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Free shopping at Waitrose! This is amazing....

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CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 09:08:54

Was waiting in the queue at waitrose yesterday and the woman in front of me pulled out a huge pile of money off vouchers. I was feeling very crap with my flu and huffed and puffed while the checkout girl scanned these millions of vouchers. I noticed that none of them were for the products the woman was buying, some were for eg £1 off a bottle of wine.

The checkout girl said that as long as they sell the product, they HAVE to accept the vouchers against anything!

I am now going to be avidly collecting vouchers and get lots of free shopping.

Just thought mumsnetters should know!

Kayleigh Mon 21-Mar-05 09:11:10

Wow ! Great tip. Thanks CD.

Clayhead Mon 21-Mar-05 09:11:18

Asda do this too

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 09:11:47

Now, anyone know where you get these vouchers from? There must be a website or something

fairyfly Mon 21-Mar-05 09:12:15

Is that at any shop?

I think i would die of embarassment if i tried it at my sommerfield and they asked me what i was doing

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 09:12:19

Really Clayhead?

I can't believe I didn't know about this

Clayhead Mon 21-Mar-05 09:13:57

They have done it for ages. Certainly ince when I worked there...in 1991!

Clayhead Mon 21-Mar-05 09:15:51

since!

Titania Mon 21-Mar-05 09:16:30

i have always done this wherever I have shopped.

Twiglett Mon 21-Mar-05 09:18:47

They shouldn't accept them though .. it is against the ts & cs on the back .. the retailer could refuse to accept them and some of them do

if the companies offering the voucher (it will be paid for by the brand) found out the retailer accepted them against another product they can, and do, refuse to honour them (not that that would affect you though)

Carla Mon 21-Mar-05 09:20:03

But where would you put your face if the shop assistant said "But you're not buying XXXXX"? I'd be too scared.

lunavix Mon 21-Mar-05 09:21:02

So you mean say you have a whole load of tescos 15p off wipes, 30p off chicken vouchers, you can use them regardless? Or any vouchers?

Cod Mon 21-Mar-05 09:21:15

Message withdrawn

RTKangaMummy Mon 21-Mar-05 09:21:19

you can print them off internet

Carla Mon 21-Mar-05 09:21:55

Even if you presented them at the end, when the shop assistant probably can't remember what you've bought, wouldn't the electronic till cross reference the bar codes and work out that that item hasn't actually been bought?

Twiglett Mon 21-Mar-05 09:22:58

No the EPOS system does not at present link voucher to product so it doesn't cross-check at till

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 09:23:32

where RTKM?

I asked the assistant, she said that the first time it happened to her she checked with her supervisor and was told that they have to accept any vouchers for anything as long as the store sells the product. This woman had 10 x £1 off a bottle of wine vouchers, she bought no wine but used all 10!

SoupDragon Mon 21-Mar-05 09:26:11

Some stores have done this for ages. I can't be ar$ed to collect the vouchers though.

JoolsToo Mon 21-Mar-05 09:27:07

don't think they do that at Tesco

jangly Mon 21-Mar-05 09:27:39

I think all the big supermarkets do this. I've just cut about £1.50 worth of vouchers off of shredded wheat pack. I don't buy the cereals they are for, but I will still hand them in.

SoupDragon Mon 21-Mar-05 09:27:48

They don't have to accept them at all though and, as Twiglett say, they shouldn't. I don't know where the store manager got that idea from.

You can have problems using a store's own voucher if you've not purchased the item as these can be linked to the original product with the code.

Kayleigh Mon 21-Mar-05 09:28:01

At tesco you definitely have to have bought the item or the scanner rejects the voucher.

jangly Mon 21-Mar-05 09:28:16

Pretty sure they do do it at Tescos Jools.

CountessDracula Mon 21-Mar-05 09:28:46

Well no i can't be arsed either, but if you can pick up a big pile of £1 off ones then i can! I just have no idea where to get them

Aero Mon 21-Mar-05 09:28:58

Asda also do this - I often use vouchers there for money off my shopping bill and I haven't bought the products.

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