Tesco offer rock bottom petrol prices - by accident

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 November 2010

Bargain hunters flocked to Weston's Tesco in the last two weeks

Bargain hunters flocked to Weston's Tesco in the last two weeks


A WESTON supermarket's garage unintentionally became a Mecca for drivers seeking bargains in the last two weeks.

The Tesco supermarket’s garage has accidentally been selling petrol for far cheaper prices than any other garage.

Due to a mechanical fault which froze the price display board in its forecourt, a litre of unleaded petrol has been on offer for 111.9 – seven pence cheaper than the national average and a penny lower than the cheapest garage in the country.

The supermarket has said that covering up the faulty digit with a piece of cardboard with the correct price on it would not have been ‘appropriate’.

Under retail law a customer is not entitled to buy an item at a displayed price if the retailer has made a mistake, with the displayed price being technically an ‘invitation to treat’. In the case of petrol, when the shopper takes possession of the product before paying, the law is less clear.

On Monday the store announced it had fixed the faulty display board, and it is now displaying the correct price of 114.9.

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