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Shoppers bamboozled by cacophony of supermarket ‘special offers’

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 11, 2016 | 1 min read

Britain’s supermarkets have been accused of impairing the ability of shoppers to pick the lowest price groceries by burying bargains within a sea of multi-packs, special offers and buy one get one free deals.

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This follows research conducted by the Money Advice Centre which invited 2,000 shoppers to identify the best value deal of four offers – a feat successfully accomplished by just 40 volunteers.

The government-backed financial experts went onto find that 76 per cent of respondents spent more than they intended as a result, purchasing an additional £11 worth of goods after being enticed by seemingly attractive offers.

John Penberthy-Smith, customer director for the Money Advice Service, commented: "The problem is that quite often we see a special offer at the supermarket and we don't want to miss out - so we throw it into our trolley without really thinking about whether it is a good deal or whether we actually need it. Often deals can be difficult to understand and compare with other prices."

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