Great 'supermarket staff, tell us your reduction policies' Hunt

Former_MSE_Penelope
Former_MSE_Penelope Posts: 536 Forumite
edited 16 February 2010 at 8:48PM in Gone off!
The hottest supermarket reductions are on fresh goods that are going out of date, but what's the best time to grab these goodies? Three years ago we first asked any MoneySavers who work, or have worked, in supermarkets to dish the dirt on stores' official reduction policies and its time to update... please let us know what times of day do you reduce prices? How big are the discounts? How are they decided?

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  • general_dogsbody
    general_dogsbody Posts: 10
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    edited 19 February 2010 at 12:22PM
    Somerfield - 25% reduction on that day's dated fresh meat, produce, chilled and bread at opening, 50% at 1 o'clock and 75% on these and bakery two hours before close.
    Southern Co-op - now operates policy as above, except fresh produce (fruit & veg for the uninitiated) and bakery which it doesn't reduce.

    Most supermarkets don't differentiate between Best Before and Use By for these purposes.

    It is worth noting that individual stores operate a level of unofficial flexibility around these policies, depending on staffing etc. so for example many stores will do the first 25% reduction the day before. Also large overstocks will be treated more flexibly with earlier / larger reductions.

    Best way is to learn your local store's times by visiting yourself. For example I have no idea about Morrison's policy but I know my local store reduces to clear that day's dated products by 50% plus at about 5-6pm.

    Please, please DON'T follow the poor chap doing the reductions around, asking him/her if he's "reducing this? Is this going down any more?" It is REALLY annoying and likely they will go and find another job to do until you have gone. Much better to be discreet and let them finish and then go and have a look.
    I saw a light at the end of the tunnel - but it was just a guy with a torch bringing me more work...
  • Mattie73
    Mattie73 Posts: 1 Newbie
    edited 19 February 2010 at 12:42PM
    Iceland

    Reduce fresh meat at the start of the day it is going out of date by 50%.

    After Christmas, Mid May and Mid October they change there frozen range. All discontinued products are half price or better and are sold via a Reduced cabinet. Lots of stores still have party fayre lines post christmas with only 3 more weeks to clear them. There is a sandwich platter with 24 sandwiches in them which you just defrost. The quality is excellent and this is only £2.50 which you'd pay for one sandwich in most shops. Keep you in packed lunch for a week!!!!!!!!!
  • Doc_N
    Doc_N Posts: 8,261
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    @Tesco workers:

    Any truth in the extract from the BBC website below?


    At Tesco, it was re-packaged and re-labelled with a new date and reduced in price, sometimes days after it should have been sold or removed from the shelves.
    A lot of the time, the counter staff treated the meat and fish we were selling with indifference and, worryingly, there were times at Tesco when they had no idea what the real sell-by date was as they had altered it so many times.
  • Doc_N wrote: »
    @Tesco workers:

    Any truth in the extract from the BBC website below?


    At Tesco, it was re-packaged and re-labelled with a new date and reduced in price, sometimes days after it should have been sold or removed from the shelves.
    A lot of the time, the counter staff treated the meat and fish we were selling with indifference and, worryingly, there were times at Tesco when they had no idea what the real sell-by date was as they had altered it so many times.

    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.
  • Hi Martin and users , well i can tell you this for a fact as an ex HGV driver i regularly hauled bottled water for tesco as well as HIGHLAND SPRING MINERAL WATER and they are exactly the same bottled same factory and only difference is the labels pure and simply and ther is a big difference in the shelf prices.
    regards
    dennis
  • If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.

    A bit out of date but interesting all the same!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6676345.stm
  • echelon101
    echelon101 Posts: 279 Forumite
    edited 17 February 2010 at 9:31AM
    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6676345.stm
    21 May 2007, 23:01

    Bit old...also
    It is not illegal to sell food past its sell-by date, but it is store policy at both Sainsbury's and Tesco that once the food has passed that date it should not be sold to customers.
    Yet, I saw food past its sell-by date on the fresh food counters at both supermarkets, and it was regularly being sold.
    Buy for value not cost.
    Feb Grocery = £55.87 / 80
  • Doc_N
    Doc_N Posts: 8,261
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    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.

    I see a couple of people have already posted the link - thanks - but I'm not sure why you feel this to be out of context.

    The thread's about reductions on fresh goods going out of date, and the post was about allegations that Tesco were redating fresh food to avoid having to reduce it.
  • Does anyone get good food reductions in their local Marks&Spencer store?

    I don't see many in our local Felixstowe store but I do see trolleys stacked with food taken off the shelves to be reduced. I asked an assistant when they would go on the shelves and was told that these reductions were for staff only.

    Is this the M&S policy nationwide? If so - lucky staff but poor show for the customers who keep the stores open.
  • I used to work for m&s and their weekly staff shop was amazing. Items collected off the shelves reduced to asittle as a penny. Maybe having lots of reduced items on the shelves doesn't fit with their image ?
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