NEXT is expected to start its 50 per cent off sale this weekend, and the price tags reveal which items are going in it.
The retailer has so far been tight-lipped about the sale but signs suggest that it'll roll out in stores and online on Saturday – September 21.
MoneySavingExpert also reports that it's heard rumours that the sale will start this day.
The first hint comes on Next's own website as it's recruiting for temporary sales staff.
It specifically mentions a "mid-season sale" and says you'll most likely be needed on Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21.
Extra staff are usually needed on the Friday to help set everything up, and then on the Saturday for the start of the sale bonanza itself.
Another clue comes from changes to the retailer's store opening times, which have been moved to 7am on Saturday rather than the usual 9am.
We checked opening times at the Oxford Street Next, the Bullring in Birmingham and Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds and they all say they're opening at 7am that day.
Plus, several Next customers have shared that they've already got their VIP pre-sale slots for this week – another clue that the sale is kicking off very soon.
One user wrote on Twitter on Monday: "Woke up this morning and thought surely we're due a Next sale soon and just had my VIP slot email for Thursday."
While another said the same day: "When Next text you to book a VIP slot then takes you too 'SORRY this is only available to selected customers.' #notwinning"
Price tags reveal which items are going on sale
The popular sale usually gives shoppers at least 50 per cent off on ranges including clothing and homeware, rather than a standard “up-to” sale.
Even better, there's also a sneaky way to tell today if an item is going to be discounted.
This is because Next is one of the high street retailers that usually write on price tags before sales.
So if you spot handwritten scribbles on a full-price item you want to buy, you should wait as it often means the price is about to be reduced.
Items are usually marked by staff in the days before the sale starts and this handwritten scribble is the key to spotting what the discount will be, according to MoneySavingExpert.
The codes are written in pencil on the price tag – such as B14, G4, OB9 and S13.
Ignore the letters (which are usually a way for staff to know where an item will be moved) and you're just left with a number – that's generally the sale price of the item.
MoneySavingExpert staff has previously tested out the method in a Next store, and they say it worked.
An item priced at £26 marked with "S13" was down to £13 in a sale a couple of days later. And an £8 item marked "G4" became £4 in the sale.
Of course, by holding off with buying the items for a few days, you risk that they sell out but it could also save you a lot of money.
Or if you don't mind waiting even longer, here's what you can expect at Next for Black Friday this year.
How can I get a Next VIP sales slot?
VIP slots are offered to customers who have a Next flexible credit card.
There's also list of stringent criteria to get a slot, and customers must:
- Have a Next flexible credit account with at least £250 credit available
- Have placed and kept an order from the Next Directory within the last year
- Have an up to date email address registered with Next, and be registered to receive sale and promotional emails
- Have received a copy of the Next Directory
- Have returned less than two thirds of the items they’ve ordered
Time slots are restricted to one slot per customer but you can update your slot at any time.
All slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and the number of slots are limited.
Users advise getting the first slot you're offered as you're likely to get better deals.
Even if you haven't had an email yet telling you to book your slot, it's worth logging into your account on as some customers previously said that you can get access to slot booking anyway.
Think carefully before taking out any store card though.
The interest rates can be very high, so you want to make sure you can pay them off in full each month.
Otherwise the amount you pay in interest will wipe out the savings you make in the sale.
How to make the most of the Next sale
THESE tips from a Next employee can help you make sure you bag the best bargains this weekend.
- Familiarise yourself with the stock – check in store and online to see what items you might fancy, that means you'll be able to act fast once prices start dropping. Online you can even bookmark your favourites.
- Check online – often the sale launches online before stores open so go digital to get the best bargains.
- Consider the VIP scheme – If you have a credit account you can get access to the sale 24 hours before the rgeneral public.
- Choose the right store – smaller outlets are likely to be less rammed, so you may have less competition for great deals
- Shop late in the day – around two hours before closing, staff start replenishing stock for the next day, this is a great time to hit the stores.
- Look at ticket codes – if you're in a next keep an eye out for black dots on tickets, chances are that means an item is going to be discounted, so you're better off waiting till the price drops.
- Homeware and women's clothing sells fastest – so you might want to get to stores first thing for these items
Earlier this year, we revealed how Home Bargains labels can indicate how long an item will be in stores for.
And at TK Maxx, you can tell if an item has been reduced twice or more just by looking at the label.
We've also revealed all the secrets and best tricks to shopping at TK Maxx in a guide.
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