The best money-saving World Cup 2010 deals

Bargains, bargains, bargains. That's the true meaning of the FIFA World Cup 2010 after all. It's an excuse for customers to buy new consumer electronics kit just as much as it is for the manufacturers and retailers to sell it.

So, for our final post of World Cup Week here on Pocket-lint, here's your shopping guide to the best football related offers out there at the moment.

Sony Trade-In

Products
Almost Everything
Biggest saving
£150
Bargain Factor
4/5

It was Sony who started the ball rolling this World Cup season with the company offering a trade-in scheme at participating stores. All you have to do is turn up with an old piece of consumer electronics equipment that you don't want any more and you can get money off certain items.

There's up to £150 of Bravia TVs, £60 off camcorders, £30 off headphones, £50 off BD-players and all sorts more. There's no catch here and the offer's open until the day of the final (11th July) and you can even pick up an eBook reader for £20 less if you bring in any old paperback. Just check the website carefully for the details before you end up lugging your old CRT to a retailer that's not going to take it.

 


 

Toshiba England Expects

Products
Laptops & TVs

Biggest saving
£2,200

Bargain Factor
2/5

Money back on your purchase is the aim of the game here and it's Toshiba making the offer on the company's range of Satellite laptops with Intel Core i processors and REGZA SV and XV TVs. The promotion period is between 12th April and 10th June which gives you plenty of time to err on the side of caution in case there's crucial injuries to key members of any World Cup squads and don't forget to register your purchase with Toshiba by 16th June.

There's the slightly odd phrase in the Ts & Cs of "if England win the Football Match played in South Africa on 11th July 2010" but probably not worth pinning your hopes on a fixture change.

 


 

Currys Cash For Goals

Products
TVs

Biggest saving
approx £70

Bargain Factor
3/5


Out of all of them, the Currys promotion is the one you'll actually get a return on. The high street retailer doesn't need England to win anything at all - not a tournament, nor a game. All that's required is that Capello's men score goals and, for each one, customer's who bought a TV for £599 or over will receive £10 back. You've got to make your purchase before 11th June and you must register it within 3 days to qualify for the offer, so don't forget or you will lose out. As for the small print, goals in extra time do count but penalty shoot outs do not.

So, what can you expect to get back? Well, out of the last six World Cup Finals that England has been involved in, the team has either scored a total of 6 or 7 goals. So, looking at it, it's probably a £60/£70 cashback offer - unless Rooney goes wild.

 


 

KEF Money Back

Products
KEF KHT7005 & KEF8005

Biggest saving
£999

Bargain Factor
1/5

KEF is one of the few companies offering a slightly different twist on the World Cup money back promotions. Instead of relying on England winning, you have to correctly predict the scorelines of England's three opening fixtures. The trouble is that that's absolutely rock hard. Englands group games are:

England vs USA
England vs Algeria
England vs Slovenia


If you predicted 2-2, 2-1, 2-1 - which is certainly nowhere near the realms of the outlandish - Bet365 would offer odds of 4640/1. It doesn't take a genius to work out that putting a quid down on there instead would give you the chance of winning enough cash for a top end TV and amp as well as the KEFs.

Even if you went for the most likely three results of 1-0, 2-0 and 2-0 respectively, the treble odds still work out ok 215/1. Just a £5 outlay here would see enough return for the KEF8005 system. The only difference, of course, is that you won't end up with any speakers if you lose, which is very likely indeed.

 


 

TomTom Go England/Italy/Spain/etc

Products
GO 550 LIVE, 750 LIVE & 950 LIVE

Biggest saving
£250

Bargain Factor
2/5


It's another cash back situation here, this time from TomTom to promote their TomTom Go LIVE line of satnavs. It doesn't seem to matter where you make you purchase so long as you do it between 15th April - 8th June and register it on the TomTom site before 11th June. There's no real run-arounds to this one. It states pretty clearly in the terms and conditions that England needs to win the final, although strangely it does say "the final of the hottest football tournament this summer". Unlikely that it's a get out clause but you never know.

The products themselves are good enough featuring a 4.3-inch screen and HD Traffic system but there's not quite so much at stake as some of the deals with the maximum saving on the £250 TomTom Go Live 950. Still, conversely, there's less to lose as well.

 


 

 

Best Buy - If England Wins...

Products
TVs

Biggest saving
£6,500

Bargain Factor
3/5


If England wins, everyone wins. So says Best Buy UK - everyone who has bought a TV from them between 17th April - 5th June, that is. Again, there's no real sneaky way around this. England has to win the final of the World Cup, plain and simple; something that hasn't been achieved in nearly 50 years.

If you fancy those odds, then there are still a few hurdles to jump and pitfalls not to pitfall into to make sure you get your cash back. First is that you have to buy the TV in store at the West Thurrock branch but that's not really a problem as it's the only place you can actually purchase from Best Buy at the moment in the UK anyway.

Next is that you must spend £499 or more on your telly, and there's no upper limit. For the record, the most expensive in store is the 65" Panasonic for £5,500 but you can specially order in a 55" Loewe worth £6,500 if you're feeling really confident.

You must register your product online or by post before 11th June to qualify, so don't forget that and the only slight weirdness, again, is that all the terms state is that England must win their match on 11th July. Now, it doesn't specifically state that the fixture needs to be the World Cup 2010 final but the odd act of god could present an interesting situation if games had to be rescheduled.

 

If you enjoyed this article, then head over to our World Cup Week homepage where you'll find a collection of features getting ready for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.