MSE News: Homebase accused of upping prices hours before discount event

"DIY retailer Homebase has been accused by some customers of upping prices just hours before a 15% discount event began..."
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  • KTF
    KTF Posts: 4,820 Forumite
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    Not really news. One of the oldest tricks in the book.
  • Pincher
    Pincher Posts: 6,552 Forumite
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    The price of tall bookshelves keep bouncing between £40 and £80 in Homebase.

    Unfortunately the only way is to do the rounds frequently so you know what things cost, and pounce when you see it low. It costs you in time, though, so how much is your time worth?
    POPPYOSCAR Posts: 14,897 Forumite
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    I was very pleased with the deal I got at the weekend.

    The price I paid was the same as it had been for a while.

    Got the 15% off another £5 off (£50 spend)for feedback on line with previous receipt and cash back for reserve and collect.

    Could not have got it cheaper anywhere else.
  • minislim
    minislim Posts: 357 Forumite
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    this is one of the oldest tricks in the book.

    almost every retailer does it.

    main culprit is curry's. their prices go up and down all the time depending on what deals or sales promotions they have.

    its about time something was done about it. what i really dont know.
  • theblagger
    theblagger Posts: 2,027 Forumite
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    Oldest trick in the book...Argos are currently doing this with microwaves (ironically they own homebase!)
    I refer to my byline below ...

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  • madvixen
    madvixen Posts: 577 Forumite
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    Debenhams do this as well. I went in to buy a bra for my Wedding the last weekend they had an instore discount event on. The bra was £20 before the event and £25 on the day of the event. All the items that I looked at had new price tags placed over the other ones. This included homewear, menswear and womenswear.
  • geordie_joe
    geordie_joe Posts: 9,112 Forumite
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    theblagger wrote: »
    Argos are currently doing this with microwaves (ironically they own homebase!)

    Argos don't own Homebase. Argos and Homebase are both owned by Home Retail Group.
  • Bootsalebargains
    My mum went to buy some carpet cleaner in homebase, it was marked up at half price now £9.99 but my mum has been buying this for years there and it has always been £9.99, she called the manager down about it but he just said "oh there must be some mistake" and took the half price sign down
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  • visidigi
    visidigi Posts: 6,445 Forumite
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    woo famous :D (I still stand by what I said at the time too :) )
  • ACG
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    I went on to their website in the week to look at wallpaper.

    Went down at the weekend to buy it and the price had gone up. With the discount it was still less than was on the website in the week but it obviously wasnt a 15% discount.
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