Boots glitch offers massive savings on Sanctuary products

Boots glitch on Sanctuary products

Sanctuary toiletries at Boots are available at a huge reduction, after a glitch on the website gave an even bigger discount than had been advertised. The bargains were spotted by deal hunters around breakfast time, and the glitch was still working at the time of writing.

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The glitch was spotted by users of The Sanctuary sets are currently available at 25% off, and are also part of a promotion offering three items for the price of two. One deal hunter was planning to buy a gift by stacking the two deals, and discovered a glitch providing an even bigger discount.

The original poster decided to buy a 'relax and stay' gift set. The original price was £18, and after the reduction it was £13.50. Under the two deals, she was expecting to spend £27, but was actually charged £22.50.

We tried the deal out by loading up the basket with three 'Escape and Let Go' sets. The original price is £16, the price after the 25% discount is £12, so the price for three ought to have come in at £24 (as you only pay for two). Instead we were charged £20.

It appears, therefore, that when the 'three for two' deal is calculated, the system is removing the full price rather than the discounted one (in this case (£12 x 3) - £16 = £20).

A flurry of deal-hunters commented on the deal, expressing delight at the sums they were saving, and highlighting that this was a great way to buy bargain gifts for their children's teachers.

Will they honour the deal?

Because the deal is only available online, nobody has picked up their bargains yet, so there's a chance that Boots will cancel the orders made with the glitch. When you first order, you receive a message saying that it will be reviewed internally before being placed. You then receive a confirmation of your order - which have been emailed to the deal-hunters already.

However, this doesn't mean that Boots will have to deliver the items at the discount quoted. Only when the goods are in your hands - or in the post - is the transaction complete and the price agreed.

The good news is that it has honoured these mistakes before. It honoured orders using a combination of deals on Sanctuary products that took 58% off the total price in 2013.

Some of those ordering point out that they may as well try, as there's nothing to lose.

It only leaves one question to ask yourself: do you really need three Sanctuary toiletry sets in your life?

Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches
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Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches

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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