Gransnet forums


My Waitrose

(120 Posts)
BarbaraAbbs Mon 02-Apr-12 13:51:30

Has anyone else had any difficulty in getting a My Waitrose card. I have been trying, by post, phone and online since November? At that time a friend kindly donated a packet of liquorice allsorts to me, which he had got free with his mY Waitrose card; He didn't like them and I love liquorice. Anyway, he urged me to sign up so I did. But I am still waiting.

bear19590 Fri 21-Sep-12 19:33:39

I have just been talking to Waitrose about their My Waitrose card - which I have been using for over a year - most days. In the begining I got some freeby chocolates and wrapping paper etc...but absolutely nothing for months and months - others have had money off petrol and 10% off you shopping cards etc. I was just told that my card is not registered WHAT is that about I am so angry I havebeen missing out for months and months...And I shop there nearly every single day.angry

petallus Fri 21-Sep-12 21:31:20

I have shopped in Waitrose for the last thirty years, currently about £600 a month. They keep on sending me that card thingie. Is it worth doing then?

gracesmum Fri 21-Sep-12 21:50:38

You do get the 1p off your shop - so as my granny used to say "Don't spend it all at once" grin

RINKY Fri 21-Sep-12 23:44:28

Blimey, £600 a month. Couldn't spend that if I tried, being only me but just had a wonderful few moments thinking about champagne, smoked salmon, steak, really good cheesecake, Brie and Blue Mountain coffee. And cadburys chocolate! Sorry a bit of a pleb in some things!

Greatnan Sat 22-Sep-12 11:55:32

I thought this was going to be a thread about the Waitrose advert 'I shop at Waitrose because....' which attracted some very funny spoof replies, such as 'I shop at Waitrose because Clarissa's pony just wont eat Asda hay'. Worth googling.

whenim64 Sat 22-Sep-12 12:11:37

Hilarious! 'I shop at Waitrose because I don't like being with poor people.' Seems Waitrose has accepted the pisstake, lthough it wasn't what they intended smile

petallus Sat 22-Sep-12 13:54:54

Yes Rinky £600 a month. That's for three adults and we buy lots of other things, socks, saucepans, alcohol, chopping boards, houseplants, newspapers, paperbacks etc. from Waitrose as well.

Quite thrifty with food. Two of us don't eat meat, one goes for cheap chicken. We do spend on their tasty specialist bread though.

annodomini Sat 22-Sep-12 14:11:54

I shop at Waitrose because..... it's my corner shop!

As a matter of fact, if you shop carefully, you can find excellent bargains in reduced items. I got Duchy Original English muffins greatly reduced because they had reached the sell by date, but they are lasting well in my freezer. I've had good reductions on fish and recently bananas were a loss-leader for 64p per kilo. No they aren't paying me commission, though it's not a bad idea...grin

gracesmum Sat 22-Sep-12 19:58:57

Oh it's YOUR Waitrose is it? grin well would you please ask them to give me a bit more than 1p off my bill for flashing my card.
Have you all read the "I shop at Waitrose because....." advertising campaign and the hilarious version?

gracesmum Sat 22-Sep-12 20:00:01

Just read recent posts and see you have! smile

janeainsworth Sat 22-Sep-12 21:01:12

like Anno I shop at Waitrose because it's close. The Co-op is closer and I go there when I can, but it doesn't stock things like fresh coriander and basil that I can't live withoutgrin
The card really irritates me. 1p off my shopping and a load of emails which are immediately deleted.
Mr A and I were wondering why Waitrose is fond of claiming that it matches Tesco on price, when clearly Waitrose customers don't shop on price.
I don't go to Tesco because it's huge and takes at least an hour to walk round even if I only want 2 or 3 things, and I inevitably end up buying many more than 2 or 3 things.
Are there any marketing consultants out there who can explain why Waitrose do this? Surely the answer that they are worried their customers might desert them for Tesco is too simplistic?
If I really wanted to save money I would go to Aldi!

FlicketyB Sun 23-Sep-12 12:48:20

Because I have a JLP mastercard i have twice been sent the MyWaitrose card - and cut it up both times because it is essentially a loyalty card and I do not want to keep getting emails and the like based on my shopping preferences. My credit card tells them how much I spend there. What I spend it on is my business not their's.

My local Waitrose has had staff manning a large display near the entrance to the store promoting the MyWaitrose card.

Greatnan Sun 23-Sep-12 13:30:46

I love the idea of not being able to live without fresh coriander and basil - how posh is that? smile

MiceElf Sun 23-Sep-12 13:48:39

Jane, I agree.

Great Nan it's not posh. If you have a European heritage herbs are extensively used to brighten up cheaper foods.

I grow my basil from a packet of seeds, but one year the slugs got them and I wept for weeks.

But you knew that! My second sentence that is.

Greatnan Sun 23-Sep-12 13:50:16

Just a bit of banter, Micelf!

MiceElf Sun 23-Sep-12 13:55:31

I know! Now, what do you think is really, really posh? When I was a child I used to think it was having net curtains!

Greatnan Sun 23-Sep-12 14:03:30

I had a school friend who had a mat on the lino next to her bed. They also had cups and saucers and enough cutlery for the whole family. She thought she was posh, and so did I!
My daughters had pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers - my sister and I had to sleep in our underwear and old cardigans. After my divorce, I left teaching and took a job with an English millionaire in Monaco. I used to have many a little smile, thinking of my childhood, as I swanned around in his Rolls Royce and ate in the best restaurants.

MiceElf Sun 23-Sep-12 14:18:50

Wow! What a story. Almost 'rags to riches'. I think I went from poor to comfy. Oh, and I've got nets now, even though I know they are 'common'. It's stops nosy people from looking in the front room.

whenim64 Sun 23-Sep-12 14:28:17

janeainsworth I don't think Waitrose are that bothered about covnincing existing customers that their food is as cheap as Tesco. It's a ploy to win customers from Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons grin

Nelliemoser Sun 23-Sep-12 14:41:07

MiceElf We have vertical blinds as our living room would otherwise be a goldfish bowl and we do like some privacy. When we first had them DD remarked with her usual dark humour that we were now middle class!

MiceElf Sun 23-Sep-12 14:51:01

I'll have to start saving fast!

janeainsworth Mon 24-Sep-12 09:07:12

This thread definitely disappeared from my computer yesterday afternoon and I nearly missed all this [slightly cross]
Greatnan when I joined Gransnet I considered calling myself Poshlass but thought it might send out the wrong vibes, so stuck with my real name. Ironically 'posh lass' is a slightly derogatory term here in the North-East smile
MicElf I thought my parents were unbelievably posh when we graduated from lino + pieces of carpet, to fitted carpets when I was about 14.
MrA would never allow me to have net curtains on the grounds that they were bourgeois. However he has overcome this prejudice with the realisation that they do provide some insulation, and also help prevent fading, so we now sport them at most windows.
When you're probably rightsmile

Greatnan Mon 24-Sep-12 09:49:29

I don't worry about whether things are bourgeois or not - if I wanted nets I would have them. However, as I am on the second floor only the birds can see into my flat!
I must declare that I have never been more than comfortably off myself - I just got to share my employer's lifestyle for six years So not quite 'Where do you go to my lovely?' although I did have a little flat off the Boulevard St. Michel! When I was a headteacher and my ex husband was a manager for a large computer company (Digital), we did have a house with three acres and stables and my girls had horses. I wish I still had the house - it must be worth about half a million now. We sold it in 1979 for £42,000.
One of my daughters has now got two acres and sheep and is getting a horse - but she had to move to NZ to get them! She likes Kiwis because they don't care how rich or successful you are - just that you are a nice person.
I can live happily in a tiny flat or studio with minimum possessions - it makes it easier to move!

Lancashirelass Mon 24-Sep-12 09:58:20

On the subject of 'posh', a while ago I used my Co-op Bank credit card to buy something at Rackhams in Shrewsbury. The card 'machine' was very slow, and the very superior assistant looked at it and said 'What card is it? Oh, Co-op!!!', as if it was so common that they expected any machine worth its salt to refuse it. Eventually of course the sale went through.

Anyone else aware that Co-op Bank is unacceptably naff and - dare I say it - pleb?

janthea Mon 24-Sep-12 10:38:45

Greatnan I loved that song! Still have it on my iPod. I too had a large house prior to divorce and had to sell. It's now worth £1.5m! My ex was CEO of a large company and I drove a Porsche and a Volvo estate. Mink coat is still in the cupboar. How it's changed. Now I live an a terraced house and commute into London and still working at 67 because can't afford to retire.

I shop at Waitrose and I do find their offers and 'essential' products very good. Say what you like, but I think the quality of their produce is better than some of the cheaper supermarkets and last longer without going off. I also like the fact that I can scan my shopping without having to queue at busy times. I understand that every time you use My Waitrose, your number is entered into a draw and they pay for your shopping! Hasn't happened yet.