NEXT is expected to kick off its half price sale this weekend, but luckily there’s a way to spot what items will be in it beforehand.
The popular sale usually gives shoppers at least 50 per cent on ranges including clothing and homeware, rather than a standard “up-to” sale.
AFP – Getty Next shoppers can pick up sweet discounts at the retailer very soon
Next has not yet confirmed when the sale will begin but all the clues point to it happening this Saturday, 23 March.
Even better, there’s also a sneaky way to tell today if an item is going to be discounted.
This is because Next is one of the high street retailers that usually write on price tags before sales.
So if you spot handwritten scribbles on a full-price item you want to buy, you should wait as it often means the price is about to be reduced.
Items are usually marked by staff in the days before the sale starts and this handwritten scribble is the key to spotting what the discount will be, according to consumer site MoneySavingExpert.
MoneySavingExpert The scribbles give you an idea of what the item’s sale price will be
The codes are written in pencil on the price tag – such as B14, G4, OB9 and S13.
Ignore the letters (which are usually a way for staff to know where an item will be moved) and you’re just left with a number – that’s generally the sale price of the item.
MoneySavingExpert staff has previously tested out the method in a Next store, and they say it worked.
An item priced at £26 marked with “S13” was down to £13 in a sale a couple of days later. And an £8 item marked “G4” became £4 in the sale.
Of course, by holding off with buying the items for a few days, you risk that they sell out but it could also save you a lot of money.
The Sun contacted Next for a comment.
How to make the most of the Next Spring saleTHESE tips from a Next employee can help you make sure you bag the best bargains this weekend.
Familiarise yourself with the stock – check in store and online to see what items you might fancy, that means you’ll be able to act fast once prices start dropping. Online you can even bookmark your favourites.
Check online – often the sale launches online before stores open so go digital to get the best bargains.
Consider the VIP scheme – If you have a credit account you can get access to the sale 24 hours before the rgeneral public.
Choose the right store – smaller outlets are likely to be less rammed, so you may have less competition for great deals
Shop late in the day – around two hours before closing, staff start replenishing stock for the next day, this is a great time to hit the stores.
Look at ticket codes – if you’re in a next keep an eye out for black dots on tickets, chances are that means an item is going to be discounted, so you’re better off waiting till the price drops.
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