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      13.06.2012 23:23

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      cheap n trendy

      Internacionale is firstly very cheap. This is a women's only chain selling cheap clothing. The clothes are very trendy and affordable. Internacionale do a wide range of sizes which are appealing. The staff in my local internacionale have been very helpful and are willing to help customers whenever they go in. However there is never a changing room assistant in my local store which could be improved. It is easy to pay in internacionale. There is most often a sale on jewellry in this shop; you can get something like a headband for as little as 75p, or some jewellry for £1 if you look through the cheapest sale items, which means there can be something even if you don't have a lot of money. Internacionale also do a kids' section which is helpful, as you can shop for yourself and your child in this shop. The clothes I have bought from internacionale have been of an acceptable quality too, so if your looking for some cheap clothes then I reccomend this shop as it is both fashionable and cheap.

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      29.08.2010 17:26
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      just have a good look in here

      This is personally one of my favorite shops to go to! Not forgetting that this place has some really nice fashionable, day and night clothing for every occasion as well you don't have to worry about breaking the bank either as items can start for as little as 1.99! A pretty bargain there!

      This store has all up-to-date fashion, they have an excellent range of offers like 2 for six pounds on plain, casual vest tops, buy one get one half price on all shoes and you can buy any style of shoe you wish flats, heels, boots - the lot!
      The sizes range from 6-18, and they also do a pre-teen wear range called Sophie for girls aged 8-15 and on the odd occasion they do hold competitions for designing clothing - mainly dresses - so this is a great chance for those girls out there who have dreams of becoming fashion designers or working in the fashion industry.

      The stores are spread out over the UK, including Plymouth, Northampton, Grathman, Newcastle, Central London, Isle of Wight, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Bolton, Preston, Bradford, Manchester, Lancashire, Leeds, Wakefield, Cardiff and Dover.

      the sales are great here in the store as well as they sell items as cheap as 75p sometimes 25p if you keep a sharp eye open! This is mainly on jewellery.
      Clothing normally starts from about two or three pounds.

      Overall, this is a place worth looking at and you can buy some good items and pieces, and you can really keep a budget and no more breaking the bank! five out of five stars for me!

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      25.03.2010 23:56
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      Just average

      Firstly, I am a self-confessed shopping addict. I spend most of my earnings on clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. I have a tendency to wear something once and then not want to wear it again, so I get through quite a few clothes. I buy decent staples such as black stilettoes, cardigans, blouses etc. but when it comes to fashion items I am perfectly happy to go to Primark or some other cheap high street shop and go for quantity rather than quality because I know I am probably not going to get more than three wears out of whatever I am buying.

      I first noticed this shop in the Bullring and the thing that attracted me and my friend was that it was buy two get one free on new line shoes. We went around the clothing part and the clothes seemed fashionable even though I spotted a few items that I had seen in other shops (I think these days they all make the same dresses and just shove different tags in them!). To be honest the clothing wasn't as cheap as I was hoping. I was expecting Primark prices but they were a little more H&M prices. I probably would buy some clothes from there but at this point I was only interested in the shoes.

      They had some really nice designs, not particularly good quality but probably what I would expect for the £15 mark. The sale also had a fair few pairs of pumps and high heels and I got a pair of blue stilettoes for £7, which I felt was quite a bargain as I had wanted a pair to go with this one dress for ages. So anyway I gathered up my six pairs plus the additional sale item and took them to the till. In most shops the offers cannot be used in conjunction with one another and it said on new lines so I presumed I was paying for the blue stilettoes separately. When I saw my receipt I checked it because it seemed expensive for the prices I had checked. The catch was that the sale items were included so my £7 sale item was a free pair. I felt a bit peeved about this because they hadn't said all shoes. But I didn't want to give up my shoes I had been looking for so I went away a dissatisfied customer.

      I wore a pair of the shoes to work the following Monday and bearing in mind I sit down most of the day at a desk I was in agony after a couple of hours. They pinched like crazy. Now I know some may say what do you expect for buying cheap shoes, but I regularly buy Primark and New Look shoes and I never had this problem. But they were slightly big and it was only the one foot. Terrible quality. But then again I should have seen the warning sign with the elastic band attaching them together.

      The handbags and accessories were quite pretty but not cheap. I thought it was a bizarre pricing ratio that two headbands (nothing fancy either) should be the same price as a pair of shoes! Anywhere else I probably would have bought them but the old "Oh £10 in primark, that's expensive, £10 anywhere else, oh that's cheap" came into play.

      I probably won't be shopping there for shoes again but I might pop back for the new season's clothing. It seemed to be nothing spectacular but perhaps worth going back for some season staples. Overall a pretty average shop.

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        20.02.2010 21:06
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        Well worth a visit even for basics

        There's been a few more negative reviews written on Internacionale so I thought I would even up the score, because I think it's a perfectly nice shop!

        Now, I have to say I don't spend a fortune on clothes. Handbags and shoes yes (because you need them to be well made and mine last for years and years). I also like nice jewellery. But for day to day clothes and passing fashions I really don't see the point in paying silly money.

        So, back to Internacionale. I live in Greater Manchester so my nearest shop is Ashton, but as I have lived in Leeds, I've also shopped in the Leeds and Wakefield stores. They are all generally the same layout, with clothes for the 10 - 30 year old age range, roughly. They pride themselves on affordable fashion and basics, and sell a range of shoes, accessories and even a bit of make-up too.

        The clothes are great, for example, I went in there today and bought some denim leggings for £9.99, two ruched sleeve long tee shirts (I am 5 foot 10 so I can't wear 'normal' tee shirts, I need the long length otherwise they look like crop tops on me!!) for £10, a lovely beaded scarf for £8 and a cute bow headband for £3. I can honestly say that these would be at the very least double the price somewhere like TopShop (probably three times the price).

        In the past I have bought cardigans, jeans, leggings, work wear and hair accessories there. All of it has worn well, washed well and without exception people comment on how nice my clothes look (which is a nice morale boost :) ) I don't buy the jewellery in there as I prefer 'the real thing' but it's perfect for teenagers looking to spend a few quid on a new necklace or for an inexpensive present, their earrings are quite pretty.

        Again, as I don't really think they have any longevity I don't go for cheap high heels or handbags, I prefer well soled shoes in leather and I have a thing for Radley handbags, but for a cheap addition to an outfit or for a holiday I can't see the harm - their prices are certainly in the league of throwaway fashions with shoes and bags from only £5!

        The sales are something else too - with prices so low in the first place, 50% and 75% off sales are great here. They also do some other interesting offers like 'buy one get one half price' or 'buy one get one free'.

        The shops are always very welcoming, certainly the ones I have been in, and the staff are always friendly and helpful. You can pay by debit or credit card for purchases over five pounds.

        Not all towns and cities have an Internacionale, in fact quite a few of them have closed down along with their once-bedfellow Au Naturale (specialising in homewares). Certainly there once was a huge one in Bradford which has now gone, and the one in Burnley has closed down. I think this is a great shame because it's a fab little shop to pick up a fashion bargain.

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          23.01.2010 17:45
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          I wont be shopping there regularly...

          An Internacional store recently opened in my area, but I hadn't visited until recently. I expected it to be a good clothes shop, with reasonable prices.

          Up on entering the store I got a good impression - it was large, spacious, with lots of clothes but not overly crowding the place. I could only see a couple of other people looking around in the store, and whether this was due to the location of this store or the time of the day, I'm not sure.

          I did find some nice clothes in there, but over all I wasn't particularly impressed. There was a lot of clothes which appeared to be rather poor quality, and really aimed at children or older people. After looking through a lot of clothes, I did find a couple of nice dresses and a nice top, but it took a while to find them!

          The changing rooms were reasonable - large, with about 10 cubicals, and again I'd say I was the only person in there. Each one was spacious though, with lots of room to hang up your clothes. One thing that was missing though - there was no seat in the corner, or even a ledge - so I had no where to put the clothes I was taking off to try these on. This really didn't impress me, I don't want to have to put my clothes on the floor (especially when I'm going to have to put them back on again!), and I don't tend to carry around coat hangers to hang them up!

          I found the sizes strange too - although the size I wanted was very hard to find (does this shop not sell size 10s?! - it didn't seem popular enough for them to have all sold), I did buy one dress that a size smaller but fitted well, and one dress that was a size bigger that fitted okay also. The clothing sizes did seem really inconsistent though, with an item of a certain size fitting, but then another item in that size being totally wrong!

          The prices were okay - if the clothes were better I'd say they were good prices, but with the quality and look of the clothes, I'd expect a little cheaper.

          It's a nice shop if you're willing to search through lots of not so nice clothes to find what you want, but I wouldn't recommend it. I'll probably pop in if I see there's a sale in there and I have a lot of patience, but otherwise it wont be a shop I visit regularly.

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            14.08.2008 18:08

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            I worked at Internacionale for three years as a Store Supervisor. I would not advise anyone to work there. I was on minimum wage for running the store and was on the same wage as the sales assistants i was in charge of!!!! The clothes are all seconds!!!!!! In the deliveries were items on Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and Miss selfridge hangers!!!!!! There would be the occasional nice top or jewellery that came in. The jewellery was really good, but this didnt last two minutes!!! I left over six months ago and it was the best thing i have ever done. If anyone else works or worked there i would love to hear your views.

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            04.08.2005 22:55
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            cheap, up to date clothing

            Having used to work in Internacionale in Glasgow for nearly 2 years I used my generous staff discount to purchase many beautiful items of clothing which were extremely fashionable at the time. This clothing chain allows people on a lower budget to purchase up to date fashion clothing in all seasons. They are forever changing their styles to suit the changing market which is why i rate this shop highly as you can buy all the latest clothing without breaking the bank.

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              03.04.2002 01:18
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              • "staff are unhelpful and the layout sucks"

              Internacionale reminds me of a charity shop- you need to sift through a whole load of crap to find something worthwhile. I've read a few reviews whitch totally slate the place, but to be fair, for what they sell it isn't really too bad. Internacionale is really aimed at younger teenagers. Some of their stuff is disgustingly tacky and rubbish (I've seen more than a few clingy, sparkly white dresses in there) and a lot more of it is nothing special (those sporty tops with the numbers on which everyone seems love abound in this place). The quality varies in Internacionale. The jeans are actually fairly well made and strong, especially considering they don't often cost more than twenty quid. I've got a pair of two year old baggy jeans from there that are so comfy I don't want to throw them away! They age well too, and get that worn look that everyone seems to love at the moment. The logo tops usually have that iron-on stuff which washes off after about three washes if you are lucky, and also the tops seem to spend more time on the floor than on the racks! The one thing to always avoid in Internacionale is the dresses. They all seem to be made out of tacky, clingy lycra-type material. As I used to work in an Internacionale I know first hand that about 1% of the female population will look good in these dresses. Some Spanish chick came in and tried on the tackiest white dress you have ever seen, but because of her curvy (but without an unsightly bulge on it) and tan body she looked fantastic in it, it looked like something an Oscar nominee would wear on her!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. But unless you have the body of Britney and the tan to match, steer well clear. Miss Internacionale (the stuff for pre-teens and young teens) has always struck me as an excuse for kiddie porn. The skirts and shorts are ridiculously tiny and the tops are made from the same clingy stuff the dresses are made from. And don't get
              me started on the bikinis! The accessories section is usually fairly good. If, like me, your into quantity rather than quality of jewellry then you will love this shop. You can get everything from dog tags to diamante crosses with all the union jack rings and massive hoops earrings in between. The jewellry will probably not last you very long, but for the price it is, it does the job and because the shop tends to have a large range, its quite easy to find something unusual and cool. I'm fairly biased about Internacionale at the moment because I just bought the coolest jeans (low-cut bleached hipsters with a frayed waist and a tie fly- very cool) for sixteen pounds, and a very nice black mesh, rose-bud gypsy top for eight pounds that was very similar to one I seen in Mamba (a very expensive designer shop near me) that cost about seventy quid! It has to be said that some of the staff (and I know this first-hand) in Internacionale are snobby little bitches. I've heard a few of them bitching about how customers look in the clothes and when you ask them a fairly simple question they look at you like you've crawled out from under a mat. Having worked there, I realise that you can get some very nasty customers, but I am always polite and expect others to be the same. The layout of the shop isn't too hot either. They have a lot more clothes than space and its very hard to move in the shop without knocking things over or bashing into someone. Clothes are often bunged in the wrong place and too much stuff is shoved on one rack. If you touch one dress about five fall off the rack! For all the rubbish Internacionale sells, you can find some real gems there, which look (and are) well-made and look expensive. Being a skint student and a bit of a bargain-hunter, I'm used to wading through this stuff, you need patience! The other thing Internacionale is good for is lazing about stuff, you know, casual trousers and c
              omfy long skirts. If you tend to have expensive tastes you will invariably turn your nose up at this shop (as you might a charity shop), but what you pay for isn't always what you get!

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                07.03.2002 02:52
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                This shops is one of the best shops i have come across, esp for bargins.This sells everything from tops to pots. Here what i can accross and what i thought; Clothing range- Quite good choice but some items looked a bit cheap but were cheap so what can you expect. Go size range from 8 to 18 so theres not many that don't fit. Theres a lot of the same tops but just in a differant colour which made them a bit boring. Trouses are also a weird same, you need a big bum to fill them. Jewellry and hair things- A good value for money but still a bit cheap looking, great for young teenagers who has a low income. So overthe top items too! Also they do a rande for younger children Underwear-Good and cheap and v.fashionable!you can get a good range of colour and matching pairs! bra's £5 about and knickers from £2 Junk-Great if your what to add spice to a room which lovely windchimes and cushions etc They sell silly keyrings too for only £1 which are nice for the younger one!! Lovely fancy cushions which are cheap at only £5 which are decoated with beads and gold and silver threads!! Can't go wrong in this shop!!

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                  03.06.2001 23:13
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                  where i lived internacionale was an ok store and yes you got what you paid for but well what do you expect. i have bought a few tops from there and well they lasted until they went out of fashion isnt that what we all want something cheap that you dont mind binning after the trend has stopped??!! there make and hair stuff in my oppinion are great value! if you dont like the shop then fine but i think it is great value and there should be make dotted around the country!!

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                  04.04.2001 06:54
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                  I live in rather small city, it’s certainly big enough to be called a city, but as cities go, it isn’t what you would call large. With this in mind there are quite a few shops in Derby that sell what I really love, clothes. I adore buying clothes as often as possible but sometimes (nearly always) there just isn’t enough money to buy that dream dress that I have been eying up, so I go somewhere else to help me get rid of what little money I have. This is where Internacionale comes in… Internacionale isn’t what you would call he most classy clothing retail outlet. There isn’t that much effort of thought about the appearance of the store. The décor is leaning towards tacky; nevertheless when I visit Internacionale the walls are not what I am usually looking at. When I get the chance I do enjoy splashing out on the odd expensive item or two, but most of the time I am left searching for bargains so to speak. Internacionale has quite a large variety in its women’s wear collection, but unfortunately with this large selection comes very little in the way of space. This makes it very difficult to move around, especially with a pram if you’re a mother (which I am not, but I have seen people struggle). Onto the clothes. The quality of most of the items, most of the time is actually rather good considering the price, but there have been times when a piece has ripped a bit too easily or the stitching has come undone a tad too soon. What really does let the store down badly is the fact that so many pieces of clothing are left on the floor to be trampled on when they fall off. The assistants always seem pre-occupied with something else. There are lots of clothes here. There is definitely something for everyone and almost every rail is full to the brim, and there is always a sale on. This could possibly just be down to the fact that the company just wants to get rid of as much clothing a
                  s it can. Some people don’t like this store because the quality is low and some of the items are tacky, I disagree. It goes without saying here, that you get what you pay for. This has also led to the low reputation that it has, but I have very rarely had any problems with the clothes that I have bought, or the shop in general. I have bought quite a big number of clothes from here and I have been happy with what I have bought. Given the choice, I would probably go somewhere a bit more expensive, but I don’t always have that option, so I chose this store instead, for the price that you pay, it is pretty good value. The assistants are always friendly, but their knowledge on what they have in the store is a bit limited. I sometimes get the impression that they want you in and out of the shop pretty quickly, but they do try to help, sometimes. There is also a second section to place. Not only does it sell the clothes, but accessories for your house as well. The goods here are pretty decent for the amount that you pay for them (not a lot at all). However, it does have a lightly cheapish production line look to it, with a lot of tacky gimmicky gadgets that may have a small novelty value to them, but after a day or two, you will probably never use them again. On the whole, I enjoy shopping here sometimes, and I like the clothes that they have. If I had the money I would go somewhere else, but I can’t complain about it, I get what I pay for.

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                    04.03.2001 02:33
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                    Internacionasl is a popular shop with teenagers. Internacionale is like a version of Pilot or something with cheaper clothes. The thing is because they're cheap the quality isn't very good, the jeans are one thing I wouldn'y but because they break. One thing that is good is the shoes. Internacionale isn't a very popular shop though I only have one in my town. he jewellery is nice and even though it is cheap it doesn't look it. Nailvarnish and things are also sold in Iternacionale. The things I would recommend buying from here are tops, jumpers, shoes and everything else just not jeans. Unless jeans are a good make they shrink and don't fit I know from experience. When you feel the jeans you know they won't last.

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                      14.02.2001 04:16

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                      Internacionale is renowned for having the most up to date fashions for relatively inexpensive prices. This may be so, but I have found that with this, you really do get what you pay for. In my experiences, the clothes either feel like cardboard to wear, despite washing them numerous times, consequently looking cheap, or they fall apart after a short period of time. I have also found that it is really difficult to locate the item that you are looking for... Internacionale is OK if you want a few cheap summer tops for lying on the beach during a family holiday. At the end of the day, it would be better paying more for better quality stuff - it'll last you longer.

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