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      18.02.2010 20:00
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      M&S to review their instore size range

      I have just had to purchase a new suit for work and because of my size, I am big and tall, it is impossible to go into a high street store to buy one, unless you go to a specialist store like High & Mighty and take out a second mortgage. M&S have started doing Big and Tall size Menswear online but why can't you go into their stores and and get the same items. If you are considering spending up to £200 for a suit, or for that matter any amount of money surely it is not unnatural to want to try it before you buy and probably try more than one so that you choose the one that looks and fits best. Also you need to try as different makes and styles offer different fits so the size you need may fluctuate between styles. Okay to their credit there is no problem getting a refund in your local store if the items are not suitable but at £200 per item I could not afford to order items in different colours to compare or sizes on the off chance the item did not fit. I am glad you cater for us Big and Tall but give us the same deal as your regular size customers and carry some stock in store.

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        05.02.2009 01:32
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        great for wardrobe staples and school uniform and of course lingerie, but not very exciting.

        Marks and Spencers can be, for me, a bit hit and miss. Its recent 'outstanding' value range for staples such as plain black trousers, jeans and homeware are good value and quality, but they are basics, nothing inspirational. I also like the summer t-shirts, usually on a 3 for 2 offer and underwear but apart from that feel their fashion clothing just misses something, is just not quite right. The schoolwear if fantastic value and quality but unfortunatly for me the kids clothing often scares me with its lurid and faffy design and just not being something my kids would agree to wearing. I find it quite usual to struggle to find sizes, with arms being filled to bursting with only a couple of sizes. I find the whole store (apart from the lingerie section wich I love) stuffy and out dated, despite the recent revamps. They do have a really good refund policy though of 90 days wich is 2 month longer than other stores.

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        17.11.2008 00:02
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        A good quality store,a pleasant shopping experience

        Marks and Spencer's have had a grand revival in the last year or so.
        At one point the women's clothes department held very little for me and many others too.Racks upon racks of run of the mill clothing in unnoticeable colour schemes
        But the introduction of stylish new fashions and a campaign spearheaded by Twiggy, an amazingly attractive and vital model,the company have come out fighting yet again .
        The `Autograph` clothing collection is modern,exclusive and luxurious.
        Timeless sophistication for everyday wear,casual chic for weekend wear,impressionable outfits for those special occasions and designer inspired catwalk fashions offer modern chic.

        The Per Una range,possibly the best known of their ranges offers a delectable yet eclectic range of up to the minute style.
        Beaded,bejewelled,silk,lace and taffeta,a fine array of stylish design.

        A large selection of Ultra smart easy care career wear is available.
        Contrasting separates and suits represent good value .

        The Cashmere range has that touch of luxury,super soft quality Cashmere knitwear and scarves.A selection of elegant cashmere coats represent quality and value.

        A wide variety of sensational and glamorous gowns for those super special evenings.

        A bounty of beautiful accessories are in store ready and waiting to compliment all of the fashion that Marks and Spencer's has to offer.

        Lingerie,hosiery,nightwear and slippers,maternity wear,shoes and beauty and skin care are all in store too.

        An extensive range of all menswear is always available,suits,shoes accessories,made to measure shirts and a good range known as `Big and Tall` to suit the larger built man.

        Children and babies are well catered for with a huge range of clothing and underwear,including school wear and footwear.

        Marks and Spencer's have a comprehensive range of financial products,travel insurance ,travel money, Loans,Insurance ,Savings and Investments and their own Marks and Spencer's store card.
        They also have their own M and S Energy,a partnership formed with Scottish and Southern Energy in 2008 to offer all customers energy deals.

        Flowers and gifts are readily available,chocolates and gift cards too.
        Flowers,chocolates and hampers can be delivered to households and make very popular Christmas gifts.

        Food and wine have always been among some of Marks and Spencer's best sellers.
        The store has `Food to go` ,Food to Order ,Hampers and business solutions.
        They also do an extensive of range chilled and frozen food,all of which is delicious !

        Marks and Spencer have E catalogues available,so all of their ranges are online for everyone to see.

        Some stores also stock complete ranges of stylish furniture ,large appliances,Electrical goods and conservatory and outdoor goods.
        Not forgetting all technology..televisions,radio`s,Hi-Fi`s ,Computing and Digital Photography.

        Our nearest Marks and Spencer's is a city branch,always buzzing with shoppers .
        Always a favourite place to visit..friendly and helpful staff,a spotlessly clean store,a good returns policy,pleasant shopping conditions,clean toilets,good disabled facilities,Mother and baby changing and feeding areas and good in store selection to choose from,so the store gets a 10 out of 10 from me.

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          28.05.2002 20:58
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          This opinion is just about the trousers in the new M&S Per Una Range, and not an opinion of M&S in general as I hardly ever shop there. The reason I tried M&S was part of an attempt to buy some casual trousers for my holiday. This was obviously a huge mistake, as I traipsed round store after store not finding anything I liked. Eventually I got pretty depressed, and my mum suggested I try M&S because 'they had a new range for young people' (I'm 26). I wasn't totally sure whether or not to trust her judgement of 'young people's' clothes but I thought it couldn't hurt. I was immediately impressed with the range of trousers in the Per Una style. This range has been designed by George Davies who used to design for Asda and was credited with turning round the Asda clothing sales. He has done a pretty good job with Per Una. There were a lot of styles of trousers, several of which were just what i was looking for. The range is good in that it is available in many sizes , 8 to 20 I think, and three lengths (S, M and L). In general the prices ranged from £29 for a fairly simple style to £59 for some embroidered jeans (which were lovely though). However there are two big problems with this range which prevented my actually buying any trousers there. Firstly this range turns round very very quickly. This is good in that new styles are out each week, but bad in that if you are a common size like a 12-14 (as I am) and a common length (M) then many of the trousers will have sold out in that size and they won't be getting the same ones in. I was told to try again next week and see what new things they had, but it does mean starting again with the rigmarole of trying on and deciding which size is right etc.. I found 4 pairs I really liked and not one was available in a 12M or 14M. M&S do not offer an ordering service in this range, although they will try and locate stock for you, but you
          then have to go to that branch to get it, so you have to be really dedicated. Secondly, and even more critically to me, virtually all the denim-style trousers (i.e the jeans and the denim look trousers) are hipsters. Or at least (and very annoyingly) they are hipsters in sizes 8 - 14 and proper trousers from 16 upwards. I checked in store and this is actually how they are meant to be, which means any of us who are a size 14 or under only get hipsters. I hate hipsters and although i don't think I am 'fat' I am certainly not slim enough to look good in hipsters. Plus I feel a bit too old to flash my knickers every time I sit down! What a crap policy, I have no idea who decided on that cut off point, especially as the Per Una range is a bit pricey for most teenagers. If they want to appeal to the youngish, but working women who they seem to be targeting then they should consider that although we want fashionable clothes we also want to look fully dressed in them and not display our underwear. Anyway, I ended up buying some trousers in a small shop near me called Krisp - they are simple, dark blue trousers with a proper waistband. So M&S lost out on my business and haven't encouraged me to go back.

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            26.07.2001 03:41
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            My earliest memory of Marks and Spencer goes back to when I was about 5 years old. I remember trips into the city centre, and as a treat was rewarded with wonderful crisps. At that time I didn’t realise it was Marks and Spencers food hall – I just knew it was something special. That was 30 years ago, and unfortunately M&S no longer has the same appeal for me. As I grew up into adulthood, and found myself with a very busy lifestyle, I relied on M&S for my clothes. I appreciated the quality at reasonable prices. True, M&S cost more than many of the high street stores, BUT I did think it was worth it. Having little time for shopping, I certainly appreciated the fact that you could take items back without a quibble. I often bought a selection of clothes to try on at my leisure. This met my needs. Okay, I was irritated by their not accepting credit cards, but I overcame that by an M&S chargecard. So, what has gone wrong? In my opinion, there are two major problems. Firstly, the clothing is not what it was. For a number of years M&S has trotted out the same lines each season, and customers have just got bored. Unfortunately, I think they have now over-compensated for this, because their new ranges are truly awful. They seem to have gone from being fairly conservative, to ultra modern, and I am no longer sure what customer base they are trying to attract. It certainly isn’t me anymore! The other problem is their food hall. I have always been a fan of M&S foods, right from my earlier days with their crisps. I still find their foodstuffs to be of a high quality, but the supermarkets have caught up. Tescos have their “finest” range, Sainsburys “taste the difference”, and Waitrose has always been good. This means that M&S food can no longer justify its premium price. The other irritation I find in the foodhall is the queues. Inevitably there are always several people in front of you – M&S just don
            217;t seem to have enough cashiers. So, I will join many people in saying that M&S has lost its way, and I cannot see how it will recover. At one time M&S was my first choice, now I seldom go there. And, whilst I might be sad at the end of an era, I can’t say my life is any the worse for it!

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              10.05.2001 04:40
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              In my home town apart from Dorothy Perkins, Marks and Spencer are the only high street store that sells clothes that actually fit me. I have been a regular clothes shopper there since the 60s. Over the years there range of style has changed but the quality has always been to the highest standard. I cant say that in all the years that I have been buying my clothes from them ,have I had to return anything because of shoddy work or finishing. Their styles over the years even though always on the conservative side have always managed to suit my taste. When I first started to buy clothes I was 6st wet through, and at 4ft.11, but still considered myself 'trendy' and at marks's I could always find something that looked smart and fitted me well from their'short' range whether it was a skirt, trousers or dress. Over the years my waist has increased somewhot but my hight is still the same. Even so I can still visit Marks's and no that I will be buying something of good quality, that will give me a lot of wear and still be stylish. I particularly like the new range of jeans, they fit lovely and feel nice and soft. Long may Marks and Sparks stay on the high street

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                23.01.2001 02:33
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                Whatever you want, underwear or casuals, M&S is the place to go. You'll get a good selection to choose from, quality products and sensible prices. What you won't get is the latest designer label,up to the minute fashions, or that unique party gear you might need! That's not to say that M&S is old fashioned; it isn't. The casuals department has quite a good range. The only thing that I don't like about Marks and Spencers is that they seem to have specially selected colours for each season. For example, the winter collection of casuals for last year was mostly greys, dusky browns and very dark greens. This colour scheme didn't appeal to me so I didn't buy any winter clothes from the collection. M & S underwear is available in different ranges. You can buy 'sensible', long lasting, practical undies, or you can select from their range of lingerie if you fancy something a little more sexy. All in all M&S is a good place to shop, especially if you are on a budget and need to buy clothes that will wash well and last a long time.

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                  09.11.2000 20:37
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                  Buying bras these days for the bigger boobs can be a very difficult and expensive task. I have big bust and go round the shops and find it very hard sometimes to find my size and it can be very depresssing, I am currently on the waiting list on NHS for a breast reduction as I get very depressed and suffer back problems due to the size of my breast. There is one shop in my town that sells bigger sizes and they range from £29 to £40 pounds. They do stock very sexy ones in all diffrent colours and varietys but this is not the point I am sick of not being able to walk into Marks and Spencer and just pick up a normal bra at a normal price. Like I say it does cause alot of problems for me, I suffer alot from backache and the straps cut into my shoulders. I always find I am wearing baggy tops cover my self up and would love to walk into our local fashion shops and pick out a nice skimpy top for a night out, but in my case this is impossible. I find it very hard to believe that people pay and go through agony to have larger breats because if ever I came into any money my first choice would be for a breast reduction as it would change my life so much and make me feel a new person but in my position at the moment this is not going to happen as going private is in the range of about £3000.00. I would say to anyone out there thinking of a breast enlargement, think long and hard before you do it as it is not just the initial pain of the operation, I am natrually big and find it very uncomfortable and severeley painful at times..........

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                    13.08.2000 18:17
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                    I’m completely flat chested; this doesn’t really bother me. But I find it completely impossible to find a good fitting bra. I’m a 32AA; most shops seem to start at 34A. I was wondering round Marks and Spencer one day, and I noticed these bras, the smallest size was 32AA, they were expensive at £12 each, but they were really nice, in a silky material, more like a fancy sports bra. But unlike most bras, they are not one bit itchy, and you don’t even know you are wearing it. These bras are really comfortable, there isn’t much support, but you don’t really need a lot of support if you are not well endowed. I would recommend marks and Spencer to any one whom has the same problem as me.

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                    09.08.2000 03:38

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                    I really do like M&S. The quality of their goods is exceptional for the most part and the selection isn't bad at all. Admittedly it could be a bit cheaper but who can argue with the quality of clothes for what you pay. Sure they use sweat-shops and I'm not making a case for that, very few other places come near for the money. Next is cracp in comparison as is Burton, etc. If you want a good quick guage of quality just look at standard round-knecked T-shirts. If they're good then go with the flow, otherwise walk right out. The foodhall, though expensive, is really handy and I have to admit I love thie ready-meals which are no more expensive than Safeway or tesco. It really is a crying shame that their share values are plummeting.

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                    03.08.2000 20:24

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                    For a long time, Marks and Spencer menswear was exceedingly dull. This year they seem to have reversed that trend, with a better range than I've seen ther before. Lightweight casual shirts, sleeveless shirts, 3/4 trousers, linen trousers, etc - at last realising that men want something more than striped golf shirts! Ever their underwear for men is getting better - they've introduced tanga style knickers. Okay, they're more than ten years behind every other shop in the UK, but at least they're getting there! regards, /alan

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                    24.07.2000 20:48
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                    M&S is completely out of date. Most people, especially older children and teens, wouldn’t be seen dead wearing the clothes from there because they are much too old fashioned. If they could just up date the clothes a bit then maybe they’d get somewhere. Over looking that, M&S is quite a good shop. For a start, the fact that the shops are so large and there are so many about, means that there is always a very big choice; the goods are of good quality (most of the time anyway) and the prices are fairly good, thought too expensive for anyone on a budget (like me). But I have no doubt Marks will remain the top shop to buy underwear from for years to come. And I am always impressed with the quality of service I get whenever I happen to visit. The staff are always very helpful and always willing to refund and swap stuff if you’ve changed your mind.

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                    19.07.2000 01:17
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                    Right, dont think just because I'm an employee of Marks and Spencer my opinion is going to be biased in any way, it just gives me a better idea of what is going on. I have noticed that M&S have been introducing quite a few modern clothes, I have even considered buying some of the mens stuff myself (but I'm a student, I cant afford it!!). But there is still a load of stuff that is very old-fasioned and dare I say....disgusting. I realise that the company needs to keep the older generations happy, but they are not getting any younger so they need to start concentrating on the more modern clothes even more. The lingerie is very popular, and I beleive if the company can shake the old lady image off, the clothes can become very popular also. They are good quality, but can be slightly pricey which could also be another issue they could address. Whilst on the subject I'm gonna bring to your attention that the company are planning to get rid of the famous customer service desk and make refunds and exchanges available at normal tills. So if we were short of staff and we get a couple of refunds, thats it, we're stuffed. And how annoyed would you be as a customer if you were stuck behind a customer moaning and blatently trying to waste everyones time to try and get more attention? You WOULDN'T be impressed! So, I know I shouldn't really say this, but please write to head office to complain, they aren't really interested in listening to their staff which is probably gonna be their downfall, but they WILL listen to customers, please help!!- Thanks, Daniel Smith Food section, M&S Redhill. ;o)

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                      10.07.2000 06:29
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                      My local Marks & Spencer has nearly completed its makeover. Goodbye green bags and hello new store! Here's a few changes that might interest female dooyooers. THE MAKE UP SECTION ============================================= Some of the old colours have disappeared and a new range has been introduced called "Mien". (French for "mine".) Make up counters have been added - like the Clinique ones at Boots. M&S stores abroad have had this layout for a while, but now we're getting it at home too. It looks a lot more fresh and the new range is worth checking out. THE LINGERIE SECTION ============================================= This season, Marks & Spencer invites you to "Create a Bra". There are three easy steps: 1. Select Bra ----------------------------------- At my store they were recommending the 3 way or 5 way bra. Seeing as the latter can be adapted for one shoulder tops, I decide to get one of those. 2. Select Pads ----------------------------------- Gel, air or foam? Decisions, decisions, decisions. These cost from £2 to £5 depending on which one you want, but if you've got cash to burn and are feeling partically flat chested, you could always pay £40 for "Silicone Enhancers". Personally, I decided to skip this step... 3. Select Straps ----------------------------------- Choose from glitter, animal, embroidered, studded or comfy. These range in price from £4 to £7. I was very tempted by the glitter ones but in the end left them on the shelf. In addition to these three steps, Marks & Spencer have some more ideas regarding bras. If you're planning on wearing close fitting or semi transparent tops, they offer "Nipple Covers" for £5. These are flesh coloured flower shaped things that are not only designed to stop your nipples from showing, but also to "hide imperfec
                      tions". (I think I'll stick with the padded bra...) "Bra Strap Converters" are also available for a fiver. Basically they're flesh coloured straps that you strategically attach to your bra to make sure the staps don't show. Perfect for sleeveless tops. The "Ego Boost Bra" is a new addition to the M&S line. There are 3 different levels: 1 is cheeky, 2 is naughty and 3 is just wicked. Backless bras are traditionally complicated things with staps that go around your waist, but this season M&S has come up with an alternative: the "Stick on Bra". It comes with special tapes (replacements will set you back £8). My friends and I have begun dress hunting for this party we're going to, and I'll definitely mention this bra to them. (If nothing else, they'll have a good laugh.) OUTSIDE INFLUENCES ============================================= Marks & Spencer has traditionally shunned all non M&S products. Now, shock horror, they're actually selling magasines. Bang on the Door has also made an entrance in the food section, as well as Bagpuss, the Tweenies, Harry Potter and more. I have to admit to buying a little tin of sweets just because it had Bagpuss on it and I thought it looked cute. Only cost me a pound or so and I've found a new home for my hair pins. CAFÉ ============================================= Coming soon. I'll update this when it opens. CONCLUSION ============================================= A lot of things are essentially the same but with new packaging, however there have been some interesting additions to the store. Like all new things, worth a look. If you haven't been to M&S for a while, you might be pleasantly surprised by the changes.

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                        02.07.2000 01:54
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                        I think M&S need to come down from their pedestal and get into the real world. They are over-priced and their quality of products just gets worse. Their staff look down their noses at you and they need to remember that the first rule in shopping is 'the customer is always right'. A few weeks ago I had seen this dress I liked, they only had one left so I snapped it up and when I got home I was horrified to find tea, make-up and deodrant stains all over it. Obviously someone had bought it, wore it and then taken it back. I took it back, explained what was wrong with it and the woman said I couldn't have bought it like that as it would have been checked when it was returned - her manner indicated she thought I'd done it! I do know other people who have done this and just wonder how many items are now 'second-hand'?

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