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Lidl and B&Q have been accidentally selling rare plants worth £4k for just £10

And you thought your work cock-up was bad…

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Supermarket giant Lidl and DIY retailer B&Q have been accidentally flogging rare plants worth thousands of pounds at a massively reduced price.

In what could be one of the most colossal pricing mistakes in the retailers’ history, the shops have been mistaking a small naturally occurring variegation in the plants for fungus or disease – or in some cases not spotting them at all – and have therefore been selling them at a reduced price.

Despite the variegation’s appearance and subtlety, however, they actually make plants extremely valuable; something both Lidl and B&Q clearly weren’t aware of.

Here are the plants that could be worth thousands…

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Variegated Monstera Deliciosa

More commonly known as the ‘cheese plant’, the Monstera Deliciosa is one of the more popular house plants thanks to its attractive big leaves with ‘Swiss cheese-like’ holes.

Yet while a regular Monstera Deliciosa isn’t worth much, a variegated Monstera is very rare, with them being sold for as much as £4,562.18 on Etsy.

The signs to look out for include small white markings on the stems and leaves, and the occasional whole white leaf. They can be subtle however, which is why Lidl and B&Q have been missing them.

Variegated Monstera Adansonii

Much like it’s larger cousin, the Monstera Adansonii can also develop a rare variegation – though this one can be a lot more valuable.

These plants need to be fed frequently throughout the winter and, if they’re not, they’ll sometimes develop small white spots, which can make shops sell them on the cheap. But these spots are easily confused with the beginnings of variegation, which has the same telltale white stripes on the stem as the Deliciosa.

On Ebay, the most expensive Adansonii for sale is listed at £3,699.

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Philodendron White Princess or White Knight

There are over 400 species of Philodendron in the world but, much like the Monstera, there can be a very subtle type that can be easily missed by florists and retailers.

There is a type of Philodendron with white leaves that is worth hundreds of pounds; the Philodendron White Princess and White Knight look very similar, with glossy green leaves and white lines that might otherwise be mistaken for disease or damage.

On Etsy, a White Knight can sell for as much as £4,216.82, while the White Princess is on sale on various sites for roughly £400.

Pink Princess Philodendron

The Pink Princess Philodendron – commonly nicknamed the PPP – is similar to the White Knight and White Princess, but instead has pint variegation instead of white.

This variegation can take a while to show, and can come across as a shadow on a baby plant, hence the potentially low price.

But on Etsy, a mature plant can be sold for as much as £2,228, with a single leaf cutting going for around £200.

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Monstera Obliqua

The Monstera Obliqua is one of the rarest house plants going, and its fragile leaves can often be mistaken for pest damage.

However, a genuine Obliqua is amongst the most sought after plant by enthusiasts, with a single leaf being flogged on Etsy for a massive £1,590, and on Ebay for £1,250.

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Ikea ‘collect near you’ hubs to launch in several Greater Manchester Tescos

It’s the retailer collab we didn’t know we needed…

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A number of Tesco supermarkets in Greater Manchester are set to host Ikea ‘collect near you’ points as part of an ‘exciting’ new pilot.

Tesco Extra Stockport and Tesco Extra Bolton Horwich will both see IKEA ‘collect near you’ bays installed in their car parks in an attempt to reduce delivery costs from the furniture retailer.

Customers will be able to meet with a delivery driver at the designated collection bays to pick up their orders in a move that IKEA says will ‘make it easier than ever’ to shop with them.

Seven Tesco stores in total have been selected for the collaboration’s initial rollout, including sites in Liverpool, Blackburn, and Doncaster.

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Tesco Blackburn will be the first supermarket to launch the trial next month on October 10th, with other sites set to follow later this year.

Tesco is set to run the trial for an initial period of six months.

An Ikea spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Tesco to test and trial more convenient, accessible and affordable collection services in the UK.

“The pilot will launch in Bolton and Stockport later this year. While we are unable to share exact dates at the moment, we will be sure to share further details in the coming months.”

Retail analyst Natalie Berg named the collaboration as ‘interesting’, writing on Twitter: “Really interesting IKEA/Tesco collab. Ikea gets the need to become more accessible (despite the ££) and imagine more pressing now w/ consumers shying away from big-ticket buys and consolidating trips.”

However, she added that customers will still need to spend £200 for the ‘free’ collection.

The full list of trial sites is:

  • Tesco Blackburn Superstore.
  • Tesco Doncaster Extra.
  • Tesco Cambridge Newmarket Road Superstore.
  • Tesco Dereham Extra.
  • Tesco Bolton Horwich Extra.
  • Tesco Stockport Extra.
  • Tesco Liverpool Old Swan Superstore.

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Toys ‘R’ Us relaunches in the UK just in time for Christmas

Shoppers can browse a selection of over 14,000 toys from 100 suppliers

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Toys ‘R’ Us has officially relaunched its UK website with thousands of toys and gadgets up for grabs.

The online shop has over 14,000 toys from over 100 suppliers for sale, including toys by Lego, Marvel, Star Wars, Crayola and Play-Doh.

Free delivery is available for all orders over £20, while next-day delivery is up for grabs on orders placed before 6pm.

A message on the website reads: “We’re back! We can’t wait to develop and grow with you and your loved ones, over the coming weeks, months and years!”

The store has also re-opened its sister site Babies ‘R’ Us, which sells everything from pushchairs, prams, children’s clothing and baby carriers.

This news comes nearly a year after the retailer initially announced it would be returning to the high street – in October 2021, its parent firm signed a long-term exclusive licence agreement to relaunch the stores across the UK from 2022 onwards.

After struggling to keep up with the new age of online shopping, Toys ‘R’ Us was forced to close all of its UK and US stores back in 2018, much to the dismay of those who grew up with the retailer throughout the 2000s. 

Toys ‘R’ Us Australia chief executive Louis Mittoni, who has spearheading the UK launch, said in a statement at the time: “I’m very excited to welcome over 100 years of retailing experience in our new team, who will lead the relaunch our iconic brand back into the UK market in the next few months.

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“We have an amazing toy and baby buying team, which I believe is the best in the country.

“With this team now in place, we’re hitting the ground running and have been reaching out to the supply base to see with whom we can align on this amazing journey.”

Toys ‘R’ Us launched in the UK in 1985, when it emerged as the ‘world’s first toy supermarket’.

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Ian Brown’s brutal response to fan who asked why he played gig without a band

A number of fans have criticised the singer for performing alone without a band

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Ian Brown gave a savage response to a fan last night following the controversy surrounding his solo Leeds gig over the weekend.

The Stone Roses frontman kick started his first UK tour in a decade at the Leeds O2 Academy on Sunday, with him due to perform at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse this Friday (September 30th). 

However, many fans were left disappointed by Brown’s performance thanks to the absence of the rest of the band, with one concert-goer describing it as him ‘[doing] karaoke and butchering his own tunes.’

Alongside of a video showing Brown singing alone on an empty stage, fan Steven Latham wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at Leeds tonight WITH NO BAND.

I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too p****d to care but I had to get out after this one.”

Another fan slammed the singer for not giving musicians the opportunity to make some money ‘after a difficult few years’, writing: “Musicians and crew need work after a difficult few years.

“Ian Brown can afford to employ people but don’t quite get why he chooses not to?”

However, this comment seemingly touched a nerve with Brown, who scathingly replied in a now-deleted tweet: “I have a crew of 12 out on the road with me [sic] What’s it got to do with you you jealous p***k?”

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The singer also took the time to respond to other fans who enjoyed last night’s concert in Glasgow, with him writing: “GLASGOW. HATERS HATE AND LOVERS LOVE!”

Other concert-goers praises Brown’s performance last night, with another fan noting: “Far more honest to play to a backing track on your own, than be in a band pretending to be 100% live yet playing along to a backing track.”

A second added: “This was an amazing show. Cool and surprising concept for Ian Brown to just present himself, the man and king on stage. He sounded great. Fans had a great time.”

Ian Brown’s headline tour continues tonight in Edinburgh, with following shows scheduled for Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London.

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