BARGAIN hunters will be wanting to know if Next is holding a September sale again this year.
With previous sales seeing prices of clothing, homeware and more slashed by up to 50% off, shoppers could get their haul for much less.
Next usually holds an autumn sale to shift old stock in time for winter in September.
Many stores have previously opened as early as 7am to eager customers wanting to bag the best offers.
But will there be one this year? We explain what we know so far.
When does the Next sale start?
Next hasn't confirmed that its holding an autumn sale yet.
But usually, it has a sale in September that's hugely popular among shoppers.
Last year, its autumn sale was launched in stores on September 19 – which fell on a Saturday.
We've asked Next when its sale online and in stores will take place, and we will update this article when we know more.
Some shops opened as early as 7am to shoppers while the clearance took place – but keep in mind that opening hours vary from store to store.
Check times using Next's store locator tool before you head to the shops.
Next's last sale was on July 10 this year, and shops opened as early as 6am to customers.
What will be in the sale?
We don't know what items will be discounted in store.
But last year's autumn sale saw the retailer knock 50% off clothing and homeware.
The clothing sale included women's, men's, and children's garments, shoes, and accessories.
It also included branded items from the likes of Lipsy, River Island, and more, as well as Next's own-brand ranges.
Next's sale in July this year saw as much as 70% knocked off these items – so discounts could be even higher this year.
Can I book a VIP slot yet?
VIP slots, which give you access to the sale earlier than others, are offered to customers who have a Next flexible credit card.
Last year, VIP members got early access to Next's online sale on September 16 – three days earlier than when the sale launched in stores.
We don't know when shoppers will be able to book a Next VIP slot, but we'll update you when we know more.
Usually, you'll receive your invite to book an early access slot via email – so keep an eye on your inbox.
Last year, shoppers could book their slots from as early as September 14 – and they could also book an early morning slot to access the sale before the general public.
Usually, store slots are capped at 45 minutes.
There's a list of stringent criteria to get a slot. To be selected, customers must typically:
- 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
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.
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.
How can I bag the best bargains?
A Next employee previously shared seven tips with The Sun about how to grab the best offers in stores and online.
Ahead of time, familiarise yourself with sale stock on offer ahead of time when Next reveals more information about the sale.
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.
You should also check online before heading to stores – this is because the sale launches online before it hits the shops.
Choose the right store for you – smaller stores could be less rammed while shoppers head to the big branches, so you'll have less competion.
You should shop late in the day – around two hours before closing when staff bring out more stock.
Keep an eye out for black dots on tickets when you're next in a Next store, 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 the fastest – so make a beeline to grab bits from these ranges first.
Homebase has slashed the price of its egg chair to £150 – saving you £70.
Other retailers have some major bargains you can take advantage of, including Aldi's latest up to 50% off Specialbuy sale.
Homebase had even slashed the price of its six person hot tub from £560 to £360 previously.
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