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An Aladdin's Cave
Member Name: dibalmond
Date: 20/01/02, updated on 19/08/02 (1272 review reads)
Disadvantages: cannot always find what you want
When Steve Smith originally put his idea forward to bank managers, landlords and businessmen alike it was met with amusement. They told him that this was a bad idea, as no one would dare shop in stores like these as they gave the wrong image selling everything for a pound and above all the costs would be too high.
Steve Smith’s concept was simple, to offer a wide range of good value for money products for the same price. Overheads were kept low and the first range of products included golf clubs, magazine racks, earrings and Christmas trees.
The opening of the first shop was followed by another shop in High Street, Meadowhall. The response to this by shoppers, other retailers and landlords was so good that this led to another four shops being opened in other good trading locations across the country.
Today Poundland has over 70 stores in major towns, cities and shopping centres and have 1 million visitors per week. It employs 2800 people and has a turnover of over £160 million. Poundland sells a huge range of products, between 1800 to 2200 items, which vary depending on stock availability and the time of year. The product range includes: -
Toys and Games
Crisps and Snacks
And loads more
Poundland sell 100’s of branded products, including the following names: -
I visit two Poundland stores in Birmingham reg
ularly. The stores are set out in ranges making it easy to find what you are looking for. The stores do get very busy and the aisles get very congested, so it is not very pushchair friendly. The queues at the checkout can also be very long so shopping in Poundland may look a bit daunting, but there are always a lot of staff on the tills so they do go down very quickly.
A lot of the time I just go in for hot chocolate drink and shampoo so I just grab what I want and I am out again in a matter of minutes. Sometimes I go for a browse because Poundland is a bit of an Aladdin’s cave, you never know what bargain you might find. Even though they do have a lot of regular stock they also have stock that is a one-off bargain and once it sells out is not available again.
My favourite section is Stationery. I have bought the kids pencils, pencil cases, rulers, rubbers, pencil sharpeners, gel pens, fountain pens, colouring pencils, felt pens, tipex, glue pens, glitter glue pens, notebooks, colouring books, paints and paint brushes, ink cartridges, sticky tape, paper scissors, scrapbooks, A4 folders, writing paper, coloured paper, sticky paper, stapler and staples, sticky back plastic for covering school books, the list goes on and on. I buy my pens, postcards and envelopes from here too. I have saved a fortune as if I had bought all this from WH Smiths or Woolworths it would have cost considerably more.
Another favourite is the sweets, as I can regularly get 4 pack of Galaxy Ripples, Bounty Bars, Toffee Crisp, 12 pack of Rocky biscuits, 10 pack of Cadbury chocolate animals, 10 pack of mint viscounts. There is a whole range of multi pack chocolate bars, biscuits and sweets. The crisp range is just as good as at the moment full size tubes of Pringles in various flavours are available and 12 packs of KP Frisps. I got my daughter a tube of Harry Potter jellybeans in disgusting flavours for her birthday. There were also a wide range of small Cadbury
8217;s and Mars selection boxes prior to Christmas.
There is a vast range of branded shampoos, conditioners and other hair products, including hair brushes and hair clips. Last week I bought Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner and was particularly pleased with myself as I had seen it on sale in Boots for £2.19 a bottle. Also in this section are deodorants, body sprays, talc, skin care, make-up as well as a range of men’s toiletries. I have bought my husband a Wilkinson Sword Protector 3D shaver with 2 blades, as these are so expensive normally. He is using it and I have had no complaints so far.
For Halloween Poundland had a good selection of dressing up items for the kids. There were various masks, witch’s hats with added brightly coloured hair, capes, hairy hands and devil’s accessories. Poundland seem to have an excellent range of seasonal stock that sells really well.
Before Christmas I made sure I bought all different size batteries, as I knew the kids would receive toys that needed batteries. The brands I bought were Duracell, Everest and Mitsubishi and again were more expensive elsewhere. I also bought all my Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags as they were Winnie the Pooh, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry.
In the household section there are numerous cleaning products. I buy a pack of 5 huge dusters and 1 litre Sterilising fluid on a regular basis. A lot of these again are brand names for the kitchen and bathroom. They sell toilet roll, kitchen roll, paper plates, cups and bowls, glasses, cups and mugs, storage containers, cutlery etc.
The baby section has nappies, nappy sacks, cotton wool, cotton buds, baby wipes, baby shampoo, lotion, baby bath, bibs, babies bottles, cups, plates and bowls etc.
The DIY section has paintbrushes, rollers, wallpaper paste, tools, nails and screws, drill bits, hooks, masking tape, filler etc.
The toy section I find a bit hit an
d miss. A lot of the stock seems to be packs of bits of plastic toys that I would not buy, but they do have Barbie products occasionally and I have seen Pokemon stuff in there too.
I know some people will not like Poundland, but if you have children it is an ideal place to shop for a lot of the stuff needed for school projects and art. My 3-year-old is a cutting, sticking, colouring freak, so I can keep her pleased easily and cheaply. I must admit to being a Poundland junkie as I can not walk past I have to go in just to see what they have on offer.
So next time you see a Poundland store don’t walk past have a look in you might just be surprised. The last time I was in there they had a half price sale, some of Christmas stock and other items were 50p.
To find out where the nearest store to you is check out their website
More information is available from
Telephone 0121 568 7000
There is also a freephone number to call
0800 731 5622
Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm