From: MrBitsy on
On 15/05/2010 19:22, Justin Credible wrote:
> "MrBitsy" <ray.keattch(a)> wrote in message
> news:ioKdnZubIa2QSHPWnZ2dnUVZ8oqdnZ2d(a)
>> Tesco vouchers are surely nothing more than a con. I used to shop in
>> Tesco and spent around �110 per week on groceries and household. I
>> now get the bulk of the groceries and household at Aldi, then go to
>> Tesco to get items not available in Aldi.
>> My weekly bill now averages �75.
>> So I save �35 a week, �1800 per year - more than enough to pay for
>> many other things, like the AA.
> It's a sad fact of life that Asda has been the UK's lowest priced
> supermarket for 12 years running and yet Tesco are still officially
> the no 1 supermarket.
I have seen the reports that say Asda is cheapest, but they are
rubbish. If we shop in Tesco we spend around �110, Asda around �95 but
Aldi plus Tesco around �75 (we go to Tesco for those ingredients not
available in Aldi).
> Says a lot about British shopping habits.

From: MrBitsy on
On 15/05/2010 19:53, Ret. wrote:
> And all this purely via using a Tesco credit card for all my purchases!

You really think you're getting something for nothing?

From: johannes on

Cynic wrote:
> On Sat, 15 May 2010 12:39:07 +0100, johannes
> <johs(a)> wrote:
> >I told her that the illusion that I got a �14 discount is phony, they might
> >as well say the the cost is �500, but I get a �450 discount to make me happy.
> >No one, but no one actually pays �64.50 !
> >After some argie-bargie about this point, the renewal price went down
> >considerably.
> >Why is honest business so hard these days? Seems that tricks are almost
> >expected by a 'successful' manager.
> The change has been that only relatively recently has a bit of
> bargaining between buyer and seller *not* been the norm.
> The normal practise since the very start of trading was for the seller
> to start with an inflated selling price and allow the buyer to
> persuade him to lower it. Market traders in other countries can't
> believe their luck when the naive Western tourist hands across the
> amount shown on the price tag.
> The last time I was in Morrocco I bought a "silk" rug for about �15.
> The original asking price had been over �1000, and the seller told me
> afterwards that he occassinally gets stupid tourists who pay it!
> --
> Cynic

I recently had a visit by an enthusiastic salesman from British Gas;
that was modern textbook selling of the worst kind. No price lists,
took him hours before he finally announced the cost of the proposed
installation and I could get rid of him. However, no itemisation of
his grossly inflated quotation. When I asked for the itimisation,
he looked at me as if I was stupid: "We don't do that; just one total
price". Obviously, he solicited all kinds of information from me
beforehand; my age, my work and earnings.
From: Man at B&Q on
On May 16, 12:52 am, MrBitsy <ray.keat...(a)> wrote:
> On 15/05/2010 19:53, Ret. wrote:
> > And all this purely via using a Tesco credit card for all my purchases!
> You really think you're getting something for nothing?


Tesco credit card is accepted anywhere that ither credit cards are
accepted. You have the same interest free period and no monthly
charges. So, by using your Tesco CC everywhere, and collecting points
you do indeed get something for nothing.

Which bit don't you understand?

From: Man at B&Q on
On May 16, 12:49 am, MrBitsy <ray.keat...(a)> wrote:
> On 15/05/2010 22:46, Conor wrote:> On 15/05/2010 19:59, Ret. wrote:
> >> Hmmm - I'm finding it hard to believe that you can save £35 a week on
> >> your grocery shop. Aldi may well be less expensive than Tesco - but
> >> surely not *that* much cheaper?
> > I don't find it hard to believe but Ray is being a bit disengenious.
> > Its not like for like so you're not buying the same brand of bread,
> > the same brand of baked beans etc etc. You won't find Weetos in any
> > branch of Aldi but you'll find a Yingtong version for 2/3 the price
> > and 2/3 the quality.
> I agree with you, and that is why we go to Tesco for those items we
> can't get in Aldi or those we don't like.> The problem with people like Ray, and a large percentage of the
> > population, is that they're incapable of telling the difference
> > between good and bad quality.
> Rather a daft thing to say - there are items in Tesco that taste awful,
> yet are still more expensive than Aldi.   We have shopped in Aldi for
> about a year now.  We know the items we don't like, so either don't buy
> them or go elswehere.  Aldi is great for around 80% of what we need.
> We did our shopping today.
> Aldi £59.36 (including all houshold items)
> Tesco 18.43 (herbs, spices, pepsi, crusty loaf and salad).
> Total £77.79
> The lot in Tesco would have been around £110.
> That is why the points are a con.

And what about the fact that you can collect the points on *all* your
shopping, anywhere that accepts credit cards?

It has nothing to do with prices in Tesco, they are the same
regardless of of payment method. They have a different target market,
different business model.

What's happening is that Tesco run their own CC (with BoS or RBS,
can't remember) and give you back some of the commission earned on
every transaction.


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