NEXT shoppers should get ready to take part in the retailer's 50 per cent off sale, which is rumoured to take place this weekend.
The sale happens annually, and eagle-eyed fans have spotted clues that suggest that it will be starting on Saturday.
There should be great bargains on offer, with discounts apparently starting at 50 per cent off.
It is not yet clear how high the discounts will go, but in the January sale shoppers could get as much as 70 per cent off selected lines.
What date is the sale and what time does it start?
Next has so far remained tight-lipped about this year's launch date, but last year it started on March 23.
This was what many shoppers had guessed already, with the first hint coming from changes to the retailer's store opening times, which were moved to 7am on Saturday rather than the usual 9am.
Facebook page Money Saver Online claims the sale will start on March 21, but Next hasn't yet confirmed this.
We checked opening times at the Oxford Street Next, the Bullring in Birmingham, Argyle Street in Glasgow, Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds and the Trafford Shopping Centre in Manchester and they haven't yet changed their opening times.
But it doesn't mean the sale won't be happening, so it's worth keeping an eye on the retailer's social media channels in the coming days.
Opening hours can very from store to store so you should check your local's times here before you head to the shops.
If it's not happening this weekend, a hint suggests it could actually be happening on March 28.
The Sun has spotted a job ad on the Next website which is for store staff to join the team for a sale.
It says that the roles are for a couple of days a week, "most likely to include working Friday 27th and / or Saturday 28rd March 2020, depending on the store."
The job ad also hints at how long the sale is expected to last.
Next says that the roles will last for "up to three week's work" implying that the sale might be over by then.
How to make the most of the Next Spring sale
THESE tips from a Next employee can help you make sure you bag the best bargains this weekend.
- Familiarise yourself with the stock – check in store and online to see what items you might fancy, that means you'll be able to act fast once prices start dropping. Online you can even bookmark your favourites.
- Check online – often the sale launches online before stores open so go digital to get the best bargains.
- Consider the VIP scheme – If you have a credit account you can get access to the sale 24 hours before the rgeneral public.
- Choose the right store – smaller outlets are likely to be less rammed, so you may have less competition for great deals
- Shop late in the day – around two hours before closing, staff start replenishing stock for the next day, this is a great time to hit the stores.
- Look at ticket codes – if you're in a next keep an eye out for black dots on tickets, chances are that means an item is going to be discounted, so you're better off waiting till the price drops.
- Homeware and women's clothing sells fastest – so you might want to get to stores first thing for these items
Will the sale be online as well as in stores?
The sale is usually available in both stores as well as online, but Money Saver Online says it'll be online only this time.
Once again, Next hasn't yet confirmed this so we'll update this article once we hear back.
The retailer hasn't yet said whether it plans to close any stores due to the coronavirus, although it could of course happen depending on government guidance.
Yesterday, Boris Johnson hinted that London could face a coronavirus lockdown – with extra travel restrictions for Brits in the capital.
Next customers on Twitter have also received emails offering them VIP sale slots, giving them access to the sale earlier than other shoppers.
Twitter user Emma tweeted that her VIP slot came through yesterday.
How can I get a Next VIP sales slot?
VIP slots are offered to customers who have a Next flexible credit card.
There's a list of stringent criteria to get a slot.
To be selected, customers must:
- Have a Next flexible credit account with at least £250 credit available.
- Have placed and kept an order from the Next Directory within the last year.
- Have an up to date email address registered with Next, and be registered to receive sale and promotional emails.
- Have received a copy of the Next Directory.
- Have returned less than two thirds of the items they’ve ordered.
Time slots are restricted to one slot per customer but you can update your slot at any time.
All slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis and the number of slots are limited.
Users advise getting the first slot you're offered as you're likely to get better deals.
Even if you haven't had an email yet telling you to book your slot, it's worth logging into your account on a computer as some customers are saying you can get access to slot booking anyway.
Think carefully before taking out any store card though.
The interest rates can be very high, so you want to make sure you can pay them off in full each month.
Otherwise the amount you pay in interest will wipe out the savings you make in the sale.
What is likely to be included in the sale?
We don't know for sure what exactly will be included in the Spring sale, but we can guess based on previous years.
The departments that usually feature are womenswear, menswear, children and baby fashion, home and furniture and branded fashion.
Items ranged from dress, shoes, suits and shirts to large furnishings and home accessories.
The Sun has contacted Next to confirm all the details about the sale, so we will update this story when we know more.
In other shopping news, bargain hunters have spotted discounts of up to 50 per cent off at Dunelm through it's little-known deals page.
And a couple of weeks ago, Homebase launched a huge sale with 90 per cent off lighting, storage and tools.
While shoppers can combine Amazon discounts and codes to get up to 63 per cent off thanks to an online tool.
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