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How to sell to the post-Covid consumer

Digital promotions are becoming ever more complex as the number of channels and devices explode, which represents a great opportunity for companies with the tools to manage them, says Robin Coles, EMEA MD, XCCommerce. Engaging with and selling to consumers online during 2021 and to be truthful for the last few years, has been increasingly challenging, for the simple reason that those consumers are viewing the world through a growing set of channels. In addition to a retailer's owned channels (website, apps, email, text) they must now add Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, text and TikTok - all of which are either already fully commercialised or on their owner's commerce roadmap.

As a result, this growing digitisation of the shopping environment has provided a plethora of touchpoints through which consumers should be engaged, requiring marketing and merchandising teams to work collectively to increase traffic and convert more sales. Add to this complexity the fact that, since the pandemic and the increased shift to online, retailers have had to offer promote, transact, redeem and fulfil in traditional as well as new ways including social commerce, mobile commerce, self-scanning, BOPIS, and curb side pickup. Increasingly today's transactions are dominated by digital coupons, necessary to meet the growing desire among consumers for personalisation and targeted communication.

Figures bear this out; Juniper Research estimates that the worldwide value of digital coupon redemptions will surpass GBP70 billion by the end of 2022. It adds that mobile devices will be at the heart of this activity, being leveraged to complete 80% of all online coupon redemptions. In addition, research conducted by eMarketer suggests that 87.6% of shoppers who receive coupons or deals are likely to download a retailer's app.

By leveraging the capabilities of digital coupons, retailers can build their promotional campaigns, and combine them with existing loyalty programs, to better understand which customers to target and the deals and products that will interest them most. In addition, the digital environment also allows retailers to deploy several different types of coupons, including generic, single-use, multi-use, coupons restricted to a single customer, coupons with monetary value and custom encoding and randomisation methods. However, the key to success is consistency.

The brand, offer, price, language, redemption mechanism must not be fragmented across each of these channels. If they are, it's likely that will lose the customer very quickly, particularly if the workload in piecing things together rests on them alone. There are also challenges involved in implementing cross channel promotions into organisations' overall strategies and operations.

Retailers are finding that these don't integrate easily with their multiple sales applications, making it next to impossible to properly leverage the full capabilities of complex promotion strategies, including digital coupons. That's where the real challenge lies for retailers as they try to offer promotions that facilitate and support many different combinations of promotions, including simple discount offers, BOGOFs, bundle deals, buy more save more, transaction discounts, order discounts, tiered order discounts, discounts based on tender type, and loyalty base points, bonus and multiplier points. A modern promotion management system must be able to keep pace with the way consumers now shop.

However, even today promotions are generally planned with an inward rather than an outward focus. They consider stock levels and planned sell through rates, but they miss a key element - they are not built around customer insight. Retailers are simply missing a trick.

Ideally, a modern approach should enable promotions to be data driven built around rule sets that include customer and loyalty, product and basket, coupon and voucher upsell and cross sell criteria, leading to the appropriate reward. This approach will enable the promotions to operate effectively across any channel, segment, retail tier or geography. Taking that approach, especially where the solution is compatible with any operating system, database and sales application, will mean that the retailer is essentially future-proofed in advance of the next disruption or major challenge.

The solution must also support multiple currencies, languages and banners, allowing retailers to leverage their promotions across global markets. And while we are talking about a tool, an ideal provider should be prepared to work with the retailer to help them build the right kinds of promotions, exploring the kind of customer experience they are trying to create, examining the need for global expansion, and not forgetting the branding experience that coupons and promotions deliver. Lastly, implementing a continual flow of promotions naturally involves many departments, with multiple stakeholders, numerous steps and approval, so workflow should be a natural part of the solution.

With all that in place, the business will find itself in an excellent position to sell to the post-Covid consumer.

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We do love a good farm shop - in fact people have been queueing for hours to get into Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm in Chipping Norton. But we want to know where your favourite farm is for stocking up on fresh seasonal veg and local meats and cheeses.

Is there somewhere that stands out for its homemade pies, perhaps, or has the creamiest milk, or the tastiest tatties? Let us know for your chance to win a holiday voucher.

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DHgate Announces Anniversary Sale, Celebrating 17 Year Journey of Connecting the World’s Buyers and Sellers

BEIJING, August 16, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DHgate will launch an anniversary sale to celebrate its 17th anniversary. From August 24-31, 2021, customers will enjoy the thrill of exploring top deals and huge discounts, and shop for popular items and household necessities including consumer electronics, smart devices, and home & garden. On top of massive discounts, special deals, and coupons, DHgate will deliver an interactive and immersive shopping experience.

This includes hosting a special pop-up bazaar for business procurement needs and live-stream sessions promoting top-selling products. Check the shopping guide here. This press release features multimedia.

View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210815005023/en/

DHgate launches anniversary sale to reward customers (Photo: Business Wire) Multi-tiered discounts, £10 million in coupons & exclusive offers for VIP members To commemorate the anniversary, US£ 10 million in coupons, multi-tiered discounts, exclusive VIP discounts, lucky draw, and special prices on top brands will be available once the anniversary sale kicks off on August 24.

Early bird discounts will be online first during the pre-sale starting on August 17. The anniversary's special offers include:

  • Multi-tiered discounts that can be applied across stores

  • Exclusive VIP discounts on Insiders Days, including exclusive member coupons, 5% off in addition to the 20% off VIP exclusive price, and sign in to get coins, which can be used for more chances to win cash

  • Non-VIP users can play and join a free lucky draw for an iPhone 12 Pro, DH Coins, etc.

  • All users can collect store coupons from the Coupon Center (up to £500 off) and claim Coupon Packs to save even more!

  • A one-stop shopping wholesale page designed for bulk purchase buyers, exclusive offers, and bigger discounts

Buy top products from a wholesale pop-up bazaar and merchandise from local warehouses To extend special gratitude to the long-term support of the wholesale overseas buyers, DHgate will host a special pop-up bazaar where business customers can procure popular merchandise across a variety of categories including toys, apparel, makeups, home & garden, lighting, 3C, festive and party supplies, hair, auto parts, and many more from a wide range of participating suppliers.

Ranked based on the volume of repeat orders from wholesale buyers, these products are a great choice for business buyers and many can be shipped from local warehouses. Story continues As usual, in addition to wholesale buyers, consumer customers can also enjoy the benefits of fast delivery, no customs duty, and more value for money.

Customers can get their package - for even just a one-item order - lightning-fast and receive best-selling merchandise from the more than ten local warehouses operated globally by DHgate. This translates to a super convenient and easy cross-border e-commerce shopping experience and massive discounts of up to 60% off on high-quality products such as smartphones, wearables, and electric scooters. Shop with the most popular influencers at DHgate Live Stream Shopping

DHgate is not just committed to providing the best quality goods to customers at the best price, but also dedicated to constantly improving its platform and exploring new ways of providing customers more fun, faster delivery, and new shopping experiences. Like the many Worth Buying Lists released earlier this year to help customers select from the hottest products, customers will be able to receive recommendations from top electronic brands at DHgate Trend. Fans of brands like Xiaomi, Roborock, Oclean, Dreame, Ipason, Chuwi, and Yeelight can visit directly to enjoy Special Prices on Top Brands, Best Sellers Spotlight and Best Sales Rank for new arrivals, Must-haves & Top Brands.

What else is on offer? DHgate will host various live-stream shopping sessions covering a wide range of categories including home & garden, fashion, lifestyle, health & fitness, 3C, cosmetics where customers can not just explore discounts and selected goods but also interact with popular cyber celebrities including D&Z FAMILY, RAISING KREW, Princess Kooch, Stella Rae, Happy Aujla, Veronica LaVery, JessChic, and GABBI & GABBE. Don't miss out on this opportunity to chat with celebrities and celebrate the carnival together with them!

Everything shown on the live-stream will be heavily discounted at up to 70% off or available for purchase with special coupons! Heartfelt appreciation from DHgate and its users Since its foundation in 2004, DHgate has engaged more than 2.3 million sellers and 36 million buyers by the end of 2020.

Currently, this includes more than 25 million items, with more than 10 local warehouses serving customers and others. DHgate has regularly been receiving customer voice messages from around the world, including these messages from customers in the U.S.: "DHgate has great service, unbeatable prices, fast and secure check out.

All have peace of mind knowing that customer service handles any situation and I will continue doing business with them," said Khalid. "I think DHgate is a great resource for your business. Great customer service and plenty of coupons make it super useful for getting the products you need with confidence," said Abhi.

"I can't run my business without DHgate at this point. They have plenty of items to choose from and the minute I have an issue, their US customer success team is available by text or call. Complete professionalism.

I've already made over 40 orders since last week," said Carrie. "The service at DHgate is fantastic. I feel heard with my personal DHgate account manager to help with everything from seller issues and more.

Shoutout to Benjamin! I will continue to buy at DHgate in the future," said Robert. "This anniversary sale is a celebration and feast for us all, DHgate customers, cross-border e-commerce professionals like sellers and suppliers, and DHgate staff.

We want to reward the loyalty of millions of customers and sellers engaged on our platform around the globe, who have all participated in our marvelous 17 years journey of exploring cross-border trading, and contributing to the global economic recovery, especially during this post-pandemic era," said Jane Zhang, head of marketing operations of DHgate.com. HOT DEALS

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About DHgate Founded in 2004, DHgate has become the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce marketplace in China.

Through our global operations and offices, including in the USA and UK, we reach millions of people with trusted products and services. As of December 31, 2020, DHgate served more than 36 million registered buyers from 223 countries and regions by connecting them to over 2.3 million sellers in China and other countries, with over 25 million live listings on the platform annually. For more information, please visit dhgate.com and follow @DHgate.com.

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Groupon customers could be due cash refunds after UK watchdog warning

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Groupon customers could be due cash refunds after UK watchdog warning

CMA says sometimes only credits were offered, and it wants swift change or court action could follow

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Customers of the deals website Groupon who were told by the firm they had to accept a credit note could be due cash refunds after the UK's competition watchdog ordered the company to improve the way it treats users or face legal action.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said this week it had found evidence that Groupon does not always provide customers with refunds or replacement items when there is a problem with an order. Shoppers have sometimes only been offered Groupon "credits", potentially breaking consumer law, it says.

Groupon started out selling vouchers for experiences such as hotel teas and outdoor activities, and now sells a bewildering range of "discounted" items and services - from lawnmowers to deodorant.

The company partners with retailers and other service providers to offer items, and helped to spawn a huge voucher and deals industry. However, some customers have reported huge frustration when it comes to getting refunds or a replacement when the service or item can't be provided as advertised or simply fails to arrive.

The CMA has told Groupon it must make "swift" changes to how it deals with customers to "ensure it is complying with consumer protection law".

It remains to be seen whether that will include the offering of cash refunds to affected customers.

In a statement, Groupon says: "We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the CMA.

We take the outcome of the investigation very seriously and will be carefully reviewing the CMA's findings."

Some customers such as Zai Hussien say they have struggled to get their money back. In his case, he bought a voucher for the servicing of his car's air conditioning system. However, the garage could not honour the voucher and told him to ask for a refund.

He told the website Trustpilot this month that he was only offered a credit note. In a reply posted on the site, Groupon said: "Our apologies for any issues with receiving your refund. We're very sorry to hear about the poor experience you've had with us so far." It invited him to contact customer services about the status of his refund.

In a statement, the competition watchdog says it has "found evidence that Groupon does not always provide customers with the refunds and other forms of redress, such as replacement items, to which the CMA considers they are legally entitled".

It is also concerned that Groupon was failing to ensure that vouchers people had bought could always be redeemed within the advertised periods.

The CMA has written to the company to ask it to sign formal commitments. This could include Groupon providing redress to shoppers wrongly denied a refund, although the exact action is yet to be confirmed and will be subject to discussions between Groupon and the CMA. If Groupon fails to act, it may face court action.

This is not the first time Groupon has found itself in trouble with regulators.

In 2012, it agreed to change some of its business practices after an investigation by the CMA's predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading.

At the time, Groupon pledged to ensure that information on its website was not misleading and to comply with customers' legal cancellation and refund rights.

Adam French, a consumer rights expert at Which?, says: "Which? has previously uncovered problems with misleading Groupon deals, so it's good to see the Competition and Markets Authority taking action to tackle the company's poor treatment of its customers.

Consumers should remember that if they are struggling to get a refund and paid more than GBP100 by credit card, they can try to claim a refund under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act or use chargeback rules if they paid on a debit card."

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What is the Wish app? The e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explained

  • The Wish app lets you shop for discount products from the online Wish marketplace.
  • Wish itself is an e-commerce platform that lets users sell and buy all sorts of products.
  • The Wish app is mostly safe, but users should be wary of buying fake or mislabeled products.

You've probably heard about the e-commerce company Wish, which has become a power player in the online shopping world. It's known for its cheap prices, long shipping times, occasional customer service woes, and easy-to-use app.

Here's a guide to Wish and its mobile app, including what it is, how it works, and if it's safe.

What is the Wish app?

The Wish app allows customers to shop from Wish, a San Francisco-based e-commerce platform. Like eBay and Amazon, Wish is an online marketplace for buying and selling products; however, one of the key distinctions is its emphasis on cheap products.

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While you may not find many prominent brand names like Apple on Wish, you can find smartwatches - among many other popular products - for less than £5.

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pThe e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explainedWish offers clothes, electronics, jewelry, and more for low prices. William Antonelli/Insider; Wish

If there's a product you want to buy, there's a very good chance that someone on Wish sells it. For household supplies, you can find pest control devices, food storage containers, and garbage bags. In the Fashion tab, you can buy sundresses, leggings, and bathing suits.

And in Gadgets, you'll see listings for drones, hearing aids, and portable hard drives. It's like a bazaar in your phone. However, these low prices and lack of strict guidelines can come with drawbacks, as we'll discuss later.

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How to buy from the Wish app

1. Download the Wish app on your iPhone or Android device and open it.

2. Sign up for a Wish account - you can use your Facebook, Google, or Apple credentials - or tap the tiny Skip button in the bottom-right corner.

What is the Wish app? The e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explainedYou can create an account right away, or skip the process. William Antonelli/Insider; Wish

3. Use the themed tabs or the search bar to find an item you want to buy, and when you find something, tap its photo to open the listing.

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4. Read the listing and reviews to ensure it meets your specifications, then tap Buy.

What is the Wish app? The e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explainedMake sure you're buying the right product, and read available reviews. William Antonelli/Insider; Wish

5. At the bottom-right corner of your screen (or top-right corner on the website), tap the cart icon.

When you're ready to check out, tap Checkout.

What is the Wish app? The e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explainedCheck the price and then checkout. William Antonelli/Insider; Wish

7. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the transaction.

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Is Wish safe?

Wish is a very popular app, but it's trailed by a history of poor customer reviews and accusations of fraud.

Most reviews of Wish are positive. However, a 2019 Vox report that looked at the app's reviews found a variety of complaints from users, accusing the company of failing to send purchased products, refusing to issue refunds, making unauthorized credit card charges, and more.

The app can also be very pushy when it comes to suggesting products. As you use the service, you'll be constantly bombarded with potential discounts and coupon opportunities, most of which are styled to make it seem like if you don't immediately take them, they'll disappear.

AdvertisementWhat is the Wish app? The e-commerce platform that offers discount products, explainedThese products are labeled with "Limited Quantity Deal" and "Almost Gone," pressuring the user to buy fast or lose out. William Antonelli/Insider; Wish

In his review of the Wish website, Insider editor Dennis Green said Wish "takes a gimmicky approach to commerce, trying to make consumers feel special through psychological tricks."

He also said that the products "seem untested and suspect." As we noted earlier, Wish features low prices and very little content moderation.

It's not hard to find knockoff brand name clothing and accessories. In the electronics department, it's become a trend on YouTube to build a computer using only components bought from Wish and watch them fail to run. While you're shopping on Wish, remember the phrase "You get what you pay for." If you find a product that's priced way cheaper than you expect, you might be buying a fake.

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You should also be prepared for long shipping times. Most products on Wish are manufactured and shipped directly from China and other Asian countries. In Insider's experience, it sometimes took a month or more to receive orders, and when they arrived, the packaging was occasionally damaged.

Wish can offer some incredible deals. But be careful while shopping, and do your research before buying anything.

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Coupon Discounts 2021: Understanding The Basics Of Coupons & Ways To Use Them — Hometown Station

The world of coupons, deals, and discounts is a huge one. People everywhere are looking out for ways to save money and know that the best way is to check out local businesses, use coupons at the grocery stores, or shop online. Many have heard terms like "cash back" or "coupon codes," but many aren't sure what these mean or how they can help you save money.

How can coupon discounts help me?

Coupons provide an immediate discount on a product - usually in the form of cashback rebates either in-store or online (even both!) Cashback offers are great because they offer savings as well as a choice - if you don't like the store offering it, you can shop elsewhere to get the best deal.

Plus, there are tons of online and printable coupons that take a percentage off your price instead, which is just as nice! The Internet has made saving easier than ever before. There are innumerable sites that offer online coupon codes and email alerts to let you know when sales kick in.

Some businesses even have dedicated places for their customers to find these offers (including restaurants, coffee shops, and car rental places). More people than ever come to the web seeking information on products before they buy them: this means that businesses can market directly to customers looking for bargains without having to pass out flyers or invest in advertising campaigns like television commercials.

How do I start using coupons?

The best way to get started with coupons is to sign up for a few websites. You can find online coupon codes that offer cash back at specific stores on the sites' pages, and if you're browsing in your search engine, simply looking up "coupon code" or similar terms will bring up lots of results.

Websites like Savings.com, ShopAtHome.com, and RetailMeNot are especially useful because they have sections dedicated only to local businesses that offer coupons - from restaurants to clothing stores and everything in between! So next time you head out for dinner or buy new clothes, find a site offering discounts before you go and save money without even trying!

How do I use an online coupon code?

Using online coupons can be a bit confusing at first, especially if you're used to taking down the paper versions in-store or clipping out ads for deals. It's more convenient, though: set up an account on your favorite coupon website and enter any promo codes that you find there.

For example you can just search for promo code for walmart and surprisingly you will find many. If it's an online-only discount, all you have to do is click "use code," and it will apply automatically.

How do I search for coupons?

Simply put, coupon searching makes getting discounts as easy as 1-2-3. The first step is to find a coupon by searching online or downloading it from the store's website.

Even better, you can often save even more money with sales and offers like BOGO (buy one get one free) or extra cashback on certain days of the week! After you've found your coupons, you'll want to have them handy when shopping - many stores print out codes on receipts that are good for about a week after purchase, so make sure you check them over before binning that paper. After checkout is where saving counts: double-check your receipt before throwing it away because a lot of businesses will hand out stickers and other things with deals printed directly on them!

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How will coupons affect my credit score?

While using coupons to save on purchases has gotten much easier, some people worry about saving money too much. The good news is that many stores offer rebates and cashback options, so you're not just getting free stuff; your purchases are also returning money through a rebate! So how will this affect your credit score, if at all?

As of today, there is no official ruling by any agency or institution on the topic. You might have heard rumors of an "opt-out" clause for shoppers who don't want their spending tracked for deals - however, these rumors appear to be completely unfounded. If the company selling you something thinks you'll buy it anyway (in other words, they've sized you up as someone who needs to save money), they don't have any reason not to offer you a discount.

How do I get cash back from my purchases?

After you've made a purchase, take a few minutes to visit your store's website.

Look for the "rebates" or "coupons" section of the site and see if any deals are available - even stores that don't give out coupons will often offer rebates that can amount to hundreds of dollars per year, depending on how much you buy from them. The rebate redemption process generally takes less than 10 minutes; log in to their website (using the same username/password you used at checkout), follow the steps, attach copies of your receipt(s) and wait for your check in the mail!

How can I save money with coupons?

Despite what some naysayers say, coupon-clipping is still a great way to save money when it comes to groceries. While you might not be able to use them at every store out there, the ones that do accept them are giving you an easy (and legal) way to cut your grocery bill without having to resort to extreme measures such as going hungry or forgoing dinners out altogether!

While getting discounts on non-food items in stores like Lowe's and Sears can be a little more complicated, hang onto your receipts and look through the "coupon savings" tables they put together from time to time - these can offer serious rebates on purchases that will have you thanking your lucky stars for the coupons!

How do I stay informed?

If you want to be sure you're getting the best possible deals by taking advantage of all of these companies' offers, there's no better way than to bookmark their websites as soon as you can and visit them regularly. This is especially helpful if you like buying things regularly; if you go into your favorite store every week, there's a good chance they'll throw out coupons that are just for you! What's more is that some sites will give you exclusive access to unique deals - for example, if you sign up on a video game site's mailing list, they'll sometimes send out promotional offers that aren't available anywhere else.

Conclusion:

Coupons are a good way to use your money wisely and save some extra cash, but only if you know how to find and apply them!

By bookmarking stores' websites and making a shopping plan that takes advantage of their discounts, you'll be able to get everything you need for much less.

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Back to school Apple sale: deals on iPads, MacBooks, AirPods, Apple Watch and more

We're rounding up this weekend's best back to school Apple sales from Amazon, which include fantastic deals on iPads, MacBooks, AirPods, and the Apple Watch 6. Some highlighted offers from Amazon include the best-selling AirPods Pro in stock and on sale for £197 (was £249), a massive £69 discount on the Apple Watch 6, and the powerful MacBook Air on sale for a record-low price of £899 (was £999). If you're a student looking for tablet deals, Amazon has the 10.2-inch iPad on sale for an all-time low of £299.99 (was £329) and a £60 discount on the Apple iPad Air.

See more of Amazon's best back to school Apple deals below, and keep in mind, these are limited-time offers, so if you see a price, you like we recommend taking advantage now before it's too late.

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AirPods with wired charging case: £159 £119 at Amazon
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We only see prices drop below this £119 position during major sales events like Black Friday, but before June we were more accustomed to a £130 price. That means you're still getting a great deal on the standard 2019 AirPods here, even if they have dropped down to £99 before. You can also grab the AirPods with wireless charging case for £159.98 (was £199)View Deal

Apple AirPods Pro: £249 £197 at Amazon
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Amazon has the best-selling AirPods Pro back in stock and on sale for £197.

The wireless earbuds sold out during Prime Day and have been flashing in and out of stock as of late, so while this isn't the lowest price we've seen, it's still a decent discount and the best deal you can find right now.
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iPad 8th generation (32GB): £329 £299 at Amazon
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This is a well-worn iPad deal by now, as we've been seeing this £30 discount on the 8th generation entry-level model for months. However, this is still the cheapest this device has ever been, and we don't expect to see a lower price any time soon.
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Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS): £399.99 £329.99 at Amazon
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Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 on sale for a record-low price of £329.99 when you apply the additional £16.22 savings at checkout. The 40mm smartwatch features a new S6 processor, blood oxygen monitoring, an ECG app, and elevation tracking.

Please note, this deal applies to the White Sport Band model.
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Apple AirPods Max: £549 £519.99 at Amazon
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We've spotted the powerful Apple AirPods Max on sale for £519.99 at Amazon - £10 less than last week's sale price. The over-ear headphones feature active noise cancellation to block out unwanted noise and provide up to 20 hours of battery life.
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iPad Air 4 (64GB): £599 £539 at Amazon
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We have seen a £519 record low price on the iPad Air, but only for a very short period over Prime Day. Before that, this model rarely dropped below £550, which means a full £60 is an excellent offer.

The 2020 iPad Air comes with 64GB of storage and includes Touch ID, Apple Pay, and provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
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Apple MacBook Air: £999 £899 at Amazon
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The M1 MacBook Air has dropped back down to its record low £899 price at Amazon when you apply the additional £50 coupon code at checkout. The 13-inch laptop features Apple's powerful M1 chip, 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and provides up to 15 hours of battery life.
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MacBook Pro M1 (256GB): £1,299 £1,099.99 at Amazon
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MacBook deals are also hitting the M1 Pro model at Amazon, with a massive £1990 discount on the 256GB configuration, which is the lowest price we've seen. You're upgrading your speakers and mic on this model, with extra cooling enhancements under the hood as well.
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Microsoft UK discounts Surface Duo to £679

Microsoft UK is now selling the Surface Duo at more than a 50% discount from its initial retail price of GBP1,400. The Surface Duo Android phone can be purchased directly from Microsoft for GBP679 including VAT for the 128GB base model. It's GBP 729 for the 256GB variant.

Microsoft UK discounts Surface Duo to GBP679

The Surface Duo has seen similar discounts in Microsoft's US store where it costs £649 (or £699 for the 256GB).

The phone has seen prices even below £400 for the AT&T carrier-locked variant. The expensive smartphone's heavy discounts can be attributed to the hardware's poor build quality around the charging port, and the phone's high cost to repair. The Duo's lackluster camera setup wasn't up to par with other flagships as well.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2 (source)

A successor with a triple camera array on the exterior, NFC support, and it is also reported to be powered by the Snapdragon 888.

A new Surface Duo may arrive sometime around September or October.

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UK plug-in car grant: what is it and how much can you save on an electric car?

In a bid to encourage the adoption of electric cars in the UK, the government offers a grant to help reduce the price of a wide range of new EVs. Its official title is the Plug-in Car Grant, or the PiCG.

(C) Provided by TechRadar A close up on a electric car charger plugged into a vehicle

The headline figure is a saving of GBP2,500 from the initial recommended retail price (as of July 2021). But there are various restrictions on how the grant is applied, and it isn't available on all new electric vehicles.

It is also no longer available on hybrid vehicles. Living in the UK and in the market for a new electric car? Want to know how to save GBP2,500 on the cost of that car?

Read on to find out exactly how the government plug-in car grant works.

How much is the UK plug-in car grant?

Yes, we know we've already said the grant is GBP2,500, but it used to be more and it could change again in the future.  The PiCG was introduced in 2011 and has so far saved motorists over GBP1bn. It began as a GBP5,000 discount on new electric and plug-in hybrid cars costing up to GBP50,000.

It was reduced to GBP4,500 in 2016, then to GBP3,500 in 2018. In early 2020, the grant was cut further still, to GBP3,000, and in March 2021 it fell by a further GBP500 to its current level of GBP2,500.  That month also saw a reduction in the price of eligible vehicles from GBP50,000 to GBP35,000, meaning the grant is no longer available on the hugely popular Tesla Model 3.

The grant could be reduced again in 2022, potentially to GBP2,000, but this is purely speculative for now.

Which cars are eligible for the UK plug-in car grant?

The UK government offers a range of grants to help encourage the purchase of new electric vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, mopeds, vans, taxis, trucks and home chargers.  We'll be sticking with cars for this article. More specifically, the grant now only applies to fully electric cars, as hybrids are no longer eligible.

A GBP2,500 discount is available on cars that have an initial RRP of less than GBP35,000 including VAT and delivery fees. This is the price of the car before any optional extras are added. You can add as many of these as you like, but the grant will remain at GBP2,500.

To be eligible for the GBP2,500 discount, the car must emit fewer than 50 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre, and be able to drive at least 70 miles without producing any emissions. In other words, it has to have an electric range of at least that distance to be eligible. No hybrid priced below GBP35,000 can currently travel 70 miles on battery power alone, but if one arrives in the future then it should qualify for the grant. 

A hydrogen-powered car would theoretically be eligible for the grant, but currently these cars are too expensive (at around GBP60,000) to qualify. EVs that do qualify include the Fiat 500e, Honda e, Kia e-Niro, Mini Electric, Renault Zoe and Volkswagen ID.3. You can find a full list of eligible vehicles on the government website.

The grant only applies to new vehicles and is not available on used cars. This could mean a brand-new EV with the grant applied could cost just slightly more than a nearly-new electric car.

How to apply for the government plug-in car grant

This is the easy part! There is no paperwork for the buyer to complete, and you don't need to pay full price for the car before receiving a GBP2,500 rebate. 

Instead, the dealer or manufacturer selling the new vehicle does the paperwork for you, applying for the grant and factoring the GBP2,500 discount into the final price you pay for the vehicle.

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Amazon’s giving away $15 credits, but this is your last chance to get one

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Among our readers, the best-seller this week has been Govee's best-selling Wi-Fi smart plugs. They work with Alexa and Google Assistant as well as with an app on your phone.

While other smart plugs cost up to £25 each, these are just £5 apiece when you clip the coupon on the Amazon page. That's nuts, and it's just one of several fantastic deals that our readers have been jumping on lately. Another big one is the £600 YABER Pro V7 home theater projector.

It's on sale for just £214.99 when you clip the on-site coupon. That's a massive discount! You can also get a great Sysperl robot vacuum for £76.99 or any of Apple's AirPods models at Amazon's lowest prices of 2021.

That includes AirPods Pro for £189.99 and AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging for an all-time low of £139.98. You definitely cannot go wrong with any or all of those great bargains. But as good as they are, they'll only appeal to certain people who are looking for those particular types of products.

There's one special deal that will appeal to everyone though, and you'd have to be crazy to pass it up. That's right, folks -- Amazon is giving away free money again!

Today's Top Deal Unreal deal gets you Amazon's hottest smart home gadget for £23 - plus a £40 credit! List Price:£29.98 Price:£21.94 You Save:£8.04 (27%) Amazon Prime logo Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission Available from Amazon BGR may receive a commission

Amazon periodically runs deals that offer free Amazon credit when you make certain purchases. Most of the time, you get free credit for buying an Amazon gift card or reloading your balance.

Every once in a while, however, Amazon has offers that aren't tied to gift cards. Such is the case right now, with a special offer for Prime members only. As you know, there are a bunch of different benefits tied to Amazon Prime.

It's good for more than just fast shipping and streaming movies, after all. Among the many Prime benefits is Amazon Photos, a service that lets you back up full-resolution photos. Since Google canceled its unlimited photo storage offering tied to Google Photos, this is a particularly great alternative.

Thinking about giving Amazon Photos a shot? Well, now is the perfect time because Amazon will give you a free £15 Amazon credit just for trying it out!

Get a £15 Amazon credit when you back up your photos with Amazon Photos Price:Free £15 Amazon Credit Amazon Prime logo Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber who has never tried Amazon Photos before, you're eligible for the deal. All you need to do is install the Amazon Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

When you upload your first photo from your mobile device, you'll get a free £15 Amazon credit. Amazon will send you an email within seven days confirming that you've received the credit. Then, you'll have until the end of the day on August 15 to spend the credit on eligible purchases of £30 or more from Amazon.com.

As for which purchases are eligible, it's an extremely long list with millions of products on it. Anything sold by Amazon.com or Amazon Digital Services LLC is eligible except for gift cards. As long as you see "sold by Amazon.com" or "sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC" on a product page, you're good to go.

This fantastic Amazon offer is available until the end of the day on Saturday, July 31. That means it's your last chance to get in on the action before this awesome offer ends. You'll find all the terms and conditions right here on Amazon's site.

Long story short, however, you've got nothing to lose.

Install an app, upload a photo before the end of the day on Saturday, and you get a free £15 Amazon credit!

Get a £15 Amazon credit when you back up your photos with Amazon Photos Price:Free £15 Amazon Credit Amazon Prime logo Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Go here to see this month's best deals on Amazon!


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