DEBENHAMS has launched a 30 per cent off sale even though the chain is on the verge of going into administration.
This morning, the department store chain announced that it was looking to appoint administrators for the second time in a year.
But the pre-packaged deal isn't a form of insolvency, more a series of measures to help stop the struggling from going bust.
In short, the owners want to push the business into administration and then buy it back debt-free.
The retailer was struggling to stay afloat before the impact of coronavirus hit the high street.
All 142 Debenhams stores are closed after the government ordered the closure of all non-essential shops.
Which shops can stay open during UK lockdown?
- Food retailers
- Hardware stores
- Corner shops
- Petrol stations
- Shops in hospitals
- Post offices
- Pet shops
But customers can still shop online, and the retailer is accepting gift cards and refunds as normal.
Now, its slashed prices by up to 30 per cent across a number of ranges, including women's, men's kids' and home.
The Easter sale also sees prices in the beauty range dropped by 15 per cent, while some clearance products have up to 50 per cent knocked off the price tag.
It's worth noting that you'll have to fork out for the delivery which costs £3.49 for orders under £50, or they're free for orders over £50.
Of course, you should also be aware that if you order stuff and the company goes bust, your order might not be fulfilled.
And if it's not in a position to refund customers in full, you'll be added to a list of creditors who are owed cash.
Big banks and lenders are always paid first so you may never see all of your cash back.
To protect your cash on purchases over £100 you should pay on your credit card as they're protected under Section 75 of the Consumer Rights Act.
This means that you'll be able to claim your money back even if the retailer collapses into administration.
In the meantime, we've picked out some of the best deals to see if the offers really are as good as they seem:
Urban Decay 'Stay Naked Threesome' makeup palette, £22.95 – buy now
Was: £27, Save: £4.05 or 15 per cent
This makeup palette is a trio of bronzer, highlighter and blusher and it has a vegan formula.
While 15 per cent off seems like a good deal, we've actually found that you can buy the palette's for less at John Lewis.
They cost £21.50 at the department store, saving you an extra £1.45.
Gold flamingo table lamp, £59.50 – buy now
Was: £85, Save: £25.50 or 30 per cent
This funky metal lamp is finished in gold tones and has a shade made from velvet with trimmed fringing.
It's from Debenhams own range so you're not likely to find this exact lamp cheaper elsewhere.
The closest thing we could find was a chrome flamingo table lamp from Argos that costs £45, saving you an extra £14.50.
Nescafé Dolce Gusto 'mini me' Nespresso machine, £45 – buy now
Was: £100, Save: £55 or 55 per cent
Missing your takeaway coffee during the lockdown? You can make it yourself at home with your own coffee machine.
We couldn't find this model cheaper anywhere else but a similar home coffee machine by Krups is available from Curry's for £29.99.
LOL Surprise bumper jigsaw puzzle, £9 – buy now
Was: £18, Save: £9 or 50 per cent
Are you running out of ways to entertain the children? This LOL Surprise puzzle set will keep them busy – and it's half price at Debenhams.
Each box contains four different 100-piece puzzles and if you're only interested in buying one set then this is the cheapest price you'll find.
The same puzzles cost £10 each at Argos although they're on offer for two puzzles for £15, making each one £7.50.
Men's Converse Courtland trainers, £31.50 – buy now
Was: £45, Save: £13.50 or 30 per cent
If you're in the market for some new kicks then you should take a look at the Debenhams shoe sale.
You can save £13.50 on this pair of men's Converse Courtland trainers.
You can buy a cheaper version of the shoe from Sports Direct for £24 but they come in black and they're suede.
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