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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 16th Oct 15, 4:42 PM
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    MSE News: British Gas to shake-up Nectar loyalty scheme
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    • 16th Oct 15, 4:42 PM
    MSE News: British Gas to shake-up Nectar loyalty scheme 16th Oct 15 at 4:42 PM
    British Gas is axing its existing Nectar rewards scheme and replacing it with a new one next February...

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    • rusty_f
    • By rusty_f 16th Oct 15, 9:17 PM
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    • 16th Oct 15, 9:17 PM
    I am really starting to question the value of Nectar. Surely, if Sainsburys puts its name to something, they should be plugging their own reward scheme. It was bad enough when they reduced the number of points you could earn by shopping at their supermarkets!
    • cifpower
    • By cifpower 17th Oct 15, 8:53 AM
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    • 17th Oct 15, 8:53 AM
    I am really starting to question the value of Nectar. Surely, if Sainsburys puts its name to something, they should be plugging their own reward scheme. It was bad enough when they reduced the number of points you could earn by shopping at their supermarkets!
    Originally posted by rusty_f
    Margins are being cut to the bone in the grocery sector so cost savings anywhere need to be found. Tesco is operating with a 1% margin. Think about that. For every £100 of stuff they sell they make £1 to pay all the bills.


    • Daz2009
    • By Daz2009 17th Oct 15, 10:43 AM
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    • 17th Oct 15, 10:43 AM
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    Margins are being cut to the bone in the grocery sector so cost savings anywhere need to be found. Tesco is operating with a 1% margin. Think about that. For every £100 of stuff they sell they make £1 to pay all the bills.
    Originally posted by cifpower
    If Tesco only have a 1% margin they are doing something drastically wrong because they aren't even the cheapest place to shop by a long way
    • cifpower
    • By cifpower 17th Oct 15, 11:09 AM
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    • 17th Oct 15, 11:09 AM
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    • 17th Oct 15, 11:09 AM
    If Tesco only have a 1% margin they are doing something drastically wrong because they aren't even the cheapest place to shop by a long way
    Originally posted by Daz2009
    No. But Tesco has higher costs than, say, Aldi or Lidl.


    • zerog
    • By zerog 18th Oct 15, 3:23 PM
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    • 18th Oct 15, 3:23 PM
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    Giving £10 off a Sainsbury's shop per year is basically worthless anyway, though better than nothing if BG was the cheapest for you (it very rarely is, and is the only energy company that can actually ruin your credit rating if they make a mistake)
    • zerog
    • By zerog 18th Oct 15, 3:23 PM
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    • 18th Oct 15, 3:23 PM
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    • 18th Oct 15, 3:23 PM
    No. But Tesco has higher costs than, say, Aldi or Lidl.
    Originally posted by cifpower
    What, like giving at least 1% of their revenue back in clubcard points?
    • londonTiger
    • By londonTiger 19th Oct 15, 2:19 AM
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    • 19th Oct 15, 2:19 AM
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    lol "shakeup", mse is full of hyperbole sometimes.

    they used to give you £4 in cashback a year in nectar, and now they're removing it. most people wont even notice the change.

    some "shake" up
    • Mersey
    • By Mersey 20th Oct 15, 11:04 AM
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    • 20th Oct 15, 11:04 AM
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    • 20th Oct 15, 11:04 AM
    Giving £10 off a Sainsbury's shop per year is basically worthless anyway, though better than nothing if BG was the cheapest for you (it very rarely is, and is the only energy company that can actually ruin your credit rating if they make a mistake)
    Originally posted by zerog


    In fact it was just under a fiver pa for supplying meters readings, as 500 points are worth £2.50 I think.
    • Mersey
    • By Mersey 20th Oct 15, 11:05 AM
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    lol "shakeup", mse is full of hyperbole sometimes.

    they used to give you £4 in cashback a year in nectar, and now they're removing it. most people wont even notice the change.

    some "shake" up
    Originally posted by londonTiger


    You're right - it should have said cut.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 20th Oct 15, 11:09 AM
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    I've a nectar card. I use it every time I'm in a relevant buying situation .... it adds up to about £5/ two years.... and then I struggle to spend it as spending it comes with its own traumas.

    I thought I had it cracked once, I had to buy somebody an easter egg "Great, on the nectar" I thought: No, "this is not your home store". Other times I can't spend enough to get to their minimum spend limits to be able to use the points to pay for my groceries.

    I hate all cards and all points. Just reduce the s0ddin' prices and be done with it. People gathering points, searching for cards, having a "laughing chat" about fumbling with the cashier.... receiving a sticker/voucher, then fumbling to put it away - all makes the queues slower/longer!
    • bexhill
    • By bexhill 21st Oct 15, 3:16 PM
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    brit gas/sainsburys nectar points
    using sainsburys energy having been directed there by the Cheap energy club but have seen little in the way of Nectar points and this is true of shopping with Sainsburys. Only went there as they were giving away money off vouchers earlier in the year which were worth having. These have stopped and are replaced by near worthless extra point vouchers. Will revert to Tesco especially as they are now doing instant refunds if they are dearer than other stores. Personally cannot stand the German stores selling all these unknown makes , never know whats there from one week to the next and I'm not convinced that they are a great deal cheaper on proper brands which clearly mark sugar and fat content in English (very important to me and should be to you!)
    • Shrimply
    • By Shrimply 21st Oct 15, 3:42 PM
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    Personally cannot stand the German stores selling all these unknown makes , never know whats there from one week to the next and I'm not convinced that they are a great deal cheaper on proper brands which clearly mark sugar and fat content in English (very important to me and should be to you!)
    Originally posted by bexhill
    What utter uttter nonsense. Had you been to one of these "German stores" you'd know all the packaging is in English and is packaged for the UK market. They have to show ingredients and stick to the same laws and regulations as any other supermarket.

    Their core products are always stocked, always in the same place and the quality for the price you pay is rarely not better than if you shopped at Tesco or Sainsburys.
    • londonTiger
    • By londonTiger 21st Oct 15, 10:13 PM
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    What utter uttter nonsense. Had you been to one of these "German stores" you'd know all the packaging is in English and is packaged for the UK market. They have to show ingredients and stick to the same laws and regulations as any other supermarket.

    Their core products are always stocked, always in the same place and the quality for the price you pay is rarely not better than if you shopped at Tesco or Sainsburys.
    Originally posted by Shrimply
    there are a few things they have that actually taste better. lidl ketchup is very close to heinz ketchup and MILES better the the big 4 supermarket own brand. But most of their stuff are just horrible and doesn't compare taste wise.

    The fake pringles, fake hula hoops, fake cereal (UGHH!), fake borobons. All are horrible.

    LIDL smoked salmon is hard - I think they're the tail end. Aldi smoked salmon is OK.

    I shop at aldi and lidl to get motivation to run my business harder and make more money. I can afford to shop at sainsburys as Im childless bit if I had a child I'd have to budget more and shop in aldi and lidl and eat their horrible tasteless food.
    • DuranGirl
    • By DuranGirl 24th Oct 15, 11:33 AM
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    I thought I had it cracked once, I had to buy somebody an easter egg "Great, on the nectar" I thought: No, "this is not your home store". Other times I can't spend enough to get to their minimum spend limits to be able to use the points to pay for my groceries.

    I hate all cards and all points. Just reduce the s0ddin' prices and be done with it. !
    Originally posted by PasturesNew


    I had exactly that happen to me yesterday - drives me mad! I'm also struggling with getting an answer from British Gas about how often they transfer the Nectar points I earn with them to my Nectar account - there are no transactions from them for over 12 months (which is as far back as I can check online). Yet ebay points go straight on. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    • grumpygardener
    • By grumpygardener 11th Dec 15, 5:11 PM
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    there are a few things they have that actually taste better. lidl ketchup is very close to heinz ketchup and MILES better the the big 4 supermarket own brand. But most of their stuff are just horrible and doesn't compare taste wise.

    The fake pringles, fake hula hoops, fake cereal (UGHH!), fake borobons. All are horrible.

    LIDL smoked salmon is hard - I think they're the tail end. Aldi smoked salmon is OK.

    I shop at aldi and lidl to get motivation to run my business harder and make more money. I can afford to shop at sainsburys as Im childless bit if I had a child I'd have to budget more and shop in aldi and lidl and eat their horrible tasteless food.
    Originally posted by londonTiger

    Though this is now off-topic I have to chip in about Aldi and Lidl. I get 90% of our weekly shop in Aldi/ Lidl and many of their products exceed my expectations. Aldi jam? More fruit in it than Robertson. Eggs? Fresh with golden yellow yolks, Meat/ Poultry? at least 10% cheaper than Asda. Condiments? Ketchup, mustard, mint sauce, spices? Cheaper and better. Our son lives in Frankfurt and, believe me, the Germans are very fussy about food quality and, for that matter, their electrical etc products that Aldi and Lidl sell.
    • johnbhoy10
    • By johnbhoy10 11th Dec 15, 9:22 PM
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    I actually love the snobbery towards Lidl and Aldi here-it keeps my Lidl that wee bit quieter!! Keep it up snobs, keep it up!

    Used to do nearly all our our weekly shop at Morrisons and Sainsburys and top off at Lidl. For a few years now it's the other way about and i've not noticed any difference in quality! Actually, if pushed on it i prefer more of the stuff from Lidl than the 2 mentioned above. Don't get me wrong, we've bought some stuff in there we wouldn't buy again but i've done that everywhere. They were well ahead of the rest in offering a large continental selection and what did the rest do....copy them(and they're still too pricey)!! It's not rocket science why the discounts are flying and Tesco are struggling. Same with Morrisons...that last loyalty offer they sent out about a month ago was fired straight in the bin!! They just don't get it and serves them right!!

    By the way snobbies- topping up in Marks and Sparks at the moment with vouchers from the new bank account and it's OK- bit rich for my stomach but it's passable.
    Last edited by johnbhoy10; 11-12-2015 at 9:23 PM. Reason: .
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