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6 tins or 4? – baked bean best buys

Roll up roll up get yer 4 pack of Heinz baked beans ‘ere. Only £2.50.

Heinz baked beans 4 pack at Tesco

No wait. Roll up roll up get yer 6 pack of Heinz baked beans ‘ere. Only £2.50.

Heinz baked beans 6 pack at Tesco

Really annoys me this. Supermarkets are full of sharp practice like this. I could be charitable and say that they might just be trying to shift some six packs of beans but it just doesn’t feel right. Why bother putting the 4 packs on sale at all when the 6 pack offer was running.You see similar examples all over the shop where they make it very difficult to decide what is a good deal or not.

Note also how they have labelled one as a price per Kg and one as per 100g. They have even got it wrong there. If I was paying £1.01 per 100g that would be an expensive tin of baked beans.

It’s beans on toast with bacon for supper tonight btw. I bought a sixpack.

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

3 replies on “6 tins or 4? – baked bean best buys”

A lot of incompetence on shelf pricing everywhere. In PC world you can almost forget knowing what the price is ahead of buying it.

I’ve seen offers in Tesco like £1.50 each or 3 for £5 which I put down to the rise of stupidity generally. Recruiting standards are low too – like EE’s retail apprenticeships “If you’re aged 16 or over and no longer in full-time education, you’re eligible to apply for an EE Apprenticeship. That said, for some schemes – like our Head Office Apprenticeship – we do ask that you also have at least five GCSEs, including Maths and English at grades A-C.”

It may not be incompetence at all – this is how they can change the price on the 4 pack a week later and legitimately state it’s 25% off (compared to last week’s price).

I have in the past taken many photos of Baked Bean prices in my local Tesco, it is a constant sauce* of amusement.

*Rich Tomato with no added sugar, or something like that

This is something that will be worth monitoring. Maybe they just put the price of the 4 pack up this week so that they could drop it again next week. Stay tuned. Not that I go to our Tesco that much now. Although it is the nearest supermarket to our house it is too big! I prefer to have a gentle wander around Waitrose.

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