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    • MSE Anthony
    • By MSE Anthony 13th Jul 15, 1:45 PM
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    Grab a discount by abandoning your basket?
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    • 13th Jul 15, 1:45 PM
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    Grab a discount by abandoning your basket? 13th Jul 15 at 1:45 PM
    Have you ever been offered a big discount from a shop, supermarket or service company simply because you didn't complete your order, or you haven't used them in a while?

    We want to compile which firms do this (and what type of discounts are on offer), so people can tactically shop.

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    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 14th Jul 15, 11:50 PM
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    I've abandoned many baskets before, too many to count across many sites and have never been offered a discount. I have successfully managed to create my own picks on what is then advertised at me on every other web page though, just to reign it in to me that I cannot afford the things I want.
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    Emma Bridgewater usually gives free postage after a day or two
    • cte1111
    • By cte1111 15th Jul 15, 8:07 AM
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    I've been offered a discount by W H Smith and also regularly by Stitch Craft Create (formerly RU Craft). In both of these cases, you need to have an online account set up, log in, add some items to your basket then abandon it.

    WHSmith only seem to do it once in a while, but worth a try. I think they sent me a discount for 5% off.

    Stitch Craft Create always seem to send a 10% discount code.
    • dw1
    • By dw1 15th Jul 15, 9:29 AM
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    I bought a Hello Fresh box about a month ago. Last week they offered me £15 off a box - which I didn't take - this week they offered one half price. That's despite me getting £25 off the first one...

    Graze also used to give a half price box every couple of months even though I always cancelled straight after. I had 5 or 6 half price before they got wise to it.
    • wonderwallet
    • By wonderwallet 15th Jul 15, 10:43 AM
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    I've abandoned baskets recently at Debenhams and Warehouse and never been offered a discount, I just get an email saying 'you've left something behind!'

    • kaya1991
    • By kaya1991 15th Jul 15, 11:27 AM
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    Urban Outfitters often sends an email after a couple of days for free delivery or a discount - usually 15-20%
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 20-07-2015 at 5:02 PM.
    • ceh209
    • By ceh209 15th Jul 15, 12:33 PM
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    We've been looking at a cruise with Princess Cruises the past few days, went through all the stages to find out exact price, entered our details and everything, then left it.

    Today OH got an email with £150 off
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 20-07-2015 at 5:05 PM.
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    • parmavioletuk
    • By parmavioletuk 15th Jul 15, 4:22 PM
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    I recently abandoned an order at and received an email the next day with a 5% discount code. I still didn't order, but I plan to 'abandon' another order soon, so I can order with the 5% off
    • loony767
    • By loony767 15th Jul 15, 4:45 PM
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    I got a £10 discount from Flaviar (whisky gin etc) for a bottle of whisky. You have to become a member via facebook etc. webite is flaviar(dot)com.

    It took about a month to arrive though so not great if in a hurry
  • smiffy1
    I got free delivery worth £45 from Furniture Village after leaving a 2 seater sofa in the basket
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Jul 15, 5:00 PM
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    Once you produce a list, they'll stop doing it. They know once it's on MSE it'll be thoroughly milked.
    • Arthog
    • By Arthog 15th Jul 15, 5:04 PM
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    Deramores the online knitting/crochet yarn Company sent a 10% discount code when I hadn't ordered from them for a few weeks. I'm a frequent customer of theirs. The discount was on top of their usual discounts.
    • Karrie1uk
    • By Karrie1uk 15th Jul 15, 7:21 PM
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    I know that it I dont check out with tescos usually within a couple of days I get a code x pounds off a x pound spend I.e £5 off a £50 spend
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 20-07-2015 at 5:03 PM. Reason: Auto correct
    • tenuissent
    • By tenuissent 16th Jul 15, 7:27 AM
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    Early this year I was looking at a woollen cape heavily discounted on Elvi's site but decided it was still too expensive. They sent me an email saying they had noticed I was browsing and offered a code to take another 10% off, so I bought it. Have browsed before and since, but never received an discount offer.
    • miaggi
    • By miaggi 16th Jul 15, 7:49 AM
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    I signed up with Ocado but never used them and they sent me a £20 off a £60 shop voucher. I believe it's usually only £20 off an £80 shop for newbies.
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    • starving artist
    • By starving artist 16th Jul 15, 8:11 AM
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    Laterooms offered me a £10 argos voucher. Also Amazon prices often seem to drop.
    • me_and
    • By me_and 16th Jul 15, 9:15 AM
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    I've ended up with a number of Ocado accounts due to not remembering my email address, with the result that I can often see the accounts I've not used in the longest time tend to get better deals.

    I remember Vista Print also used to do the thing where they'd offer discounts if you got most of the way to an order but didn't actually place one.

    Most recently I got an email with a discount code from Orchard Corset after I left an order in the basket without checking out, although the discount code there was 15%, when I'd already found a 30% discount code to use instead.
    • happyinflorida
    • By happyinflorida 16th Jul 15, 3:57 PM
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    If you have a My Waitrose card - which does give you a free coffee whilst you shop! - if you don't shop for a while they will send you discount vouchers to use, my husband got 3 vouchers for £22 each off a shop over £100. Waitrose do some brilliant discounts, so I shop with them occasionally and buy loads of their discounts. You get free delivery too.

    Their pickers can be very bad though - the ones in Eastbourne are so bad I've decided to stop using online shopping now as they give you goods going out of date the same day or the next day and that is really annoying.
    • thefirs
    • By thefirs 17th Jul 15, 2:08 PM
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    Screwfix sent me a letter a few weeks ago giving me a £5 discount code, no minimum spend, but use within time limit.

    I tried to use it on some stock items but the website would not accept the code so I called. Turns out that a store assistant had inadvertently created a new account some years ago with a slight misspelling of my name, and the offer was to try and winkle me out again, even though i use Screwfix quite often.

    The ca gave me a £5 credit to my regular account anyway. Good result.
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