Waitrose vouchers

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baser999
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edited 10 August 2023 at 11:46AM in Food shopping & groceries
Anyone else finding the weekly vouchers less useful? We’ve been offered 50p off the same sandwich for weeks now, 50p off various items costing £10+, detergents etc. Most of these expensive items are cheaper in other supermarkets.
When the voucher system changed I was no longer able to claim the free daily newspaper; my partner however didn’t lose that benefit. Todays offers have come through and her newspaper offer has changed insofar as she can now only claim one daily and one weekend paper a week.
Can’t see that Waitrose are going to be pulling in the customers 
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  • MattMattMattUK
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    I have had this and I now spend much less in Waitrose. Before the new system I regularly used to get the £8 off £40+ spend, £10 off £50 spend, even occasionally £20 off £100 spend. When the new system was introduced I would get a range of vouchers between 50p and £6 to spend on products that I have bought, or that I might buy depending on my buying patterns. Now I just get a choice of eight vouchers for 50p each, usually for 2-3items I would buy regularly and 5-6 items I would never buy.

    Waitrose is already more expensive than Sainsburys and for most things the quality is comparable, although for fresh fish and olives Waitrose wins, I get regular Nectar discounts which make it even cheaper and in terms of points with bonus points I get them at a rate that is roughly equivalent to 3% of my shop so overall shopping in Sainsbury's works out at 10-20% cheaper for me depending on the week. In general Waitrose is more convenient, but they do not particularly seem to want my custom, nor to any of their offers encourage me to shift a greater proportion of my spend to them. 
  • MSE_James
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    Just checked with my father (as he was one of those who had the newspaper offer carried over when the system was altered) and there's been no change to the offer for him this week, so seems to be a mixed picture.
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  • Skintoap
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    Only being offered 50p of a selection of items each week. I thought that the offers were supposed to be based on items you regularly buy, however, having been a vegetarian for over 60 years, over half my offers are for meat or fish products that I would never buy. 
  • jon81uk
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    I no longer get the vouchers as I didn't shop in Waitrose for over a month. But its also now a bit chicken and egg, without the voucher there is no incentive for me to go there.
  • GaleSF63
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    Their 25% off offers save a a lot more than their weekly voucher offers made to individuals.
  • datz
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    edited 11 August 2023 at 9:40PM
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    The waitrose app vouchers still don't require you to have the correct item in your 'basket' (unless it is the free newspaper voucher for those that kept that benefit). I just select the 2 highest value vouchers offered to me and use them against my small in-store shop (my main shop is done at Lidl). That can be up to ~£5 in vouchers per app (I use 2 waitrose accounts each week).
    But I expect this to be enforced eventually...
  • VeGGie-STyLe
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    datz said:
    The waitrose app vouchers still don't require you to have the correct item in your 'basket' (unless it is the free newspaper voucher for those that kept that benefit). I just select the 2 highest value vouchers offered to me and use them against my small in-store shop (my main shop is done at Lidl). That can be up to ~£5 in vouchers per app (I use 2 waitrose accounts each week).
    But I expect this to be enforced eventually...
    It has now been enforced in my local store. The till now comes up saying “item not purchased”

    it was good while it lasted!
  • datz
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    edited 11 August 2023 at 9:54PM
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    datz said:
    The waitrose app vouchers still don't require you to have the correct item in your 'basket' (unless it is the free newspaper voucher for those that kept that benefit). I just select the 2 highest value vouchers offered to me and use them against my small in-store shop (my main shop is done at Lidl). That can be up to ~£5 in vouchers per app (I use 2 waitrose accounts each week).
    But I expect this to be enforced eventually...
    It has now been enforced in my local store. The till now comes up saying “item not purchased”

    it was good while it lasted!

    My weekly shop is tomorrow, so thanks for preparing me for my inevitable disappointment. It certainly was good while it lasted - just surprised at how long it took them. But I suspected changes might be coming once they recently introduced the ability to reselect different vouchers on the app.
  • VeGGie-STyLe
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    datz said:

    My weekly shop is tomorrow, so thanks for preparing me for my inevitable disappointment. It certainly was good while it lasted - just surprised at how long it took them. But I suspected changes might be coming once they recently introduced the ability to reselect different vouchers on the app.
    I’m not sure how their till systems work, so you might be lucky and it may not be enforced in every store yet. I don’t know though.

    Also, if you try to use a voucher and it is rejected, you lose the voucher. There isn’t the option to re-select, it just disappears.
  • Murphybear
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    I live in a small market town with only 2 supermarkets, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.  The Waitrose is in the centre, has free parking and is next to a coffee shop with the most divine, home made and fairly inexpensive cakes you’ve ever eaten :D. I do most of my shopping there.  I get emailed vouchers, it’s always for things I’ve bought regularly.  I don’t save a fortune but, as a rival says, “every little helps”.  
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