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    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 23rd Dec 18, 12:08 PM
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    11 WOW
    Boots Sale
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    • 23rd Dec 18, 12:08 PM
    11 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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    • sampan26
    • By sampan26 2nd Jan 19, 5:18 PM
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    Popped in this morn in urgent need of lady things, and also grabbed a No7 brush set for £12.50 was £25 and a Benefit cake style tin for £22.99 was £34.50.
    So pretty happy with those things for myself as I paid in points!

    Unsure on the Boots sale, as I don't really need to get much for birthdays, or stock myself, but knowing me I shall feel like I'm missing out if I don't go!
    • Lavendar
    • By Lavendar 2nd Jan 19, 6:15 PM
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    Have been looking for this thread makes me smile just have to wait and see. There doesn't seem a huge amount left in some of the London stores so will have to wait and see.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 2nd Jan 19, 8:20 PM
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    It's quite nice not having a hit list this year, but will keep popping in to see what the dud item is this year.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Desperado99
    • By Desperado99 2nd Jan 19, 8:29 PM
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    The shelves in our smaller local have been cleared (no doubt shipped back to the warehouse to go out to the larger stores later).

    I'm on a mission to buy less this year, DD leaves school in June so there is less call for 'emergency birthday present of teenage girl bath stuff' in this house. Of course having a January birthday, I've got a double points coupon burning a hole in my pocket

    Anyway....... Here's my little list of dates (saved on my trusty laptop) for the sale going back the last 10 years:

    14 Jan 2009 (Thu - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas)
    20 Jan 2010 (Fri - 4th Wednesday after Christmas) Bad weather delay
    19 Jan 2011 (Sat - 4rd Wednesday after Christmas)
    18 Jan 2012 (Sun - 4th Wednesday after Christmas)
    16 Jan 2013 (Tue - 4rd Wednesday after Christmas) 3am live online
    15 Jan 2014 (Wed - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas) 5am live online
    14 Jan 2015 (Thurs - 3th Wednesday after Christmas) 3.55am live online
    13 Jan 2016 (Fri - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas) 2.45 live online
    20 Jan 2017 (Sun - 4th FRIDAY after Christmas) NOT ONLINE
    19 Jan 2018 (Mon - 4th Friday after Christmas) NOT ONLINE

    I'm making no predictions because I always get it wrong
    • catswiththumbs
    • By catswiththumbs 4th Jan 19, 9:00 AM
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    Quick heads up that I heard .

    From Friday any Boots online order under £10 will be hit with £1.50 delivery charge. Orders instore will not be hit
    Originally posted by Figgi

    Checked this morning and it has started. If I need stuff and it comes to less than £10 I'll just add something else to the order and then return it when I collect the order. Staff will soon get sick of people returning stuff and hopefully feed it back to the bosses and the charge will be removed. Fingers crossed.


    Thanks Figgi for the warning - reliable info once again.
    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 4th Jan 19, 3:05 PM
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    Figgi
    The shelves in our smaller local have been cleared (no doubt shipped back to the warehouse to go out to the larger stores later).

    I'm on a mission to buy less this year, DD leaves school in June so there is less call for 'emergency birthday present of teenage girl bath stuff' in this house. Of course having a January birthday, I've got a double points coupon burning a hole in my pocket

    Anyway....... Here's my little list of dates (saved on my trusty laptop) for the sale going back the last 10 years:

    14 Jan 2009 (Thu - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas)
    20 Jan 2010 (Fri - 4th Wednesday after Christmas) Bad weather delay
    19 Jan 2011 (Sat - 4rd Wednesday after Christmas)
    18 Jan 2012 (Sun - 4th Wednesday after Christmas)
    16 Jan 2013 (Tue - 4rd Wednesday after Christmas) 3am live online
    15 Jan 2014 (Wed - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas) 5am live online
    14 Jan 2015 (Thurs - 3th Wednesday after Christmas) 3.55am live online
    13 Jan 2016 (Fri - 3rd Wednesday after Christmas) 2.45 live online
    20 Jan 2017 (Sun - 4th FRIDAY after Christmas) NOT ONLINE
    19 Jan 2018 (Mon - 4th Friday after Christmas) NOT ONLINE

    I'm making no predictions because I always get it wrong
    Originally posted by Desperado99
    They donít routinely return stuff to the warehouse from Christmas to send to larger stores due to the cost and time.
    • dollywops
    • By dollywops 4th Jan 19, 4:06 PM
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    I noticed in the Boots in Waterfields Watford this morning already had the 70% off signage up (albeit on empty shelves). When I asked one of the assistants what was occurring, she said they had no idea when it was happening, just that they were preparing the shelves in readiness.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 6th Jan 19, 6:57 PM
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    Local store was restocking lots this weekend, looked like almost as much on the shelves as there was pre Xmas.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Lavendar
    • By Lavendar 7th Jan 19, 3:49 PM
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    Our local store is empty of Christmas gifts. Our local bigger one appeared to have less than there is usually at the 70% sale and I never get there until about 12ish
    • calash
    • By calash 7th Jan 19, 9:35 PM
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    It is the 16th this year??? thanks
    • Figgi
    • By Figgi 8th Jan 19, 3:25 PM
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    It is the 16th this year??? thanks
    Originally posted by calash
    How do you know? Or are you asking?
    • calash
    • By calash 8th Jan 19, 8:59 PM
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    How do you know? Or are you asking?
    Originally posted by Figgi
    Just Asking
    • sampan26
    • By sampan26 10th Jan 19, 3:26 PM
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    My local store has condensed everything to 2 lots of helves, but there is LOADS of stock left.
    I am hoping next Friday is the day, but we shall see!
    • alembicbassman
    • By alembicbassman 10th Jan 19, 10:29 PM
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    Boots sometimes delivers stock to local stores from their offsite warehouses.

    In the past I have delivered Meadowhall stock to Doncaster Frenchgate, Heeley, Cortonwood, Doncaster Wheatley, Rotherham hospital and Retford.

    Meadowhall seems to over order every year, but it all goes in a couple of hours on 70% day.

    There's almost a riot if the shutter doors on the upper mall are not opened simultaneously with the doors by the car park.

    Trolleys are usually pinched from Marks and Spencer before the doors open.
    • cazkins
    • By cazkins 11th Jan 19, 12:25 AM
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    Boots sometimes delivers stock to local stores from their offsite warehouses.

    In the past I have delivered Meadowhall stock to Doncaster Frenchgate, Heeley, Cortonwood, Doncaster Wheatley, Rotherham hospital and Retford.

    Meadowhall seems to over order every year, but it all goes in a couple of hours on 70% day.

    There's almost a riot if the shutter doors on the upper mall are not opened simultaneously with the doors by the car park.

    Trolleys are usually pinched from Marks and Spencer before the doors open.
    Originally posted by alembicbassman

    Just the usual carnage for the Boots sale then...!
    I think things have quietened down the past couple of years. I've not had as many bruises upon leaving the store on the 70% off day from discount-crazed people grabbing literally everything they can get their hands on
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    • CatherineT36
    • By CatherineT36 11th Jan 19, 11:03 AM
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    The Norwich stores have always been a pleasure to attend. I think I am on my 8th year now. I didn't go last year so it may have changed!
    • Africat
    • By Africat 13th Jan 19, 12:21 PM
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    I just stick to the medium sized stores and avoid places like Meadowhall at all costs. Whilst the medium sized stores do get congested I've always found it relatively civilizeed.

    I do find I can often get bigger bargains elsewhere though so I don't find the sale is as good as it once was. Obviously I'll still be going on 70% day but I'll be cutting down this year as need to run my stash down. What I do buy will mostly be for me as there's only so many times you can give the same sort of gifts packaged a different way.
    Last edited by Africat; 13-01-2019 at 2:34 PM.
    • sexylulubelle
    • By sexylulubelle 13th Jan 19, 1:22 PM
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    Whats this?
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    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
    This is the best and most accurate post I've read in a very long time thank you just made my day lol
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    • Lavendar
    • By Lavendar 13th Jan 19, 2:42 PM
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    Any ideas of when the sale is?
    • cazkins
    • By cazkins 13th Jan 19, 11:03 PM
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    Last post on here suggested this upcoming Friday, 16th Jan... Haven't heard anything different since then...
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