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Over the past few years my shopping habits have drastically changed. At one time I had an abundance of money and lived in Central London and sort of lived a high life (I wasn't happy mind you!). Nowadays I've settled down and I live to a budget and am happily single with lots of bills to pay. Like a lot of people I'm not so well off and try to live a life that whilst may be debt free, I do have to keep my outlays for things down, largely due to the outgoing bills that seem to keep coming through my front door!
Since scrimping a bit more of late with Christmas fast approaching I have relied heavily on discount stores such as this. I've always been a fan but of this store and just lately I've been really impressed.
So What Is A 99p Store?
Well its self explanatory. Every product is 99p! Simples.
The stores vary as to products that they stock and of course how big the stores are and so on. We have two of these shops in Coventry at the moment and one is really big and one is a bit smaller with quite a good amount of products in both. The stores are usually heaving and though you get in and out and look around if with buggies/prams/wheelchairs at busy times it isn't going to be simple. We have about 4 tills in our stores and never many members of staff on duty. I do find our stores very well stocked but it does always feel a bit cramped but I feel like I shouldn't moan about that really as there is plenty of items for me to choose from!
So Whats In Store?:
In both of our stores we have health and beauty and ladies personal items and so on and there is a small clothing section (man, woman and child), a seasonal section, homeware and cleaning products, audio, books and dvds and food and drink, stationary items, petcare and a baby section as well as toys.
Whats Hot And Whats Not?:
I feel I am quite a savvy shopper and what I tend to do is stick to buying brands that I have seen far higher priced in supermarkets that I visit. An example of this is when looking at shower and body products I got for Cussons and the likes and just recently I stocked up on lots of Nails.Inc Nail Polishes for myself and for friends who I am making little cosmetic gift sets up for. Considering they can retail at full price for £11.50 each and I got them for 99p I felt pretty chuffed.......in fact I cleared the shelf of those and then bragged to a sale assistant about it!
My local 99p store always seems to have Revlon, Sally Henson and Revlon make up products in stock which is brilliant and on these items alone you can make great savings! There are deodorants on sale (male and female) I always tend to grab Dove ones when I see them! I have bought socks for me in here and reconditioned cds that they sell and never had an issue with them. I have also bought autobiographies from here and earphones (Maxim) which were great and lots of little Christmas decorations for my flat plus packs of pens and I do tend to pick up Whiskas dried cat foods and treats often for 99p.....as well as a few cat toys for Myrtle.
I have also bought lots of home items from here such as mugs, food covers, lunchboxes and glasses again all that I have been happy with and quite often I buy food items from here which include Cadburys' brunch bars, lots of Weightwatchers stuff and things from Heinz and when it comes to cleaning products I always usually pick up Flash and just recently I had a really nasty cold and got sachets of five Lemsips for 99p and then noticed the same ones retailing at a local store for £4.39!
I have a friend at the moment who I have been instore with who has been buying lots of the toys just as stocking fillers because she hasn't got a lot of money at the moment free to spend and to her she deems the place as a lifesaver! They may not be the best of quality toys but least her little one will have lots to open on the big day anyway! I have another friend who has been buying lots of items for her student son as well, things like little alarm clocks and stationary and the likes. In the past, when I moved into an unfurnished property I bought clocks, flooring tiles (for a bathroom) and lots of kitchen stuff to get me by!
I have no complaints about this shop at all. I don't feel I ever get ripped off here and I do feel that I get great quality (as long as I am careful!) and although the shop is slightly cluttered it is always tidy and well laid out. I suppose the only draw back of a place like this is that because the stock changes quite regularly and things run out often you can't go with a particular shopping list which actually always results in buying things I had ever planned to or had in mind but seriously folks........just lately this store has been a Godsend!
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Years ago I lived in Finsbury park and regularly walked down to Holloway for the car boot sale. On my way home I noticed the 99p store (the first branch opened) and it took me a while before I went in assuming it would all be tat.
I was pleasantly surprised. They had useful products at bargain prices.
I've moved house a few times since then and now my nearest store is in Ramsgate, a short drive away and need to pay 80 pence to park in the multi-storey carpark. It's worth it. Every 5 months or so I visit the 99p shop specifically to buy their Mowbray 800ml barbeque sauce. It's the same size bottle as in takeaway shops and it's tasty. Not too keen on their ketchup equivalent (greasy spoon quality) and as yet I haven't dared to try their mayonnaise.
Even with the parking fee I'm still quids in compared to supermarket own brand barbeque sauce.
Well it had to happen didnt it! There has of course been the huge phenomenom of the pound stores, but someone had to go one better! I suppose its a bit too much for it to continue down to a penny? Actually with this economic climate its probably not!
I only know of this particular one although I know there is a fair few across the country, this is the one in Harpurhey, Manchester I'll be looking at. The outside reminds me very much of the Card Factory with its bright blue and yellow logo. Its not that attractive to be fair, it looks quite cheap and gaudy. Walking in it looks very much like any other store of its ilk. That is, there are piles and piles of goods everywhere.
They are very seasonal like any other shop so the senses got assaulted by all the Christmas goodies, the goods were piled up, not to mention the annoying Christmas songs, oh and all the twinkly decorations, most made cheaply in China and will doubt have a go at shorting the electrics if you let them, not to mention the 'Angels' that looked as if they'd been made by a drunken blindfolded people who'd been forced to use their non-dominant hand. No doubt the Easter Bunny will have visited by now! To be honest its pretty much what the £1 store offers but a whole penny less.
Of course they are not just a seasonal shop, they have plenty of other products as well. Walking in there's a selection of products such as shampoos, shower and bath gels, hand sanitisers, etc. Come to think of it when was the last time anyone bought VO5 at full price. For some reason we seem to use a lot of hand sanitisers and they had a good range for 99p. Unfortunately I'd managed to buy a particular brand in Home Bargains a week earlier for 69p each or 2 for a £1.
I move around the corner and there's more beauty products. They do have a wide range of their own products there. I can highly recommend their own washing liquid and conditioner, its perfect for getting the blood of things after you've used their razors shaving your legs! Of course they also have more well-known brands, Bics, WIlkinsons, etc. They also stock lots of things like cotton wool, pads, buds, etc. Give their own brand sanitary products a miss though, you could end up with terrible consequences!
That aisle is placed opposite the cleaning products area with which I was massively disappointed. Unlike many of the £1 shops there was very little of the brand names such as Flash available, just lots of unknown names. I also seem to spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning disgusting houses so stock up on scouring pads, cloths, etc whenever I'm in one of these places. Well, I usualy do but was massively disappointed. 10 scrubbing pads for 99p? Not likely, I went to Asda opposite and got 20 for 85p.
The next aisle is what could be fondly termed as 'tat', picture frames, ornaments, scented candles and being winter, gloves, hats and scarves. Does anyone ever wear the day-glo stuff they stock? I've one ever seen it on rather drunken orange ladies featured on 'Snog, Marry,Avoid;. I will pick up a couple of cheap photo frames, but that's about it.
Theres also car things, bike accessories, kitchenware and load of other stuff (I can only refer to it as stuff cos thats what it is!) that would take to long to list here.
The rest of the shop is taken up with foodstuffs and drinks. Its usual stock is cakes and biscuits, I am rather fond of those jammy pink coconut mallows which can be difficult to find, but always seem to be in the cheap shops. I always seem to leave with inordinate amounts of Quavers and Bacon Waffle Wotsits as well. You can usually find something in the drinks section, the huge bargain of £1 branded bottles of Vimto for 99p for example! But I jest! Packs of 4 cans of fizzy pop or bottles of flavoured water. It does sometimes take a little bit of time to work out the best bargain.
All in all I'm thoroughly disappointed, its the first time I've gone into one of these type stores and not come out with £20 worth of stuff I never knew I needed! I only spent less than a fiver which meant had I wanted to pay by card I would have had to pay a fee of £1. Cheek of it! The vast majority of the store is tidy but a few areas looked like a hurricane had blown through it, the staff are unerringly polite as well.
I don't know if anyone saw the programme 'The Secrets of Poundland', which basically showed the tricks that meant we were quite getting the bargains we'd hoped. Well, 99p stores are the epitome of this practice as I think I've managed to demonstrate. Give it a miss, I really would, you'd get much better value in a pound shop!
A brand new 99p Store opened locally a couple of months ago. Prior to that, I hadn't head of this chain. As soon as it opened, I was a little hesitant about checking it out. I assumed it would just be like Poundland, possibly a little worse.
As I entered the store for the very first time, I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a cheap look, products messily stacked on top of one another etc. But instead, it just looked like a smart little store but low cost. Unlike other 'cheap stores', this one didn't make me feel as though I was cheap. Everything was well presented, products were displayed very well, and everything seemed to be in great condition.
I do visit the 99p Store quite a lot now to buy all sorts from drinks to envelopes to cleaning items. It's a real bargain and I do recommend this store.
Just make sure you don't get too carried away! I've seen loads of people spend well over £20 in there before. Most items are a real bargain, but it's only worth if if you really need it!
Firstly, I want to make a claim - Streatham has the biggest 99p store in London. It MUST do! I've yet
to see a bigger one!
This store is amazing. We were all depressed over the loss of the nostalgic Woolworths and now they have been replaced by the most cost-saving shop around.
Now, I am a little sad in that I 'treat' myself to a 3 items every couple of weeks. I go there for my essentials but the problem is that you end up buying things you don't actually need. I think that is why the shops do such good business. What I also love is that there is something different every week!
They have their regular items such as the cleaning products and toiletries (99p original source shower gel!)
but then also an influx of random stuff meaning you sometimes get very lucky. Why only today I grabbed 4 pairs of earplugs which I DID need and would spent over 3 quid on at the pharmacy.
I admit that some branches can be hit and miss (I will not enter the on in Eastleigh as it is roasting in there and the aisles are too small), but for your basic essentials its a fantastic place. Prudish people can knock it for being tacky, but its helps people save money in a time when we should all be thinking about how much we spend, and I commend the 99p Store for saving me a few quid!
Wow 99p fantastic what a bargain so how did I manage to spend £20.00! I am a sucker for the 99p store I like the idea that I am getting a bargain!
I have a large 99p store in my local town and I shop there regularly for crisps for lunch boxes plus household cleaners and tooth brushes are the regular products however I usually come out with far more than that!
99 p stores were opened in 2001 by nadir lalan proving very popular they are open nation wide and have 133 stores with more planed see the website to check for a store I your area www.99pstoresltd.com.
From toys to party ware, cleaning to snacks, stationery to toiletries, you name it the probably sell it but like all discount stores not all products will be back.
I mentioned that I regularly shop here and always buy crisps in here as tend to be a lot cheaper than the supermarket unless they have a buy one get one free offer on.
I also buy snacks here for the cinema naughty I know but for 99p the children get drink, crisps and chocolate very reasonable.
I also like the multi packs of hair ties brilliant value when the girls seem to loose them daily plus we have also got art and craft sets at a lot cheaper than any where else.
I also tend to get my carpet cleaner from here and clothes,
99p an item very quickly you have a heaving basket of bargains that you didn't know you needed so be warned not a shop for the easily tempted among us although each item is a bargain! Plus you cannot pay by card unless over a £5
I think these shops are brilliant offering amongst the rubbish you really do not need some excellent products I got party bags which I then filled and I spent £5 doing party bags for 25 kid's value you really cannot beat. My best bargain has to be Two M&S School skirts for 99p just ridiculous 50p a skirt and they have lasted well but even if she had rolled around the playground I really wouldn't have minded!
So what are you waiting for get a large bag and head for your nearest one.
I actually love The 99p Store, despite it taking me a long time to get the courage to go in there. Our local Poundland is normally one big chaos, full of customers in long queues going to the back of the store, very uninviting looking security guards and general mess everywhere. So I thought The 99p Store would be the same. But thankfully it isn't. Everything is all very well organised and there really is a great range of products on offer, from 2 litre bottles of fizzy drink to computer accessories to dog toys. My local shop has just started stocking a massive range of scented candles too- I haven't tried any yet but have spent a lot of time in the shop smelling them all :)
You might think that the cheap price means a lack of quality, but all the big household brands are there. You'd be mad to pay full price for deodorants, toothpaste and other expensive toiletries in the supermarket / chemist when you can get them here (often in larger than average sizes too) for under a pound. In fact there's such a wide range of foods and soft drinks that it would probably be quite easy to do the bulk of the weekly shop there. But as well as the usual brands, there tends to be a lot of foreign sweets and biscuits, from Denmark and Finland at least. I am a massive fan of all things Scandinavian, so that makes me happy!
The only possible thing I can think of as a downside is that the shops don't tend to look very nice.They don't bother very much with the décor, but who cares when you're getting such good bargains!
The 99p Store
Having just written a review for Pound Land, I thought I would cross the path to the sister shop. Both firm favourites of mine as I have been able to pick up numerous things for bargain prices. If I had to choose a favourite, though, I would go for the 99p Store.
The 99p store has around the same amount of things as Pound Land and a lot of similar items as well, though I can generally find things easier in the 99p Store as it is a lot tidier in the main. I have also never bought something from here I haven't been happy with, unlike Pound Land. They sell everything from food to colouring books, jewellery to household items, Christmas bits to gardening bits...and so much more. They do not change their items as regularly as Pound Land, it seems, though they do have a more regular change over than other shops, so if you see something you want then buy it then and there otherwise it may be gone the next time you go there.
Staff shortages also occur in this shop which cause long queues though really you can't complain if you are saving a lot of money!
And of course the best bit - everything is 99p! That is a whole penny cheaper than Pound Land! Ok, that is not a lot, though from general prices in other shops you are able to find a lot of bargains!
I heard on the grapevine about a shop called the 99p store. I gathered that it sold a variety of goods of all kinds & was worth a visit.
I had never heard of it before but it sounded interesting so I Googled it to see if there was a branch near to me. To my surprise there was one at Paignton & we happened to be heading that way the next day anyway. I made a note of the address & planned to call in there & see what it was all about. Other Half is always keen for a bargain so he didn't take any persuading.
So at the weekend we drove over there, & after a couple of trips round the block to find a parking space we set off on foot in search of the 99p stores, but couldn't find it! Just as we were about to give up, I nipped into a charity shop & asked if anybody knew of it. As soon as we mentioned it everybody said Oh yes it's just round the corner where Woolworth's used to be. I have since heard that lots of old branches of Woolworths have now become 99p stores.
~~About the store~~
We went in & of course it was quite big. We started off with a basket on wheels, but although everyone else was merrily wheeling their baskets around, ours of course had the pull handle missing so we had to carry it! I let Other Half carry that one & I got a smaller carry basket for my toiletries. (No sense keeping a dog & barking yourself my Gran used to say).
As we had not been there before, we decided the best thing would be to walk up & down each aisle looking at everything. There was certainly an assortment of items.
First off we came to the toiletries. Other half picked up a spray deodorant & said how much is that? I said think about it, could it be 99p? I must admit I was caught out in the same way in Poundland when shopping with my eldest son & I asked him how much something was & got the same re-action! I think when you first walk into these kinds of shops, without thinking, you look for price tickets. Anyway, moving along a bit I was surprised to see the Femfresh range of feminine hygiene products. I looked them over & they seemed like the real thing. I popped three different products from the range into my basket - Femfresh Feminine Wipes, Femfresh Soap free Wash & Femfresh Body Wash. I had just paid roughly £3.00 each for the same in Boots a few days before & these were - you've guessed it - 99p each.
We also bought toothpaste, anti-perspirant, shampoo & soap in that section.
We wandered on passing lots of toys. The children in the store gravitated towards these & it seemed most of them were allowed to have one. At 99p it was a cheap way of keeping them quiet - sorry I meant amused.
We saw lots of paper things like toilet rolls & kitchen rolls. They looked like real bargains, great packs of rolls for 99p. Also with these things were oddments of kitchen wear like disposable plates, aluminium pie dishes, foil, cling film, mugs, saucepans, J Cloths, scouring pads & other bits & pieces.
Following this was all the cleaning items like washing up liquid, floor cleaner, loo blocks, washing powder etc. I felt we needed to be careful or we could get carried away buying lots of rubbish items.
There was an aisle full of pet food & everything that Fido & Kitty would like to wear round their necks, play with, eat & drink, eat & drink out of, & sleep on, bless 'em! There was even a hoody for dogs to wear! The wild birds in the garden were not forgotten either - bags of nuts & seed in abundance together with hanging feeders. Also everything for the wee furry things like Hamsters & Gerbils. In other words, all your pet needs were catered for.
There were numerous end shelves with boxes of cereals of all kinds, put there to grab your attention as a bargain presumably, though I'm not quite sure why they would need to when everything is the same price! Well nearly, there were some things that were two for 99p & some were actually lower like 75p each.
There was homeware like tea towels & pillowslips etc. Candles, ornaments, sprays & blocks to make the room smell nice & all sorts.
An aisle of stationery had most things usually found in that department.
Other Half was of course drawn to the sweets & chocolate, but a quick reminder that he didn't really need those & he said "oh well, that's another avenue of pleasure closed!"
We moved on to the groceries where we found things like Heinz Tomato Ketchup in large bottles - a bargain at 99p. We bought tins of things, biscuits, dried pasta, bottled fizzy drinks, tea bags & coffee - most everything you can think of really in the food section. We were careful to select branded goods as we were not sure about some of the items. We did however take a risk on a few boxes of unknown brand cereals as the kids get through so much of them & they like the chocolate coated ones & the sugar coated ones - in other words the most expensive usually.
They do sell chilled items such as butter spread, ham etc. I don't re-call seeing frozen items.
I'm sure there were lots more things in the store that I have not remembered, but that's enough to be going on with.
So we made our way to the tills, Other Half carrying the basket with no handle that should have been pulled along - which was full to the brim with heavy tins, bottles & cleaning items & me with the little basket full of all of three toiletries products! Well we are the weaker sex!
We joined the long queue & I suddenly had a thought that in Poundland they only take cash & would it be the same here? We only had a £20 note between us . Eagle eyed Other Half spotted the card machines by the tills though, so we were not going to be embarrassed!
Of course as you queue you have to stand beside sweets, drinks, ice creams, toys, Rizla Roll-Up Papers, newspapers, batteries, - all the usual things they think may catch your eye & you will pick them up & pop them into your baskets.
We were asked to put our baskets beside the till & the lady took the items out from there to ring them up. She packed them nicely in carrier bags for us & we paid by debit card. We had spent just under £25 & we walked out with six carrier bags of goodies! Not bad eh?
~~My experience & opinion~~ (& that of Other Half of course!)
First impressions are that it's very similar to Poundland in the variety of goods & the way they are set out. I think however, that the 99p Store has more items for sale, although I think Poundland is more pleasant to walk around.
Out of interest I have just dug out the Boots receipt for the Femfresh items I bought there & looked at the items; I can tell you that they came to nearly £9.00 instead of £2.97 in 99P stores. That's not the end of the story though. On closer inspection at home of the items, I saw that the Femfresh items from Boots had a sort of tulip logo on the front while the 99p store ones had three blue leaves. On the back the Boots ones are made by the same company Church & Dwight, with an address in Kent, while the 99p stores ones have an address for the same company in Australia as well as in Kent. The bottles from 99P store were also quite a bit larger with more content. Interesting!
If you look carefully & are selective, you can find branded goods, but the vast majority are ones we've never heard of & are an unknown quantity.
I don't know about other branches I suppose it depends on their position in the Town, but we found that it was not possible to get anywhere near with the car as this store was in a shopping precinct for pedestrians only. If you went shopping there on your own without Other Half to do the carrying, you couldn't manage to lug too much back to the car or the bus.
I don't think you could do your whole weekly grocery shop there, there is not enough selection for that, but it's certainly worth an occasional visit to top up with things like the Heinz Tomato Ketchup for example. At 99p for a very large bottle that has to be a bargain. You would pay that or more for a supermarket own brand. There are lots more bargains like this & it's worth looking for them.
I don't think I would want to walk round it too often. It's not that it's dirty or particularly unpleasant, but just not as nice a shopping environment as we are used to. I think the novelty would soon wear off for most people.
For us, I think we will go occasionally, but it's about 17 miles away & we don't go in that direction very often.
Note: Don't feel too sorry for Other Half - Bless him!! He knows I'm only joking albeit at his expense LOL!
I wasn't joking about the trolley that couldn't be pulled along though, it was actually the only one that was broken - trust him to pick that one up!
Update 18/3/2012 - made another visit to the store this week. Bought £20 worth of goods mostly cleaning & toiletries. All would have cost over £2 anywhere else. So I got at least £40 of goods for £20!
Just found out they have opened a new store in Exeter on the old Habitat site. This is much nearer for me & easier for parking, so might well pay visits more often.
The 99p stores are very popular now days as countless people shop there on a daily or weekly basis. They are similar to that of the poundland shops, but only difference is that its 1p cheaper as the name says it all. You can pick up lots of wonderful bargains in there. I was so happy when a 99p shop opened up in my area around December last year which meant I could not resist the temptation of popping in there on a daily basis as its only 5 minutes from where I live. (Yippee)
Since the ever so beloved and much missed Woolworths (R.I.P) closed down last year i have noticed an increase in lots of 99p shops and other pound land stores opening up in many parts of the country. Its great for people who are not able to afford to buy more expensive items and who want to save money especially when times are hard since the recession (credit crunch took hold)
In the 99p stores they sell all sorts of wonderful cheap items such as essential household and kitchenware items, to basic childrens toys, accessories, food items, and batteries etc. Whenever I go into any 99p shop I always seem to end up buying something for myself and for my daughter as they sell some nice basic toys for children.
I have bought so many items in the 99p stores over the past couple of months that the list is endless. The last item bought in there was four fizzy can drinks for 99p and lovely pink Dora sunglasses for my daughter which she absolutely loves. In any other shop I am sure they would have cost more money. So the 99p shops are great for any one who wants to get a good bargain and for the whole family.
The only downside to shopping there, is that it can get a bit overcrowded with people shopping and the queues tend to be a bit long especially in certain busier times during the day. As its shows how popular the 99p shops are and have become since recent times.
I can't see these cheaper shops disappearing from towns and cities anytime soon as I'm sure they are here to stay for many great more years to come which puts a big smile on my face as I always get happy shopping in these sort of shops. I would highly recommend you try shopping there as I can assure you that you will not be disappointed and it won't break the bank neither.
I give it a top mark of 5/5 dooyoo stars.
99s Stores are something which only came to my attention because one opened up recently on my High Street, where the old Woolworths was. I wandered in 'just to see' and ended up buying two armfuls of stuff.
The gist of the 99p Stores is that nothing costs more than 99p (and in truth you will be hard pushed to find anything that costs less than 99p). They have managed to plug the gap that Woolworths left, but I actually think they've done it better. The whole shop seems well organised and the variety of items on sale is pretty wide - from confectionery to party ware to cleaning products to stationery.
You do need to be a bit careful though and not get swept up the 99p-ness of it all. They make their money by overcharging on many of the products so before you buy you should make sure that you can't get the item anywhere cheaper. Personally, I managed to bag myself two packs of biscuits for 99p that sell for 79p EACH in Sainsbury's. I also managed to get a big box of neon straws that would be perfect for summer parties and I've since seen an identical box selling for £1.50 in Sainsbury's.
99p Stores are now springing up all over the place (unless they have always been there and I've just never noticed before now) and they plug the gap between Woolworths and Wilkinsons in my opinion.
Great for a 99p bargain but make sure you are getting a bargain before you buy.
Now everyone like things for cheap and with the ever decreasing value of the Great British Pound we are needing more of them for the most simple and essential things in live, c'mon even fuel is well over the Pound now.
So imagine my delight at walking through a local town to find a 99p store had opened up! Sure the humble 'pound shop' is no new concept but these stores normally have a limited range of stock and don't tend to be around for long in my experience. However after an exploration of the store I notice that it displayed a wide range of products from the expected sweets and food stuffs to cleaning products, everyday items, bath and shower products and even some baby items. All product are also of a fairly good quality, this goes without saying when you pick up a recognised brand product but even the not so well known brands offer a standard of quality, unbefitting it's pricetag.
I now can't resist a visit if I happen to shop near a store, even just for a browse, although 9 times out of 10 I leave carrying more than I went in with.
Despite its large range however, the stock seems to be on a constant move and you may not find the same product in there twice, sure you may find something similar but maybe not the same brand as you purposely went in for but hey, its 99p!
I also tend to find the staff helpful and eager to help, sure not much help is needed when everything they sell is displayed and shelves are regularly re-stocked to avoid as much dissapointment as possible but in the event you can't find anything, the staff are there to help with a smile and the checkout staff are always patient and polite.
In all, you can't say no to a shopping trip where you get more items than the Pound coins you hand over. Everything else is a very welcome bonus.
Well its poundland basically but 1p cheaper. I do love it though, theres so much to buy at such a little price, it keeps me entertained for ages.
I have noticed however, that the occasional item is more than i would pay, for example paracetamol is 99p but much cheaper elsewhere. But almost everything else is at an amazing price. Branded items of food and drink, sweets, items for your home and garden all at 99p or less, with some on offer for less than 99p or buy one get one free. I never buy any kitchen item from anywhere else, plates, cutlery, glasses, dishes, packs of tea towels and huge ceramic casserole dishes all at 99p. I really dont know how they can make money at that price. And they have such a large variety of products its always well worth taking a trip down with a couple of pounds in your pocket.
I know it sounds cheap as hell, but I love the 99p store and many a time I have spent a fortune in there, as hard as that sounds to do.
The 99p store is basically what it says, a store where nothing costs over 99p. Some things actually cost less than 99p and some items are on special offers like 2 for 99p.
Most items in the store are an actual bargain at 99p, although some items are an actual rip off, but these are easily spottable, so no need to worry, if you have common sense, you won't be spending too much money. The main items that cost less than 99p elsewhere are usually the pain killers and health items. They usually sell small boxes of paracetamol for 99p, when you can get them for 16p in Boots.
The store sells a massive array of items, from bodywashes, shampoos, pet food, mugs, cookware, sweets and much much more. A lot of the items are actual brand name products, and are a decent size too, sometimes makes me question how they sell them for 99p, but hey I save a fortune here so I keep my questions to myself.
My usual buys from the 99p store are bathroom products like bodywash, baby coat hangers for my niece, padded envelopes etc for sending things sold on ebay and random chocolates and sweets. There really is a massive choice of things in this store, and as I said before I have spent a fortune in there before. One of my friends managed to kit out the majority of her kitchen and bathroom when she moved into a new place, all from the 99p store.
Most of the stuff in the 99p store is actually good quality. The stuff that tends to be of bad quality, you can spot straight away in the store, so need to worry about getting something home and it being no good.
The staff in the 99p stores I have been to, have all been either polish or asian and never seem to be happy to be working there. They have all been very miserable, made no effort to even say hello at the till and are not very helpful, ask where something is and they just point!
The 99p stores take card and cash, but card only if spending over £5. The stores tend to be tidy most of the time, and pretty well stocked. I recommend that everyone pop into one of these 99p stores as they can save you a good deal of money on everyday items.
This shop is one I visit when I go to see my friend who does not live nearby, she swears this shop is her Harrods as she uses it continually and loves it there, I beg to differ on the Harrods part completely, but she loves a bargain as we all do but I do think the comparisons are very different but she is only joking when she says that about this shop or at least that is what she tells me.
I do think there are lots of bargains to be had in this store, everything is 99p or less and some items are even lower or 2 for 99p.
They sell toiletries, baby items, gardening, toys, games, cards, drinks, household items and lots of other little things that are bargains and priced at much lower, and they even have branded goods in toiletries especially, which is excellent as they can be very expensive at times.
When I was last in this store I bought an alphabet chart for my grandson and my daughter placed it on the wall in his bedroom and he can see the pretty colours and loves it, it was only 50p so a real bargain considering it is a 99p store, they did sell the numbers chart too but they were out of stock, I will buy that the next time I go back there.
The last time I was in the shop they only accepted cash but my friend told me they now accept debit and credit cards if you spend more than £5 but I do not know if this is in every shop as I have not used one as yet in a store, so check first if you need to use a card, it will probably say on the door or somewhere around the shop.
They have baskets to carry your good in the isles are quite roomy for the size of the shop, they are good for buying multipacks of crisps etc and some are for 50p too at times and so you make an absolute saving if you are on a budget.
They sell excellent items for children for when they go back to school, pencils, pens, cases, erasers etc as these items can work out very expensive if you have more than one child at school and every child likes new items for the new school year.
These stores can be found in the High Street or on side streets of small towns, they are open the usual times and they can be found in shopping centres, you just need to find one and try and see if you can bag a bargain.
I give it a 5 star
Thank you for reading my review.