Woolworths shopper's clever checkout hack to score free meat

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A Woolworths shopper has taken advantage of a lesser-known hack to get free food after spotting a discrepancy between an item’s advertised and sticker price.

The woman spotted pork belly on the supermarket’s website for a bargain price of $15 a kilogram, so hightailed it to her nearest store to pick some up.

When checking out with her discount meat however she noticed it hadn’t been marked down and took her concern to a staff member.

In line with the retailer’s scanning policy, which awards incorrectly marked items for free, the shopper walked away with the meat without having to pay a cent.

The front of a Woolworths store.
A shopper has scored free meat after a scanning price discrepancy. Source: AAP

With this is mind, she spent the ensuing hours touring different Woolworths stores across western Sydney to stock up on more meat.

According to Kidspot, she pulled off the same trick at the Eastern Creek Quarter, Plumpton, Schofields, St Claire’s and Emerton stores.

She reportedly encouraged others to try and do the same.

Woolworths honours rules outlined in the Scanning Code of Practice which stipulates customers are entitled to a free item if it scans at a higher than advertised price.

“Under the code, our customers are entitled to receive an item free of charge if the scanned price of an item is greater than the shelf price displayed,” a spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

“The only exceptions under the code are products with a shelf price greater than $50, as well as tobacco and liquor products. These products will be adjusted to reflect the shelf price.”

Woolworths checkouts pictured.
The woman toured several Woolworths stores to score free pork belly. Source: AAP

A Coles shopper had a similar experience last month, scoring a $34 a kilogram porterhouse steak for free because it didn’t scan through as its $28 shelf price.

Checkout hack also works at Coles and Aldi

Coles, as well as Aldi, both operate a price promise policy similar to that of Woolworths, which entitles customers to free groceries that scan through at higher than advertised prices.

“If a single item scans at a higher price than the advertised or ticketed shelf price for that item, we will give you that item free,” the Coles website states.

In the case of multiple items scanning incorrectly however, just the first item is free and the rest will be offered “at the advertised or ticketed shelf price”.

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