Latest Tesco price glitch: tic tacs for 1p

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tic tacs might not seem like the everyday shopping essential that you need to go hunting for at a knock-down price. But how about if you could get a box of 100 for 1p (usually priced at £1.25)?

Bargain hunters have identified a new price glitch at Tesco, which brings the price down to a penny - and one site user stocked up on 62 - a brilliant saving of £76.88.


The deal was highlighted by users of yesterday. The user, Bazinger, noted that the packs weren't highlighted as being on offer, and the shelf marked them up at £1.25, but at the till he had been charged 1p.

They were valid on the original flavour and orange and lime - although the spearmint and strawberry ones were being charged at full price.

There was originally some disagreement as to whether there was any proof of success, but shortly afterwards receipts started appearing, along with photos of huge stacks of tic tacs.

Great lengths

One user said: "Just bagged 14 packs in the Roe Lee branch in Blackburn. The guy confirmed the scan but advised me to go through the self checkouts so he wouldn't get a rollocking/the sack." Another said: "Just cleared the shelf in Tesco Extra Salisbury". A third user bought 12 and added: "Did think about cleaning the shelf but think I'll be sick of them. Someone else can fill their boots."

The glitch was still there today, with one user picking up a total of 62 in Cleethorpes this morning.

Can you take advantage?

As time wears on, this deal is less and less likely to work. At some stores around the country, users were reporting plenty still left on the shelves, others were sold out or the systems had been changed so they were scanning at £1.25.

In one instance, a user tried to put the sweets through the self-scanner, and the machine alerted a manager who insisted there had been an emergency recall. In other instances, staff putting the sweets through the till had spotted the price and refused to sell them. To improve your chances, some users are recommending self-scanners, to reduce the risk of staff spotting the mistake.

It seems, therefore, that if you happen to be passing, and you're a tic tac fan, it might be worth popping in just in case. Of course, whether you load up the trolley with 62 packets of mints is entirely up to you.

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Latest Tesco price glitch: tic tacs for 1p

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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