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This is a detailed list of all the current major high street and online retailers' sales. Often there are massive discounts, but it’s all about the timing.
Before you get seduced by the sales, follow this checklist first.
1. Check for vouchers: See the Shopping Vouchers guide.
2. Benchmark prices: Use the MegaShopBot to compare prices.
3. Will you use it? If you won't, or can’t afford it, they're not worth it. See tips for safer shopping.
A few times a year Vax releases discounted vacuum cleaners, steam mops and other cleaning products with slightly damaged boxes on a special site that you can’t access without a code. This time it’s offering up to 80% off and we've blagged MoneySavers a code, MSE14, which gives access to the site first.
This means you can hoover up the best bargains before everyone else gets access on Thursday.
There have been similar incarnations of this deal and feedback from users has been good, with forumites saying they could barely see a dent in the cardboard box. Vax has assured us the damage is minimal (a scratch or a tear on the box, for example) and that the items themselves are brand new and in working order. They’re not refurbished models.
One forumite who purchased a Vax in one of the previous sales said: "I bought a steam cleaner which was fab, and was very pleased with the money I paid for it."
How to access the deal
1. Go to the Vax sale website*
2. Enter the code MSE14 before 5pm on Mon 3 Nov. Delivery's £4.99.
From midday, Thu 30 Oct, the site will be accessible to everyone else until 5pm, Mon 3 Nov with a special code, but you may as well use ours as it’s valid the whole time.
It's worth noting that before the code is applied, Vax products aren't always the cheapest around, so while you'll still be saving a substantial amount, it might not always be 80%.
The sale includes:
Most come with either a two-year or six-year warranty. Maximum two machines per person.
If your product is faulty, you still have your usual consumer rights, as explained in Martin’s Sale of Goods Act 1979 blog. But you won’t be able to return the item on the basis the box is damaged. However, the distance selling regulations mean you have 14 days to return anything bought online, even if you’ve just changed your mind.
Shop at larger Sainsbury's* stores which sell its Tu clothing range and get 25% off all items until Mon 3 Nov. The sale includes men's, women's and kids' clothing (including already-reduced items), plus school uniforms and Halloween costumes, while stocks last.
John Lewis* is matching an "unnamed competitor's promotion" in stores and online and we suspect (wink, wink) it's referring to the up-to-30% off selected brands sale at House of Fraser, which runs until Sun 2 Nov. This has happened in the past and we expect it to be offering discounts on the same items. Delivery's £3.99 or you can collect from a store for free.
The John Lewis price match includes men's fashion, women's fashion, cookware, tableware and bedding.
The House of Fraser* event has up-to-30% off brands from the men's, women's, kids', home and electricals sections, but not beauty. Delivery's £3.99 or you can collect from a store for free.
What are some of the bargains?
Bargains we found on Wed 29 Oct include women's Whistles jackets for £36 (were £45), men's North Face fleeces for £56 (were £70) and Jamie Oliver sets of two frying pans for £20.80 (were £26).
Go online to House of Fraser* and get up to 30% off selected branded items until 11.59pm on Sun 2 Nov. Delivery's £3 or you can collect from a store for free. The sale's also on in stores from Wed 29 Oct to Sun 2 Nov.
The sale includes branded items from all categories except for beauty, so men's, women's, kids', home and electricals are all discounted.
The sale is up to 30% off, so not all items will have the full 30% discount. Below are some examples of the brands included and how much they're discounted by:
Official Ugg retailer MandM Direct* has discounts on several styles of Ugg boots. You can get free delivery on orders over £50 using the code FD14. Deals include:
We asked MandM Direct what stock was like, but it wasn't able to tell us. It looks like sizes are also very limited, so go quick if you want a pair.
Go online to Cath Kidston* (delivery's £3.95 or collect in-store for free) or to your nearest store by Sun 2 Nov and you’ll find up to 30% off. The sale includes homeware, baking essentials, fashion and accessories and although it’s being advertised as up to 40% off, we have found some items discounted by up to 50%. Keep a beady eye out and you could bag a cracking deal.
Bargains we found include:
I like to wait for the Cath Kidston sales and stock up on Christmas pressies for my mum, this looks like it might be the last big sale before the festive season.
Go in-store or online to Office* and get 30% off selected women's Uggs while stocks last. Delivery's £3.50. Deals include:
We asked Office what stock levels were like for the Uggs in this offer and it said they could run out at any time, so go quick if you want a pair.
The Soletrader Outlet* stocks end-of-line deals and currently has discounts on Ugg boots in a range of styles. Delivery's free on orders over £35. Bargains we spotted include:
We asked Soletrader, and it said stock levels are varied and sizes seem to be very limited, so go quick if you're after a particular pair.
Next currently have a clearance sale running online and in-store while stocks last. What sets this one apart from other sales is that almost everything in the sale is at least 50% off, rather than ‘up to’ 50% off.
Our forumites are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the Next sale and have all the inside tricks and tips. Read the full Next sale forum discussion.
Some of the bargains we've found include women's jackets for £13 (were £50), men's leather belts for £8 (were £18), children's rain coats for £7 (were £14) and pillows for £4 (were £10). Even better, all items have a 'price history' which shows when they were reduced and by how much.
Go online to Gap* (delivery's £4) or to your nearest Gap store and you'll find up to 60% off a selection of men's, women's and kids' items while stocks last. The sale includes current and some previous season items discounted.
Bargains we found include women's jackets for £20 (were £60), men's jeans for £13 (were £45), boy's shirts for £8 (were £18).
Go online to Ted Baker* (delivery's £4.50 or collect in-store for free) or to your nearest store and you'll get up to 50% off a selection of men's and women's clothes and accessories while stocks last.
Bargains we found include men's shirts for £40 (were £85), women's dresses for £50 (were £99) and iPad cases for £27 (were £39).
Shop online at Reiss* (delivery's £3.95 or collect in-store for free) or at your nearest store while stocks last. The sale includes mainly items from the current season.
Although the sale is being advertised as up to 50% if you have a nosey around you can bag some bargains with even bigger reductions. Bargains we found include men's shirts for £29 (were £79), women's dresses for £36 (were £120) and women's skirts for £28 (were £95).
Go online to Kurt Geiger* (delivery's £4.95) or to your nearest store and you'll find up to 50% off selected items from all departments while stocks last. The sale will mainly include summer items, but there will be some previous season stock too.
Although the sale is being advertised as up to 50% if you have a nosey around you can bag some bargains with even bigger reductions. Bargains we found include Carvela court shoes for £9 (were £99), Kurt Geiger Hi-Tops for £19 (were £95) and Miss KG heeled boots for £19 (were £55).
Go online to Selfridges* (delivery's £4.95 or collect in-store for free) or to your nearest store and get up to 50% off a selection of items from all departments while stocks last.
Go online to Office* (delivery's £3.50) or to your nearest store and you'll find up to 60% off men's, women's and kids' items while stocks last.
Bargains we found include men's Vans trainers for £20 (were £47), women's mary jane pumps for £8 (were £25) and kids' unisex Toms for £13 (were £27).
Shop online at Burton* and get up to 50% off a selection of current and previous season items while stocks last. Delivery's £3.95 or collect in-store for £2.
Bargains we found include waistcoats for £6 (were £36), t shirts for £5 (were £20) and suit trousers for £10 (were £40).
Go online to Miss Selfridge* (delivery's £3.95 or collect in-store for free) while stocks last to get up to 70% off items from the current and previous season.
Bargains we found include peplum dresses for £8 (were £35), kimonos for £10 (were £35), rose headbands for £2 (were £8.50), tops for £5 (were £25).
To hone in on the best bargains, use the Regatta outlet tool. Tell it what you want, the price and the discount, and it'll find it for you. To see a selection of the winter coats above, use the search word 'jacket'.
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.
Our new Local eBay Deals Mapper lets you find bargains if you're prepared to pick them up. eBay sellers often specify items must be collected in person which means fewer bids. But you can't normally search 'collection only' so put your postcode in and how far you're prepared to schlep and watch the gems pop up.
Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!
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