‘Sad’ Tesco shopper ‘clears’ supermarket shelves to make £1,000 profit

Tesco shoppers have been left shaking their heads in dismay at a ‘sad’ scene where an enterprising individual virtually emptied the shelves to turn a profit. Sam, a TikTok user with a following of 95,000, has become something of a controversial figure for his bulk-buying tactics aimed at reselling items online for a higher price.

The young entrepreneur regularly films his expeditions to various UK stores, snapping up products en masse with the intention of flipping them on Amazon FBA. This service allows sellers to ship their goods to Amazon’s warehouses, from which the company handles sales, storage, packing, and delivery.

However, as reported by the Mirror, Amazon FBA has come under fire for potentially leading to ‘inflated’ prices that deter customers. It’s important to remember that if your side hustle brings in over £1,000 within a tax year, you’re obliged to register as self-employed with HMRC and file a self-assessment tax return. Not to mention, such practices can cause quite the stir among the public.

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In one of his latest videos, Sam’s Journey came across a shelf brimming with Sistema lunch boxes priced at just 88p each. He said: “Oh my god these are 88p (but) they sell for £7 on Amazon – they sell over 100 times a month,” before adding: “Mate, we’re going to get a trolley and take the lot.. “We’ll leave a few of them but I’ll take f***ing 100 at least.”

Sam managed to buy 81 units and returned to the shop the following day to grab more lunchboxes. He claims to have made a profit of around £1,000 and proudly announced in the comments section: “I’ve sold them all…” Amazon FBA charges £25 (excluding VAT) per month plus selling fees and pays out every fortnight based on proceeds from 14 days worth of orders.

Supermarkets often impose restrictions on purchasing multiple packs of the same item, particularly during national shortages. Some bulk items like cans of pop will have a ‘do not re-sell’ label printed on them.

While Sam seemed quite pleased with his money-making venture, the comments section had a different view. “What’s sad is I tried to get these for the kids in my additional special needs class (but) couldn’t cos there was someone loading a trolley with them in Tesco,” one person vented.

Another joked: “Thanks for telling me where I can buy it cheaper.” A third questioned: “Why would people buy for that price when they could go to Tesco themselves?” While a fourth labeled him a “B*** end.”

Yet, others chose to commend the man’s smart approach, arguing that he’s working ‘smarter not harder’. “Good luck to you, I hope you make lots of money.” Another in agreement remarked, “Admire what you’re doing mate! Should’ve taken all the units.”

A third input was, “Good lad, he’s out there trying to earn some money, how can anyone knock him?”