Tesco in 3 for £5 cider price glitch

Tesco signSharp-eyed Tesco customers managed to snap up boxes of Thatchers Gold cider worth £36 for just £5, after the supermarket chain included the eight 500ml bottle packs in its 3 for £5 deal.

The blunder was flagged on the website HotUKDeals, where several members took advantage of the mistake.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%

The deal was first spotted by HotUKDeals user CashinDevon. One Bournemouth-based member also took full advantage by snapping up the last eight boxes of Thatchers Gold in a local Tesco store for just £15.

That equates to a massive saving of £83.39 on the 3 for £5 purchases, which included one bottle of Singha beer costing £2.39 to bring the total number of products included in the deal up to nine.

Not all branches appear to have been running the deal, though, while the boxes of cider have now been removed from the deal on the Tesco website.

And even those who managed to place orders online may miss out on the great value deal due to Tesco running out of the eight bottle boxes in question because savvy shoppers are bulk buying to take advantage of the supermarket's mistake.

HotUKDeals brings together people keen to save money by spotting and sharing great value deals.

You may therefore find that you can take advantage of other offers highlighted on the website, even if you are too late to make the most of this particular Tesco multibuy bungle.

Recent high street pricing mistakes include a glitch on the Debenhams website offering a jaw-dropping 99% off Land's End clothing - lashing the price of a £90 coat to just 72p.

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Tesco in 3 for £5 cider price glitch

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.


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