You may recall the the cheesy over-ride scandal?

In  August, Broadsheet reader Stephen Hanley asked:

Why do these snacks (purchased at M & S, Dundrum Town Centre) regularly scan at €1.40 when shelf edge says €0.75? Staff over-ride but problem recurs.

Stephen got little satisfaction at the time.

And life moved on.

Until yesterday…

Anyone?/Fight!

Previously: Ask A broadsheet Reader

35 thoughts on “Snackdown

  1. Yowzah

    STOP.
    Stop buying them.
    Stop shopping there.
    Stop caring about this.
    Stop faux moral outrage.
    Stop posting.
    Go for a decent long walk.

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  2. Brother Barnabas

    That’s a bit of a snarky response from M&S – smiley face at the end notwithstanding. I’d have fired back a remark about their mothers.

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  3. ReproBertie

    As I understand it, legally the price on the shelf is irrelevant. The price at the till is what matters.

    I’d love to be proved wrong.

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    1. edalicious

      Businesses are required to display the correct price but they don’t have to charge you the displayed price if it is incorrect. But they DO have to inform you that you’re going to be charged a higher price than the one advertised to give you an opportunity to change your mind.

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      1. edalicious

        From the CCPC website:

        “If a business incorrectly labels something with the wrong price, and it is lower than the price charged at the till, you do not have an automatic right to buy the goods at the marked price. As long as the business tells you before your money is taken that the higher price applies, you can decide not to buy it.”

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  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    I think I know why. The dearer price is the “eat-in” cafe price.

    They’re complete gougers. I’ve had it out with them about their £1.50 cakes being €3 here. Costs, see. COSTS. The thing is, prices will come down but that’s because customers in the UK are complaining about M&S being too dear. They’re not addressing their consistently outrageous conversion rates.

    SIGH. Even the €14 meal deal is a swizz. It’s only a tenner in the UK.

    I spend a LOT of money in M&S. More fool me.

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  5. RuilleBuille

    This is a common trick used by supermarket managers to increase revenue. My first manager used to leave a tin of peas at the checkout and the cashier would ring it through the till. And of course the customer never took the can because it wasn’t what they bought. If the customer spotted it it was down to error.

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  6. Murtles

    I’d love to be like Stephen, to have absolutely no other problems or worries in my life bar the different in the price of Cheesey Tasters.

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      1. ReproBertie

        Yeah man, are you the bleedin’ Buddah that small things never irritate you until you eventually want to scream into the void about them?

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  7. mildred st. meadowlark

    I’ve had arguments with Tesco about their clothes and the frankly HUGE difference in price. A jumper costing £18 costs easily €23-25. I don’t mind a bit of disparity but jaysus, nearly a tenner is a bit much

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    1. Cian

      Just out of curiosity – who did you argue with? The checkout person? the local manager? or did you contact head-office?

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        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          I did and all.

          I did bring it up with the manager though I was aware that she could do SFA for me. It wasn’t a great conversation. Told me to email head office and I promptly forgot to do that.

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  8. thefatlad

    I dont see how he can back down.

    They’re weapons-grade-cheesy and probably the finest on the market. This effects us all!

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    1. Yeah, Ok

      Yes, most of us did Business Studies for our Junior Cert. That’s not really the point of the whinge though, is it? A shelf price in a major multinational supermarket is fully intended to be the price paid, whether or not it’s legally enforceable.

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  9. Frilly Keane I've been a good girl all year

    Ah here this place has gone ta’ poopy altogether

    Where is ye’re
    Was it for dis es

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