UK shopper orders apples, gets a free iPhone

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Selected stores in the UK's Tesco supermarket chain are a giving random shoppers "surprise" substitutions, such as an iPhone SE in place of apples.

The UK's Tesco supermarket substituted an iPhone SE for an order of apples. (Source: customer Nick James)
The UK's Tesco supermarket substituted an iPhone SE for an order of apples. (Source: customer Nick James)

Usually, it's a case of a customer buying an iPhone and being palmed off with apple-flavored yoghurt. Now, though, some supermarket shoppers in the UK are find their grocery orders coming with a free iPhone SE.

As with all UK supermarkets during the country's extended coronavirus lockdowns, the Tesco chain has seen an increase in "click and collect" food shopping. Commonly, ordered items that are not available are replaced with optional substitutions.

In conjunction with its sister company, the carrier Tesco Mobile, this UK chain has been randomly substituting high-value devices for certain orders. According to the Daily Mirror, includes Twickenham shopper Nick James getting an iPhone.

Reportedly, staff at the supermarket told James that there would be a "surprise" in his order.

"I was half expecting the surprise to be an Easter egg or something," he told the Daily Mirror. "I was a little shocked to say the least."

"Tesco Mobile is raiding the nation's shopping bags to make unbelievable substitutes in lucky Click+Collect orders," said the supermarket chain in a statement to the Daily Mirror.

"Tesco Mobile's 'Super Subs' has been created to show how amazing things can happen when the worlds of supermarket and mobile come together," it continued, "all while putting a smile on shoppers' faces."

Reportedly, the promotion -- limited to 80 items at 6 stores, and expiring on April 18 -- also gives away Samsung and Nokia devices. Customers who order Tesco laundry tablets could get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, for instance.

If they order gnocchi, they might get a Nokia 3.4. Or buying a Galaxy Milk Chocolate bar could mean getting a Samsung Galaxy S21 5G instead.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 569member
    Guess they’re gonna sell a lot of apples this week. 
  • Reply 2 of 6
    XedXed Posts: 2,708member
    Go to Tesco to buy an apple and you get an iPhone, go to Marks & Spencer using ApplePay to buy a banana and get charged the price of a several iPhones, then get told that you have to walk across town to get it resolved. I think I like Tesco better.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    That's some pretty sweet marketing.  A nice play on the "random act of kindness" philosophy.  Thumbs up Tesco.

    Meanwhile in America...

    Headline: Apple and Supermarket Jointly Sued by Customer.  Claim of Emotional, Physical, and Mental Stress Due to Inability to Keep the Doctor Away.  
     Anytown, Florida - Florida man claims the missing piece of fruit was the only saving grace for his last, and most favorite, tooth.  Because of Apple Inc. and the supermarket, he claims the lack of access to the aforementioned piece of fruit has had deleterious effects on his health and wellbeing. Chief among his concerns was the loss of the last tooth would make his Tender profile photo seem dishonest since the tooth, named Darlene apparently, is prominently featured front and center. Florida man suddenly left the press conference in tears, casually relaying to reporters he was long overdue for his daily appointment to smoke meth in an alley. :D :D

    True story.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,551member
    Maybe next week you'll order "hot dogs" and be presented with three sweaty Chihuahuas. 

    edited April 2021 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Yuck, I hate cute marketing.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 1,129member
    Well, hopefully James didn't really need those apples!
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