NEXT is kicking off its summer sale this weekend, and there’s a secret way to find out what items will be included before the show even begins.
The sale usually attracts a lot of shoppers, who sometimes line up all night, just to be the first in line to grab the bargain.
It’s especially popular because everything, including clothes, kids and homeware is 50% off – instead of the standard “up to” discount.
The next sale starts in stores across the UK from 6am tomorrow.
But there is a secret way to know today whether an item will be included or not.
Items are typically marked up by staff in the days before the sale begins, and this handwritten scribble is key to knowing how much the discount will be.
The codes are written in pencil on the price tag – such as P360, G4, R5 and J6.
If you omit the letters, you’re left with only one number – that’s usually the item’s selling price.
Codes and marked items may vary from store to store.
In addition, other items can still be marked down, even if they don’t have a code yet.
Of course, by delaying the purchase of items until tomorrow, you run the risk of selling out, but that can also save you a lot of money.
The Sun has reached out to Next for comment.
VIP members get exclusive access before the sale is rolled out in store.
The high street store has sent out early access slots to invited customers, who can book a seat to browse the sale online and purchase items before it launches at the high street stores .
Members are invited to sign up for the discount and make a reservation during a 45-minute shopping window before the sale goes live in stores.
If you plan to wait until the sale starts at the store tomorrow, you can find the nearest branch using Locate the next store.
Note that each store may have different opening hours, so it’s best to check with your local branch before you arrive, but most will open at 6am.
How can I pocket the best bargains?
A Next employee previously shared top tips with The Sun on how to grab the best deals in stores and online.
Before the sale, familiarize yourself with the sale being offered ahead of time as Next reveals more information about the sale.
Check in-store and online to see what items you might like, which means you’ll be able to act quickly when prices start to drop.
It’s also a good idea to check online before going to the store – this is because the sale starts online before going to the store.
Choose the store that’s right for you – the smaller stores can be less busy while the crowds of shoppers mostly go to the big branches, so you’ll have less competition.
You can try shopping later in the day – about two hours before closing when the staff brings out more stock.
Best-selling womenswear and homewares – so shop quickly from these regions first.
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