BARGAIN hunters should pay close attention to the price tag next time you shop – because it could bag you a big discount.
A money-saving blogger has revealed that if your purchase ends in a “7,” “8” or a “1”, the last number can be used to blag even more cash off.
Getty – Contributor The last number on the price tag can be used to blag an even bigger discount
Charlie Stopford Sackville, the founder of price tracker tool The Price Drop Alert Tool, told The Sun that items with prices ending in those three numbers usually mean they’re in clearance.
That means they’re old stock or items that the store won’t be replenishing in future, and the price will have been marked down considerably.
But you don’t have to accept this sale price as final, according to Charlie.
He says you should try to haggle the price down even further as stores will be keen to rid themselves of the clearance stock.
According to Charlie, many British high street retailers use this tactic, including River Island, Dorothy Perkins and Monsoon.
Alamy Prices ending in a ‘8,’ ‘7’ or a ‘1’ will be clearance items, according to a savvy shopper
He told us: “Prices that end in ‘7’, ‘8’ or ‘1’ usually mean they’re a clearance item.”
He added: “This is the perfect time to haggle down the price even further, as you now know they’re desperately trying to get rid of the item.”
We’ve asked River Island, Dorothy Perkins and Monsoon to confirm or deny this practice and we will update this article if we hear back.
It comes after we confirmed that you can tell if an item will soon go into the sale just by looking at the price tag.
How to find the cheapest dealsFOLLOW our tips and tricks to cut the costs of your shopping:
Find the cheapest online prices: Google Shopping is a good tool for finding the cheapest price – it searches a wide range of retailers of various sizes
Abandon online shopping baskets: Don’t go straight to check-out after putting the items in your basket – it may tease retailers into giving you discount codes
Ask a site to negotiate a fee for you: If you’re struggling to find a deal, Flubit is a free site that aims to negotiate discounts for you
Sign up to retailers’ newsletters for big discounts: It sometimes means a percentage discount code, or a straight discount off your first shop
Check when stores discount groceries: Check with your local store when they discount food items that are about to expire – this is the perfect time to nab bargains
If a price tag has a scribble of numbers and letters on it, you might not want to buy the item just yet as it can mean that the product is about to be reduced.
Many shops write a secret code on an item’s label before they lower prices.
We found price tags on sale items at Dorothy Perkins when we put the trick to the test.
And a few weeks later, it was revealed that Next uses the same strategy.
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Last month, we revealed how Home Bargains labels can indicate how long an item will be in stores for.
And at TK Maxx, you can tell if an item has been reduced twice or more just by looking at the label.
We’ve also revealed all the secrets and best tricks to shopping at TK Maxx in a guide.
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