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Penny Bazaar fever comes to county

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: May 20, 2009

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Hundreds of bargain hunters queued patiently to spend a penny in Gloucestershire.

Shoppers began lining up outside Marks and Spencer stores in Cheltenham and Gloucester before 7am to choose five items on sale for just 1p.

Knickers, jewellery and sweets were some of the 20 products on sale for a penny as part of the M&S Penny Bazaar promotion.

First in the queue in Cheltenham were sisters Frances Pincott, 74, from Prestbury and Georgina Prout, 69, from Leckhampton.

Frances said: "I have been a Marks and Spencer customer for a long time. I wanted to make sure I got my place in the queue."

For full story and more pictures, see Thursday's editions of The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo.

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    Local, Glos  |  May 21 2009, 6:28AM

    Gimmick - Of course they invented the 125 year theme. Don't moaners get on your nerves.

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    young and disadvantaged, glos  |  May 20 2009, 5:49PM

    Shame on them charging poor pensioners a full penny. I thought they got a 10% discount on just about everything under the sun!!!

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    FJ, Glos  |  May 20 2009, 4:25PM

    Anon, fod, we all know that its to get people to shop there. You must have a really sad life, lets ban all promos shall we. Its not like anyone forces you to go there, and M&S have a perfect right to do this if they wish. Its called "competition".

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    anon, fod  |  May 20 2009, 2:45PM

    pathetic, cant everyone see its just a scam to get people in the shop.

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    Tony Bond, Cheltenham  |  May 20 2009, 2:19PM

    Yes, I nipped in relatively early and there was nothing left. Bit of a gimmick to get you in the shop - if you're really serious about this type of promotion you need to back it with a sensible level of stock. But let's be honest - most of the stuff they were saying would be 1p wasn't exactly exciting, top notch or must haves (apart from the knickers, obviously)!

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    saz, cheltenham  |  May 20 2009, 1:02PM

    To be honoest I thought the way they did it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. It was obvious all the 1p stuff would go first thing, but I though that they were going to let people in the shop as normal and there would be a lot of pushing and shoving. Instead they had a dedicated queue for the penny stall and let people in one by one, so there was no pushing and it was fair all round. I got there at 8.40 and the queue wasn't too bad at all. When there are only 2million items for the whole country, you can't expect everyone to come away happy.

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    CheltGirl, Cheltenham  |  May 20 2009, 12:53PM

    Here here, GlosBoy! I was thoroughly disappointed when I went earlier today to see if there was anything left. Never mind, fair play to the grannies for getting there at 7am - I think I'd rather stay at home in the comfort of my bed at that time rather than pushing and shoving with a load of bargain grabbers!

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    GlosBoy, Gloucester  |  May 20 2009, 12:33PM

    What a joke, they sold all it's 1p items nearly straight away, and have said they will refill it for tomorrow. Same people will turn up and the same will happen. It's great fun not have to go to work so you can turn up at 8am. What a con...............