Tesco price glitch sees white chocolate oranges for 1p

36 chocolate oranges

White chocolate oranges in Tesco stores have been scanning for just 1p each - an impressive £2.74 cheaper than their usual price. The deal was spotted in the small hours of Tuesday morning, when Hotukdeals.com member Kimylee posted that although they were marked as £2.75 on the shelf, they were scanning at 1p.

So can you take advantage?


After the first post, other members started coming forward with stories and photos of their own finds. One posted a photo of 21 boxes, another a picture of 12, and one with 36 - who saved £98.64 on the usual price (pictured).

The chocolate oranges are marked with snowflakes, which led site users to speculate that it could be old Christmas stock that some stores are trying to sell off cheaply. However, given that some supermarkets are already stocking festive-themed-chocolates - and the best before date is marked as next July - this could simply be new stock that has been added incorrectly to the supermarket systems.

Can you cash in?

Whatever the reason for the reduction, cashing in is not entirely straightforward, because the glitch isn't working in every store. It's working in some Tesco shops and some Tesco Extras - from Grimsby to the West Country, but not in others.

By yesterday afternoon the shelves were starting to be cleared, but there were still some lurking on the seasonal shelves in other stores. Earlier today, there were more people reporting empty shelves than successes - although some still found the white chocolate oranges lurking behind the milk chocolate ones on the shelves.

A Tesco employee warned users that they had been alerted to the glitch, so any that were noticed going through the tills would be removed and you couldn't get your hands on the bargain. If you are lucky enough to find any, therefore, it's worth taking them through the self-service checkouts.

If you have missed this deal, it's worth bearing in mind that they are relatively common, and if you respond quickly, you stand a much better chance of getting a bargain. If you are a keen bargain-hunter it may be worth subscribing to a number of deal-hunting websites, so you will be among the first to know.

Hotukdeals.com user Airey missed this particular deal. However she added : Even though I only take a few [when I find a glitch] I've only just got through my Tic-Tacs, got a freezer full of Magnums, still got a couple of boxes of Thorntons and a bedroom full of Olympic 2012 teddies."

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Tesco price glitch sees white chocolate oranges 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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