Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE -

Watch out for pro­mo­tions and of­fers in Irish stores in the run-up to Christ­mas as you may be able to some gifts for half-price. Deben­hams, for ex­am­ple, has a num­ber of dis­counts run­ning in De­cem­ber in­clud­ing half-price de­signer womenswear and 15pc off beauty prod­ucts on De­cem­ber 3. It also has a 50pc dis­count on sleep­wear on De­cem­ber 7, 50pc off par­ty­wear on De­cem­ber 8, and half-price Tripp lug­gage on De­cem­ber 11. Ea­son’s three-for-the-priceof-two mix and match pro­mo­tion will run this month. Some of the best-sell­ers in­cluded in this pro­mo­tion in­clude new books from Jodi Pi­coult, James Pat­ter­son and Michelle Obama as well as books from some pop­u­lar chil­dren’s au­thors. You might still be able to grab a deal un­der a Black Fri­day pro­mo­tion in early De­cem­ber as some stores still have such of­fers run­ning. Curry’s PC World, for ex­am­ple, is run­ning its Black Fri­day of­fers un­til De­cem­ber 5. Some of the store’s Black Fri­day of­fers in­clude a Canon Pow­er­shot SX720 Com­pact Cam­era for €239.99 — down from €429.99; and a 50-inch LG Smart 4K Ul­tra HD LED TV for €449 — re­duced from €699. A shop­ping trip to the North could cut the cost of your Christ­mas al­co­hol bill, but this will de­pend on ex­actly what you’re buy­ing. A one-litre bot­tle of Bai­leys Orig­i­nal Irish cream for ex­am­ple was priced at £12 (€13.50) in Asda, North­ern Ire­land in late Novem­ber — com­pared to €24 in Tesco in the Repub­lic of Ire­land. Do your re­search be­fore­hand though as cer­tain drinks may not be that much cheaper up the North than they are at home. A 70cl bot­tle of Smirnoff red la­bel vodka for ex­am­ple was priced at £14 (€16) in Sains­bury’s and Asda in North­ern Ire­land in late Novem­ber — Tesco in the Repub­lic is charg­ing €17 for the same bot­tle (only €1 more). You could save €100 or more on gifts by shop­ping around, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of presents on your Christ­mas list. Price dif­fer­ences can be sub­stan­tial. For ex­am­ple, Lego’s Harry Pot­ter Hog­warts Great Hall is tipped to be one of the most pop­u­lar Christ­mas toys this Christ­mas. This toy was priced at €119.99 in Ar­gos in late Novem­ber; but €99.99 in Smyths. Be care­ful if head­ing to on­line mar­ket­places such as ebay or Ama­zon to try find some­thing cheaper than on the high street. You may be able to source cheaper toys or gifts on­line, in­clud­ing ones which are used but de­scribed by the seller as al­most new. Should the re­al­ity be dif­fer­ent when the item ar­rives at your home, and you’re un­happy with the qual­ify of the item as a re­sult, you could run into trou­ble get­ting your money back or get­ting any re­dress — if you’ve bought from a pri­vate seller. “Con­sumer leg­is­la­tion doesn’t ap­ply if you buy from a pri­vate seller,” said Martina Nee of Euro­pean Con­sumer Cen­tre (ECC) Ire­land. Find out if de­liv­ery and cus­tom charges will ap­ply too when or­der­ing on­line. “When shop­ping within the EU, traders are obliged to in­form you of the to­tal cost — in­clud­ing tax and other charges,” said Nee. “But traders based out­side the EU don’t have this obli­ga­tion. Be aware that just be­cause a web­site ad­dress ends in or doesn’t mean that the trader is based within the EU.”

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