Home Bargains faces backlash as shoppers say ‘no’ to £5 item

Home Bargains has been hit with backlash from some shoppers over a recent Instagram post. The budget retailer is known for selling a huge range of items – from homeware and toiletries to DIY tools and food.

However, one of its latest products has left many divided on social media. Despite it being July, with October still several weeks away, the bargain superstore uploaded a Halloween-themed picture.

In the image, Home Bargains showed off its Gary the Ghost cushion, back for 2024. It comes as many fans are calling for Gary to return to shelves for this Halloween after proving a big hit in previous years.

The ‘cute’ ghost cushion is made from 100% polyester and this year, Gary is holding a tiny pumpkin. On the Home Bargains website, a description of the updated cushion reads: “Back with a BOO! for the 2024 Haunting season, Gary the Ghost has squashed rumours that he wouldn’t return.

“A perfect seasonal companion for any room in your Haunted House, this year he has chosen to pose with a pumpkin.” In the caption on Instagram, the store added: “Guess whooOOoo’s back. Haunting online only. £4.99.”

While plenty of fans were delighted by Gary’s return and the fact Home Bargains took the opportunity to celebrate Halloween four months early, others were not so impressed. The comment section has been split down the middle with hundreds of mixed reactions.

Mrs_l.sedgwick90 replied: “Oh FFS it’s only July!!” Saraheaney43 wrote: “F*** sake give over. The year’s going fast enough as it is.”

Jasongwindow added: “Surely not yet .. we have [summer] still to come right?” Kerryannewar put: “It’s only July man give over!” Rebekah_jls_49_bekah fumed: “No way.”

Meanwhile, Blooms_abode, seemed pleased and said: “Hahha I’m sooo ready! We haven’t had spring or summer so may as well roll into Autumn again.”

Lucindabiancamurray declared: “Halloween isn’t a holiday, it’s a lifestyle. For all those saying ffs it’s only July.”

Mrsclarkescleaning said: “I’m so ready.” Clairey tagged a friend and told them: “Omg Gary is holding a pumpkin this year!!! We need to add him to our collection.”

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