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“Spontaneous Spenders” – 41% of Welsh Shoppers Revealed to Make Impulse Purchases


As the January sales period draws to a close new research from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of all the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that four in ten Cardiff shoppers (41 per cent) don’t just hunt out bargains, but take a punt on impulse purchases which they later come to regret.

Demonstrating the extent of impulse buying behaviour, the findings show that sales shoppers in Cardiff have splashed out an average of £184.60 each during the festive discount period*, but have returned, or still plan to return, £135 worth of goods – working out as 73 per cent of their total spend.

In fact, these “spontaneous Cardiff spenders” can’t resist the temptation of a promotion or special offer – even if it’s for something they don’t really need – with 14 per cent admitting that items bought during a discount end up being used or worn “less than expected” or even “hardly ever at all”.

1a169971000005dc-3245592-image-a-27_1442997090355One in ten sales shoppers in Cardiff (10 per cent) say they regret some or all of their sales purchases, with the main reasons cited as: buying items which did not fit (50 per cent).

Yet shoppers who are thinking about returning items bought in the sale need to do their research as nearly three quarters (71 per cent) of Cardiff shoppers admitted to not knowing when the returns window closes – meaning that many bargain punters risk being left out of pocket for items they won’t end up using.

While traditionally Boxing Day sees crowds flock to the high street and online in a bid to grab a deal, this year Barclaycard data shows that Friday December 30th 2016 was the busiest day for end of year sales shopping. This bumper day of retail saw the number of transactions increase by 23 per cent compared to the same day in 2015, as shoppers hit the sales before the weekend’s New Year’s celebrations began.

Mervyn Owen, Barclays Community Banking Director for South Wales said:

“Sales can be an inviting time for people to indulge in a quick purchase, particularly for items coveted before a reduction – which can be a very cost effective way to shop. But it can be a good idea to set a budget in advance, because as our data shows, many shoppers can’t resist an offer or promotion and end up impulse-buying items which they don’t really need, and later come to regret.

“Retailers apply different policies when it comes to allowing shoppers to return sale items for a refund – and some also mandate that discounted goods are non-refundable or only eligible for a gift note or exchange.  While impulse shopping can be fun, especially when big savings are made, shoppers should make sure they check returns policies before they part with their cash or else they risk losing more money than they thought they’d save!”