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Is Argos discontinuing giffgaff sims?

Started by: harrrrrry
On: 01/02/2019 | 14:02
Replies: 34
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by: harrrrrry
on: 01/02/2019 | 14:02 edited: 01/02/2019 | 15:19

Up to now, https://www.argos.co.uk/search/giffgaff/ would show three identical but differently packaged sims.

 

Currently, only one remains and that cannot be ordered for delivery, implying no stock in the warehouse. There might possibly still be some in individual branches, but most branches seem to be showing "not in stock here" where previously most branches had them.

 

It may just be a temporary distribution problem but the impression is that they won't be available from argos in the near future.

 

If it's a distribution problem, then I suspect other supermarkets may no longer have them either.

 

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by: tired16
on: 01/02/2019 | 14:11

Well spotted @harrrrrry!!

 

I wonder why this is. How are the sims normally distributed to Argos and elsewhere? 

 

I also wonder whether this scarcity is exclusive to Argos, or whether as you highlighted- if it is a distribution problem- whether it'll effect other supermarkets too. 

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Message 2 of 35
by: allan1954
on: 01/02/2019 | 15:03
out of stock in the branches and for delivery up north.
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Message 3 of 35
by: harrrrrry
on: 01/02/2019 | 15:36

@tired16

 

It's harder to tell with other shops. Most of the others only ever had them at their checkouts -- there was no necessity to add them to their web sites. But argos is primarily built around knowing a catalogue number and/or using click and collect, and it was always possible to check stock and reserve one for 24 hours, rather than relying on chance at other stores.

 

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Message 4 of 35
by: endorphin
on: 01/02/2019 | 16:06

Interesting! It's also strange that they've labelled the SIM as "Giffgaff International Sim Card" which could confuse/deter people wanting to buy a SIM for use in the UK!

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by: giffgaff20147
on: 01/02/2019 | 17:35

@harrrrrry

They have not been available in our local stores for ages since the charging for them as preloaded according to staff when I bought a phone from them ,

 

more interesting to me was  on your link if you scroll down page was giffgaff number rip off 94401A4E-6231-4CB7-9A00-DB5A379101F1.png

 

How can they connect you to a none xsistent phone number 

Message 6 of 35
by: figment_uk
on: 01/02/2019 | 18:39

@giffgaff20147

 

Probably like the other call-connect services rip-offs out there, they connect you to O2 Customer Service.

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Message 7 of 35
by: harrrrrry
on: 01/02/2019 | 19:02

@endorphin

 

That's marketing for you. I'm sure marketing people get sent to college to learn how to confuse and deceive people as much as possible without actually breaking the law.

 

But not quite as confusing as Sainsbury's. which will apparently sell you either a £10 or £15 goodybag for £1:

 

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Message 8 of 35
by: guy_ow
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on: 01/02/2019 | 21:00
Firstly cheers for bringing this up @harrrrrry, it's something I can ask beginning of next week, see if anyone knows.

Secondly, thank you @giffgaff201417 for highlighting that call number as well, wow £6 to connect.

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Message 9 of 35
by: pault1974
on: 01/02/2019 | 21:38

None available for collection or delivery in any of the Argos stores near me. 

 

Saw loads in my local Tesco a few hours ago but I guess they could be old stock. 

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