The great Christmas rip-off

By the end of September I started to notice a surge in Christmas products, from tinsel to specially-packaged foodstuffs in supermarkets near my office and my home. I picked up some of the packages in the store out of curiosity and noticed that some of the sell-by dates on the items were in early and mid-November this year. Not exactly sporting in my humble opinion.

I don’t have an expansive network of secret shoppers, so I asked my parents to have a look at the supermarkets that they frequent on the Wirral and sure enough they came back to me explaining that they had similar experiences when they checked out four supermarkets and discount grocers that they regularly shop at.

There is also the question of whether something is fit-for-purpose if it is intended for Christmas and is out-of-date a month-and-a-half before its even due, how does this fit in with the Sale of Goods Act 1979?

At the end of the day, all I am going to say is be careful out there people.

4 Replies to “The great Christmas rip-off”

  1. I could but supermarkets are known to be notoriously litigious, for instance just ask The Guardian about their dealings with Tesco.

    I noticed it on packaged sweet baked goods: mince pies and the like: a mix of brand names and supermarket own-brand products.

    Secondly there is the question of where blame lies: is the manufacturers or is it the retailers trying to reshift left over stock at a premium price?

  2. At the end of the day, the retailer must take the Customer line responsibility, and its up to the retailer to sort it out with their suppliers. Tesco/Asda/Sainsburys/Morrsions, etc. must stand by the products sold in their shop, even if its not own-brand products, and feedback to suppliers. All the buyers in these shops will be aware of the products sold.

    It reminds me of the recent case of the students uncovering the fact that Ribena contains none of the claimed vitamins…if no one stands up to these food manufacturers and retailers, then they will continue to pull fast ones on the public
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/mar/27/schoolsworldwide.foodanddrink

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