Post # 1
So when I was shopping at Bath and Body Works they had a buy 3 get 3 free deal. I bought 3 and when going up to the counter the employee said she had to scan the 3 most expensive ones first ($16.99) than the $12.99. This was after she got done telling me how woman buy the 3 item deals so they can get the expensive ones free, but she turned around and charged me for the expensive ones first? Did I get ripped off and are they allowed to do this or did she try and make more profit by telling me otherwise?
Post # 2
I’m not sure what Bath and Body Works policy is, but it’s not uncommon that the least expensive item is the one you get free.
Post # 3
I dont think you got ripped off per se, you just didnt get a great deal. BBW usually has better sales, esp if you plan ahead and know how you plan to maxmize your savings ahead of time.
Post # 4
mrswhiskers : Thanks I just wasn’t sure because some friends and family were telling me that it was uncommon. I am super tight on a budget for Christmas and when they said this it had me questioning the purchase. I know its a silly thread but, I greatly appreciate your feedback!
Post # 5
That’s usually how those deals work. The fine print probably says “buy 3, get 3 free of equal or lesser value”. So you purchase the more expensive ones and the cheaper ones are free unless you got 6 of the expensive ones.
Post # 6
emsie : Okay now I see how it works, I should look at better ways of saving. Also thanks for voting, hearing them nag about buying scrubs for the buy 3 deal was getting annoying, it will be easy just showing the poll results and quickly ending that debate with my family.
Post # 7
Just about every store I’ve been to with a buy one get one deal will charge you for the most expensive items and give you the cheaper ones free. This just makes sense for them. When these deals happen I try to buy all the same price range so it is more “worth it” for me.
Post # 8
Paying for the more expensive item and getting the cheaper free is always how these deals work!
Post # 9
That’s how buy some get some works in every instance I’ve ever heard of. And I’ve never known it to matter which order they ring the items in.
Post # 10
Also, these deals usually have nothing to do with the order scanned. The registers are pre-programmed that once you hit six qualifying items, it will automatically deduct the three least expensive items regardless of what the cashiers do. Pretty much every Buy X, Get Y free is structured like this. Otherwise people would buy three $3 trial size items and then expect to get three $20 scrubs for free and the store loses $60 dollars instead of $9. In fact, if you go on their website right now they have Buy 3, get 2 free and it says right on the ad the two lowest priced items are free. These kinds of deals are best when the items you want to buy are roughly the same price. If you have a variety of items in a range of prices, it’s probably best to wait for an X% off deal instead.
Post # 11
Totally normal. I’m sure the cashier didn’t even do anything, the computer calculates the deal automatically.
Post # 12
As people say, usually you get the cheapest ones for free at such deals (unless all items you buy cost the same).
The employee saying this seems confusing though, I don’t get that either: “This was after she got done telling me how woman buy the 3 item deals so they can get the expensive ones free,”
Off topic but, did she really say “woman buy..”? that’s kind of funny, i get it that most of their customers are probably women, but still.. lol
Post # 13
This is standard, and at most places it won’t matter which items are scanned when; it will automatically charge you for the three most expensive and THEN you get the less expensive ones for free. It is likely that the cashier meant people will buy three and get equally expensive ones for free, thus making the discount 50%.
Post # 14
Standard operating procedure.
Post # 15
Working in retail that’s generally how it goes. What helps is if you purchase items all at the same cost