bogof

@p1kef1sh (45640)
June 25, 2008 12:38pm CST
or "Buy One Get One Free". I don't know how prevalent this practice is in the rest of the World but in the UK we are always being offered BOGOF offers. Sometimes that's great. Buy a frozen meal and get another free means that two of you can eat for the price of one. However, why not just sell the product at half price. 50% off is quite catchy too. Our freezer used to be full of the free additional half whatever that never got eaten. Which do you prefer, two items for the price of one, or one item at half price?
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@ruby222 (4848)
25 Jun 08
The BOGOF is fab as long as you have the room to store all the bargains!!but I do buy the bogofs certainly ,but I have to draw the line as ive not enough room to store them...so thats where the half price thing is maybe an advantage..but you ahave to be very careful with these bogofs..being an experienced bogof operator...sometimes they arent what they seem and they are just wolves in sheeps clothing...this is where the ability to think on your feet steps in...to calculate the price against a similar product...But the stores are crammed with them!!...and the worst bogofs are the ones that involve chocolate...that is absolute hell....just because two bars are eaten instead of one...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
But what a worthwhile investment Ruby. I do agree with you though. I hate to see food go to waste and I am afraid that it has been known to do so with BOGOF.
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@ruby222 (4848)
27 Jun 08
So the conclusion is that the BOGOF idea is an idea that may in some certain cases lead to wasteage..no e?...and with the state of the economy as it is its not a viable propostion..have I got it right/
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• United Kingdom
2 Aug 08
Some of these BOGOFs are rip-offs. I was looking for "pull-ups" for my toddler. I picked up Tesco brand and then noticed that Huggies were BOGOF. I'm glad I am good at calculating as well as being observant because the Huggies were only packs of 12 for £5 whereas the Tesco were packs of 22 for £4 so I would only have had and extra 2 pull ups for one extra pound which I don't think is very good value. So, sometimes, it is just to make you buy the more expensive brand. I suppose some people will be fooled into believing it's the better deal and many will return to buy them at full price once they have tried them out.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I think the idea of getting something for free rather then half off appeals to people more. i know i would rather hear by one get one free. just the word free peeks your interested just a little bit more
@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
Oh yes Momma. We all love that word. Except when it's the dentist calling "I'm free to see you Mr P1ke!"
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
25 Jun 08
hey speak for yourself. I love my dentist! LOL
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@snowy22315 (47427)
• United States
25 Jun 08
It depends on what the item is. In my experience the only time you actually get half off is if they desperately need to get rid of an item becasue they need the shelf space or something. They sometimes get overstocked also.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 Jun 08
One item at half price is generally fine with me. Just the other day I did my grocery shopping. They offered loaves of bread at buy one get one free...naturally I picked up two. Except both still sit there as no one seems to be eating it as quickly as usual and I still spent the same amount as I would have by only buying one loaf like I normally do. Buy one get one free on diapers would be really nice though...although half off would work too since I'd just get two packs and actually use them both.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
That's my objection to BOGOF Foxy. he other item sits there and goes bad or transfers to the freezer and gets thrown out 6 months later. Funny how they rarely put such offers on really useful and expensive things like diapers (or Ferraris. LOL.)
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@judy43 (299)
• United States
25 Jun 08
A lot of our grocery stores rings up the items at the half price. So if you just buy one you get it for half price
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
That sounds good Judy. Thank you.
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@nannacroc (4049)
25 Jun 08
I would prefer to get the goods at half price. But because we are a close family, the bogofs don't go to waste, it just means two of us get things half price.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
Shopping in groups makes a great deal of sense. As you say, you get the items half price.
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• United States
25 Jun 08
Either way works for me Pikey as long as I am getting some kind of discount!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
Sounds good to me Angel.
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Jun 08
hi pikefish I guess as they are really both the same I would be caught by the 50% off sign and end up buying enough to make it count.Its amazing how the wording ofa sale can catch ones eye and cause you to actually buy more than you ever intended. lol
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
25 Jun 08
Yes and they get you thinking that if you are saving 50% o one product then you can afford to buy something else that you had no intention of buying when you set out!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I love buy one get onoe free deals I am always on the lookout for them to help save money. I just went to a store in town that was offering buy one, get two free. But I had noticed that they upped the price of the product also. But it was still a good deal if you bought all three because it was still cheaper then paying full price. I wish they did have a 50% off sale. If I don't use the items I buy when they are on sale I always use them the next month. I also use coupons which is a great buy when it is already on sale.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Jun 08
Our problem is that we either store and forget the "free" item, or just don't eat it. Personally I'd sooner have it at half price. We have coupons too, and I'll clip those sometimes. Quite often though they are for something that we don't use anyway.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Jun 08
I usually on use coupons to get things I already buy and give the others away or post them on posh points. Well, in theory the buy one get one free is a great idea but with those that don't use the items then it is just a waste of money. Maybe if your wife has friends she can shop with to get the items that are bogof and split the cost of buying them and both go home with items they will use at half price..but your way of 50% off is really the best idea..
@mummymo (23707)
29 Jun 08
Well the way that my family eat the bogoff offers work well for us! We tend to stock up on basics when they have these offers on and keep them in the store cupboard - we save a fortune this way! Half price is a good offer too and I can see the point for people who live alone or perhaps without the voracious appetites of my other half and kids preferring that way but in my house bogoff reins supreme! lol xxx
@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Jun 08
Is that chicken supreme Mummymo!! If the stuff can be eaten fast enough then it makes good sense. Here though it often goes to waste so I prefer half price. XX
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@mummymo (23707)
29 Jun 08
LOL it may not be that but it is many other things that don't go off quickly! lol xxx
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
26 Jun 08
I occasionally come across the "buy one, get one free" offer at the supermarket I patronize. Sometimes it is a promotion to entice shoppers to try certain products, especially newly introduced ones. I also do enjoy "buy one, get one free" offers from credit cards, and usually these are more confined to meals or buffets at restaurants. Why not just sell the item at half price, you ask. It is simply a marketing strategy that works. the "buy one, get one free" offer is simply an offer of a product at half the price only if you buy two. By using this strategy, sellers get to sell more of their products which they are willing to offer at half price, and that makes good market sense because it increases their sales. Also it is quite common to have "buy two, get one free" offers for buffets. By having this offer, the restaurant gets patrons coming in threes or more to take advantage of the offer. Of course, if you ask me, I'd prefer that the shop just price the product at half price, so that I can just buy one if I don't need two.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Jun 08
I think that is exactly it lexus. A marketing strategy to get us to spend more rather than save.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
27 Jun 08
As long as you don't give in to indulgence and buy excessive things you don't actually need, offers like these should be seen as a savings ~ a win-win for both sellers and buyers. For things like frozen chicken, toilet paper, dishwashing liquids, etc. the "buy one, get one free" offer will really help us save, because we will consume the items eventually and not waste them.
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
26 Jun 08
One item at half price, I prefer. I don't know why but it seems cheaper that way.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Jun 08
I think so too Skinny. We quite often don't use the other "free" item.
• United States
29 Jun 08
Same here, my dear one. I just like to buy what I need and be done with it.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
26 Jun 08
Speaking of BOGOF offers what are your thoughts on WIGIG offers. Do you believe them ?
@p1kef1sh (45640)
27 Jun 08
I don't know what a WIGIG offer is. What does it stand for please.
@HADDOWZ (1481)
24 Jul 08
When It's Gone It's Gone
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Jun 08
There used to be a store that we shopped at that had "BOGO" meat. We loved it.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Jun 08
If the meat was good and you could store the surplus then that's a great deal.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
26 Jun 08
The meat was excellent. It was a come-on to get traffic in the store. We shopped there anyway, but it was always a plus.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
25 Jun 08
It doesn't matter to me as long as the deal is a good one. You can't go wrong when you have a two for one deal. Even with 50% off, can't go wrong with that. So many things are so high now a days that people jump on the chance of two for one or 50% off. They might not come around again. Then this would really be bad if it didn't. Have a good one.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Jun 08
That's true. Provided that you don't then spend the "saving" on something else in the tore. Which is what they hope that you will do of course.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Your right about that, it could be the reason that they do them. Then if they are over stocked or just needing to make room for more product. They might do the discount and the 50% of and the 2 for one deal in those situations too.
@anonymili (3138)
24 Jul 08
I guess it depends on how often I use the item - getting 2 for the normal price is 1 is a bargain if I know I'm going to use 2 fairly quickly and not have my fridge/freezer all full up with stuff like that. If it's a one off item and I have never tried it before I would rather have the 50% off so I can buy and see if I like it enough to go buy it again. Say you bought 2 items for the price of 1 and tried 1 and hated it, you're still stuck with the other one now, what can I do? Send it to you huh? LOL!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Jul 08
No thank you! I am not a huge fan, I'd prefer to have it half price usually. There are exceptions of course!
24 Jul 08
Last week I had to forgo the BOGOF,and just had the one item,I was buying some crumpets at the time,and the BOGOF issue came into it,well in the packet were eight fat juicy crumpets,and if I had taken advantage of the supermarkets kind offer then I could have had sixteen.But in this house there is one chief crumpet eater,and that is me,so had I had sixteen the onus would have fallen upon me to devour the lot,save wasting them.I could not justify eating that amount,so I did not take the offer,the girl cashier said.did I know about the offer? I explained,and she looked at me as though my lightbulb had gone out.But thats life.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
24 Jul 08
I think that you did the right thing Ella. There's no point in eating more than you need. Now I love crumpets. "All you have to do is call and I'll be there, yes I'll be there, you've got a friend....." sorry, I love that song.
@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I suppose it depends on what the product is and particularly what it costs. If it is expensive then I would probably prefer the 50% off or if its something that will last awhile, but if its a product that is short lived then sure I'll take two for the price of one. Either way, if it means saving a bit of money, I'm all for it.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
5 Jul 08
The overall benefit of saving money is great. Our problem is that when we get two, we often don't use the second so that goes to waste. Of course we could just take the one. But our greedy little eyes light up at the thought of getting something free. LOL.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
Living alone, I'd prefer one for 50% off...but I'd probably buy 3 or 4. In Australia they are going the "2 for $5.00 - single price $2.95" which of course forces us to buy 2.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Jul 08
I know what you mean by the two for one, or one for a little more thing. I just think that so far as my family is concerned, our money is better spent on the one item. It's sods law that you turn down a BOGOF offer, and the following day that you need another whatever, that you could have had for "free"!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
28 Jun 08
"two items for the price of one, or one item at half price?" Ummmmmmmmmmm.............is this a trick question? ROFL
@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Jun 08
LOL. Trickier than it might appear Sparks.