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::::Who are Amazon.co.uk?::::
Amazon first started of by selling books, but it grew bigger and now sells everything from batteries to the best HD TV...
Amazon is international, so you can basically order from any were in the world! USA, Germany, Franc etc...
Amazon's prices are competitive, but sometimes you can get stuff cheaper from Play.com, never the less Amazon.co.uk is a really excellent shopping site... Read on!
::::Delivery Speed & Options::::
If you spend over £15 you get free delivery, other wise it costs depanding on the product you are buying. There are two delivery options, first class and express delivery.
Personally i find no differance between first class and express delivery, they both arrive on time but express delivery gurantee's it...
Anyway, when i placed by order for a DVD on the 16th of May, i got it on the 18th! Not bad for free delivery, as i had spent over £15 on DVD's.
Never had to use them for a problem with a order, but have used them to ask questions before my first order. I asked whether it was safe, is there any scam and how safe my details are. There was a reply with in 24hrs kindly stating that there site is 100% secure and they do not pass my details on.
I found this very good as knowing i would get a quick reply from CS if i had any problems re-assured me.
Amazon sometimes do special promotions, like 3 dvd's for £15 and 30% off the latest releases.
They also have there own affiliate programme (they called it associates...) and i have made £9.37 from it so far, as i own a website, which i really like as my associates account is merged with my amazon account.
Want a bargain? Want Speedy delivery? Want reliability? Want value for money?
Then use Amazon.co.uk!
Thanks for reading my review,
Last year my parents decided to take me on my first holiday abroad. It was to Salou, Spain. Which has lots of tourist attractions like beaches and theme parks. So the holiday was booked and the flight was with Thomas Cook...
Arrive at the airport three hours before the flight, as reccomended on the flight ticket and by the staff in the Thomas Cook high street branch. Went to the checkin desk, showed them all of our tickets and passports and then they weighed out bads/luggage. Everything was fine and they put the bags to on the luggage tray to go on the plane when it arrived...
And then we went through to the deperature lounge, watched some TV, read magazines, ate food and then our flight was here! Right on time, no delays (not even a second, i think).
On the airport lounge screen it said to go to the gate (forgot what it was, but thats not important!). So we did and was put on a bus to go on the tar mack to board the flight.
The staff took a look at our tickets when boarding, which didn't take long and they pointed us to our seat. Since we are a family of four, there wasn't a row for four people, so three of us sat in a three seat row and one member of my family sat just behind us so we could still communicate :-)
Being a first time flyer, i was in a way nervous and excited. Then the announce from the captain came on to watch the safety video and look at the cabin crew demnostrate... So i did and then we were ready for take off! It was so fun! I thought i'd be scared, but nope, it was fun.
And then when we reached cruising attitude the "Fasten your seat belt" sign went off and you were free to go to the toilet and speak to cabin crew.
Then the captain came on the announcement again telling us out flight details and whats on offer...
We could buy some headphones for £2 to watch TV programmes on a screen that was shared by every four row (or something similar). I didn't bother buying them as i was enjoying looking down from my seat window and reading my magazines.
Anyway, one hour into the flight we started getting out meals. There were vegeterain meals or regular chicken meals. We even got a desert. The Chicken was pretty nice, gravy didn't seem to nice though. Desert was nice, but i've forgotten most of the stuff i eaten on the flight, but can remember it tasting very good.
They also had an on-board shop, selling model's of the plane we were flying in, beer/wine, toys and a range of our stuff that may interest you. I choose to get the model plane, as it was my first time flying i wanted to remember i was on a Boeing 757 and it was Thomas Cook!!
The Plane was pretty clean, i couldn't find anything that stood out as a health and safety hazard! The flight wasn't crowded much, there were still a few spear seats left.
And then the flight sadly came to an end. So this review has come to and end as theres nothing else to say here.
They have very friendly staff and were hasslefree for me :-) I high reccomend them for families who want a good value holiday abroad.
Thank You for Reading my Review,
::::Why did i go with Halifax?::::
Simple question with a simple answer. It was because of the range of features the 'Expresscash' account offered. Such as online banking and a debit card! These features attracted me the most, except the interest is the worst for teenagers accounts...
But that doesn't matter as i save with Nationwide, but Halifax do offer a 'Save4It' and 'regular kids saver' account which offers higher interest. You can also sign up to a 'web saver' account to go alongside your 'Expresscash' account with Online Banking.
::::Opening the account::::
You can register for an Expresscash account online, at your local branch or by telephone (i think).
I choose to register online, it was simple and very easy to do.
Within a couple of days i got a letter from Halifax telling my to pay a minimum of £1 into my new account to open it and get my debit card sent to me.
I then got some forms asking for my signature which i sent of and a R85 tax form, which i talked about in the branch when paying the £1 in and they said there was no need to send the form of now as its already done automatically on the computer.
::::How friendly are the staff?::::
When i went in asking questions there was a very nice lady who was talkative (in a good way) and always smiled.
They treat you like a human, not just another customer, which made me feel happy as other banks ive been with just seem to be after custom with them (since im young most banks want kiddies and teens to get a bank with them, because most banks know that when you open your first bank account, you stay with it for life!).
The online banking features for the halifax expresscash account are much better than the my Nationwide one. I can transfer money to other accounts (like my Nationwide one!).
It lets you view statements from the last 2 years, i haven't been with them that long so i haven't got much to look at!).
You can even manage direct debits, get holiday money and view the latest information on your account.
There is also some special online savings accounts to go with the Expresscash account. Like 'web saver' which pays a special rate of interest each year and can be opened from just £1 (for under 21's). Web saver can be opened by anyone who has online banking (from 11 years old!).
You can choose to get a cash card with the web saver account, but that lowers the special rate of interest and if you want to spend it you can easily transfer it to the Expresscash account for use with the Expresscash Visa Electron card...
Instead of a cashcard like most banks/building soceitys give to teens/kids, Halifax give you a Visa Electron.
You can use the Visa Electron with most popular online retailers, like Amazon.co.uk and Play.com
Using it in the High street can be a problem as not many high street stores accept it (although more are starting to). But you can just go to a ATM (aslo known as "the hole in the wall") to withdraw up to £300!
Not bad for a teen/kiddie account.
I love Halifax, there always friendly and offer great features with accounts. But there Visa Electron replaced the Solo Card, which was a bad move as solo is more widely accepted in the UK, although Visa is more accepted worldwide... Also, there's there very low interest rate (which is paid monthly, i think its around 1.51%), but i use this account for spending, not saving.
Thanks for reading my review on halifax,
I wanted to make my very on website, so first i needed a domain... I tried NamesCo once and they charged you to change IPS Tag, which is bad as i want to move to another host after registering the domain.
So i turned to 123-reg for my second domain purchase...
The website ordering is pretty simple and straight forward for domains. You type in the domain you would like, in my case "dvdlounge.co.uk" and it will tell you if its available or not, the one i wanted (dvdlounge.co.uk) was, so i got it.
Added the domain to my basket, created an account with them and then entered my card details to buy the domain. The domain was activiated and ready to use instantly!
123-reg give you a useful tool called "instant site" and when you buy a domain you can make a one page instant site for free. So i did that and used it for a "coming soon" page. Instant site has a vareity of templates and way's to customize your holding page or one page website.
I wasn't planning on paying them for hosting, instead i went with heart internet free hosting, It was free to transfer (Changing the IPS Tag) and it seemed to transfer instantly to Heart Internet. But it can take a while for domain management features to move from your 123-reg members area, so best not mess around with them when its moving to Heart Internet as it might get lost (as one of mine did, don't worry, 123-reg solved this within a week).
I have now purchased three domains from 123-reg.co.uk and don't regret it at all.
And in the 123-reg members area you can sign up to the 123-reg.co.uk affiliate programme, to make a bit of money from your website. So i did that, i had nothing to lose, but i did gain some cash... I have now made over £50 with there affiliate programme! So i'm obviously going to be very nice and loyal to 123-reg ;-)
Number 1 for buying domains, all at very competitive prices. I highly reccomend 123-reg.co.uk
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Just before my 13th Birthday i decided to open a "Smart Account" with Nationwide to put my savings in. Looked on there website for all the information i needed (all my questions were asked at the branch!) and then i went to my local branch which is just a 5 min bus ride away to apply.
When i went in the branch at 1:15pm i was told to come back later as all the accountants were unavailable. So the nice lady looked on her computer and gave me a time to come back which was 2pm :-)
2pm came and i went back to the Branch and within 2 minutes was sitting down opening my account. All my questions such as "can i do online banking" which was yes, were answered in a very friendly way.
The member of staff there told me to wait 10-14 days for my letter to come confirming my account and giving me a cash card.
It arrived within 9 and i can mange my account online, with a full return of my money if there is any fraud on my account as a resualt of Online Banking.
I also use NatWest for putting money in to spend online and instore (i have writtien a review on that aswell!).
Great Bank account for savers, if your more of a spender get a NatWest Card Plus account.
The Bug Too is the second new and improved version of the very popular and successful bug one. Costing around £100, you should expect alot for your money for this DAB Radio. Well you can...
The DAB tuner means you get a wide choice of radio stations to listen to. DAB has wide coverage through out the UK and improves sound aswell. DAB Stations include kids radio station, Capital Disney, LBC 97.3, Capital Gold, Core and much more!
It also has an scrolling text, allowing you to know what song your listening to and who's on-air.
A good feature on this is the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide). It lets you plan what shows to record on the SD Card (see below), automatically turn on when your faveourite show's on. And ofcourse, it lets you see who and whats on!
But EPG is only available on selected stations.
One of the best features of this Radio is the SD Card slot. Allowing you to record Radio and even rewind it! You can set up recordings for your faveourite show's in the programme guide, making sure you never miss it (its like Sky+ but for radio).
The SD Card slot even lets you listen to MP3's you can import by using your PC, allowing you to listen to MP3's on the bug too.
Sound Quality isn't perfect, but is better than FM. It is in stero, so you don't miss a thing at all with this fabulous radio ;-) The Alarm wakes you up, it starts of quite and then gradually gets louder... Or you can choose to wake up to a radio station of your choice.
The clock is displayed clearly in the corner (or you can choose to make the screen a big clock) when listening to the (DAB) radio.
Thanks for reading my review,
NOTE: Find out if you can get DAB Radio at www.getdab.com
Well i ordered the Vistron HD Ready LCD TV special on ebuyer and have to say impressed! The TV is for my bedroom. They now have a customer services phone number aswell, which can be found at the ebuyer "Contact us" page.
The prices are extremely cheap and pictures helpful.
Although i hear returns can be a nusience, but i dont think ill need to return it.
Customer services i havent yet experianced. But hope if i do, they'll be helpfuller than emailing.
I've had BT Total Broadband for three months now. So far ive had no major problems. All's has been good! Fast service, BT Call centre staff are friendly and help ful. Im on option 1. All accounts come with a email address, options 2 and 3 come with Norton Internet Sercuirty. The BT Home hub (bought seperatly) makes you future proof if you want to use BT's new service which will launch in "Autumn" called BT Vision (which i will be getting).
The only problem i have with BT is my download allowence, which other providers can offer more for the price paid. But thats OK because the service is fantastic.
I got this Ipod Nano for christmas 2005 and am not dissappointed! Viewing photos on it is quit a good feature aswell, so insted of bringing Photo albums up, etc. I Now take this up to show family/friends using this. Having 4GB Memory for music make's more of a privillage for me! 4GB Is big enough for me.
You can now get the Ipod nano for under £100 which seems like a bargain to me as at christmas 05 it costed over £100. Shop around to find the best deal.
Got this TV As a replacement for my old 28" CRT was went.
And what i got choice this TV Is!
5000:1 Contrast Ratio (which is very hight), HD Ready through HDMI, 2 Scarts, Headphone Socket and Built in freeview. Everything i need for my TV Viewing. The sound is average, suppose it's OK, but i'll stick with using my Surround sound...
Value for money: 5/5
Overall a nice TV for lounge or any were you want to put it.
I opened a NatWest (Card Plus) account to i could have this card. And i don't regret it one bit! It's accepted most place's i shop (try not to get this confused with the "Switch" sign). Amazon, Play, Currys and more accept this card. HSBC (Live Cash) Let you have this card from 13+, but NatWest (Card Plus) let you have it from 11+.
Overall must have for Under 18's (Over 18's can have one aswell)!