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    • Roger1
    • By Roger1 4th Apr 12, 1:40 PM
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    Boots over-60s Advantage card - major devaluation
    • #1
    • 4th Apr 12, 1:40 PM
    Boots over-60s Advantage card - major devaluation 4th Apr 12 at 1:40 PM
    Snailmail received today.

    Until now, members of Boots' Advantage scheme aged over 60 have received 10% discount on Boots-branded products. Advantage points were earned on the net value at 4 points/£.

    That scheme is ending. The Health Club (as it is now known) is abolishing the 10% discount from 25 April 2012. Instead they will award 10 points per £ for each transaction.

    Assuming that 1 point = 1p to spend, this represents a devaluation of 3.6% from 25.4.12.

    Examples for £100 spend on Boots-branded products:

    Now: £100 less £10 discount = £90
    £90 @ 4 points/£ = 360 points = £3.60 in value
    £10 discount + £3.60 points value = £13.60 total discount

    From 25.4.12
    £100 @ 10 points/£ = 1000 points = £10.00 in value, so just £10 total discount

    They call this an 'upgrade'. I call it weasel words. Once again, loyalty only works in one direction.
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    • MrsGrey
    • By MrsGrey 12th Apr 12, 9:10 AM
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    Yes of course. I have made the point to Boots that they can adjust/withdraw/whatever the discounts, just don't lie....
    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 13th Apr 12, 3:35 PM
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    I have a double points coupon valid to 12 June, it also says on it 8 points per pound.
    What I want to know is which of those is a lie.
    I have just asked in boots and been told by the manager that if I use the coupon after 25 April I will get 8 points per pound, in other words less than if I hadn't used it.
    Some promotion Boots
    The only thing that is constant is change.
    • PennyForThem
    • By PennyForThem 13th Apr 12, 6:26 PM
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    This was on WatchDog last night - showed clearly that NOT a better deal

    I suppose you could check out on BBC iplayer
    • alanq
    • By alanq 13th Apr 12, 7:00 PM
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    Starts 19m15s in.

    Watchdog's maths
    £100 of goods under old scheme
    10% discount -£10
    90x4 points -£3.60
    Effective cost £86.40

    £100 of goods under new scheme
    100x10 points -£10
    Effective cost £90.

    HOWEVER, the difference is even worse than Watchdog calculated because, as h.blumberg pointed out earlier, £10 worth of points when spent will earn no further points whereas £10.00 of cash when spent under the old scheme would have bought goods worth £11.11 and earned a further 40 points.
    Last edited by alanq; 13-04-2012 at 7:29 PM.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 16th Apr 12, 4:07 PM
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    That's a pain! By timing vouchers and 3 for 2 offers, I've always managed to stock up on No 7 serums, as well as other goodies.

    I do find that the multi-buys on essentials, such as supplements and intra-dental brushes, are worthwhile.

    (Of course, someone will say that supplements are not essentials)
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
  • Wighton
    Boots drop 10% discount
    My local Boots says that the 10% discount to oldie card holders has been dropped in favour of extra points. They must be following Osborne's lead that we have too much money. Will others follow?
    • alanq
    • By alanq 26th Apr 12, 6:01 PM
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    Deceitful announcement of recent "improvements" already discussed here.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 26th Apr 12, 8:50 PM
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    Merged ...
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    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 29th Apr 12, 5:40 PM
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    I went down on Saturday and spent £42.10 on Boots own 342 & £2.60 on half price non-Boots items, total £44.70 and I had a double points voucher.
    For some reason I had £2.00 deducted for a voucher and I received 176 points (4 per £ on Boots own) and 240 over 60s points (6 per £ on boots own)
    So it appears I received a 5% discount once, the till said the new voucher could not be used again, instead of double points, which wiould have been 8 per £ (ordinary rate) twice.
    Under the old system I would have paid £2 less and received 176 points so I'm £2 worse of and 240 points better off.
    I think I'm happy
    The only thing that is constant is change.
  • sixtyandcheated
    You are all missing one point the original 10% applied only to Boots products but the new scheme applies to all goods, so if for example you buy a £100 camera you will get an extra £6 worth of points. You are only worse off if you only buy Boots products, act your age
    • Roger1
    • By Roger1 12th Aug 13, 9:54 AM
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    ... act your age
    Originally posted by sixtyandcheated

    Good advice, also suitable for Newbies!

    By the way, you're wrong. The relevant webpage clearly shows:
    10 points for every £1 you spend on Boots branded products & No7 every time you shop in store
    with no mention of extra points on non-Boots products or services.
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