Can you spot a bargain?

Yesterday I was shopping in Tesco. On my list was Decaf coffee, and I know that my son likes Kenco. I am busy, and I didn’t really want to have to spend a lot of time thinking about it, but when faced with the choice of either buying a jar or a refill pack, I had to stop and think!



Surely the refill pack for £3.00 was a bargain! After all, it is normally £4.99, almost a pound more than the jar. But I knew that the lid on our jar at home was showing signs of wear, so how much was I really saving by buying a refill? Was it worth replacing the jar?

I stood there doing the maths. I knew that the labels both said that it was £2.00 for 100g, but I was confused. Did that refer to the pre-discounted price? Surely the £3.00 for the refill pack would save me a pound?

No, the refill pack was 50g smaller than the jar, and pound for pound the two items cost the same, but one was explicitly marketed as a saving of £1.99 – and of course will run out quicker, bringing you back to the store for more “bargains” more often.

It’s time we took a stand and told our supermarkets that we are no longer prepared to be treated like that. We don’t have to give them our money!


About jinkerson
Christian husband and father, rugby fan and computer programmer.

2 Responses to Can you spot a bargain?

  1. Arno says:

    That’s why I stopped shopping at Tesco; my weekly shop took me nearly 2 hours if you want to be price-savvy. Sainsbury’s is marginally better/more transparent with their pricing..

  2. Ah yes, capitalism hard at work 😉 In general, my shopping rule is: if it looks like a bargain, it usually isn’t.

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