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Member Name: m_illie
Advantages: Lots of variety, prices, shop layout, kid in a sweet shop feel
Disadvantages: Staff for some people are very uninvolved - but hardly worth noting
Tiger is a international branch of stores that sell a variety of quirky objects in a Ikea-esque setting. The products on offer are seemingly miscellaneous but can be categorised in the following way: home office, essentials, kids and people.
Tiger Home: This includes spices, kitchenwear, candles, lamps, clocks, storage, and stainless steel objects such as spoons and sieves. Strangely enough, out of the home section, my favourite has got to be the candles, because although for the most part unscented, they really do showcase the store and make it colourful and modern looking. My local store has a wall of candles in a variety of shades and colours, and it genuinely is so appealing my boyfriend has to usher me out of the store, as I already own a ridiculous amount of candles! As well as this, home also includes a few frivolous items, and even joke items, such as a novelty horn which my boyfriend had great fun squeezing and frightening half the shop with! This is also where he and my best friend of mine purchased many of my birthday gifts as they were able to cheaply find small, valuable gifts that weren't to pricey and they knew I'd love.
Tiger Office: This includes stationary, folders, headphones (strangely, as I dont necessarily think you would get away with wearing huge headphones in the office), calculators and other little bits and bobs that you usually tend to find in stores like WHSmiths. The beauty of Tiger is, however, everything is much cheaper, and in my opinion much sleeker and more modern looking. For example, I purchased a simplistic purple folder from my local shop recently and it only cost me a pound! Its great quality and excellent value for money, I will definitely be looking for my school stuff from here in future if possible.
Tiger Essentials: This section is pretty self explanatory as it is pretty much just goods that you will need/dont mind having about the house. For example, things like batteries in a variety of types, extra remotes, and things such as tooth picks and birthday candles which you always need and never seem to have. That is a great moto for Tiger as a whole actually, it is a store that offers you the things you need but never thought you needed! That sounds as though they are being manipulative and conning you into buying frivolous, excessive things but that really isn't true; for the unorganised and dopey person like me, Tiger just seems to offer everything I need and at an affordable price too.
Tiger Kids: Typical items for sale in the kids section includes things like joke moustaches, water balloons, whoopie cushions and even juggling balls! For my boyfriend, and I'm sure many young men, this area is particularly fun and somewhere you can spend a little bit of cash for a joke. This definitely isn't the area I tend to spend the most in, but if my boyfriend had his way it sure would be! It's a place to get typically 'kid' items in one place instead of shopping around local pound stores looking for something that might be moderately fun 1/100 times.
Tiger people: 'People' loosely translates as adults in the Tiger store, and so items for sale here are things like small blushers, eyeshadows and even mascaras. I don't tend to wear makeup that often, and I'm sure there are some women who prefer well known brands to ensure top quality, but judging on the quality of the rest of their goods, I dont doubt Tiger excels here also.
The staff are usually twenty-something-year-olds and are nice enough. I wouldn't say you get outstanding customer care, but in a store with so many varied items, I dont really think their assistence is required that much. Instead, it is much easier, and much more interesting to stroll about the shop yourself, looking out for something that catches your eye. For this reason, and my general preferences also, I'm glad that the staff are a little kept back, but I think some people may find this frustrating if they have their mind set on purchasing a very specific item that is difficult for them to find amongst all of the other products for sale.
Stores are available in the following countries:
Denmark, Finland,Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Span, Sweden and obviously England. The TigerStores sites caters to each of these countries and you are able to select which country you're in to gain access to the website with the appropriate details and language.
If you are unfamiliar with Tiger the website is probably the best place to start. It is strictly an information site and as such, you are unable to purchase any products through it. Instead it showcases a number of items for sale in their stores, and offers you the chance to sign up to their newsletter. The newsletter simply tells you about all the latest products on offer, which is information that can be found on the website, and so I unsubscribed once I realised this for the sake of my bulging inbox, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful for someone else. The website also boasts a store locator which is useful for those of you who are entirely unaware of Tiger until now, or at least don't know where your local store is, as it offers you the chance to get in on this excellent store and all it has to offer.
As mentioned before, the store is very modern, and very light and area. With so much for sale, it would be very easy for the store to be chlaustrophobic, but because of clever lighting, and pale, modern colour schemes, often matched with simplistic oak shelving, the store remains very open and airy. It is very welcoming, and even their window displays manage to drag me in without fail.
This is definitely a store I would recommend, as it is somewhere everyone is bound to find something they like. The prices are very reasonable, especially compared with their better known store counterparts. For example, a simple plastic bowl could cost as much as £5.99 in BHS home section, yet it is barely £2 in Tiger. The layout and choice of offers is excellent and inviting, and I guarentee you will shop there more than once, despite its somewhat novelty-eque feeling the first time you enter.
Summary: An excellent small department store with something for everyone