Tesco wine glitch knocks two thirds off bottle price


Deal hunters have spotted a price glitch at Tesco which means that an £8.99 bottle of wine is costing just £2.75. One deal-hunter managed to save an incredible £149 stocking up for Christmas.

So how does the glitch work, and can you take advantage?
The glitch is the result of two promotions being applied to the same product at the same time - and a glitch emerging which reduces the price of the products far more than the supermarket ever intended.

The maths

The deals in question are a 2 for £10 promotion on certain bottles of wine, and a deal offering 25% off all wine (as long as you buy 6 bottles).

The supermarket has combined them in the wrong way - so that the 25% comes off the original price rather than the reduced one.

Say, for example, you were to buy 6 bottles of the McWilliams Markview Chardonnay - marked up at the full price of £8.99. The 2 for £10 offer brings the price down to £30.

However, when calculating the discount, the supermarket is taking 25% off the RRP. The RRP for six is £53.94, so the reduction is £13.49.

It therefore takes £13.49 off £30, and charges shoppers £16.51 for six bottles of wine. That's £2.75 per bottle - or less than a third of the original price.

The glitch works on all the wine priced as two for £10, and all those priced at three for £12.

Can you take advantage?

Users of hotukdeals started speculating about the potential for the glitch a couple of days ago, and many were poised waiting for the tills to open when the 25% off deal started today. News of successful deal-hunting started coming through in the small hours of Friday morning. One man bought 36 bottles of wine normally priced at £8.99 for £99. Anther stocked up for the festive season and saved a total of £149.

This afternoon the first of the online orders were received, with the glitch still working.

It means that you should still be able to take advantage of the glitch this afternoon and stock up on your Christmas wine at a vastly reduced price.

Of course, as always with these things it's worth acting fast. The shelves started clearing of some of the wines at around 1pm in some stores, although there were still plenty of others available elsewhere. If past experience is anything to go by, by this evening the glitch-related wines will be hard to find on the shelves, and by the morning the glitch will be repaired.

Supermarket champagne taste test
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Tesco wine glitch knocks two thirds off bottle price

Score: 2/5

"Nice taste but not enough fizz."
"It's harsh at the back of the throat."
"This one's rather flat for me."

The Sainsbury's Taste the Difference might have been one of the priciest bottles of supermarket champagne but the tasters picked up on how quickly it went flat and scored it the same as the other bottle from Sainsbury's at 2/5.

Score: 4.5/5

"Oohh it's like drinking the stars."
"It has a lovely crisp, dryness."
"Well balanced, I could drink more of this."

This champagne had the tasters waxing lyrical and even going on to jokingly quote the forefather of chamagne, Dom Pérignon - "Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!" was falsely attributed to the monk in the late 19th century. They even tried to come back for more after scoring it a near-perfect 4.5/5.

Score: 4/5

"This is tart without being harsh."
"What a deicate flavour."
"This is the most distinctive and bold."

The Asda extra special might have been the cheapest bottle on trial but it packed the biggest flavour punch, scoring highly with the testers on aroma and depth putting it in second place with an average mark of 4/5.

Score: 3.5/5

"This tastes of luxury."
"It's very rich."
"Very smooth and slightly creamy."

Co-op's second offering was well received with all of the tasters praising its rich flavour notes and texture. Co-op's cheaper bottle scored highly enough to secure third place with an average mark of 3.5/5.

Score: 3/5

"Easy to drink and the most citrusy of the bunch."
"It's the most acidic."

"A bit too gassy - burping isn't great for a dinner party!"

The Waitrose champagne might have been one of the cheapest in the trial but it wasn't a favourite with the tasters who consistenly commented on its acidic aftertaste and scored it a mediocre 3/5

Score: 2.5/5

"Pungent smelling and a bit harsh."
"Fruity with very little acidity and quite well balanced."
"It's overpowering, I couldn't drink a lot of it."

Before the labels were hidden the tasters were the most excited to get stuck into this bottle from Marks and Spencer. Despite being the most expensive bottle in the trial, it only scored an average of 2.5/5 putting it in third place.

Score: 2/5

"It's not crisp at all, or fizzy enough."
"It's light, almost too light in fact."
"It tastes like cava to me."

This offering from Sainsbury's fell flat with our tasters, literally. All the testers commented on the lack of fizz and depth leaving the Blanc de Noirs with an average score of 2/5 and in jint bottom place.

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