Comet ‘massive’ fire sale disappoints

Shoppers hoping to snap up Christmas bargains at Eastleigh’s Comet branch were disappointed by the start of the  stricken retailer’s widely advertised ‘Massive stock liquidation’ yesterday.

Comet who are currently under administration and is expected to begin closing branches next week had advertised up to 30% saying “everything must go”.

However, one shopper told Eastleigh News that only 2% of all stocked items were being discount with the majority of stock being sold at a mere 10% off.

Shoppers on Twitter complained that the reduced prices were still no cheaper than Amazon – and you would not be able to get a guarantee or refund from them.

Nevertheless, and despite Easlteigh’s Woodside store looking quiet, other branches reported taking between £80K – £120k yesterday with one manager describing customers as ‘vultures’.

The closure of Eastleigh’s Comet branch comes a year after rival electrical dealer Best Buy closed its doors in Hedge End.

Martin Lewis,of the website said:

 “The Comet sale is not earth shattering – certainly there are no once in a lifetime deals. Where it does scrape a few quid off are for branded goods that are rarely discounted such as iPads and Kindles. If you’re looking for TVs or washing machines, you’ll still find cheaper using comparison sites.

“It’s also worth asking the question: what will happen if goods go wrong? Normally your rights are with the retailer, but if Comet ceases to exist soon, you’ll be reliant on the manufacturers’ warranty rather than your statutory consumer rights.”

A poster on the Money Saving Expert website quoted these prices for popular items:

TomTom Start 25 UK&ROI Sat-nav £104.99
iPad 2 16GB wi-fi £329.99
Amazon Kindle £ 69.99 6in wi-fi
Epson XP 202 printer £44.99
Kindle Fire £1116

One Eastleigh shopper who walked away from the store empty handed told Eastleigh News:

I would not risk getting anything big from them but a few cheap bits for Christmas would have been nice. Tight fisted sods.

Photos: Matthew Myatt

  4 comments for “Comet ‘massive’ fire sale disappoints

  1. Judith Grajewski
    November 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I can remember when retailers would give customers 10% discount on large purchases for paying with cash as a matter of course if requested!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      November 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Yeah but Customs & Excise are hotter on VAT these days – killed it dead.

      • Sam Snook
        November 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Be careful-find out your rights as a
        customer of Comet.

  2. November 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    COMET Make sure know the seller-before you purchase your goods.

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