I’m a bug hunter and my best bargain is 90% off Adidas trainers

Like many shoppers, Katie Alexander loves a bargain – and she even discovered a price breakdown that has resulted in her items being up to 90% off.

Her best bargain is a pair of trainers in Live sports when she found a glitch that meant the decimal point on the price tag was out of place.

Katie Alexander is a bug hunter and encourages her boyfriend to do the same


Katie Alexander is a bug hunter and encourages her boyfriend to do the sameCredit: Katie Alexander

The 27-year-old training teacher bought a pair of Adidas training shoes, which should have been £67.99 for just £6.79.

And that’s not the only bargain that eagle-eyed shoppers snag.

In Boots, she discovered WoodWick candles often retail for £19.99 just £1.99.

As an added bonus, the candles have a three for two offer, meaning she picked up three for just £5.97.

And on top of that, she can get an extra discount using her student discount card.

Another 10% drop brought the total price down to £5.37 for three candles which should have gone up to £59.97.

Katie says: “Whenever I spot a price breakdown, I take a picture of the brand to handle in case they have any questions.

“I’ve always been honest and said I thought it was a mistake, but I’ve never had anyone refuse to bid.”

She first discovered the glitch about five years ago during a shopping trip to nearby Norwich.

Since then, she has had a successful shopping streak both on the street and online.

Other deals she hits in Boots include deals on the Soap & Glory beauty line.

Online, she discovered the glitch many times on Amazon.

Her best bargain was a phone case that should have been £17.99, which she got for just 99p.

She said: “I love looking for a good deal. It gives you a great feeling when you get something you found out of the blue.

“But I never buy more than I need just because of a glitch because I don’t want to be too bold.”

How to find a bargain on price

Katie’s Top money saving tips is to keep your eyes from peeling.

If the price seems out of the ordinary or wrong, it could be a sign of a bargain.

In stores, she always checks labels, and when browsing online, she filters items by price to make bargains easier to spot.

If she finds a bargain in the store, she always takes a photo of the product label showing the wrong price to show it until it doesn’t show up.

She chose to tell the cashier that she thought there was an error in pricing and had never been denied an incorrect price.

She said: “I’ve heard of stores not honoring purchases when they realize something went wrong, so maybe I got lucky.

“But it could also be because I respect that quite a bit.

“I only buy what I need and I always make the store aware of the problem.”

Online, she doesn’t share her findings on social media in case a spike in orders keeps the retailer from accepting erroneous pricing.

Katie inspired her boyfriend Josh to start looking for trouble as well – although he hasn’t been successful yet.

“He’s definitely a more savvy shopper these days – before we met, he didn’t even know about the student discount card,” she said.

What rights do you have if there is a price problem?

Katie isn’t the only glitch hunter out there. One Savvy shoppers save around £1,000 a year by finding pricing errors.

Online shoppers have found problematic price listings Free kettle and toaster at Sainsbury’s and a £375 three-seater sofa at Asda.

Stores don’t always have to give an incorrect price.

If you haven’t made a purchase, the store doesn’t have to sell it to you at the error price.

The same applies if you see an item advertised for less than the item in the tag.

However, you can ask if the store respects the price – you may be more successful if you ask politely and don’t buy too much.

If you purchase online, the company may cancel your order after recognizing a pricing error if it is a genuine error that they think you should have noticed.

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