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While I was shopping in Tesco this week I decided that I would have a look at the clothes section, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Tesco have their own make of clothing that is entitled Florence and Fred, this is much like Asda but their make is George. They do all different ranges of clothing, from children's to woman's and also men's and boys. I also noticed the other day when I was in that they also have a very nice range of underwear and pyjamas.
Florence and Fred clothing sell for a very reasonable price, and I always find that the quality of their products are also really good. As you will know sometimes when companies like these have their own lines they tend to be slightly behind in fashion at the time, but not this one, it is always up to date.
I managed to buy myself a dress the other day that was in the sale and they only had one left, it must have been fate as I beat another woman to it, and luckily it fitted me perfectly. The dress is black and knee length, with lace on the top of it. I have had a good look all around the dress, as I am really fussy making sure there was no flaws etc, and I am really amazed with the quality. You can tell that there has been a lot of time spent on making it, and that's what I want, something that actually had time and love spent on it rather than just thrown together to make money.
Now I'm sure that it's not just me that has found this lately, but a lot of the stores now tend to tell you that the size of the clothing is meant to be a size 12, but when you try it on its more like an 8. Florence and Fred clothing is not like this, they have actually kept their sizing as it was meant to be, which I think that more people will tend to purchase their products as they know that they can actually get something that they can fit into, with out feeling like a whale, because they need to go up 3 sizes before anything actually fits.
Tesco is also really good at giving you a refund if your purchase from Florence and Fred is not any use or doesn't fit correctly, or if you prefer you can have an exchange if needed.
I always have a look in Tesco first now to see if they have anything that I need, I would rather know that I am getting quality products, and I also don't mind saving a bob or two in the process.
I love online shopping, but at this time of year I love it even more. The thrill of shopping is still the same for me whether it is online or offline. Just imagine it, sitting at home on these cold winter days with a glass of warm milk, or something stronger, if that's your tipple, with the laptop on your knee, nice and cosy doing all our Christmas shopping without having to leave the comfort of your arm chair. What more could anyone ask for?
I have outlines some pro's and con's for both situations, and I will weigh it up after I have done this. You never know maybe I will discover that offline shopping is better.
=====Pro's to online shopping=====
1 - Can be done anytime day or night.
This is really important to me when I shop, I have a very hectic schedule and I don't like to feel rushed into trying to run around the shops just before they close. Also I don't think that the staff are very pleased when I run in at about 15 minutes until closing, I get a lot of looks as if to say 'don't you know that we are closing'.
2 - Can actually find out it the items are in stock just by looking.
It makes life so much easier if you look at a site and they are out of stock, you Can then just look at another site, or search a comparison website to find if anyone has what you are looking for. It really saves time and means that you don't have all that walking and driving around to find what you need.
3 - Don't have to go anywhere to do it.
I love the fact that I don't have to go anywhere to do all of this. I like shopping but I hate when the shops are really busy and the queues are out the door, and all I wanted was a chocolate bar and a drink of water.
4 - Items delivered straight to your door.
What's easier than when you get to the online checkout than clicking on a button that adds postage and packing, and then the product magically appears at your door a few days after. This is also really handy for older or less-able people as it means that they don't have to rely on someone to take them to get what they need. The shops like Tesco and Asda offer a service where you can order all your food online and then have it all delivered for a fee. This is great as you don't have to leave the house to do anything.
5 - Can bag a bargain.
A lot of stores now a days have a discount for buying online rather than in store. Plus you can have a look around a lot of different sites and compare the prices to get the best deal.
=====Con's to online shopping=====
1 - You can't see what you are buying before hand.
How do you know that what you are ordering is to the high quality that you are after. But this being said it's the same as ordering out of a catalogue, you can't really see that either until it arrives.
2 - You don't know if the website is secure.
Most websites now a days have a secure payment section that allows you to make sure that the company that you are giving the bank details are trusted. Some offer a secure payment method that is linked to certain credit cards. When I use my MasterCard a lot of sites ask me for security details that I have set up with MasterCard to make sure that I am the legal owner of the card. This makes sure that identity theft is kept to a minimum.
3 - Can get carried away putting everything on your credit card.
I haven't done it myself but I have known a few people that have got them self in really large debt, as they can't keep an eye on how much they have added to their card until the bill gets through, and by then it's too late. One way of getting around this is to set up internet banking. I have done this and it means that I can check anytime I wish to see how much I have on my card and when my bill is due. If I notice that I am nearing my limit on what I know that I can pay off, I am aware of this and they I don't put anything else on the card.
4 - Delivery charges can be quite expensive.
This can make the price that you pay even higher than you can pay in the shops. If you are ordering multiple things from the one site though you normally only pay the delivery charge once. This can be an advantage, but always check if the delivery is per item or of the whole order, as you can be caught out by this and end up paying a fortune for delivery.
=====Pro's to offline shopping=====
1 - You get to view the items that you are buying before hand.
If you are not sure that the items that you are interested in are right for you then you can view it before hand to make that decision. In places like Argos they allow you to have a look at the item before you actually decide if you want it. If you do then they just take the payment there and then. I find that this is a big advantage, as not everything looks like how it is meant to.
2 - It gets you out and about, don't want to be a couch potato now do we.
Gets you fresh air and allows you to have you exercise for the day. Who said that your hour of walking a day, that we are all meant to do by the way, can't be around the shops with lots of bags in your hands.
3 - Can use it as an excuse to socialise with friends.
How many times have you told the other half that you are going to meet friends and then came home with about 10 bags! Then the other half says 'I thought you were just going to meet friends'. Well you can reply 'I did but we needed somewhere to go'. See the perfect excuse.
4 - No delivery charges.
This one is the best for me with offline shopping. It means that I don't have to pay for someone to bring the item to me, and it means that I have it there and then and don't have to wait 3-5 days for it to get here.
=====Con's to offline shopping=====
1 - Can be really busy, especially at this time of year.
I hate queuing at the best of times, but when it is Christmas it's always 100 times worse. I really hate the fact that when its Christmas everybody goes out to but their food that they are going to need for Christmas day etc, but why do people buy food like there is going to be a famine. When people do this by the end of the day the shops have nothing left and it looks there is a famine. It's like being back in the time of the war. Everyone has to be rationed to one or two of certain items, so that it is fair for everyone that is trying to do there normal shopping.
2 - You could go all the way to the shops and they don't have anything that you want in stock.
I don't know how many times I have went all the way to the local shopping centre, for one specific thing and came home empty handed. It's the most annoying thing in the world
3 - Can be really stressful.
Some people just don't do shopping. Like my other half he gets stressed out if I'm even looking at a pair of shoes for longer than a minute then he's even worse when I have to try them on. What can we say shopping just isn't for some people.
4 - End up with too much stuff to carry.
No im sure everyone has done this at some point in their life. You think to your self I'm only going down the street for a small amount of stuff, then you come home with arms like orang-utans, all the way down to your knees, and how many times have you actually had the savvy to take someone else with you just in case that happens? Never!
As I said at the start, I love online shopping. After listing all of the pros and cons for bother there really isn't much difference in the two, but I will still stick to online shopping its less hassle.
I just recently heard that Woolworths is going into administration, and what a time of year for this to happen.
Not only does this mean that people who normally shop there will no longer be able to, but people who work there are not going to have a job. Its hard enough to lose your job, but at Christmas it bound to be 10 times harder.
I find this a real shock that Woolworths are closing. I always though that Woolworths did really well, and they never seemed to struggle to get the customers through the door. The prices of their stock were always really competitive when you compare them with companies like HMV and Whsmith. I always found that the stock levels that Woolwoths kept was really good too, I hardly ever had to wait for something that I wanted to come back into stock.
The staff were always really helpful too, and I liked the fact that if you wanted to order something from the DVD and music section you could have it sent to your home free of charge, a lot of other shops would charge you for that.
There is one thing that I am not sure of though, if anyone has purchased Gift vouchers from Woolworths I am not sure if you take them back if they will refund the money form them of if you will loose out on the money that you have paid, if it was me I would take them back and try to get my money back. If you don't try you will never know.
So to summarise, there will be no more Woolworths shops soon and a lot of people are losing their jobs, at a really difficult time of the year, please spare a thought for them.
Toffee Poppets have been around for ages, and they are one of my favourite sweets. Anytime that I am in the shops and I walk past them I can't resist something shouts out to me and I have to buy them.
Poppets were the great invention of the company called Paynes which is now part if the Fox Company and they were first launched in 1937, that's 71 years! Paynes Poppets cartons are available in four flavours, Mint, Toffee, Raisin and Orange and 200g Mint & Toffee bags.
-----So what are they-----
Poppets are small bite sized mouthfuls of chocolate coated toffee. That comes in a packet with a few different designs depending on the flavour, which I have described below.
As an industry first, each flavour features four different pack fronts.
Mint: Rubiks Cube, Gnome, Duck, Telephone
Toffee: Mini, Nodding Dog, Natwest Piggy Bank, Bucket & Spade
Raisin: Space Hopper, Lava Lamp, Lambretta, Slinky
Orange: VW Camper Van, Conker, Robot, Furry Dice
Energy - 852kj or 203kcal
Protein - 1.8g
Carbohydrate - 30.7g
Fat - 8.1g
I really like the taste of Toffee Poppets, I do however find that they are sometimes really hard; I know that they are meant to be chewy, but if they have been lying in the cold for even a short amount of time then you may be liable to break your teeth. I sometimes find that toffee flavours can be quite over powering, but not these they have a really pleasant taste, but I do find that they are very addictive. Even though there is not a lot of chocolate on the outside of these the chocolate is really tasty. The prices of these do tend to differ depending on where you purchase them; they can range from anywhere between 35p and about 50p. I think that these prices are very fair as they are really really tasty.
If you want more information on Paynes Poppets you can visit their website at www.poppets.co.uk.
Sky Movies Comedy has to be one of my favourite movie channels with sky. Unlike sky movies premier it doesn't have a +1 feature which means that you cannot view the same films an hour later if you missed the start.
-----Why would you want it-----
If like me you love to have a laugh, the this is the channel for you. For 24 hours a day there are different types of comedies to suit all tastes and suitable for all ages. There are two different times during the day that each movie will play, this means that if you couldn't manage to watch it at one time of the day and didn't want to record it, or if you don't have sky+, then you can watch it later.
-----How do you receive it-----
This channel is only available the customers that have the movies pack or the full sky world pack.
-----When can you watch-----
Daily 24 hours a day.
Sky Movies Comedy is one of my favourite channels. I love watching funny films, and remember that laughing makes you live longer. At the moment Sky Movies Comedy has a 'Murphy marathon' on from Monday 24th of November, this is a compilation of his best films. I really like Eddie Murphy especially when he was in the nutty professor. So you know what I will be doing for the next few nights then, I bet I will be sore the next day from all that laughing.
Sky Movies Premier has been around for a while now but used to be known under a different name. The channel also has a +1 version so that if you have missed the start of the movies you have another chance to watch it an hour later.
-----Why would you want it-----
If you love seeing the very latest movies first, the this is the channel for you. You will be able to see five first-run films every week, that's 20 premieres each month, one year before they are shown on any other channel, this does exclude any pay per views on sky of course. For 14 hours a day there are movies to suit all tastes and suitable for all ages, with the new titles launching each Saturday and running for 1 week. There are different times during the week that the movies will play, this allows more variety on when you can watch them, and means that more people will benefit from the films that are being shown.
-----How do you receive it-----
This channel is only available the customers that have the movies pack or the full sky world pack.
-----When can you watch-----
Daily - midday -2AM channel number 301
+1 daily - 1PM - 3AM channel number 302
I like watching Sky Movies as there are always a good variety of movies to watch, which are suitable for all different age ranges and tastes. I also like the fact that the movies show for a week at a time and they are on at different times within that week so that everyone, no matter what there schedule, have a chance to watch them. This in my opinion is one of the best movie channels that sky offer.
Sky broadband has been running now for round about 2 years, and in that time there has been a dramatic increase in their customer base, and also the quality of the service.
There are a few different package prices depending on what speed you take, and also what TV package you have, I have outlined these below.
-----What you need-----
To receive Sky Broadband you will need to have a TV package as a base to qualify for Sky Broadband, and can only receive it if you have a BT landline. If you want to have Sky Broadband but have to pay for a new BT line this can cost approx £150, so before you switch I would quiz Sky and see if they will pay for the line to be switched to BT. If they will do this then you will have to pay for the line to be changed initially, then Sky will refund the money to your Sky account to use as a credit, so essentially you will get your services free until the credit is used up.
There are 4 different packages available through Sky, the download speeds are 'up to' so this does mean that you are not guaranteed to get the best out of the package that you ask for; the first one is
This is free with your TV package, so if you pay the lowest amount for the TV which is £17 per month then you will also receive your Broadband within that price. With the Base package you will receive up to 2MB download speed, and there is a monthly usage limit of 2GB. This is the best option for the customers that use the web for occasional browsing and accessing emails.
You can upgrade to this package for an extra £5 per month, on top of your normal billing for the TV package. This allows you to have up to 8MB download speed, and up to 40GB for a monthly usage limit. If you use your internet everyday and do more than just look at email then this is the best one for yourself, and this is the most popular choice out of the 4.
For an additional £10 per month you can have the Max package, this entitles the user to have unlimited downloads per month, and up to 16GB download speed. This is really good for users that are a bit more into buying music or films from the internet, as there is no limit to what you can download, this of course does not include illegal downloading.
This is for customers that want to use Sky but they don't have their DSLAM in the exchange that the customer would be connecting to, (as all the exchanges that Sky use are BT owns). The charge for this is normally £17 but if sky is going to be installing a DSLAM in the exchange shortly then you will get it discounted to £5. This service gives you up to 8MB download speed and 40GB download per month.
There are 2 kinds of routers from sky then are basically the same but there is 2 different makes, one is Netgear and one is Sagem. Sky provides the router with built in wireless and it is up to you if you want to use it, if you're PC has built in wireless in it then all you need to do it search for the available networks and put in the network key, in capital letters that is on the router itself. If you don't have built in wireless but want to do use it then you will need to buy a wireless adaptor, these cost about £25 and there is a lot of different makes out there.
I have found that Sky broadband has been really reliable and I have only had to call once when I couldn't browse, and the cause was that the exchange was down but it was up and running really quickly again. I do like Sky broadband and I will continue using it. I also find that the staff on broadband are really helpful too when calling through, and they are also really patient when or if you need to go through any checks.
I hope this helps if anyone is thinking of going to Sky.
Ding dong, Avon calling.
I think that there must be an Avon rep on every street, in the country, if not the universe.
The good thing though is that it means that if you want something chances are that someone that you know is either a rep or they know someone who is.
So what is Avon then? Avon is technically a catalogue company. At least once every month a book drops through your door filled with products that you can purchase. From beauty products, hair products to gifts and jewellery, and there is also a section for men too, even though it does say a few places that advertise Avon that it is a company for woman.
-----How does it work?-----
Once you have had a book dropped off to your home, or you get one from an Avon rep that may be a friend etc, then you can start to have a look. I always find that there's always something that I managed to buy even if I don't need it. You are given an order form with the book too, so that if you do require anything it is easy to read when they are dispatching the order. Your Avon rep will add a date for collection of the book too on the order form so you know how long you have to place it. What I then usually do is put the book outside the door if I know that I am not going to be in so that they still get the order, or if I am in then I will keep it in the house, but that means they have to knock to get it back, not that I mind. The order is then taken away by your rep and sent to Avon to process, normally over the internet. After a few weeks the order turns up with your rep and they have to then sort out all those orders, and I tell you something, I definitely don't envy then having to do that! A few days later, ding dong, and the order is with you. The good thing is that you don't have to pay for the order until you receive it.
-----Quality of products-----
Avon's quality for their products are second to none. Their jewellery is always beautiful looking and really nicely crafted. The only thing that I find could be better would be that some of their jewellery is just silver plated and they can be a little expensive just for something that is plated, but apart from that I have no problems with the quality.
A lot of Avon's prices are really very reasonable, especially the items like their bubble bath; it's normally about £2.50. Sometimes you will find that something can be cheaper in a few books later, but as you know that's just the way it goes with everything, I always find that if I wait to see if they are going to come down in price, they always discontinue them or have no stock at all.
You can also order Avon on line if you don't have a rep in your area; you can do this through www.avon.com the only problem is that you have to pay a delivery charge for the items that you want. I think that this is really unreasonable, as their delivery drivers will be dropping off orders to the reps, so if you are in the same area, why would they have to charge?
Avon always has really great offers on, the best one so far that I have come across was the legendary pound (£) sale. There is a certain list of items that you Avon rep can order and these are all reduced to £1 each. I have managed to get a lot of great stuff from this. It's really good around Christmas as you can get small things to add as extras to presents. Last year I managed to get some bubble bath, body scrub, body butter and some hand cream too.
You can also order back a book, so if you have seen a product in one book but didn't order it at that time, and it is in the new book dearer then you can place an order from the previous book to save your self money.
If they have run out of a specific product that you have ordered then they may send you something similar in its place, if you don't want this however then you can give it back to your rep and they can send it back.
The only disadvantage that I can find is that you cant see any products before you order, so you don't know what a perfume is going to smell like, or what a piece of jewellery will look like 'in the flesh'. so what I tend to do is try and have a look at it if a friend is ordering it so that I can see for my self before I order, again remember though that they can be sent back I they are not any good.
As I have already mentioned you can send back anything that you are not happy with, and you can either have a refund or you can have a credit that will come off of your next bill. There is however a certain amount of time that you have to return the item to qualify for a refund or credit, I am not entirely sure what this is so I would advise to speak to your Avon rep with regards this.
I love Avon and always spend a fortune on it, and I will continue to use it as long as it exists. Go on give it a try, you'll love it.
Hi everyone my name is KD60, and I am new to Dooyoo. I used to write on Ciao but got really bored with it and decided to give this site a try instead.
Already I have made more money here than I did on Ciao over a month period, either I wasn't using Ciao right or it was just rubbish!
Even though I am fairly new to Dooyoo I have already found that the site is really easy to use, from the first point of registration. The site is really easy to navigate round.
I have met a lot of nice people on this site already and hope to meet a lot more people, that I will be able to read and rate their reviews.
I have however noticed that there are a few members that write quite a lot of reviews in a day, I think you refer to these people as churners, if I'm not mistaken. I don't think that this is right that people are allowed to do this, as to me it seems like all they are after is the money side of it. I am not saying that their reviews are not good, but I know for me I spend a lot of time thinking of what I want to write about.
I also like the fact that the reviews have to be at least 150 words in length, as this stops people writing small un-informative reviews just to get the 500 Dooyoo miles.
The rewards on this site are much better than on other review sites. It's also really great that you can cash in you Dooyoo miles after 10000 to get Amazon vouchers or donate to charity.
There are a few disadvantages to this site but not many that I can think of.
One of the disadvantages I can find is that you have to wait until you have 50000 Dooyoo miles before you can exchange for cash, this would be a bit better if the amount was lowered, I think this is why some people write so much in one day so that their money mounts up quicker.
I have also noticed some bullying that goes on with this site and I know that this is not allowed; it doesn't matter where you go there is always something like that, but it doesn't make it right. There are also some cliques as well, fair enough people have friends that are on the site, but everyone is here for the same thing so why not all help each other.
Some of the guides that are also on here think that they are better then the rest of us, this is not true, we are all the same and they are meant to be there to help us not give us nasty comments. Fair enough criticism where it is due but there's no need to say it in the way that some of them do.
Even though there is a few disadvantages I still like this site better than Ciao, and I intend to stay for a while.
After purchasing a new laptop, when I got home I found that it had Norton installed onto it for a trial of 90 days. Knowing how to use Norton as we have it on the desktop computer, I decided to just leave it there for the 90 days. This has just run out. I had to remove Norton before I could install AVG, this is really simple, but must be done the correct way by using the removal tool that you download from the site not through add/remove programs in the computer.
On the recommendation of a friend I decided to give AVG a try, and I have been pleasantly surprised to say the least. At first I did find it a little tricky to find the free version, I eventually found it on the following website address: http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition. Firstly to find this I brought up Google, the typed in Free AVG, then searched for this, I think it was about the 3rd option down.
To install AVG free was really easy, there is a button that asks you to press to download, once this has happened, the system takes over and does the rest, it must have took about 5 minutes at most, which is really quick compared to some other antivirus software.
The first thing that I did was to run a full system scan on the computer after it was installed in case Norton had missed anything. I found that the full computer scan took about an hour and 20 minutes to complete, while this was happening the computer did slow down a little but nothing that was annoying or irritating, but there was no security risks detected. Plus the good thing is that you can also schedule the scan to run when ever ir suitable for you, selecting a specific day and time. Updates are also done on there own when new ones come in.
It is really easy to navigate around the AVG control panel. Everything is shown in picture form. In the free software you are given : anti-virus, anti-spy ware, email scanner, license, link scanner, resident shield and update manager. These all have their own settings that you can customise to give you better control of the computer, and again this is really easy.
I really like the way that when you do a web search through and search engine, when the results come up they are immediately scanned to make sure that the content is safe, and this is indicated by a green tick that is next to the website details.
I have only been using the free version of AVG for a few days now, but am finding it really easy to use and will definitely be putting it on the desktop when our year subscription runs out. We are using Windows Vista and there is no problems with it running so far. The version that I have downloaded is the new version 8.0.175.
If you have any problems with the service the email link is as follows: http://free.avg.com/ww.help
Or if you have any general enquiries then please use this link: http://free.avg.com/support-sales
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone that wants to have a really good reliable, easy to use free anti virus software.
Before I joined Dooyoo I used to write for Ciao, but found that it really wasn't worth it.
I found that I was spending all of my time writing reviews that I wasn't getting paid for. At first I didn't realise that you only get paid for the reviews that have a £ symbol next to them.
The website is www.ciao.co.uk and you can write reviews here about most things, there is also an American version, www.ciao.com. The reviews that you write must be at least 120 words in length. Depending on the review that you write the money differs. And also depending on the review written the money you get for each review also differs. In my opinion this is really silly, with Dooyoo you get 50p for each review that you write and also 1.5p for each read.
It is easy fairly to see how much you would be getting paid for writing the reviews. Next to the item name it will have pound signs (£), 3 pound signs, 2 pound signs, 1 pound sign or no pound sign listed. The 3 pound signs pay a measly 3p, the 2 pound signs pay an even worse 2p and the 1 pound sign pays 1.5p, which is one review read for dooyoo, if it has no £ next to it, you will not get paid any money, and it doesn't matter how many reads or rates you get, which is really unfair as you have spent the time writing it, so you tend to find that no one writes reviews for that product. I didn't find out about the payment method until I discovered that one of my reviews didn't have any money on it no matter how many reads I got, I was really disappointed to say the least.
On the recommendation of a friend I have decided to try Dooyoo, as I am no longer writing for Ciao. I felt that my time could be better spent, and of course the money on Dooyoo is better too. So why not get paid more for doing something that you love?