shopping: March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgShould you fancy starting your own armada - the former Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal is up for sale on a online auction website.

After 25 years in service - playing important roles in in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the Bosnia conflict - the Ark Royal was decommissioned as part of the government's defence budget review.

And while there were a series of proposals about what could be done with it - with ideas ranging from it becoming a commercial heliport, nightclub or even a school - it could now be sold.

The famous ship has been listed on, a website run by the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support arm which works a bit like eBay, but where bidders have to submit their "intentions regarding the vessel" along with their offer.

And given the aircraft carrier weighs a whopping 22,000 tonnes, you might want to factor in postage costs before making a bid.

275x250.jpgEight out of ten women have flirted to get a discount in a store, it has been revealed.

A study of 3,000 shoppers discovered 80% of women have tried tossing their hair, holding eye contact and giggling while haggling over price, to get a good deal.

And more than half of the women who were polled said they'd even managed to get things completely free of charge because they flirted.

One in ten women were found to have flirted in the last month in a bid to get a few quid shaved off the price of goods - while men offer to pay in cash for a cheaper deal.

It was found that women who flirt in stores can save and average of £150 a year… and that's before you consider the free drinks they get bought.

275x250.jpg Facebook users are said to be making life difficult for supermarket staff…  by constantly rearranging stock on the shelves to spell out rude words.

Known as Supermarket Scrabble the game has become a hit on the social networking site with users competing to see who can create the most offensive words.

Typical examples see people rearranging jars of spices and herbs to spell words like 'cock' tits' and 'boobs' -- then taking a photo which is uploaded to the Facebook page.

But supermarket staff say the popularity of the game is making life hell for them as they're constantly having to put the letters back… unless they can come up with something ruder themselves.

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