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I think it’s fair to say Clintons Cards see themselves us a little bit more up market than other card shops and charge accordingly. They proved their snobbery just before Christmas by selling a joke Christmas card that mocked council flat owners. It’s amazing how they got through the recession without adjusting their prices. Their mark up on what is basically a piece of card and some printer ink is considerable, 70p in every pound. Hallmark Cards tried to compete but their much smaller mark up through reasonable pricing meant they had no room to maneuver when recession stuck, and as we know with British recessions, the middle-class will stick with the brands that identify come what may.
Charity cards, of course, are the really big earner for chains, with the charity coming out with as little as 10% of the ticket price in some cases, exploiting customer’s good will. Asda gave just 7% of the profits with just 20p of a £3.75 multipack pack going to the branded charity.
Clinton’s prices start at around a quid for a basic birthday card, and as high as a ‘tenner’ for the A4 size novelty. They don’t do the 29p card like Card Craft do and presumably the idea being that people who shop at Clintons want to spend good money on the card to show they care about the person who is receiving it, which is quite a clever pricing strategy. When I buy cards it’s a perfunctory cost transaction and little thought goes into it, even for mom. Sometimes I will spend on a novelty card is there is an in-joke opportunity on the front but very rarely.
Clintons have a good range of cards and equally expensive packaging for presents and gifts with ribbon and wrap and lot of somewhat tacky gifts ideas on display, as well as banners and party poppers. Valentines Day, of course, is taking over the shops. Some stuff there will never sell whilst others appears to fly out of the door depending on your town or location. Northampton is known for shifting Polish themed Christmas and birthday cards, apparently. I would say they have more specialty cards then anyone else and so your go to for that, including other religions like Islam and Judaism.
As I say this place is out of my general price range and only go there for bespoke quality stuff. My purchase was a £1.50 get well soon card for a cancer patient and the service was good and very few queues this time of the year. As with many card shops my biggest grip is they rarely put price tags on cards so you have to read the Key on the display area, which is often hidden to discourage that, the idea being you go to the counter and ambushed by the extortionate pricing and too embarrassed not to pay for it to avoid embarrassment, especially if is a card for your mom on Mothers Day.
Clinton Cards are a large chain of stationers who specialise in selling cards and other accessories for occasions. Out of all the card shops I think they tend to have the most varied and largest selection on offer than you would even find in a large supermarket so you are more likely to find a more personalised card for the person than in other stores.
Whether it be a special birthday, wedding, anniversary, birth, death or a passed exam you can get a card for almost anything. This can border on ridiculous at times but it's nice to be able to get a card tailored to the event. The cards are displayed in convenient and easy to find sections depending on what they're for or whether they're funny or cute. Prices range from 99p right up to the best part of £10 for a premium card so it suits any budget.
Clinton's also stock things like wrapping paper, gift bags and other bits and bobs or small gifts you might want to give as a gift like teddies, keyrings, balloons, mugs, calanders or little trinkets. My local store has also started selling Yankee Candles too which is fantastic and I go there regularly for that alone.
Any time I have been in one of their stores the staff have been pleasant enough and seem approachable if I have a query so I don't have any issues with their service. The shops are bordering on tacky as they are very brightly coloured and not particularly nice shops you want to spend a lot of time in but they are perfectly suited for their purpose.
I've been very efficient this year and with the help of this site have got about 85% of my Christmas shopping. But there was one thing that I needed to get that I had forgot, a card for my boyfriend. (Or as he likes to call it Partner). So today whilst out shopping I thought I would just pop into Clintons to get the card.
I kind of knew what kind of card I wanted as I was in there with my boyfriend last week getting all the other special cards. (My family all live broad so I need to act early for them to get it in time)
Any way I chose a big special me to you card. You know the ones that are big and expensive and very soppy. The one I chose had a picture of a bear on the front in a Santa outfit. It came in a presentation box with a bow and cost a whopping £10.00. I didn't mind paying this though, as it was a nice way of letting my partner know how much I loved him and it is also something he can keep. (I know most men don't keep cards) but this is such a nice card it would be hard to throw away.
The service in Clintons was bog standard with no sales people bothering you and no additional bits and bobs being offered. I like this, get in chose what I want without being bothered and then back out again.
Once I got home I thought I might as well write out the card and give it to him. This became the problem. Why do they have to stick Price stickers all over the packaging? As I tried to remove the 2 price tags on the presentation box they simply ripped the box. This box is supposed to represent the envelope you would usually use. Why do they have to stick stickers on the presentation box that is basically impossible to remove?
I am very annoyed and ended up using a sticker I had to place over the tear that had been made from removing the price tag. I don't have time to go back to the same store as it is some distance to me so have had to do.
I won't stop using Clintons as I like there cards and the fact the sales people leave you alone to take your time and chose your gift/ card, is always a plus. But I won't be spending money on a card that has price stickers plastered all over it again, and I would like to warn you that if you see a card with a sticker on it then ask the staff to remove it, then if it doesn't come off without ripping the card/ box then it's there fault and can be easily rectified, whilst you're in the shop.
I will be going back to the store at some point but properly not before Christmas and will let a member of staff know how disappointed I was with the stickers. I will then update this review.
Thank you for reading this review.
ON MONDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2010 I PURCHASED A CARD FROM CLINTONS IN FISHERGATE PRESTON WHICH WAS ADVERTISED AT £2.85 WHEN I PAID AT THE TILL I WAS CHARGED £2.99. ON QUERYING THIS I WAS TOLD HEAD OFFICE HAD TOLD THEM THAT MORNING TO INCREASE THEIR PRICES. BY THEN IT WAS 4.00pm IN THE AFTERNOON. I THEN ASKED FOR A REFUND. HOW CAN THEY INCREASE EXISTING STOCK BY 5%. CHRISTMAS IS NOT FAR AWAY AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE ALL HAVING TO TIGHTEN OUR BELTS CLINTONS WILL BE MAKING A BIG PROFIT IN ALL THEIR STORES AT CUSTOMERS EXPENCE. IN FUTURE I WILL GO TO THE CARD FACTORY WHERE STAFF ARE MORE HELPFULL AND PRICES ARE MUCH MORE RESONABLE.
MY DAUGHTER BOUGHT A VERY SMALL CAKE FOR £3.99. SHE OPENED IT THE SAME DAY AND IT WAS STALE = ROCK HARD. SHE TOOK IT BACK TO THE SHOP IN BROMLEY AND THEY REFUSED TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE SHE HAD OPENED IT. HOW ELSE WAS SHE TO KNOW IT WAS STALE ? SHE CONTACTED HEAD OFFICE AND THEY AGREED TO REFUND HER AND SEND HER A VOUCHER FOR GOODWILL. WEEKS PASSED, DURING WHICH TIME I 'PHONED HEAD OFFICE AND WAS ASSURED THAT SHE WOULD BE REFUNDED, PLUS THE VOUCHER. I HAVE NOW 'PHONED FOUR TIMES AND WE HAVE HEARD NOTHING FURTHER.
THIS IS THE LAST TIME THAT ANY OF MY FAMILY WILL SHOP AT CLINTONS. A VERY COSTLY EVENT FOR CLINTONS FOR THE SAKE OF A FEW POUNDS.
THE MONEY IS SECONDARY, IT IS THE PRINCIPLE THAT IS PARAMOUNT. I HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AND NEVER BEEN TREATED LIKE THIS. DEREK ALLEN.
Everytime I visit this store, I find that im thinking to myself "am i really going to pay £3 for a card?".. Especially if its just for a friends birthday.. but then instead of being grudged to pay that amount for one card I think "What the heck.."
I find that clintons IS overpriced, but only sometimes it is worth paying the money for.. Me and my boyfriend count the years that we have been together, and treat them as proper anniversaries eg, buying cards and presents and celebrate with a meal or something. This year, I bought a card from Clintons saying "To My Boyfriend, On Our Anniversary".. vice versa with girlfriend ones... but I know that he didn't go Clintons.. I just got "On our Anniversary". I think for special occasions, it is worth spending the extra couple of quid on a decent card, as they can be really touching.. ,my boyfriend was asking how i got that type of card!
I have also been to Clintons for his father's day card from our 3 months old baby and it says "on your first fathers day, daddy"!!
Aswell as brilliant cards, with touching words on, they sell gifts for occasions such as MeToYou Bears- Happy Birthday, Christening Gifts, Wedding Gifts etc. They also sell wrapping paper with matching tags and bows/ribbons , which are over the odds about £3 a roll, but If its for that special person and your creative at wrapping, it is worth paying! The paper is very durable.
I do buy most of my cards from clintons and ASDA, as they have some good ones at cheap prices.. and I admit to buying some cards, especially around Christmas when they can get expensive- I go to the Card Factory!
Clinton cards is one of many local card shops for me, and as they offer more of a range of products they are my local card shop. My local branch has recently set up a party section so now has various characters party banners and even paper plates and cups. Also now in stock with them are both adult and children's costumes, and of course a very large range of cards, from birthday, belated birthday, thank you & get well soon among many others, and of course nearer holiday seasons items like Christmas cards, fathers and mothers day also become available nearer the time of year.
Clinton's also stock a high number of Me to You bear's among other stuffed toys, and the famous pot of dreams which are based on the old fashioned piggy banks the style that you have to smash to access the contents.
All branches should have staff members to assist with helium balloon orders, from standard colours & numeric to large character faces and figures, that are available to order or for smaller requests can be blown up there and then for you to leave with. All in all an excellent quality company that some may say are expensive but you so get what you pay for with some excellent thickness for gift wrap and cards alike.
Clinton's cards offers a great range of different cards that are unique and you will be sure to find a relevant for anyone you are buying for. They offer cards from a very broad price range so you are more than likely going to be able to find one to fit your budget.
They are also very well known for there "me to you" grey bear range. This range offers many teddy bears, photo frames, cards etc each with special sayings on. These make great gifts for many people.
Clintons also offers lots of party nik naks, at cheap prices so you are able to add the special touch to your event.
They also stock one of the biggest ranges of helium balloons from numbers, to well known characters and then just general balloons with all different kinds of messages on. These are usually £3.50 upwards depending on the size and the other accessories you choose to put with them.
Overall when looking for a birthday present or party ideas you are more than likely to find it in Clintons all under one roof. The staff are also usually very keen and happy to help you with whatever you are looking for.
Clinton Cards is a retailer of greeting cards. Despite the various online sites (moonpig) and the other cheaper shops out there, I always go to Clinton Cards
Clinton Cards was set up in 1968 with their first shop being in Epping, Essex. This was actually the same town that I grew up in so perhaps this is why I have such loyalty! Since then, they have purchased Hallmark Cards, Carlton Cards and The Birthday Group and have gone from strength to strength.
I find that they have the largest range of cards and that I can always find an appropriate greeting card... most of the time I'm spoilt for choice and can't decide! They also have different collections with my favourite being the Art Deco range. This has since expanded from cards to other stationary items such as notebooks and diaries. They also have other ranges such as Me to You and Boofle amongst them.
They also have a cheaper range of cards which vary from £1.00 to £1.50. However the general range cards vary from £2.00 up to £20.00.
They have cards for all sorts of occasions such as birthday, wedding, anniversary and thank you being some of them. The cards themselves I always find of a good quality and not flimsy like some of the cheaper alternatives.
Clinton Cards also do a range of gift wrapping and some gifts too. The gifts are actually quite good and reasonably priced and they can also give you some inspiration if you get the job of having to get a present for someone at work that you don't know particularly well! I bought a lovely money bank for £9.99 which the receipient was very pleased with...
The shops themselves are spacious too that I have visited although the staff aren't always easily available if you have a question. I do also find that I always end up queuing too! Whatever time I go, they only ever have one person on the till... but the end purchase is worth the wait!
I don't normally shop for cards at Clinton as I find it too overpriced and can usually pick up cards cheaper elsewhere. However, last week I was in a rush and needed all sorts of stuff for a very close friend's wedding and I knew I would find what I needed in there.
I was astounded by the choice and range of wedding cards in Clinton and found many 'special' cards I'd be happy to give. They also specialised in the rare 'to my wife/ husband on our wedding day' cards which are usually quite hard to find (well nice ones anyway!). So I found a really cute card of a couple in wedding attire photographed from the rear with hands on each other's bums, cheeky but tasteful, in black and white. This cost £1.99 so not bad at all really.
Second on the list was a nice box for the hen party / bridal shower present I bought (a slinky nightie). I found a good sized silver box (called a 'shirt box') with a geometric pattern on the lid and a ribbon and tag that was part of the box. It was sturdy and well made and I thought it would make a good wedding keepsake box afterwards. When I was at the till, the shop assistant said what a lovely box it was. I had to stop myself from saying "It wants to be for £5!" but didn't as that would have been rude.
I needed some tissue paper for inside the box to pad out the contents and found that the packet of shredded paper wouldn't have been enough. Hubby unhelpfully suggested I just use the contents of our shredder to do the job but I couldn't see the romance in using shredded gas and electricity bills as a romantic gesture! So I plumped for a packet of 5 sheets flat black tissue paper and did baulk at the £1.99 price tag. I know, I should have gone to Poundland but I didn't have time...
Next up was some confetti, in a cute church shaped box the bargain price of 99p I happily paid. I know you only chuck it on the floor but it does look lovely on the photos and this stuff is bio degradable too!
Finally I spotted a nice 'Wedding day' gift box which holds a gift card but presents it really nicely. I know it's just packaging but I was getting vouchers for this wedding too and thought it'd look nice in the box so paid the £1.99 for it.
So in total I spent £10.98 but at least I got everything I needed in one place and the box for the gift which was my original mission is really really nice so I was pleased with it all.
The shop was busy but the aisles were wide and there was only one other person looking in the wedding section so I didn't have to use my elbows.
The staff were polite, friendly and helpful but I didn't need any assistance other than to pay so I can comment on their service really beyond the tills.
Would I use Clinton again? Yes for very special occasions but I don't think I'd go there all the time unless I was after some specialist gift boxing solutions! I think their prices are expensive, especially for the little extras like the tissue paper and you can easily get carried away buying bits as it's all really nice. Especially when you have also spent a lot of money on the actual present and these are just things to package and complement it! Call me tight but I like to feel as if I have got a bargain....
Clintons Cards is a family owned company that is apparently the biggest greetings card retailer in the UK.
They can be seen in many a town and high street, with their orange and white store signs. The company has been running for a fair number of years, and as such is an established company in the UK, but it does now have major competition from places such as The Card Warehouse.
Clintons Cards has a massive range of different greeting cards, gift wrap, gift boxes and bags, novelty gifts, balloons, wedding and christening gifts and a few other miscellaneous gift items. They have cards that cover pretty much every occasion, from birthdays, to sympathy cards, christmas, anniversary, valentines day and much more. They do gifts for most of these occasions too.
Clintons, I have found, are quite expensive and I have since actually taken my custom to Card Warehouse, as you get the same quality for a 3rd of the price. The quality of the items in Clintons is great quality, but you can get this same quality elsewhere for cheaper.
Most Clintons stores I have been in are quite small, except for a few larger ones, which were actually quite massive. They are normally all laid out in the same way, and the cards are in sections which are clearly labelled so you can find exactly what you need with the least hassle. The staff are mostly helpful, although I find some of them to be quite miserable and bored, more so in Clintons than in most other stores in general, maybe it is part of the job requirement to be miserable?
Some of the stores also sell gift cards, for places like New Look, B and Q, Pizza Express etc. I have found there to be a massive range of cards for all sorts of things from clothes and food to holidays and driving lessons. A great idea for when you are not sure what to buy someone, or have left it until the last minute to get something!
The stores are usually quite nice and tidy, with the displays kept neat and in order so things are easy to find, and most things are clearly marked with the price so you know exactly how much you will be paying for items. I have bought many a baby gift from Clintons for my sister and my niece, and these gifts are a good quality, and some of them I haven't seen anywhere else, so some of the items in Clintons do seem to be exclusive, even still they are expensive.
I think Clintons is a good place to buy items that you can not get elsewhere, like some of the wedding and baby gifts for example, but if you can find them elsewhere I can almost guarentee they will be cheaper than if you bought them in Clintons. I give Clintons a 3 out of 5, because it is not a bad store and the items are of good quality, just the staff and the high prices let it down somewhat.
Walk down almost any high street or visit any retail park these days and there is a very good chance that you will come across a Clintons Cards store. Such is their popularity these days that they can be found virtually anywhere and they can boast having over 700 stores at present. You walk into the store and there is a myriad of cards, gifts and novelty ideas spread out in wide aisles, clearly marked out, to make whatever you are looking for easy to find.
Clintons mainly sell, and are known for their, greetings cards although they do have lots of other merchandise in their stores. So if you are looking for a birthday, anniversary, sympathy or a card to say 'congratulations you've passed' you will find it in Clintons. They will cater for every national holiday too including Christmas, Easter, Mothers and Fathers Day, and Valentines Day. The cards are super quality and they use the very best of papers to produce them. You will find that every member of your family and friends are catered for in this very popular store.
This shop is also excellent for the purchase of that extra special little gift to go with your card. There is a wide range of 'Me to You' bear products, the sad looking cute little bear, that has become a bit of an icon of Clintons. There is also a vast range of other gift and novelty ideas such as mugs, ornaments, photo frames and key rings to name just a few. You can also have personalised door plaques and personalised book markers.
If you are looking for party items, Clintons is again the place to get them, from balloons and banners, candles and party hats, to age related badges and or party packs.
Once you have chosen your card and gift, you will then of course need your gift wrap. Clintons again will have no difficulty in providing this too. There is gift wrap for everything and everyone, males, females, special birthdays, plain wrap or shiny foil wrap and Christmas wrap and you have the choice of either individual sheets or rolls, whichever you choose. Or if you have a difficult item to wrap you can simply buy a gift bag which come in all shapes and sizes and are suitable for any occasion. To add to your wrapped or bagged gift you may then be tempted by all the lovely gift tags, foiled sequins, bows and ribbons.
The list of merchandise in Clintons is just endless, they will provide you with everything required to allow you to make any occasion really special, but at what cost!!
There is only one downside to this lovely store, and it really is one huge downside and that is the PRICE !! Every little item in this shop carries an extortionate price tag. It isn't immediately obvious while you are happily browsing through the cards and gifts as they have no prices on the items. What they do have is a sticker on the back or base of the item showing a numbered code and you then have to match this code up to the price list that is displayed on the shelves. Failure to check out these prices while you are choosing your items, could mean you may get a very nasty shock when you get to the checkout. For example and simple and reasonably plain card may set you back a fiver. You will also find that almost every item in the store is very expensive and can easily be found elsewhere for probably less than half the price.
So having said all this if money is no object to you then Clintons is a really comprehensive store and you won't need to go anywhere else as everything for a special gift is there under one roof. If however, you are like me and need to keep an eye on what you spend, then I would definitely avoid this plaice and shop around.
Thank you for reading my review!
The buying and sending of cards and gifts for special occassions and seasonal holidays has become somewhat of a 'must do' for us, and unfortunately, finding everything you need to do so can be a bit of a pain in the neck! Clintons stores popped up on the high street to offer us all the occassion, greetings and holiday cards and gifts we could ever wish to purchase and send, all under one roof! The idea behind the store is a very helpful, and successful one, which has us all flocking through its open doors the minute a birthday is around the corner, or a national holiday is creeping upon us. It seems that now, if you do not send a card to a relative or friend for a birthday or occassion, then you are to be tutted at and cast in a bad light! It's just a piece of thick paper, I hear you cry! Not anymore! There is something wierd yet wonderful surrounding the social acceptance and hysteria of card buying, and Clintons is raking it in because of this!
Clintons main product available for purchase is the humble greetings card. Whether you're looking for a birthday card, sympathy card, want to say sorry, wish someone good luck or just say 'hello' - Clintons has it all. Anniversaries and ages are not to be forgotten either. If you're wanting to wish someone a happy 25th wedding anniversary, or 50th birthday - Clintons can cater for your every age and anniversary need with its wide array of numerical cards! Not only do they cater for every greeting you could wish to send, but they also stock a card for every friend or relative you could ever wish to send a card to. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and distant relations are all catered for under one roof, meaning you can purchase your entire card list in one trip if you wish (or if you're simply that efficient!)
On top of stocking every card imaginable for every family member and age, Clintons also carry a huge range of cards for national and seasonal holidays. Be it Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter or Mother's Day, Clintons always has a ridiculously huge range of cards atleast a month, if not more, in advance for every holiday there is! Clintons never leaves anyone out of these occassions either, they always seem to remember everyone, from your Grandad, to your Sister-in-law to your dog. Clintons has a seasonal card to match a recipient of any description, and their stock is always full of variety and quality, meaning finding the right card doesn't have to be a chore!
Cards stocked in Clintons do carry a somewhat hefty price tag. The cards do not come complete with price stickers, they carry a letter or number code on the back of the card which you then have to match up to the coded price list on the shelves to find out the price of your chosen card. Cards stocked in Clintons start from £1 (if you're lucky) and have don't seem to have any maximum limit! The price of each card is dependant on the size and decoration of each individual card. The bigger the card, or the more decoration on the card, the higher the price! Clintons do carry a 'value' type range which are priced between £1 and £2.50, which is acceptable for the quality and designs of the cards. Clintons also carry special occassion cards which come wrapped in tissue paper and inside a gift box, which can cost from £15 upwards. With Clintons, the key is to check the price of the card against the coded price list before you approach the till. It can be very suprising just how much a small and somewhat plain card can cost!
Not only do Clintons carry every card you could ever need, but they also carry a huge range of gift wrap and all the extra trimmings you need to top that gift off to perfection! Gift wrap is available to purchase either by single sheet, packaged folded sheets, or lengths of rolled wrapping paper. Clintons have wrapping paper to suit all occassions and for both female and male. Carrying an array of plain, foiled, flocked, patterend, coloured and holographic gift wraps means Clintons has something for everyone. Not only do they carry a vast variety of papers, but they also supply customers with all the fiddly bits and pieces that you need to perfect the art of gift wrapping - gift tags, bundles of ribbon, packs of tissue paper and stick on shiny pieces. There is also a wide range of gift bags and boxes for sale in every size between tiny and huge! It's down to you how simple or extravigant you wish to make your gift look - Clintons just provides you with the ingredients!!
Gift wrap prices range from a minimum of 85p per single sheet to £4 per roll, dependant on pattern and style. Gift boxes and bags vary widely in price dependant on their size and style - prepare to pay an average of £2 - £4 per average size gift bag, and £4 - £7 per gift box. Gift wrapping accessory bits and bobs can range from 50p to £3 dependant on what it is you're looking for. As a rule - the more pattern, extravigant style or bigger size means a higher price.
Clintons also stock a large range of 'party' items. Balloons, banners, badges, candles, party hats and more are available for purchase. The store stocks all these items printed with ages, general occassion messages and special occassion messages. Large, helium filled balloons featuring ages, popular characters and greets can also be purchased instore. Clintons also sells 'party packs' which includes everything you need to make decorating those special occassions that bit more 'sepcial'. Whatever it is you're looking for to help celebrate your special occassion, Clintons will more than likely stock it - just ask instore!
You will also find a whole range of different gift type products available for purchase in your local Clintons store. Clintons sell a wide range of cuddly toys, including their very own 'Me To You' range which has proven very popular - who can resist a cute, sad looking, scruffy grey bear! Clintons also carry the ever popular silverware products that can be given as gifts for weddings, christenings and such. You can also purchase milestone age 'keys', photo frames, mugs, figurines and other novelty bits instore to give as gifts on your special occassions. Whatever it is you're looking for, Clintons has probably already thought of it and is stocking it on its shelves!
Gift item prices varey widely depending on what it is you are purchasing. Clintons stocks novelty keyrings for a pocket money £1.99 cost, but also stocks a huge Me To You bear that can cost £100 and upwards. Some of the items stocked do come with an acceptable price tag, but some items can seem a little on the expensive side for what it is! Convenience of purchasing your gifts and cards in the same store costs, you know!
There is no denying that Clintons does stock pretty much everything needed for special occassions, events or times that involve gifts, cards and such. If running late, having forgotten or buying last minute, you can almost always find a card, gift and gift bag instore to give to a recipient with minimal stress required!
Clintons stores themselves always tend to be rather spacious and easy to navigate around. The different sections of the store are clearly signposted, making it a doddle to find the right section for person or occassion you are finding a card for. All gift wrap, bags, boxes and accessories needed for wrapping purposes are displayed together to make finding what you need simple, and all gift items tend to be place together to entice you to look at their entire range.
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Although Clintons appears to be all sweetness and light when it comes with providing its customers with everything they can ever need for a special occassion, there are some downsides that need to be taken into consideration.
Clintons cards and the majority of the gifts available are, in all honesty, a complete rip off! As a rule, you simply will not find any card priced up at less than £1. Finding a card for under £2 is somewhat of a miracle! I've picked up many a card in Clintons thinking "Oh it won't be too bad!" only to find it costs £4.99 - for a SMALL card. What!? Sometimes I wonder who the hell comes up with the prices for Clintons. From past experience, I've found that not checking the price of the card before purchase can leave you feeling like you've been stung, and your purse considerably lighter! Always be sure to check the back of your chosen card for the price code, and check it against the code list on the card shelves. By doing this you can save yourself a lot of 'Good God'ing and 'How much?'ing when you return home and check your reciept! I now know that I can get quality cards that serve their purpose for half the price or less elsewhere! (*cough* Card Factory *cough*)
Like all other high street stores, Clintons never fails to be rammed to capacity around any national holiday or widely celebrated day, and the closer to the occassion we get, the more insanely busy it gets. Buying cards to send to friends and relatives on national holidays is ridiculously popular, so trying to buy said cards the day before the event is somewhat impossible, verging on a deathwish! Clintons stores do tend to be somewhat spacious, however any store filled over capacity with stressed, irritable shoppers carting around numerous bags each is just a recipe for disaster! At these times of year, Clintons can find itself overfaced with demanding shoppers which means half bare shelves, cards in the wrong places and hardly any stock due to panic buyers. If you want to purchase and send cards from Clintons, then do yourself a favour - take heed and buy well in advance to avoid the holiday crush and leave yourself just that little bit more stress free!
Clintons goes overboard on every national holiday occassion going, being sure to stock up on a huge array of seasonal items to please its shoppers. This is great, unless you're trying to find a card for a birthday or occassion completely unrelated to the national holiday. Whenever these holidays come around, Clintons pushes the seasonal stock in our faces and shoves the general stock into one of its most furthest corners, leaving shoppers with hardly any choice or variety. This can be an absolute nightmare, especially coupled with the extortionate pricing. I find that this happens in most card stores, but with Clintons you end up paying the best part of a fiver for a card you had to 'settle' for due to there being hardly anything to choose from. Aggrivating!
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For me, Clintons is somewhat of a huge rip off when it comes to buying cards. Yes, the quality and designs of the cards and gifts is superb and everything looks wonderful, but the prices are just so off putting! The only time I buy cards from a Clintons store is when I'm looking for a card for my Girlfriend, or when I'm acting on the last minute spur of the moment and there is nowhere else to purchase from. Aside from these occassions, I buy all my cards from the Card Factory - super cheap with lots of variety! At the end of the day, I can't justify or come to terms with paying through the nose for a product that will end up in the bin within days of giving it to someone. I might as well throw that £5 note straight in the bin! I can't deny that Clintons sell an absolutely wonderfully wide range of lovely products, but it is possible to get similar products for atleast half the price elsewhere, if not a whole lot cheaper!
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Everybody at some time in their lives will need to buy a card for an occasion so it's hardly surprising that this is such a huge industry, and places such as Clinton Cards and other retailers must be raking it in, especially around Christmas and Valentines day.
A card, is just a piece of card with a printed design on the front, so when I look at it like this, I cannot fathom for the life of me why they are so expensive. One of the worst offenders for selling over-priced cards is of course Clinton Cards.
I have actually always loved visiting Clinton and to browse through the range of products but these days I very rarely buy anything. The branches I have visited over the years have always been nice and spacious and airy, something with I feel is important with business of this nature because shopping for cards can sure leave you flustered and annoyed when it's hard to find the "right" card and people are getting in your way.
But they don't just sell cards. They also sell wrapping paper, party packs, gifts, stationery and so on so a trip to one of these should cover everything, if you can afford it. What I do like is the fact that you can buy gift cards for other retailers which would save a lot of time and effort visiting these shops individually, especially around Christmas time when you are shopping for a lot of people.
I have to say that I like a nice card and I also like to buy nice ones for loved ones. The cards offered at Clinton are of a high quality and there are many designs and themes to choose from but it's just the damn price. Even a very small card will set you back about £3 and I really don't feel this is good value for money, especially with the mass produced cards, imagine how cheap they are to actually make. They must be adding a million percent mark-up. The larger cards are priced so extortionately that they're not even worth mentioning.
On special occasions throughout the year Clinton Cards always has a great window display, I especially like the Halloween themed one. These usually always entice me inside but as usual I leave empty handed. I only purchase cards from here for my boyfriend on special occasions when I am looking for something a little bit special and I have exhausted all other avenues.
When you think of card shops, Clinton Cards instantly comes to my mind. It is easily recognisable with their sign in big letters and in a vibrant orange colour.
I find Clinton's really useful as they have such a huge range of cards for every occasion that you can think of. This is the first place I will go to when getting a greetings card for someone, but it is also the place I will go to if I want something like wrapping paper. They sell a wide range of wrapping paper that you can either buy as single sheets or in a role. Too add to this they also have various decorations for parcels such as ribbons and bows.
I also like how friendly and helpful all the staff seem to be. When I am asking for a certain card they seem only too happy to show me where it is located.
Some people think Clintons is only good for cards though but I find that it is also a very good gift shop. You can buy many "me to you" bears there and they do a good range of gifts for special occasions such as weddings, 18th birthdays, etc. They sell a large amount of soft toys and also ornament type gifts.
One thing that is sold there that a lot of people don't know about is gift vouchers for all different types of shop, such as B&Q, iTunes and Next. This is really useful as you can buy your card and voucher in one shop.
All the cards have a code on the back and there are lots of guides around the store as to how what the price is if each code. They sell top brand cards such as Hallmark and lower less known cards, which usually means you can find the perfect card here.
I find that the prices are reasonable here and they have saved me so much time and effort purely by being able to get everything in one shop.