A Coles shopper has shared his little-known hack to scoring grocery items free when shopping at the supermarket giant.
Sharing on TikTok, the shopper revealed how he got three packets of dishwashing tablets free and saved himself $150.
It’s all thanks to Coles’ Promise on Price Scanning policy, which states that if an item is scanned at a higher price than advertised or ticketed on the shelf, you can get that item free.
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The shopper, who goes by Sydney Tamrin, shared a TikTok of his Coles receipt showing the freebie.
“Notice how the first line of 74-pack of dishwasher tablets is free? This is why it pays to take notice of prices while you’re shopping,” he said.
“Most people don’t know this, but all of the major supermarkets are bound by something called the Supermarket Code of Practice, as it’s generally known.
“And in that code, there’s a caveat where, if you scan an item and it scans it higher than the ticketed price, you get it for free. So, yeah, I just saved $50.”
Sydney then shows himself kissing a $50 note.
In a follow-up video, Sydney shared that he had gone back to Coles again for more and managed to score two more free packets of dishwashing tablets.
How does it work?
A Coles spokesperson confirmed all Coles supermarkets applied the price-scanning promise for customers.
“All Coles Supermarkets apply ‘Our Promise on Price Scanning’ to ensure confidence in the pricing accuracy at our registers,” the spokesperson said.
“If a single item scans at a higher price than the advertised or ticketed shelf price for that item, we will give the customer that item free.
“Our Promise on Price Scanning goes above and beyond the requirements of the Australian Consumer Law, which requires businesses to refund the difference between any overcharged amount and the correct price of the item.”
Woolworths confirmed to Yahoo Finance that if a product scans at a higher price than the ticketed price in store, customers will receive this product for free.
This is limited to one item and all further items will be processed at the correct shelf or ticketed price.