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  • SOLD OUT: £50 off Shark DuoClean cordless vacuum cleaners – makes 'em £220-£250

    SOLD OUT: £50 off Shark DuoClean cordless vacuum cleaners – makes 'em £220-£250

    Choice of three models via Blagged code. Cheapest we've seen them

    MSE Update, Thu 9 Jul at 4.32pm: Shark has told us that all models have now sold out.

    If you've been fishing around for a new vacuum, here's a jaws-dropping Shark offer cleaning-enthusiasts can sink their teeth into. If you go online to Shark via our special Blagged link*, you can get £50 off a choice of three Shark DuoClean cordless 'stick' vacuum cleaners when you enter the code MSE at the checkout.

    The three models (dependent on stock) are:

    • IF250UK* - £199.99 with the code (was £249.99) (OUT OF STOCK)
    • IF250UKT* (includes a pet tool) - £219.99 with the code (was £269.99) (OUT OF STOCK)
    • IF260UKTH* (newer model, longer run time, includes pet tool and anti-allergen seal) - £249.99 with the code (was £299.99) (OUT OF STOCK)

     

    Shark has a range of vacuums and these sit roughly at mid-level – see the table below for full specs of each vacuum to decide which is right for you.

    There are 2,200 units available in total and the deal will end at 11.59pm on Wed 15 Jul, or when all units have gone, whichever's sooner. Delivery's free to all of mainland UK and takes two-to-three working days.

    These particular vacuum cleaners have two motorised brush-rolls, and come with various tools for crevices, dusting, and wide upholstery. All models can be converted into a lightweight portable vacuum for cleaning stairs, curtains etc.

    The table below shows the key features of each of the Shark DuoClean cordless vacuums:

    Specs IF250UK (£199.99)  IF250UKT (£219.99) with pet tool IF260UKTH (£249.99) with pet tool and anti-allergen seal
    Run time


    Up to 44 minutes  

    Up to 44 minutes Up to 60 minutes
    Weight 4kg 4kg 4kg
    Bin volume 0.33L 0.33L 0.33L
    Charging time 3.5 hours 3.5 hours 3.5 hours
    Release date Sep 2017 Sep 2017 Feb 2019


    Warranty


    Up to 5 years warranty, 2 years for battery

    Up to 5 years warranty, 2 years for battery Up to 5 years warranty, 2 years for battery


    How good is this deal?

    Each model has been highly-reviewed at sites such as TechRadar (IF250UK)Good Housekeeping (IF250UKT) and Trusted Reviews (IF260UKTH).

    We couldn't find these models being sold elsewhere, but when we checked on Tue 7 Jul, we did spot a lower spec 'IF200UK' on Amazon* for £325.99 – this model has a shorter run time (22 minutes) than all the other models.

    A cheaper alternative to buying brand new is sometimes to look at refurbished models – we didn't manage to spot any but do keep an eye out on Shark's eBay outlet to spot a bargain.

    All done and dusted here? Keep an eye on our regularly updated list of cleaning supermarket coupons for more household savings.

  • Amazon 'summer sale' – how good is it?

    Amazon 'summer sale' – how good is it?

    Examples we've spotted include up to 30% off Lego, up to 20% off Fitbit 

    Around this time of year is when we'd normally see Amazon's 'Prime Day' – its hyped annual discount event – though this year it's gone for a more low-key 'summer sale' week instead, with Prime Day rumoured to be postponed till early October.

    This week, Amazon is pumping out thousands of flash deals* until 11.59pm on Sun 12 Jul for its summer sale which began on Mon 6 Jul. Some deals will last for the duration of the promotion, some for only a day, and others – 'Lightning deals' – are posted as often as every five minutes and last for several hours, depending on stock.

    Important: Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you're getting the best deal (see how to work out if it's a good deal below) – don’t just take Amazon's word for it.

    How good are the deals?

    So far we've seen some strong discounts on Amazon products such as items in its Echo smart speaker range, with some being reduced by as much as 50% earlier in the week, and the cheapest we've seen them – though unlike Prime Day, the number of its own products it's discounting are very limited, and the big reductions so far have only lasted a day.

    We've also spotted other popular brands in the sale such as up to 30% off Lego* and up to 20% off Fitbit*. Some products are also being price-matched at other retailers such as Argos and Currys.

    Overall, we reckon it's a mixed bag so it's best to use our tips below to determine how good a deal really is – and remember, if you don't need it or can't afford it, don't buy it.

    Here are some examples of popular items in the sale, last checked at 9.09am on Fri 10 Jul:

    • Game of Thrones paperback set* - £22.50 (RRP £65) until 11.59pm on Fri 10 Jul. Next cheapest, £30 at The Works.
    • Philips Sonicare DailyClean 3100 electric toothbrush* - £34.99 (RRP £69.99). Found CHEAPER for £29.99 at Argos*.
    • Fitbit Versa Lite in purple* - £106.99 (RRP £149.99). Next cheapest, £129 at Currys.
    • Kenwood stand mixer* - £239 (RRP £429.99) until 11.59pm on Fri 10 Jul. Next cheapest, £429.99 at Argos.
    • Lego Creator 3-in-1 set* - £56.99 (RRP £74.97). Next cheapest, £74.97 at John Lewis. Deal ended
    • Huawei GT 2 (42mm) smart watch* - £149.99 (RRP £229.99) until 11.59pm on Wed 8 Jul. Next cheapest, £179.99 at Huawei. Deal ended
    • Echo Dot* - £24.99 (RRP £49.99). Next cheapest, £49.99 at Currys*. Deal ended
    • Echo Plus* - £69.99 (RRP £139.99) until 11.59pm on Tue 7 Jul. Price-matched at Currys* and Argos*. Deal ended
    • Tefal Express steam generator iron* - £89.99 (RRP £199.99) until 11.59pm on Tue 7 Jul. Next cheapest, £94.99 at Very. Deal ended
    • Sonos Beam soundbar in white* - £320 (RRP £399). Next cheapest, £359 at John Lewis and Currys. Deal ended

    How to work out if it's a good deal

    Amazon's not always cheapest for every item, so do your research before buying.

    • If there's an item you're looking for, use a 'shopbot' comparison tool such as Google ShoppingPrice Spy, and Pricerunner to find its cheapest online price. However, shopbots can leave out or favour some retailers.
    • Look out for potential price-matching from retailers such as Argos, Currys and John Lewis, who may offer a longer guarantee on some products for free.
    • Amazon prices go up and down regularly, so it's also worth checking if a price is at its lowest using the Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel – that way you’ll see if it is actually a deal at all.

    See our full guide for more Amazon buying tips.