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In my Christmas card from my boss I received a scratch card. I love the odd scratch card so was excited but thus I be was different and not a standard national lottery scratch canard but it turns out it was a scratch card from Poundland. In a slightly ironic way yes I won £1 in this scratch card and could only redeem this £1 in Poundland! Ha ha yes I think Poundland are having a laugh with me.
Following my scratch card win I went to my local Poundland which I had not visited in a good few months. Despite a 99p shop newly opening up opposite the road the Poundland was still crazy busy.
Poundland have such a huge variety of products. They really do go with stack them high and sell it cheap at £1. From cosmetics to homeware, food, to Christmas decorations Poundland have huge amounts of stock it is virtually impossible to go into Poundland and only leave with one or two items as you know everything is £1 making everything so much more tempting - you can literally be tempted by anything at such a cheap price.
I ended up leaving Poundland with some Christmas decorations, baking trays and cleaning products. I must say that I am impressed with the products I bought from Poundland. Generally the packs of things seem smaller in Poundland but that us not nessarily a bad thing.
As I say this store was crazy busy. The tills were slow and this was pretty frustrating but overall it was a good shop and I got my £1 scratch card money too :)
Oh yes, I've heard people ask that in Poundland. I have been in wandering around my local Poundland store and have heard people ask how much stuff is. A pound luv. Anyway, my local Poundland is conveniently in the middle of town and is walking distance to me, situated in the old Woolworths store (oh how I miss Woolies!) But, Poundland is a pretty damn good substitute in my opinion.
Poundland was established in 1990 by 2 men, Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith (taken from Wikipedia), but as we all know, the company and brand itself has grown from strength to strength over the pass 20 years or so. So, what can you get in Poundland? Well, basically everything. Walking into my local Poundland there is a cold drinks fridge on the right selling a selection of cold fizzy drinks, water etc. Walking up the isle there are food products, like biscuits, coffee, hot chocolate, cakes, to name but a few. There is also an array of household good for your home and kitchen - candles, photo frames, food storage supplies, baby products, tea towels etc.
As I walk around the store I notice there are seasonal clothing instore, like hats and gloves in the summer, and summer hats and sunglasses in the summer time. There is also stuff for the car and home decor, like paint trays, brushes, floor tiles. There are also an isle which they change depending on the season or event in the year like Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc selling decorations and novelty items all for just £1. And in the summer time they sell things for the garden like garden gnomes, plants and flowers and gardening supplies. I have a few garden gnomes and decorations in my garden which has brightened it up a lot. I also get my dogs treats and bird food/fatballs from Poundland.
Entertainment wise, you can also purchase books and CD's from here, and also things for the Computer, laptop etc like mousemats, earphones, covers for you mobile phone, blank DVD's, CD's etc There is also a wide selection of stationary available like paper, envelopes, writing paper, birthday cards, party invitations, colouring books and pens and pencils.
As I walk down the last isle there is a wide selection of more food available such as soup, cereals, crisps, tinned vegetables, sauces and pickles and chilled foods such as bacon, milk and cheese. This is just a small list of what is available, but basically, I find that Poundland sells a wide variety of things for every day living. Other items available are hair care and dental products
Obviously, I am talking about my own personal experience in my local Poundland, but stock may vary depending on the size and availability of your own Poundland. But this will give you an idea on the amount of things they do sell. Every time I go in there it is busy and sometimes they have perhaps 2 or 3 products for £1 on selected items.
I know that when you buy, for instance, food products, the items are generally smaller than what you pay full price for in the supermarkets. But for me, that suits me as I live on my own so to pay £1 for a bottle of tomato ketchup for instance is going to last me a good while anyway.
I do like shopping in here and I would highly recommend shopping in a Poundland near you.
Thankyou for reading.
NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username.
Pound shops seem to be the newest trend in the high street a sign of the times I feel.
I have to say that they have amazing bargains amongst the rubbish and I have picked up top brand shampoo, peanut butter and marmiteamongst others.
The concept is simple all products cost £1.00 and stock changes all the time as they just buy large amounts of surplus or as in the case with my marmite was jubillee special so no longer stocked in main stores.
I recomend poundland for certain products but you do need to be aware of store offers and sometimes product sizes are smaller than in main stores.
For my daughter she loves hair scrunchies and clips and happily saves her pocket money and can get lots here for her money recently picking up Mr men dvds.
I personally think getting toothpaste and toothbrushes for less is good sense and so while this isnt a high end store many of the goods are and to me that makes perfect sense as personally I would rather have a little extra for the finer things in life! So in summary for bargains you will be shocked dont walk past pop in and be perpared to be amazed at what Alladins cave this is.
Poundland are a relatively new chain to Northern Ireland. I can't remember exactly when they first appeared, but I remember the first Poundland I was in was at Castle Court in Belfast. I had always felt jealous when I read online about what people found in Poundland, but now that it is a common sight on the high streets here, I can understand the fascination that people have with the shop.
Poundland is, as the name suggests a shop where the maximum price of an item is £1 each. Some items such as chocolate bars are 2 or 3 for £1, depending on the usual retail price. I have yet to find anything that costs more than £1 in any of the stores.
What I like about Poundland is that most of the items that they stock are recognised brands. They do seem to stock their 'own brand' of electronic accessories (such as HDMI cables and USB connectors), but from reviews that I have read, these do seem to be as good as branded goods.
Some of the items that you can find in Poundland include:
Health and Beauty items - including deodorant, razors, feminine items and shampoos and conditioners
Chocolate and Sweets
Crisps and Snacks
Stationery - including padded envelopes, pens, paper and other stationery essentials
CDs and DVD's
Home essentials - including cleaning products, candles and kitchen utensils
Pet food and toys
I find that Poundland is ideal for those household essentials that you don't want to spend a lot of money on. I buy the Kodak batteries for remote controls and clocks from Poundland, as I find they are long lasting in those items that don't need much battery power. Obviously, the batteries won't be as good as Duracells or similar, but I don't feel you need Duracells in your remote controls! Cleaning essentials are also good value.
When I am in Poundland, I always browse the makeup aisle. Some of the makeup is cheap rubbish, but there are some real gems hidden in there too. I have bought Sally Hansen nail polishes and nail strengtheners from here for £1 each. I also bough the strengthening nail wraps from this range, but they were a disaster. Still, it only cost me £1, rather than the £4 when I had saw them in Boots. I have long, thick, damaged hair and I use a lot of conditioner, so finding that Poundland stocks some of my favourite brands for £1 a bottle, means that I can save a lot of money over the course of the year. I also buy hair bobbles from Poundland, since I tend to lose them often (they seem to be irresistible to my cats).
Poundland stock a wide variety of CD's and DVD's, although some of these are reconditioned. I haven't bought any CD's, as I prefer my music in mp3 format, but I have bought a few DVD's there, including some fitness DVD's and Michael Jackson's This Is It.
Poundland stocks probably the best selection of Weight Watchers products that I have seen anywhere. These include soups, crisps and biscuits, all at a much cheaper price than I have seen them at in supermarkets.
Another thing that I really like about Poundland is that you never know what you might find in store. I have even found vajazzle kits in store (though I have never tried one out - nor have any desire to).
Like pretty much any store out there, it has its critics. I remember watching the TV 'documentary' about how Poundland rips off its customers by offering smaller packets of items to what you can find in supermarkets. This may be the case, but when I can get most of my health and beauty stuff, and home essentials at rock bottom prices, I won't quibble over the fact that the cereal might be a few pence cheaper elsewhere.
I have found that different stores stock different items, but overall, there is similar stock in most stores that I have been into. I do love Poundland for those necessities that you don't want to spend a fortune on, including healthcare items, and for those occasional treats or items you wouldn't think of buying at a higher price.
I have always found the stores to be very clean and tidy, and the staff all seem cheerful and helpful. I have never had any problems or complaints with Poundland. The stores can get very busy at times, but that is hardly the fault of the staff.
Check out http://www.poundland.co.uk/ for your nearest store or to see what they stock
Poundland and the various other £1 Shops that are spreading like wildfire around the country have changed the way that we the public shop, with online shopping becoming more and more prominent the retail sector is struggling but this section seems to be growing more and more and not losing steam.
What is the reason for this? For me this would be the ease that we can now pick up the 'little bits' we need from shopping. Whereas previously we would have to shop around to fill our shopping list we can now just nip into a Poundland and pick up everything we need from Cat Treats and Shampoo to Stationery and Wrapping paper.
Poundland is the market leader for a very good reason. Their products are of good quality and always changing and they have more sites than any of their competitors. And of course you always know how much every item is going to cost - unless you can find one of their multi buy offers for smaller items which means you can get extra options.
The only negative from the shops that I would say is that the food items are usually smaller (well documentated on a TV show) so I stay away from the bread and milk etc. However in terms of crisps, sweets and chocolate they are excellent. Also a brilliant stop for any paracetamols, strappings or other minor medical things you need
Another massive positive is that they tend to have multiple tills open and many staff on hand to help you find products.
UP until recently my closest Poundland was around 10 miles away in Coventry City Centre which I used to visit often to buy a selection of good from, then my home town Leamington got one and I was so excited!!
Poundland began in 1990 by opening its first store in Burton-Upon-Trent. In 2008 there was 2008 and by 2013 there are now over 450 nationwide. PL has really grown these past few years more so with the economy as it is more people are visiting PL and indeed discount stores even more. For many towns the local Woolworths was taken over by PL, I know Coventrys Woolies was turned into one. The concept is easy, sell items for £1.
Items for sale
PL does do a good variety of good. Its "staple items tend to be -
Toiletries - including hair care, oral care, bath and soap ranges, baby care, some make up and skin care
Pharmacy - well not prescription items but they do medicines such as painkillers and indigestion tablets
Toys - Baby toys, girl and boy toys
Stationary - folders, pencils, and kids stationary. At xmas they do a good range
Garden - Seeds, watering cans etc
Pet - Dog food, bird food, cat food, toys
Home - Candles, cleaning products, ornaments
Food - crisps, chocolate, biscuits, cooking sauces, they also sell bread, milk and other chilled items
Books/DVDs/CDs and other electrical items - headphones, biographies etc
Seasonal - Xmas decorations, sweets, Halloween items etc
Brands for sale
PL has a whole range of different brands to sell. Now it varies on stores and product availability however I have seen the following in there -
Nivea (Toiletries for men and women)
Heinz (Tins of soups, baked beans and other items)
Walkers (multipack of crisps and single buy)
Weight watchers (As a dieter this was handy as they did a good range of items from WW)
Wella (Hair care range)
Flash (Kitchen and bathroom cleaning)
I could write a whole list of branded goods but the above gives you an idea of the items it does sell. Now PL is very good, I myself buy loads of items from there but you must be warned about pack sizes and/or weights of items. As its a discount store a lot of brands now do an item or items with a specific pack or weight size especially for the discount market, sometimes you think you are getting a good deal but you might not be so its always mindful to check item sizes/weights. Having said that there are very few items in there that I would weren't value for money, most of it most definitely is.
Items I like to buy
Ive been on and off the weight watcher diet for many years and I find their products good but in a supermarket are quite expensive for what they are. PL does do a very good range of soup, crisps, biscuits etc in the WW which makes it more affordable. Ive found that a lot of the stuff you buy in PL cannot actually be brought in Asda/Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons so makes even more sense to buy from PL. With the crisps the pack size is slightly smaller (5 packets instead of 6) but at £1 its almost have the price of the supermarkets who have a 6 pack in stock. When I went into Coventry I always stocked up on WW goodies, they are handy to have.
Food items in general is probably what I buy the most, especially for things like crisps, biscuits, chocolate etc its useful to have, again be mindful of packet sizes but still overall it is good value for money. In November/December they do a good range of Christmas goodies which make good stock fillers, I like to stock up on After Eights and Toblerone from here!
I also like buying a lot of the toiletries and medicines, again for £1 I do think that on the branded items its good value. I often buy the Aquafresh toothpaste tube as in the supermarkets its something like £2.50 but in here its £1 and it lasts a long time. The medicine is hot and miss, painkillers are cheap enough to buy so I would only buy if it is branded or if its over £1 in a supermarket.
I like PL its a good place to go and get a few items from. They do get busy and some items are not always there but overall they do have a good range. As advised above always check pack sizes and/or weight, generally you should be ok but be mindful of it as sometimes it wont always work out cheaper. A good place to go
I'm always on the look out for a bargain and in Poundland you can always find one, because let's face it everything is just £1. Although you might find some of the branded goods for cheaper in other stores, especially if they're on promotion, you can always guarantee that in Poundland the price will never change. Or will they, I have noticed that if some goods are slightly damaged or nearing their sell by date then these have been know to be reduced to wait for it, 50p. Now that's a bargain.
Poundland sell a variety of goods from toilet rolls to nail varnish, from Heinz Baked Beans to bin liners, gardening items to stationary, the stock is always changing and depending on the size of store the variety of items that they stock can vary as well.
The stores all seemed to be laid out in the same way with wide isles and well stocked shelves, although where the products are placed does seem to change on a regular basis, which seems to me to be a cunning ploy to get you to look all the way round the store to find what you want and maybe buy something else on the way. But hey, they're there to make a profit, so who can blame them.
My one gripe about my local Poundland is that there never seems to be enough cashiers on the tills, there can be very long queues sometimes which can be a little off putting if you've just gone in for the one item, but that's about all. The staff seem friendly enough and some do apologise if you've had to wait, but not all.
All in all you can't really go wrong with Poundland, at least you'll know the price of something before you go in and wont have to look all over for a price tag.
***A bit about Poundland***
In times of tough economic crisis Poundland seems to be a life saver to many people up and down the country, with the slogan "Yes everything's £1" What could go wrong? With a range of over 3000 products in some stores it's definitely worth popping in and taking a look especially as stock changes on a regular basis due to the nature of the shop. They sell a range of branded and clearance products including home ware, beauty, gardening, pet, accessories and many more which is guaranteed to leave you spoiled for choice.
I, like many others, find myself visiting Poundland on a regular basis as once you've shopped in there once and seen the array of items for an extremely reasonable price you find yourself hooked and will go back again and again to get your fix of bargains. I find that the isles are usually tidy and any products that have been knocked off are usually picked up and returned to its original place by staff pretty quickly and I never see wet floors either which is always a bonus. The shelves are always neat and the isles are arranged well so it's easy to find what you are looking for.
In my experience all the staff are helpful and polite and 100% willing to help you if you need it. I have never seen a staff member 'slacking off' or gossiping and from where I am standing they always work hard and keep busy. We all know there is nothing worse than needing help and spotting 5 co-workers standing round having a natter. The tills are usually staffed well however at busy times like Christmas they could do with a few extra helpers.
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory, everything costs one pound. It sounds like utter madness but it's true. And who doesn't love a bargain.
***Value for Money?***
I find that most of the products are value for money. I tend to avoid the beauty products simply because when it comes to my beauty regime I like the best and would rather spend £9 on a really good moisturiser that £1 on an OK one. That said if I have every picked up something in an emergency or on a budget I am pleased with the result I get for the price I have paid. I like to buy household products and my stationary in there as you can get brilliant and branded products for far less than in the supermarket.
You obviously can't expect perfection and top quality when you pay a pound however for the price you pay the quality is usually exceptional.
I love Poundland it's cheap and easy to shop in, the stores are clean and the staff are friendly. I would recommend Poundland to anyone reading this, you don't know what bargains you could be missing out on.
I am giving poundland 5 stars as it is a fantastic store with fantastic products.
Pound shops have been increasing in popularity since many of us have been forced into economic austerity, so much so there are now four in the nearest shopping centre to me. I never realised the difference between the different brands until watching a documentary on the top two brands in the UK. Poundland was one of those two. And in my humble opinion, I can see why.
Of all the pound shops, Poundland is the newest and most organised of stores, which is a real positive considering the vast range of products on offer. This includes food, toiletries, cosmetics, garden accessories, car accessories to name a few!
My favourite aisle is the snack aisle, which has many well known brands for normally amazing value. My favourite purchase has to be the Snack a Jacks, which have been available for quite a few months now. They come six bags in a multibag, which I have found to be more than half the price than in other supermarkets.
I do find it quite hard (as most I imagine) to go out of Poundland with just the items on my list, alas I stick to brands I know and mostly products I already use.
Although I find the product range to be brilliant, the staff are not so brilliant. In fact, 85% of the time they have been terrible. As well as being incredibly unhelpful, they even seem to lack the basic customer service rules of smiling or even a bit of eye contact to acknowledge the customer. Alas, it is a part of this bargain shop I have come to accept as the norm and although it means I don't go in there as often as I possibly would, I still go there. And overall, I love the place and what it offers.
In conclusion, I recommend Poundland to those who can deal with a little unfriendly, organised chaos.
~*~*~ Poundland ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
I think this shop is pretty much self explanatory, but it is a shop that sells items at £1. Unlike a few years back when there was numerous pound shops scattered around the place this is a chain and you can find a Poundland in a lot of places. There is a store finder available on their website should you wish to locate your local store. The Store Finder can be found at www.poundland.co.uk/store-finder.
~ Is it really a bargain? ~
Some items are a bargain and some are not so great as expressed not so long ago in the press. There are some items that can at times be bought cheaper in the supermarket when they hold promotional offers/roll backs etc. But I generally find that Poundland is a great shop.
~ Branded or non-branded goods ~
Unlike the old style pound shops that we had in our local town centre, Poundland do stock a hell of a lot of branded goods. I remember the old pound shops selling a lot of foreign goods or stuff I had simply never heard of but Poundland stores are really good and sometimes you can get brilliant bargain.
~ Junk shop or easy layout? ~
Again I am comparing my local Poundland to the older pound shops we used to have in the town centre, the old stores were a complete miss match with random things placed on randomly placed shelves, baskets, stands and anywhere else, my local Poundland by contrast is really neat and tidy.
As you approach the doors you will first see a load of baskets all neatly stacked up in the corner of the doorway, they have two different types, a regular plastic basket with a simple handle and a larger basket with wheels and a pulley handle.
Entering the store there is a fridge containing milk, eggs and ham, opposite that is a large shelving unit filled with teabags, coffee and sugar.
From there you can go to the right and pass to the tills or continue on and come to the shampoo/conditioner/hair dye/hair products with make-up and beauty products on the opposite shelf.
Then there's baby products on one side and medicines on the other side.
From there we have one side filled with seasonal items, this can vary depending on the time of the year and at the moment this is filled with gardening items and the like, on the opposite side there are lots of toys and then we come to the end of the first aisle.
As you go around the corner to the next aisle there's the decorating and home items, down from there cleaning products and pet food/bowls/leads/collars and then back around once again to the last aisle which contains books/CD's/DVD's, electrical items and the like and party items and stationary and colouring books on the other side, down from there you will find lots of food items, sweets, drinks etc.
Running along the back of the store is another massive display unit filled with character socks, gloves, scarfs, hats, sunglasses, keyrings, flip flops, slippers, simcards, and more stationary items on the end.
Everything is neat and tidy and very easy to find.
My local store is quite small and I realised this when I first went into the Poundland in Cardiff which in comparison is MASSIVE!
There was a lot more choice and this even included rolls of wallpaper!
~ Stock ~
You will find some Poundland branded items and then you will find branded goods just like you would find in a supermarket. Some brands available are -
Cow & Gate
And the items available are endless.
I do tend to pop in every time I go into town and the last few bits I have bought include -
Domestos bleach spray, Heinz soup sachets, Weight Watchers crackers, Johnsons baby shampoo, Garnier Fructis, plus many none branded goods like beauty products and garden stuff.
I don't tend to often buy many food items as I do find that there is better value for money to be had in supermarkets, but I will buy sweets there.
The crisps seem to come in multi packs of 5, which to me seems silly when supermarkets stock them in packs of 6 or more but there you go! That's Poundland!
~ The Staff ~
I can't really comment on all staff in every store but in my local store they are always friendly and helpful, they chat away as they are serving and pack the stuff as they remove it from the basket.
I have never seen a miserable worker in my local store but maybe we are lucky!
~ Overall ~
I think you can gather that I do like shopping in Poundland, I have bought so many items in there in the past and whilst not everything has been perfect, more often than not all has been well.
Whenever I am decorating I tend to buy my paintbrushes from Poundland as I think they are better quality than the ones that Wilko's stock - Just the cheapy ones, and they also stock all the sealants, glues, grout stuff too.
The toys are not usually anything special but great for my 5 year old who often asks to go there as he knows he can get more for his money there than anywhere else!
It is my one stop shop for regular shampoos and conditioners, soap, Radox stuff and also cleaning products.
I think if you are sensible then you will know what is good value and what isn't, in the past my hubby has purchased Xbox 360 games, not to mention numerous Wii and DS accessories.
As I have said, be wise and think about the value before you go bunging in numerous bags of crisps, chocolate into your basket as these can more often than not be bought at better value in the supermarkets, tinned goods are also pretty much the same so they are not something I will choose to buy there unless it really is a bargain!
For further info on what can be found at Poundland, go to www.poundland.co.uk where you can browse the items they sell. There is no option to shop online so it is instore purchases only.
I can only offer Poundland a top notch overall rating as I can't find any faults. I know value for money comes into it, but using your knowledge on prices helps so that you won't feel short changed should you come across items at better value elsewhere.
Some shops like Savers, Home Bargains, B&M do stock some of the same items for less and sometimes they charge more. It is always worth checking first if you are in doubt.
Thanks for reading :o) x
We have had a poundland in horsham for a good fees years now and it is always the busiest shop on the high street, filled with people running around looking for a bargain. It is also the only shop that has a huge gathering outside it when it opens on a Sunday! I have used poundland for many things in the past few years, some things have been good value, some things I have purchased for a pound, to later see it in the shop next door cheaper.
Obviously everything is one pound, the exceptions being some drinks (4 for £1) etc. there are no prices on anything as you should know the value. Sometimes there are things sold which are not £1, which can come as a bit of a shock!
The staff are always helpful and friendly in my local store. One issue though is the lack of staff on the tills, there are 6 tills in horsham, yet there are only ever a maximum of 2 or 3 people on the tills with huge rows of people waiting to be served. There needs to be better staffing on the tills to increase the pleasure in shopping in the store. But I can't complain about there work ethic and they always look to be very busy!
Some things are excellent value. Currently the gardening section is excellent, such as flower seeds, flower pots and grass seeds all at only £1. You can kit yourself out with all gardening equipment for very cheap. They also sell bulbs and starter plants for bushes. Yet some products in the shop are more expensive than there RRP, such as toiletries. You just have to be aware not to be drawn into buying a product just because it is £5. Just look out prior to buying. They sell a wide variety if items and you can end up spending more than you were expecting as it is very easy to fill up a basket.
I have been happy with this store as there are always things to buy that are helpful. They always change there stock and sometimes they have things that you find brilliant. I like to buy my iPhone and iPad screen protectors from there as they are so much cheaper than anywhere else. I would recommend you visit a poundland if you haven't already, the business of the shop can be an off put, but its worth having a look. I am going to give this shop a 3 star rating as it can be a very mixed bag, sometimes it's a good experience and sometimes it can be. Nightmare in the store.
Thanks for reading my review, josh - jlaker1992
Some people turn their noses up at 'bargain' shops. I think they're silly. I am a massive fan of Poundland.
Poundland has kind of filled the void on the high street that was left by Woolworths, in that it's a one stop shop for those things that you NEED but are hard to come by. I always drop in if I need to or not, just in case there's a bargain to be had.
I think I take it for granted that people know what these places stock, so I'm going to make a list of some of the things that I have picked up recently, in case it's something you think you may need, and wouldn't think that you could get in there.
- 15 Ranitidine tablets (generic zantac, usually around £6 in Boots)
- Disney 'Piglet' shower pouffe
- Glad gel air freshener
- Set of three tupperware
- Dustpan and brush
- Five pack of 'Mentos' mints
- 5 rolls of sellotape in a pack
- pack of 100 sheets of coloured card
- pack of 5 glitter glue tubs
- numerous packs of stickers, including gem ones
- Minnie Mouse eye mask.
Poundland stocks lots of food items. It's great, but I often find they will have smaller-sized packets than supermarkets, so it's a bit of a con. I do like though, that you can have a mix'n'match of things like cans of drinks.
If you're not sure, I always say Poundland is worth a peep. It's worth noting though that many stores only accept cards for payments of over £5, so always carry cash.
Poundland - where everything costs just one pound...
In my local town we are 'blessed' with two poundlands (we were promised a Debenhams - Grrr)... They really are amazing. They sell almost everything you could ever need, shower gel, tools, food stuffs, cars (well toy ones)... Each item they sell is just one English pound.
The stores are often busy, and can sometimes get a little messy. However I feel this is well worth it for the bargains that you can find in there. My brother in law was amazed when he and my sister both bought a set of Allen keys on the same day (he spent £7.99) and my sister spent - you guessed it £1!!!!
They have a food section that sell branded products such as cans of fizzy drink, and chocolate 3 for £1... Weight watchers products that are £2 each in the supermarkets are currently 3 for £2... Chocolates and sweets such as Cadburys, and Haribo...
Their toiletries section sells Andrex, Radox products and Carex hand washes... These I have often seen in supermarkets at £2 each... The shower gels, and hand soaps etc are in standard sized packages, however you do need to be mindful that some of the products are smaller than a standard supermarket - such as the 2 roll Andrex package...
The idea of pound shops is in my mind a great one - I know I can walk in, and can easily afford each item in my basket. Some of the items may be in 'last seasons' packaging - I bought some amazing Next tights in there once... They do tend to get some amazing items in, that may be end of lines for other companies, so they sell out quickly, but most of their stock is there regularly. The staff seem to be generally friendly in my two local stores - although I did once see one of them roll their eyes when someone asked 'how much is this?'...
I know alot of people feel they aren't the greatest shops around - but I'd defy them to not walk out with a product or 17 if they went in...
For me the greatest section is the stationary - being a student I am a fiend for the pens and highlighters... I recently picked up a pack of 5 Bis pens 2 of which are supposedly limited editions (2 colour pink and turquoise)... They sell 9 packs of Bic roundstic pens for the princely sum of £1...
There are sections you need to be mindful of - such as the toy section, where the level of 'tat' may be higher, but there are still bargains to be had. Where else could you get Halloween fairy wings for £1 (my last set from Claire's was £7.50)... They have plastic princess sets for £1 whole pound also. Obviously when shopping for children - be mindful of small parts, and the possibility of breakages. But then having said that where else could you get a 5 year old a 'real' fishing rod like Daddies - for a holiday in Wales? (With 5 kids running round we were never going to actually catch any fish)...
They are wonderfully great stores, and they serve a purpose, they are unfortunately opening up all over the place - however their booming business is due to the economic crisis that we are unfortunately in...
They have good seasonal stock, and they will currently be selling off Christmas stock at 50p each, and before Christmas they had an offer on - spend £12 - get a £2 off your next shop of £12...
I'd highly recommend this shop to all, as the stock really is great prices... 5*'s from me!!!!
Poundland: Everything One Pound! Pounds, Pounds, Pounds!
I find Poundland completely amazing. They have so many amazing and brilliant products that would cost a fortune in other shops but not Poundland, everything's £1 Pound. You simply can't beat them! Nearly everyday, I hop on the bus just mainly to go to Poundland to get my daily essentails such as cleaning, food, snacks, drinks, garden products, gifts and beauty products too. I really don't know what i'd do without Poundland being in city centre!
There's amazing value on daily stuff! You can purchase all of your office equipment and stationary, it equipment, DVD's and CD's, birthday gifts and cards, Garden plants and pots, beautifal ornimants and lots of other great stuff too!
I'm very impressed with Poundlands amazing range of items and also the customer care and service is very impressive too. They always ask how you are and say hello. They are always helpful when you are returning an item too. They are truly from Heaven.
I can't say nothing bad about them because there is simply nothing that is bad about them and there are no dis - advantages except some people claim that what there paying is a bit of rip off. I suppose some products are a bit on the down side. I did purchase a pear of Signalex Diamante Earphones from them and they didn't work so I purchased another pair and neither did they! But otherwise, they are a great store.
I love going to poundland for some cheap drinks or cheap stationary, my most recent trip there was about a week ago, where much like every other experience, was a good one. Poundland sell a lot of good stuff mixed in with a lot of junk. For example they sell a lot of stationary such as pens, paper, string, selotape etc, which is all very good value. But things like the DVD's, seasonal and sweets etc, are worse than supermarkets.
Their stores are well organised, but they normally have stock strewn everywhere. All the sections they have are kept in certain parts of the store, so drinks go at the front in the fridge, music and DVD's at the back in the media section, and the seasonal stuff next to the stationary, all very appropriately placed.
I often find shelves full of dumped stock, lots of bits strewn across everywhere and it's even worse during the christmas dash, clearly staff can't keep on top of it. Staff are quite friendly and at the one in Nottingham they actually have a member of staff stood outside with some stock shouting at people as they walk by... "Two umbrella's for a pound! Get your umbrellas here!"
Their prices can sometimes be good but it's the "it looks cheap but it isn't" stuff that you need to watch out for. Some of their chocolate packs such as the mars bar 4 packs are £1 but at 25p each that's not good, in Costco they are less than 20p each and that deal is no better than Asda. Same for car care, £1 for L plates? No thanks, B&Q is cheaper than that.
I like poundland's mad rush at christmas when everyone clears their shelves of all the seasonal stuff, they do have good deals on wrapping paper and gift tags, although i've never really been keen on the cheap and cheesy paper designs they have.
Poundland have a surprisingly limited range of items available, there's 1 brand of pens, paper, car care products, and just a small section for each category of item. They aren't like a big supermarket but when you're faced with only 3 god awful designs of wrapping paper, i'd just go elsewhere.
Overall i like poundland, it's always busy in there, sometimes there are good bargains such as bread and a few cleaning products but at other times they are poor value for money, and when you have a Costco/Makro membership, you start to notice just how much profit they're making out of you.