Health giant Boots sells pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, make-up, gifts, snacks and has a summer shop and a baby shop. It has 2,500 stores or you can buy online.
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Whether it's a retailer or restaurateur, airline or air-conditioner seller, computer shop or car rental company, there are always two main risks. Either it's a dodgy company, or it's a legit company that has financial problems and goes bust.
The aim of these tips is to help you minimise the risks.
Quite simply, its customers are immediately transformed into creditors. This hits hardest if you've ordered goods or tickets from them, and not had delivery, as then you become one of a line of people trying to get your money back out of the company's assets, and you usually get back much less than you paid in.
Even if you've had delivery, if the company you bought from goes under and there's a problem with the goods, it can mean you've no comeback.
While MoneySavingExpert.com endeavours to check deals are valid, we don't check companies ' finances. Even huge names like MFI and Woolies have folded, so it's very important you use the right strategies to stay protected where possible.
Pay by credit card for something over £100, and Section 75 laws supercharge your consumer rights.
Unlike debit cards, cheques or cash, pay in full or part (even just £1) on a credit card and by law the lender's jointly liable with the retailer.
This means you have exactly the same rights with the card company as you do with the retailer. So if it goes bust, you can simply take your complaints there instead and get money back if there's no delivery.
Yet it's important you ALWAYS REPAY IN FULL each month, so there's no interest cost. See the full Section 75 guide.
Section 75 doesn't apply to purchases under £100, but there's still an option which can help. It isn't a legal protection, just Visa, Mastercard and Amex's rules, but it's a good back-up.
Spend on a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit card or any debit or charge card. If the goods don't appear, you can try to ask your bank/card provider to reclaim the cash from the seller's bank, so long as you complain within 120 days of realising there's a problem. See the Chargeback guide for full details.
Bogus websites are often set up to cash in on popular products like Ugg boots and Tiffany necklaces, so be wary if it's an unfamiliar site. And don't think that because it appears on a reputable search engine, that makes it a reputable site - always check.
Most folk know to look for a security padlock on the bottom right of a website, but that doesn't mean the site's legit, just that payment's secure.
To find out who registered the site and when, search the Whois database. Reputable firms should also appear on the Companies House site, the UK Government's official companies register. Be very wary of businesses with just a PO Box or email address.
Study the site's worldwide web ranking on Alexa. Anything in the top 100,000 means it's reasonably big and a good, though not foolproof indication of legitimacy. Do a quick Google search for other shoppers' experiences.
Crucially, ensure your security's up-to-date - free software can be downloaded to your computer in about five minutes. Full details in the Free Antivirus Software guide.
Many people are surprised to learn you've MORE rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Distance Selling Regulations.
These give you a legal right to send most goods back within seven days for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. Read Consumer Rights for a full guide.
However, of course, this is balanced by the fact ordering online automatically means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering - when the company has your money. So if it goes bust during that time, the distance selling rights don't help.
Ultimately, there is always a risk that a company can go bust. If the above routes don't apply, then you have to make a decision about whether you're willing to take the risk of parting with your cash.
Don't be scared of this. Every day we all make transactions based on trust, and this is part of that, but do balance up the amount you're spending against the risk. Don't give large amounts of money to a company you're not sure about.
If you're updating your make-up and skincare for spring, this is a fiddly, but delicious little bit of extreme MoneySaving. ‘Stack’ multiple promotions to get potentially huge discounts on skincare and make-up products.
Boots says you shouldn't be able to use both coupons in one transaction, but we knew this deal had worked for our forumites in the past. So MSE Charlotte trekked to our local Boots to try it out. Inside, the staff spilled the beans, spending 10 minutes excitedly taking her through the tricks to boost the saving - brilliant!
Here's how you get the deal...
Step 1: Spend £5+ in-store on anything before Sun 30 Mar. OK, we've not included the initial £5 spend in our calculations, but it's so easy to spend £5 on essentials at Boots, you can buy things you actually need. Once you've spent the £5, you'll be given two No7 vouchers: one for £5 off No7 skincare, one for £3 off No7 make-up.
Step 2: Use the vouchers in-store on its No7 current 3for2 offer, on till Tue 18 Mar. Combine the 3for2 with the money-off vouchers in the same transaction.
Here’s an example:
Buy one x £7 No7 face wipe (skincare) = £7
Buy two x £6 No7nail polish (counts as make-up) = £6 because it’s a 3for2 with the cheapest free.
Now use your voucher on top of this and take £5 off for skincare, and £3 off for make-up. So that’s £19 of stuff for £5. We’ve tested this and it works (store staff have also confirmed this, but Boots officially hasn’t). If you have trouble using both money-off vouchers in one transaction, split your purchases into skincare and make-up, and use the vouchers separately.
Step 3: Combine with kiosk vouchers. All pretty straightforward up to here. But to really push it…(although Boots hasn't confirmed any of this so we're going on a bit of a flyer).
Check your coupons from the in-store kiosk – you know, the thing that looks like an ATM machine you stick an Advantage card in. The vouchers are usually targeted but check for one that gets you money off make-up. Also keep an eye out for No7 sale items. You may be able to use the vouchers with sale items.
Boots hasn't confirmed you can do this, so be aware this may not work.
Get the Sanctuary Spa With Love* gift set for £22 (was £45, though we valued the contents at £43) online and in-store at Boots. The offer's on till Tue 15 Apr and Boots has confirmed there's good stock.
The Sanctuary With Love gift set contains 10 items in a heart-shaped box:
We priced up each item in the set individually and found the contents came to £43, so £21 off is a great saving.
Each point's worth 1p when redeemed on virtually any Boots-branded product in-store at Boots, so this is effectively a 10% discount on Boots branded items. Don't assume Boots is always cheapest though, if you can buy items 10%+ cheaper elsewhere, go there instead. See full Boost Loyalty Points guide for more Boots tips.
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