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    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 12:08 PM
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    17 WOW
    Boots Sale
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 12:08 PM
    17 WOW
    Boots Sale 23rd Dec 18 at 12:08 PM
    Thought I would start the annual thread.

    I’m sure someone will find the regular post and share it here.

    The sale starts online on Christmas Eve, usually around 4am, last year they did delay it till late afternoon though to stop issues instore with people getting confused on the different pricing

    The Mini club sale starts online at same time and instore on Christmas Eve too.

    Everything else instore is Christmas Day for those stores open and then the next working day for other stores, so either Boxing Day or 27th depending on opening times
    Last edited by Figgi; 23-12-2018 at 10:05 PM.
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    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 23rd Dec 18, 12:42 PM
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    • #2
    • 23rd Dec 18, 12:42 PM
    • #2
    • 23rd Dec 18, 12:42 PM
    Why start a thread when you aren't providing any links?!
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    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 2:37 PM
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    • #3
    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:37 PM
    • #3
    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:37 PM
    Why start a thread when you aren't providing any links?!
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    How can I provide a link when it hasnít gone live?

    It is for information before it becomes generally known to give people heads up of stuff in advance. Or am I only allowed to post when things have started in which case maybe I shouldnít have shared all the No7 details in advance or star gifts etc, or details last year of when 70% was starting etc etc
    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 2:38 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:38 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:38 PM
    Why start a thread when you aren't providing any links?!
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    Here you go

    https://www.boots.com/
    • MissLizzie
    • By MissLizzie 23rd Dec 18, 2:43 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:43 PM
    • #5
    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:43 PM
    Why start a thread when you aren't providing any links?!
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    Wow...that's so rude....
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 23rd Dec 18, 2:44 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:44 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:44 PM
    Wow...that's so rude....
    Originally posted by MissLizzie
    It's not rude, it's just a pointless thread to start and probably aiming to get kudos for when it eventually goes live.
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    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 2:47 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:47 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 2:47 PM
    Join Date: Aug 2011
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    Whats this?
    Default
    For those of you new to this heres what happens, by law, every single year:

    1. By day of sale in Jan this thread will be up to approx 157 pages.
    2. Every other post is a newbie asking which Wed the sale starts on.
    3. Loads of people swear blind that last year it started a week earlier than it
    actually did.
    4. Each Tuesday's posts contain details of someone's sister's neighbour's friend's
    boyfriend's Mum, who knows someone who works in a Boots store, who swears
    blind its DEFINITELY starting that Wednesday.
    5. A few hardcore MSE'ers stay up til 3am on the website just incase it does start.
    6. Wed morning: sale doesn't start. A few individuals who didn't know are still
    sitting outside their local branch refusing to believe it in the vain hope the staff are
    still "putting the signs up".
    7. There's always ONE store who c0cks up and accidentally DOES start a week early. And the tills don't knock the discount off but the enthusiastic SA's overrides the til to give the discount, until the manager re-reads his fax from head office. So one lucky
    forumite always gets lucky by accident.
    8. The Tuesday evening before it DOES start theres always at least one grumpy git
    store manager who swears blind they "won't be having a 75% sale at all as they
    haven't sold enough at 50%". And he's been told this on a fax from head office, so
    he knows for definite. Honest guv.
    9. Someone's dog's sister's collegue's friend's Mum overhears 2 SA's chatting
    about the need to put the signs up that evening after the store is closed. She asks
    SA1 who gives her an icy stare and denies all knowledge. SA2 later sidles up to her
    in the shampoo isle and gives her a knowing wink and a whisper of "Are you a
    friend of Martin? Don't let on I told you but it IS tomorrow".
    10. Boots stores are full of MSE'ers casing the joint, sizing up whats left and
    deciding on their route round the isles/plan of attack for the morning.
    11. The lovely MSE'er whos flat overlooks a Boots store does a reccy in her pyjamas around midnight to double check the signs are up.
    12. Half of us stay up to buy online. About 2am Boots put up "the holding screen"
    which is a picture of Skeletor with a bad fake tan, and giant white teeth, in a ski
    hat. Everyone gets excited. Website crashes completely.
    13. 4am Site back online, complete with Mr FakeTanTeeth. Those who are able (and still awake) fill their baskets ready for when 75% discounts kick in. Website crashes, holding screen back up.
    14. 6am. Website back, discount applied, sales goes live but all baskets back to
    being empty. People start frantically refilling baskets.
    15. 6.01am. Website crashes.
    16. 7am Queues start forming outside Boots stores. Always a fat chav in leggings
    accompanied by 2 shopping trollies who is first in the queue. She wants everything
    "for the kiddies charity party next year, you cant say no at such a good price".
    Translate this as "it'll be going on ebay or at the boot sale".
    17. 8/9am stores open. As doors unlock staff look a bit disgusted that people have
    been desperate enough to queue. Stampede into store. Everyone gets seriously
    pee'd off with the ignoramous with the trolley who is sweeping entire shelves of
    goodies off in one fell swoop, having blocked off the isle at both ends.
    18.Think all female rubgy scrum.
    19. Bemused husbands/dads stood at ends of isles to recieve full baskets/trollies/
    bags and act as guardian while wife goes back for more.
    20. Small child crushed under weight of Gok sets placed ontop of pram while
    Mother scrabbles under shelving for dropped advantage card.
    21. Innocent passing elderly couple who just called in for some fibogel get caught
    up crush but too overcome with amazement of discount to complain.
    22. 9.30am Queues at tils bigger than the 8am queues outside. People staggering
    out of stores laden down with bags, like a heat of Worlds Strongest Man.
    23. 10am. Boots run out of carrier bags.
    24. 11am. Website back up but everything sold out.
    25. 1pm. Stores everywhere sold out. Shelves empty like desecration after a swarm
    of locusts has decended, bar some Yardley gift sets and half the contents of a Fern hatbox.
    26. A lucky MSE'er who forgot all about it just happens to wander past a local Boots store on her way back to work from the a dentist's appointment. The 75% sale is on, but they have stumbled upon the only Boots in the country that no-one else has been to. Rows and rows of No7 gift sets and plenty of Joules bags left. No pushing, no shoving, the whole Boots store to herself, with SA's kindly holding her bags for her.
    27. Thats it. Done and dusted. All over for another year!"
    • Woolco
    • By Woolco 23rd Dec 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 4:16 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 4:16 PM
    Now I have to say that last post did make me chuckle. The only thing I would say is that if I get anything from Boots (the chemist) it goes in the bin. Their sale is so notourious on here that I don't trust anything at gifting times. Boots (I pronounce it BOOTSIES, cause my gran said that!) stuff equals sale equals bin.
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 23rd Dec 18, 4:25 PM
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    • #9
    • 23rd Dec 18, 4:25 PM
    • #9
    • 23rd Dec 18, 4:25 PM
    Now I have to say that last post did make me chuckle. The only thing I would say is that if I get anything from Boots (the chemist) it goes in the bin. Their sale is so notourious on here that I don't trust anything at gifting times. Boots (I pronounce it BOOTSIES, cause my gran said that!) stuff equals sale equals bin.
    Originally posted by Woolco
    I presume when you say bin, you mean you give it to charity?
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    • Lily54
    • By Lily54 23rd Dec 18, 4:33 PM
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    Lily54
    Now I have to say that last post did make me chuckle. The only thing I would say is that if I get anything from Boots (the chemist) it goes in the bin. Their sale is so notourious on here that I don't trust anything at gifting times. Boots (I pronounce it BOOTSIES, cause my gran said that!) stuff equals sale equals bin.
    Originally posted by Woolco
    How ungrateful.
    • MissLizzie
    • By MissLizzie 23rd Dec 18, 4:53 PM
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    MissLizzie
    It's not rude, it's just a pointless thread to start and probably aiming to get kudos for when it eventually goes live.
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    This thread is a yearly tradition here. If you don't like it just run along and leave us to it
    • Barny1979
    • By Barny1979 23rd Dec 18, 4:57 PM
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    Barny1979
    This thread is a yearly tradition here. If you don't like it just run along and leave us to it
    Originally posted by MissLizzie
    One where the thread was actually started when the sale went live on Christmas Eve last year. https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5763967&highlight=boots
    2013 - 313 AFDs, 2014 - 289 AFDs, 2015 - 321 AFDs, 2016 - 276 AFDs, 2017 - 276 AFDs, 2018 - 240 AFDs
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    • Woolco
    • By Woolco 23rd Dec 18, 5:09 PM
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    Woolco
    How ungrateful.
    Originally posted by Lily54
    Sorry..... who are you?
    • Woolco
    • By Woolco 23rd Dec 18, 5:11 PM
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    Woolco
    I presume when you say bin, you mean you give it to charity?
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    No it goes right in the trash can. I would not insult "Dogs Trust" with crap.
    • catswiththumbs
    • By catswiththumbs 23rd Dec 18, 5:11 PM
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    catswiththumbs
    Join Date: Aug 2011
    Posts: 1,091
    Whats this?
    Default
    For those of you new to this heres what happens, by law, every single year:

    1. By day of sale in Jan this thread will be up to approx 157 pages.
    2. Every other post is a newbie asking which Wed the sale starts on.
    3. Loads of people swear blind that last year it started a week earlier than it
    actually did.
    4. Each Tuesday's posts contain details of someone's sister's neighbour's friend's
    boyfriend's Mum, who knows someone who works in a Boots store, who swears
    blind its DEFINITELY starting that Wednesday.
    5. A few hardcore MSE'ers stay up til 3am on the website just incase it does start.
    6. Wed morning: sale doesn't start. A few individuals who didn't know are still
    sitting outside their local branch refusing to believe it in the vain hope the staff are
    still "putting the signs up".
    7. There's always ONE store who c0cks up and accidentally DOES start a week early. And the tills don't knock the discount off but the enthusiastic SA's overrides the til to give the discount, until the manager re-reads his fax from head office. So one lucky
    forumite always gets lucky by accident.
    8. The Tuesday evening before it DOES start theres always at least one grumpy git
    store manager who swears blind they "won't be having a 75% sale at all as they
    haven't sold enough at 50%". And he's been told this on a fax from head office, so
    he knows for definite. Honest guv.
    9. Someone's dog's sister's collegue's friend's Mum overhears 2 SA's chatting
    about the need to put the signs up that evening after the store is closed. She asks
    SA1 who gives her an icy stare and denies all knowledge. SA2 later sidles up to her
    in the shampoo isle and gives her a knowing wink and a whisper of "Are you a
    friend of Martin? Don't let on I told you but it IS tomorrow".
    10. Boots stores are full of MSE'ers casing the joint, sizing up whats left and
    deciding on their route round the isles/plan of attack for the morning.
    11. The lovely MSE'er whos flat overlooks a Boots store does a reccy in her pyjamas around midnight to double check the signs are up.
    12. Half of us stay up to buy online. About 2am Boots put up "the holding screen"
    which is a picture of Skeletor with a bad fake tan, and giant white teeth, in a ski
    hat. Everyone gets excited. Website crashes completely.
    13. 4am Site back online, complete with Mr FakeTanTeeth. Those who are able (and still awake) fill their baskets ready for when 75% discounts kick in. Website crashes, holding screen back up.
    14. 6am. Website back, discount applied, sales goes live but all baskets back to
    being empty. People start frantically refilling baskets.
    15. 6.01am. Website crashes.
    16. 7am Queues start forming outside Boots stores. Always a fat chav in leggings
    accompanied by 2 shopping trollies who is first in the queue. She wants everything
    "for the kiddies charity party next year, you cant say no at such a good price".
    Translate this as "it'll be going on ebay or at the boot sale".
    17. 8/9am stores open. As doors unlock staff look a bit disgusted that people have
    been desperate enough to queue. Stampede into store. Everyone gets seriously
    pee'd off with the ignoramous with the trolley who is sweeping entire shelves of
    goodies off in one fell swoop, having blocked off the isle at both ends.
    18.Think all female rubgy scrum.
    19. Bemused husbands/dads stood at ends of isles to recieve full baskets/trollies/
    bags and act as guardian while wife goes back for more.
    20. Small child crushed under weight of Gok sets placed ontop of pram while
    Mother scrabbles under shelving for dropped advantage card.
    21. Innocent passing elderly couple who just called in for some fibogel get caught
    up crush but too overcome with amazement of discount to complain.
    22. 9.30am Queues at tils bigger than the 8am queues outside. People staggering
    out of stores laden down with bags, like a heat of Worlds Strongest Man.
    23. 10am. Boots run out of carrier bags.
    24. 11am. Website back up but everything sold out.
    25. 1pm. Stores everywhere sold out. Shelves empty like desecration after a swarm
    of locusts has decended, bar some Yardley gift sets and half the contents of a Fern hatbox.
    26. A lucky MSE'er who forgot all about it just happens to wander past a local Boots store on her way back to work from the a dentist's appointment. The 75% sale is on, but they have stumbled upon the only Boots in the country that no-one else has been to. Rows and rows of No7 gift sets and plenty of Joules bags left. No pushing, no shoving, the whole Boots store to herself, with SA's kindly holding her bags for her.
    27. Thats it. Done and dusted. All over for another year!"
    Originally posted by Figgi

    Absolutely brilliant - I love this. In my experience Figgi can be relied upon for accurate information regarding Boots. Keep up the good work
    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 5:20 PM
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    Figgi
    One where the thread was actually started when the sale went live on Christmas Eve last year. https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5763967&highlight=boots
    Originally posted by Barny1979
    Here is a post from last year before the time sharing whebit was starting

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=73579541&postcount=263

    And the one started the year before before the date with the traditional build up, 34 pages rather than the slightly shorter one you quoted.

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5576441&highlight=boots+sale
    Last edited by Figgi; 23-12-2018 at 5:29 PM.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 23rd Dec 18, 11:10 PM
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    kerri gt
    Still wondering what they did with all the Zoella advent calendars they couldn't shift last year...will we see them in the 70% off again or are they still living in the back of a darkened warehouse like forgotten Raggy Dolls
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    • 1974Stephen
    • By 1974Stephen 24th Dec 18, 1:43 AM
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    1974Stephen
    Holding page just now.
    • 1974Stephen
    • By 1974Stephen 24th Dec 18, 1:52 AM
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    • 59 Thanks
    1974Stephen
    Exactly. Thanks for that. Noted.
    • LottieLou
    • By LottieLou 24th Dec 18, 6:34 AM
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    LottieLou
    Ignoring the threads above, I’ve actually managed to get on this year with ease. My toddler woke at the perfect time it seems.

    Bought a beauty gift set I (try to) buy every year. Always out of stock in the JL sale.

    And clothes for the new baby, had good sizes in stock for once.

    The gift set never goes in 75% off and clothes are always dodgy sizes by that point so I’m happy
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