourself a bargain! :)

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  10. I really enjoyed your view on this topic. It's very informative, to the point and you chose a whole different approach to the theme, good job!

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    1. Thank-you! I initially struggled to think of something to write about this topic, but I think I ended up with something half decent and used my own experiences too! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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  11. This is a really interesting post. I'm partial to a few beauty bits in TK Maxx but have always wondered if the RRP was legit! x

    Danielle · danielletc.com

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    1. Thank-you :) I can find a few hidden bargains at TK Maxx sometimes on branded products, so it's not all doom and gloom! :)

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