Saturday, 4 January 2014

Debenhams misleading sale.

I went shopping on Saturday, a bizarre expedition even by my standards and worth its own entry tomorrow.

But this is by way of a consumer alert for any MODs tempted by the offers in Debenhams, a well-known high street department store.

Last week I was looking at the Fred Perry items on sale, puzzled by the sale notices.

When I went back today they hadn’t changed:

 As you can see ‘30% OFF’.

Only it isn’t. The Polo shirts were originally £55-00p (hey it’s only a tee shirt made in a sweat shop). Today in their super-duper sale they are only £44-00p.

Last week Debenhams issued a profits warning because things hadn’t been going so well. Their Finance Director ‘resigned’ by mutual agreement. We can only speculate why that happened.

Mind you, maths would be a useful qualification for a finance director.

Here’s a little sum;

55 – 44 = 11


11 divided by 55 = 0.2

To get the percentage you multiply by 100.

0.2 multiplied by 100 = 20%.

That’s 20% not 30%.

By chance, a price checker walked by and I pointed this out – he said the 30 % only applied to selected items. I showed him the price display.

It’s still there.

Shame on you Debenhams.

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)


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