Arcadia Group gift cards now worth only half the purchase value

Shoppers holding gift cards and vouchers for the collapsed Arcadia Group’s brands have been told that they will only be able to use them for half the price of their purchase cost.

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On Wednesday, consumers who held gift cards for the group’s brands, which include Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Burton, reported that they were unable to use them to make purchases, and the company said a technical issue was to blame.

text: A Top Shop store on Oxford Street, London, on 2 December.

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A Top Shop store on Oxford Street, London, on 2 December.

When the system is back up and running, it said customers would not be able to use them to cover their entire value but could only put them towards a purchase.

Related: How will you be impacted by the collapse of Arcadia Group?

The group fell into administration on Monday, but is still trading in shops and online.

Administrators are not obliged to honour gift cards and vouchers, and holders are creditors who would be in the queue for a payment when the business is wound up.

However, administrators for HMV caused a storm when they announced that they would refuse the cards, and were forced to go back on the decision. Customers are typically allowed to use them until stores close.

Holders of Arcadia’s cards and vouchers have been told they will still be honoured, but they cannot be used to cover more than 50% of their purchase. Someone with a £20 voucher, for example, would have to spend £40 to use it up.

A spokeswoman for Arcadia said it was not currently able to accept gift cards due to a “temporary technical issue” which should be resolved within days, if not sooner.

“Gift cards remain valid and, once functionality resumes, customers will be able to use them in store and online for up to 50% of the balance of the total purchase,” she added.

BHS made a similar change to its cards when it went into administration in 2016.

Despite high profile failures on the high street, the gift card market is still booming.

Research by the Gift Card and Voucher Association found that UK consumers spent £4.65bn on buying gift cards in 2019, with 60% of the market in those for single retailers.

However, it noted that multistore gift cards were making up ground, “reflecting both a less loyal shopper and one that has become slightly more wary of brands falling out of the market”.

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New Cyber Week Deals + coupon for 10% off entire purchase through Dec 12! ::

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Black Friday best deals: iPhone 12, AirPods Pro, Xbox gift card, free Wyze Cam with purchase, more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, better known as Black Friday. You know the drill: Every store on the planet has trotted out major sales. And if you think you’ve already seen the best deals, think again. This morning brought new stuff including discounted Wyze smart-home products and the iPhone 12 with free bundled AirPods Pro. See below for those and other just-added items.

As you might expect, many of the best deals are selling out quickly, while others won’t ship for a week or two. In the case of Best Buy’s iPad sale (including the iPad 10.2 for $280), you’ll need to find a local store that has them in stock. In better news, while the famed $169 AirPods Pro are sold out at Walmart, Amazon has the AirPods Pro for $170. They’re currently listed as “temporarily out of stock,” but you can buy them at that price and get delivery once stock is replenished.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 ad scans

We’ve been sifting through these and other sales to find the cream of the crop, which we’ve gathered below. Note that a few of the previously “expired” deals we kept at the bottom have resurfaced, which is why we recommend keeping this post bookmarked and checking it often for updates.

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This is actually one of several Black Friday deals currently running at Wyze. Others include 20% off the Wyze Cam Pan, the Wyze Cam v2 and a free Keypad with the purchase of a Wyze Lock.

Cam Plus is the company’s premium cloud service, offering unlimited video storage and motion alerts, no cooldown requirement between video captures, face- and person-detection and lots more. It’s absolutely worth it if you’re running one or more Wyze Cams (which you will be with this giveaway).

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Visible, which runs on Verizon’s network, is sweetening its iPhone 12 deals: When you buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get a free pair of AirPods Pro. Those are worth $249 — though as you’ll see below, they’re currently on sale for $170.

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Meanwhile, Visible charges a flat rate of $40 a month for unlimited service, or you can take advantage of its Party Pay option for rates as low as $25.


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The history celebrated in the video game, however, depends on delusional conspiracy theories to simplify the world’s messy complexity. What we really need is a healthy antidote of actual history — one that rests on a critical investigation of primary sources and reminds us that the course of world events depends on the interactions of countless individuals navigating their everyday lives rather than secret decisions made by shadowy and omniscient political puppet masters.

The new game is set in the early 1980s, a period of heightened Cold War tension, when global nuclear war once again seemed a real possibility. In one trailer, a virtual Ronald Reagan enters a room and endorses the covert mission the players are about to take on. They are tasked with seeking out a Soviet agent code-named Perseus and thwarting his plans to threaten the free world and “shift the balance of the Cold War.” As he directs a virtual Secretary of State Alexander Haig to give the covert team whatever it needs, the game’s version of Reagan intones, “there is no higher duty, there is no higher honor” than seeking to defend “our way of life.”

The dialogue is stilted, but its embrace of violence to defend “our way of life” reflects some of the most extreme U.S. rhetoric of the time. In a 1983 speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” But just before that phrase for which the speech is generally recalled, Reagan painted a much darker picture of a fantasy of heroic sacrifice in the service of total war, one in which a young father would be willing to sacrifice his two little girls rather than have them “grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.”

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Even in Berlin, the divided city that served as the backdrop for so much Cold War melodrama — and which functions as the hub from which players depart on their various missions in “Black Ops Cold War” — local conditions consistently contradicted the explanations U.S. and Soviet leaders sought to impose on this central Cold War battleground. Whether it was Soviet Zone farmers providing

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