Dedicated deal-hunters have stumbled across Cadbury's Caramel bunnies in Tesco that are selling for 1p each. The deal was posted by a deal-hunter calling himself super27 on the HotUKdeals.com site on Tuesday, after he bought 93 of them - saving £59.52 on the original price.
It's the latest in a bout of Tesco penny glitches reported by users - who have stumbled across eight so far this week - so can you cash in?
BunniesThe Cadbury's bunnies are most likely to be old stock that the store is selling off after Easter. This will happen a significant period after a seasonal promotion, after the stores have already tried more familiar reductions and still have stock on the shelves. This tends to mean that instead of being a nationwide glitch, it will only be on offer at any Tesco stores where they bought too many and have too many left.
There are definitely more bargain bunnies around. After the original purchase, a second deal-hunter found them in his local Tesco in Stratford, and cleared the shelves of 23. However, they are unlikely to be all over the country, so it's not worth making a special trip for them.
Bout of glitchesWhat is strange is that this is far from the first 1p glitch the users have spotted at Tesco recently. In fact there have been eight of them this week alone. In addition to the bunnies, members tracked down Jelly Belly sours, Maynards Wine Gums, photo keyrings, photo bottle openers, Jacobs savoury bites, Walkers Sensations crisps and Fizzer sweets.
Sadly the shelf-life of this kind of deal is not long, so other than the bunnies, you're unlikely to be able to cash in at this stage. In the cases of selling off old stock, once the deal-hunters know about the deal, you only have a couple of days before they have cleared the last few remaining bargains from the shelves.
When the product is reduced to 1p, and the line is not being discontinued, it'll tend only to apply to products with a particular barcode, so you have until all that batch of the product is sold. This means getting in before any other deal-hunter, which usually gives you two or possibly three days.
Why?The deal-hunters are divided on why these 1p glitches arise. Some claim to work for the stores themselves and say it is a device used in order to withdraw stock, so that when something scans through at a penny, they know something is wrong with the products and avoid selling it.
They say this explains why staff will sometimes refuse to sell something for 1p when it goes through at the till.
Others say it is supermarket policy to gradually reduce the price of stock as it gets older, starting at 25% off and going down to 1p. This is because it's better for the supermarket to sell it rather than throw it away - because if it is thrown out it comes out of the annual wastage budget - which affects their performance statistics.
This is the official supermarket line - although it doesn't explain why staff will sometimes refuse to sell these 1p items in bulk to dedicated bargain-hunters.
Whatever the reason, if you're tracking down a bargain, it pays to keep your eyes peeled on the forums, act fast, not take too many of the products so as to avoid alerting staff, and going through the self-scanning tills just in case.
Who knows, with a bit of luck you may catch an elusive 1p chocolate bunny after all.
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