Newest Review: ... inside. Also, I think the extra touches such as the gifts are really nice. Clinton Cards also sell 'me to you' products (the grey bea... more
Member Name: clumsy1974
Date: 22/06/01, updated on 10/03/05 (595 review reads)
Advantages: Good for gift wrap
Disadvantages: Poor range, Expensive
Remember when those home made "Blue Peter" cards were the height of embarrassment? When you only gave them to your relatives because you were forced to make them at school? Well look in your local Clintons card shop and you might think again. In fact, I can hear you reaching for the Sticky Backed Plastic and scissors now..
Clinton cards are everywhere. You won’t be able to walk down the high street without the bright orange sign leaping out at you. Central Milton Keynes shopping center has THREE Clintons cards (They send lots of greetings in Milton Keynes) and they are all equally as bad.
So what’s wrong with a humble card shop? Well I don’t think it is totally Clintons fault, but I just can’t stand the average greetings card they sell. The range stretches from cute teddy bears to bad jokes, all with awful messages inside. That wouldn’t be so bad, but the average price of one of these cards is £1.50.
I think the greetings card manufacturers have a lot to answer for, but Clintons don’t seem to offer any alternatives. They add to their exciting greetings card range with a selection of lovely gifts, such as "I Love You" Animated plastic gorillas and whatever the latest fad kids range is (Pokemon, Star Wars etc.).
However, the worst thing, and the main reason I look elsewhere for greetings card, that Clintons are guilty of is over commercialization. Mothers Day, Valentines Day, Fathers Day, and worst of all Christmas are so over hyped and pushed by these shops that they loose all meaning. If you are unlucky enough to need a normal card such as Birthday within three months of one of these Card Shop Bonanza events don’t bother. They will have relegated you to a few racks of creased offerings.
Clintons do excel themselves in the gift wrapping area, and I do use them for that. However, my advice is, if you are looking for nice, stylish greetings cards, try WH Smiths
, Boots or small stores like Mather. They have a nice range of cards, often left blank for your own message, and they don’t cost any more, and often cost less than the Purple Ronnie range in Clintons.