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Comet launches appliance scrappage scheme

Update: questions raised over credentials of offer


07 October 2009: a spokeswoman from Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances group (BSH) has told Which? that no partnership was discussed or exists between BSH and Comet to offer the appliance trade-in scheme we reported on in September. 

Questions have also been raised over Comet’s pricing – and while Which? investigates this we’d recommend you to always shop around to find the best deal on appliances.

For example we found the Siemens dishwasher SN26M290GB for sale today at £470 including delivery with online retailer Laskys, another trading name of the Comet group – which is cheaper than Comet’s offer even after factoring in the 20% discount.

Original story: Comet is offering 20% off new fridges, freezers, washing machines and other appliances from brands including Bosch, Siemens and Neff, in a new trade-in scheme emulating the government’s car scrappage scheme.

In a bid to encourage consumers to invest in more energy efficient goods, shoppers will receive a 20% discount of up to £200 on selected new appliances when they trade in an old fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher or cooker.

Comet customers will be able to get their old model collected and recycled free of charge, and can choose from 340 discounted new appliances from brands like Bosch, Siemens and Neff.

Which? tests washing machines, fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers and a whole range of – find out which products emerged as Which? Best Buys before buying a new appliance.

Comet trade-in offer

In partnership with BSH Home Appliances Ltd, Comet’s scrappage scheme offer is available for a limited time only, from today (10 September) until Monday 14 September – but may be extended.

Over 400,000 home delivery customers use Comet’s take back recycling scheme every year. If a permanent scrappage scheme was introduced, Comet predicts that this number could more than double, increasing to up to one million of all home delivery customers.

Offers include the Siemens Dishwasher SN26M290GB, reduced from £619.90 to £495.90, Bosch WAA24270GB Washing Machine, down to £299.20 from £374 and the Neff U12M42N0GB Built-in Stainless Steel Double Oven, reduced to £663.99 – a saving of £166.

Appliance scrappage scheme

The launch comes weeks after the British Retail Consortium (BRC) called for a car-industry-style scrappage scheme for appliances and removing VAT on energy efficient products.

Toby Lousada, Comet’s services director said: ‘We would wholeheartedly welcome the introduction of permanent VAT reduction on energy efficient appliances along with a scrappage scheme.

‘We know from our results that encouraging people to trade in and recycle their old appliance for a greener model works, and the trade-in promotion we are running currently is another positive step forward.’

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