* Prices may differ from that shown
Primark is a high street store which sells clothes and shoes for women, men and children. It also sells accessories such as jewelry, hair ties, lotions and bath products. The store is notorious for selling items at ridiculously low prices. Due to this it is usually one of the busiest clothing shops on the high street.
My local Primark is Newcastle and there is also a store at the Metrocentre, Gateshead. I have never been in either store when there hasn't been a huge line of customers waiting at the tills. The store does have a large amount of open tills though, so waiting time is never too long.
Although the store have a wide range of clothing for every taste and style the quality of items I've purchased at Primark have been the reason I've not shopped there as often in recent times. I've had problems like one top I bought was marked one size on the neck label and another size on the care label. I've also had items that literally fell to bits after washing. I've discovered the best buys are simple wardrobe standards like t-shirts and jumpers although almost every item I've bought from Primark has been prematurely worn out. The prices are so cheap that it may not matter to some people but I prefer to have clothes that last.
Another thing about the store that I don't like is that it's so messy inside. There are so many customers looking for a bargain that they simply rifle through the clothes and throw them around. When I go in I often see piles on the floor and on display counters just ruffled up. It's not a classy place to shop, put it that way!
Positive aspects about Primark include the fact that their fashions change so regularly that you can always find interesting new designs in store. I love their t-shirt collections in both the men and women departments. There is literally dozens of designs and shapes to choose from so it's a lot of fun to find one you really love. You can buy them for as little as £3 too! My best buy from the store was a very decorative and eye catching travel bag which I got a couple of years ago and which is still in perfect condition despite lots of use.
I would recommend Primark to anyone looking for clothes that cost next to nothing and that they don't mind not holding on to forever. I've seen people of all ages in here and it seems particularly popular with the under 20's age group.
I'm not a snobby shopper - unlike a lot of my friends I have no shame to shop in Primark. The prices are more than reasonable, mostly. Recently some of the prices seem to have increased but are still way below prices you'd expect elsewhere. The quality of the clothes is generally okay, but I have had a few issues with buttons falling off or threads etc.
The shop itself is quite often extremely unorganised and messy. Clothes are guaranteed to be sprawled over the wrong clothing racks, and stepping over abandoned clothes on the shopping floor is the Primark norm. It is much like a constant jumble sale.
I find Primark the most useful for basics / essentials, such as plain tights, socks, plain shoes, hair grips etc. Their bags are easily breakable, as I have learned from experience, and can't carry much weight. Their clothes are one of two extremes: 'who thought this would sell?!' or 'why isn't this sold out?!'. There is rarely an inbetween!
Clothes can also wear out from washes, but when you only spent a few pounds on it in the first place it's hard to complain. For the most part, I've had nothing but good experience with Primark products quality-wise.
I absolutely love the Primark homeware range, which imo is the best part of the shop.
Lastly, a little minor complaint would be the impractical paper bags. I know they're eco-friendly but they aren't great when they get soggy and your purchases end up on the pavement! Ha ha :)
I have to say that I am a regular shopper at my local primark store and I have been for around 5 years.It has the best prices for everyday clothes,socks and pajamas and I regularly shop here probably at least once every week for one thing or another...The variety of clothes on offer are really appealing and you know that everytime you shop at Primark there is always new stock practically on a daily basis.I have bought many cardigans and knit style jumpers over the past months and they are ok quality for what you pay for them.....obviously the old saying 'You get what you pay for' applies to Primark items.You can't expect to pay £10 for a jumper and expect it to be the same quality as a £40 jumper from Next come on thats just common sense.People who complain about the quality may not of thought about the you get what you pay for logic.Clothes from Primark will not last you year after year but the will certainly keep you looking current and warm in the winter and cool in the summer....What more could you ask for??? I am a fan of the pajamas that they sell and I find that they have a wide variety of choice and sizes throughout the majority of all of the ranges. The onesies are so comfortable and a bargain at £8-£12 . I would really recommend this shop to anyone on a budget you can still look decent without having to spend a fortune.
I have a love and hate relationship with Primark, I mean you either Love the shop or you Hate the shop. I'm a consistent shopper at Primark and get most of my day to day clothing from the shop, I love the clothing that is sold in Primark but hate the rush and lay out of the shop it almost reminds me of a jumble sale. All clothing from Primark is in style trends at very cheap prices in comparison to other shops which is why the shop is so popular, and which is one of the main reasons why I love to shop at Primark. The cheap clothing that looks good for cheap prices! Although I must say, I'm usually almost happy with every Item of clothing I buy from Primark, The materials aren't the best and tend to bobble sometimes and shrink after a couple of washes, but that's to be expected because the clothes are fairly cheap material. It's my ultimate favourite shop for buying small essentials such as bags and purses hats and scarves etc and the shop has recently just opened it's own brand of perfumes and sell various different types of make up which I think it great for people who don't mind about brand names and are seeking cheap make up. I have to say though the shop get's very busy and almost on every occasion I have gone in theres been piles and piles of clothes strawn out across the floors and put on wrong hangers which can be extremely annoying!
Primark. It's a bit like marmite! You either love it, or you hate it! Me, I love it!
For me, Primark enables me to get the latest on tend items for a fraction of the cost of other clothing retailers. Their £2.50 t-shirts are a staple of my wardrobe and can either be worn to work under a blouse or with a pair of jeans. Whilst some of the items may not cope with more than 4/5 washes, I do have a grey cardigan that I purchased 8 years ago that is still going strong.
I'm not totally blinkered about my love for Primark, there are days where you want to avoid the store - weekends, as it resembles a jumble sale! Also, don't expect a size 12 to be the same on all style of clothes as you may end up going needing to go up or down a couple of sizes.
Primark is a well-know store of all types os cloths and shoes. It''''s very cheap, you''''ll find a great variety and the products sell have a really good quality. Although it''''s possible to face a crowded store, I say it''''s worth, because you will certainly go back home happy.
Primark is one of the most fashionable, affordable retail stores on the high street. I first visited Primark back in 2005, it was a store on Kilburn High Road in North West London.
The store sells fashionable that is affordable. It was great when I was in my teens and had no or little money because I could still get new clothes and feel good at the same time. Even in my university student days, one of my most worshipped places! But now, I only go there for essentials like socks and plain t-shirts. Oh and the onesies! The onesies are possibly the best thing primark sells. I got a fox onesie there and it was like love at first sight when I bought it, it's a bit holey now but I'm wearing it until it's beyond repair because I love it too much! It only cost me £10, which was pretty awesome. I'm planning to get the parrot one they are currently selling at the moment!
Primark sells things for as cheap as £1/£1.50, you get get these kind of prices in the sale too!
But the one pound items are mainly jewellery, underwear, socks, some t-shirts (the basic ones) But items that are sold for this price normally fall apart, rip, tear, wear out after the first few wears, short term is fine, but for the long term you may want to think about. But some items are just as cheap as car boots and charity shops.
The most expensive item in Primark I have seen was either £25 or £30, which were dresses for the party season (so around December time) but it was a limited edition item, like most retail stores they go for a bit more money.
The jeans usually go round for £7-10, they last no more than a year.
The shoes range between £3-20 pounds. I once bought some heels there in the sale for £4 reduced from £10 and they lasted me two years, so some of the items are not too bad. But things like the ballet pumps, the plimsole-style trainers that teenagers and young people seem to wear quite often are around £2-4, which can be a good thing and a bad thing, because the white ones I only tend to wear in the summer, so it's not bad paying that price for an item you are going to wear everyday and only wear in the summer of that year. I normally tend to get my summer clothes from here because in England, half the time we do not know whether it is going to rain or shine. But if you wear the plimsole-style trainers all year round, it's a bit better to pay a little more for them because they fall apart and get the 'trodden down' look after about a month or two.
The swimwear is amazing at Primark, I bought a bikkni there about seven years ago, and it stills look amazing, brand new and I only paid about £7 for it, so that was a good buy there!
Outwear such as coats are good, because they normally tend to stay in the quality when first bought.
Handbags, weekend bags do tend to fall apart, one time I was filming a scene and used a primark weekend bag and it fell apart during filming so I have to use duct tape to fix it together! Luckily it was only the strap and not the entire bag! They are around £6-10 for weekend bags, and handbags are as cheap as £3-4.
They also sell make-up and home ware as well. I haven't tried the make-up there before, so I am unsure how well it performs, but the home ware is quite nice, I once bought the most adorable pug cushions for £4. Amazing price and I love pugs, so that was a bonus. They look amazing on my bed, have a nice little touch to it.
The stores are located all over the country, sometimes you have more than one store in a city, like two or three, unless you're in London they are all over the place, just about. There are a lot of career opportunities for the store, the best thing to do is check online or if you see an advertisement in the store, is to hand a CV and cover letter in.
It is a good place, if you love fashion and on a budget, or need last minute essentials, a student who needs a fancy dress outfit for a night out (I remember the days!) or if you love clothes so much it does not matter where you shop! Primark is so good for everything and everyone, cheap as chips so no breaking the bank! The last thing that will worry about when shopping here!
Primark is a clothing store which has been around for years but really became popular in the UK about 10 years ago. Primark sells clothes for the whole family, women, men and children. You could buy a whole wardrobe from there - underwear, shoes, tights, costume jewellery, babygros. They also have a small homeware section which sells tea towels, curtains, bedding.
When I was 16 (in the 1990's), Primark was my first Saturday job. I remember people buying baskets full of clothes for the whole family for £50. It was a bit of a saddo shop and as a trendy teen, wouldn't wear their clothes. I would spend my Saturdays folding up and rehanging clothes that had fallen on the floor. On our first day, we were told that staff aren't entitled to an employee discount as the clothes are so cheap. That says it all really!!!!!
A few years later, just as Primark was becoming trendy (I like to think that I 'discovered' Primark just before it became trendy) I bought a top from Primark for £6 to wear to work and everybody commented on it and said it was lovely. A few short years later and everybody was shopping in Primark.
Great for high fashion items that may only last a season or two (e.g. onesies - if they were ever in fashion)
There are some 'hidden gems' (I once found a solitary pair of sandals reduced to £3 and they lasted me a few years).
Great for growing babies, as by the time the clothes need replacing, the baby has grown out of them
There is a large selection of accessories like tights, costume jewellery, hair clips etc, which can brighten up an outfit for a couple of pounds
They normally have plenty of the same item on display so you often find your size
The quality has improved in recent years
Primark keeps my pre-teen niece and her friends occupied for a few hours and they feel like they have bought loads, but the reality is it only cost a couple of pounds!!!
Although the quality has improved somewhat, so has the price. Its not as cheap as it used to be and prices are on par with H & M.
If you have a Primark in your town, you will probably come across somebody wearing the same outfit as you.
The queues - sometimes it isn't worth queuing for a £1 pack of hair clips.
As prices are so cheap, it encourages you to spend money unnecessarily ('that's a pound, I'll buy 3')
The stores can be messy - If I go to Primark, I go early in the morning, when the store is tidy. Otherwise, it turns into a jumble sale with clothes all over the floor.
The amount of polyester - I keep getting electric shocks from all of the polyester. I'm scared to touch anything.
Primark is well known for accomodating to those with shallower bank accounts than others. When I was a teenager I used to make Primark my first port of call when out shopping because of the amount I could get for such a small price! These days my opinion mostly remains the same, though a few more changes could be made.
Tops of all varieties, jeans and underwear would overrun my wardrobe at home due to my Primark purchases. I would leave the shop with handfuls upon handfuls of the same item but just in a different colour because I couldn't believe the value. Being younger and having no income at the time this was a perfect for me. I also had the patience at that age to rifle through the stacks upon stacks of clothes.
This is probably Primark's biggest problem. The organisation is so faulted I feel more stressed shopping there than anywhere else. An employee could have folded fifty jumpers and left them in their place. Less than 10 minutes later most will be on the floor, some in different places round the store and probably only a few placed in shopping baskets. I think the staff should be awarded for their patience. Though they're not always the most helpful I've come across they certainly have a lot they have to do and I do sympathise greatly.
The next problem with Primark is the quality. Now for £3 I don't expect my strappy top to be a miracle, but I do expect a certain amount of quality, especially seeing as other high street shops now offer similar basic products for the same price and are far more often stitched correctly.
The sizing can also be an issue if, like myself, you are in between sizes. For example, underwear is sized either 6-8 or 10-12 when an 8-10 might be more appropriate. They don't supply as many items for petites as plus size either, meaning there is often an abundence of size 18s and very few 8s.
I've noticed the pricing at Primark has increased greatly over the past few years, which is unsurprising due to the financial state of the UK now, however I find they often match prices of certain items to that of "better" stores (see previous paragraph).
Though this review doesn't paint Primark in the brightest of colours I would still recommend it as a good store for basic needs. You can still get some excellent products and rare designs and you can guarantee that at least you won't be paying £30 for a pair of jeans. Primark certainly does deliver.
As an extra suggestion - if you can't find what you're looking for, I have occasionally been known to purchase an item in the largest size just so I can make a different garment from it! There are worse places you can spend your money.
Well what can I say about primark? It's affordable, good quality clothing.
Every time I go into town I will go into primark. You can find all of your clothing needs there. The departments I shop in most are the woman's section, little boys and the home section. They also offer a men's section, baby section, girls section, and accessories.
They are always up to date with the fashion and trends. The prices have increased a bit in the past year or so but then so have most shops!
Two things that really annoy me about primark though, is that so many clothes are on the wrong sized hanger! It gets ridiculous sometimes. Also there seems to be millions of tiny sizes but hardly any bigger sizes. I'll be damned if I need to find a size 14! It's always 6's and 8's taking up the spaces.
I have found the staff to be friendly and helpful once approached but on looking at them from affar, they sure do look miserable and sometimes rushed off their feet.
The primark in my area is always full of people which can only be a good sign!
I have found the clothes to wash well and to last a good while. The fitting rooms are large and well supervised, there usually quite a que for them though, even though there's plenty of them!
Primark are very good with returns and exchanges, I've never had a problem and my query always gets solved.
There are plenty of till points and even though there are often massive ques, they go quite quickly.
I always recommend primark to others. I work in a clothes shop and if people are looking for something we don't have then I usually point them In the direction if primark if I think they'll have it.
The underwear and shoes are excellent value and quality of money. There have been plenty of times where I've found clothes in primark which are exactly the same in other shops but double, sometimes triple the price.
The store Is always clean and presentable, and always warm which is nice.
I can usually find whatever I need in primark and I'll always look there first.
I do think primark would benefit from online shopping, or even a website where you could view what they have in store but not actually buy online.
Primark are a Dublin based company, and the first store was opened in June 1969 on Mary Street, Dublin. The company now operates in Southern Ireland under the name Penney's. We have had Primark in Northern Ireland for as long as I can remember. I remember they used to advertise heavily on TV around Christmas as well. Nowadays, they don't need advertising, as the name speaks for itself. We do pronounce the company name differently in NI, I've always known the pronunciation to be Preemark.
When I was younger, Primark was a shop that you didn't want to be seen in, or stock clothes that you wanted to be seen in! Now that I'm an adult earning my own money, I love Primark. The clothes are cheap and generally last well. I don't like spending a lot of money on my work wardrobe, so Primark is ideal. I also find they stock a wide range of tops for every occasion, jeans are a good fit and I even buy my gym clothes from Primark now. I am a big fan of Primark, particularly as due to ill health, I wasn't working for a period of time last year. Primark meant that I could still occasionally treat myself to something new or some new makeup and it not cost a lot of money.
Primark stocks most of the essentials for you and your home. What you can find in store includes:
Womenswear/shoes/accessories including the own brands
Atmosphere (fashion & formal wear)
Denim Co. (denim products)
Secret Possessions (lingerie & nightwear)
Primark Essentials (underwear)
Opia (Jewellery and hair accessories)
Cedarwood State (fashion)
CS Active (sportswear)
Denim Co. (denim products)
Primark Essentials (underwear)
Authentic Apparel (leisure wear)
Early Days which is the babywear range (newborn - 23 months)
Young dimension (YD) which is girls clothing (2-7 years - 8-13 years)
Girl 2 Girl which is young girls clothing (2-7 years)
Rebel the boys clothing range (2-7 years - 8-13 years)
Denim Co. (denim products)
Primark Essentials (underwear)
Homewares which includes bedding, cushions, curtains, towels, kitchen and home accessories
Health and Beauty including cosmetics and beauty essentials
There is a wide variety of womenswear available, particularly in the larger stores.
The casual ranges include t-shirts (including some Disney and band t-shirts), vest tops, hoodies and sweatshirts. Casual trousers include jeans, leggings and jogging trousers. Dressy tops and dresses can also be found here, as well as workwear. Some stores have also recently introduced a range of gym wear. The store also has a wide selection of nightwear, including pyjamas, separates, shortie pyjamas, nightshirts and onesies. Their underwear includes various types and styles, sets and mix + match and also a very good selection of hosiery and socks.
The women's shoes selection is also amazing, from slippers and comfy flats to killer heels. A wide range of accessories are also available including scarfs, bags, belts and ear muffs, as well as a wide selection of hair clips and bobbles.
The health and beauty ranges include makeup, nail polishes and wraps, false nails and false eyelashes for around £1 each. The range of lipbalms available range from favourites such as Carmex to Coke/Fanta/sweet flavoured lip balms. The makeup all seems to be decent enough quality as well, and alwaysideal to try something new (new colour lip gloss or eyeshadow) without spending a lot of money. Other health and beauty essentials such as nail files, tweezers and cotton wool pads are also cheap. Primark have also recently expanded their health and beauty range to include some branded goods. Brands such as Nivea and Carmex sit alongside their own brand beauty products.
My only real criticism of Primark is other shoppers. The store seems to attract a certain type of shopper, an almost feral group of shoppers who ransack the place, drop clothes on the floor, grab things out of your hand, open everything and leave it leaking on the shelf.... I once witnessed a full on fight in a store once. I have no idea what was happening, but the blur of hair and nails that was quickly broken up by security told me all I needed to know. On a lighter note though, I did once see two young boys get thrown out once, as they were in the ladies department playing with the bras!
I have heard criticisms of the staff in Primark although I have never experienced this myself. Sometimes the staff aren't that cheerful but I don't mind that and if I had to serve the steady stream of customers that flood through Primark's checkouts, I'm not sure I'd be very cheerful either! The floor staff also have a thankless task, as soon as they have something folded, 2 more items are unfolded. I think the staff has the right to occasionally be grumpy.
Primark have come under fire recently for their ethical credentials. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which housed a factory that produced garments for Primark was a massive blow to the company. The company have the following on their website in relation to the disaster http://www.primark-bangladesh.com/. The ethical dilemma is a tough one, but other more expensive brands use the same methods of manufacturing and pass the profits onto shareholders.
Some people are very snobby when it comes to Primark which I don't completely understand. Yes, it can be crowded and on occasions the clothes aren't hard wearing, but if a top cost £2 - £3, it's hard to find a reason to complain. I once bought a pair of shoes that fell apart a few months after I bought them, but considering I paid 50p, I'm not complaining! Primark has somewhat spoilt me though price wise, as I go into other shops, realise the items are a lot more expensive and then go back to Primark. Primark does a fantastic range of my 2 'must haves' for the winter months - fleecy pyjamas and fluffy socks. It's one of my favourite feelings, to come home and curl up in new fleecy pjs and socks. At around £8 for pyjamas and £2 for socks, it means I can afford to indulge myself occasionally.
I do think though that sometimes you do need to be in the mood for Primark. Sometimes the crowds, the clutter and the queues are too much for me so I go elsewhere. Normally though the positives more than outweigh any negatives. I do try to avoid the shop on a Saturday afternoon though if I'm honest. It's a definite place to visit for cheap and cheerful clothes and homewares.
Primark began in Dublin Ireland in 1969 and soon moved in the UK and began opening stores up and down the country. It slowly increased its shops over the decades however it wasn't until the 2000s that saw its popularity increase massively with many celebrities being seen buying from there. The cultural shift to "budget" type clothes brought new fans and increased advertising from featuring in magazines, tv shows and newspapers. Today Primark has 160 stores in the UK, 38 in Ireland and other stores within Europe.
My first "Primark" shop
I live in Warwickshire and back in 2006 when I became aware of Primark the closest store was Birmingham, not a million miles away but I never got chance to go there and try it. Later on that year my cousin who lived in Manchester invited me round and said about going into Primark in the city centre, I was so excited! afew weeks later I was in there and Ive never looked back
So fast forward to 2013 and Coventry (about 10 miles away from me) got its store back in 2007 or 2008 which made it much easier to go to and this is what I deem to be my local store I have however been into the following store -
Manchester City Centre (several occasions)
Birmingham City Centre (several occasions)
Coventry City Centre (my closest store)
London Hammersmith (once)
London Oxford Street (once)
For all the stores Ive been to they all appear to be laid out pretty much the same. The womens clothing is at ground floor level so its the thing you see when you walk in, this is normally the busiest bit. Womens accessories, underwear, nightwear tends to be on the same floor as the mens clothes, in my Coventry store this is the first floor. Homeware, children's clothing and shoes are usually all together and make up the second floor of the Coventry store, in Birmingham this is on the floor before ground floor (-1 level?) but each store will be different depending on size and shape of the store.
Buying in Primark
You have to be quite...thick skinned shall we say to shop in Primark. If you have seen the film "Confessions of a Shopaholic" I think in some ways it can be like scenes in that film. Whenever I go shopping in ALWAYS go here first and aim to get in and out no later than 11:30am, after that it can look abit like a jumble sale and it does get VERY busy so its more for your own shopping experience and time that I recommend going in early, I understand this is not always possible. Its not a bad environment to shop in but you have to be prepared to grab what you want and don't spend to much time thinking about it because if you do the person next to you might just grab it, Ive never had any issues with people taking from my basket or anything like that but it has happened (Oxford street sales a few years back). You do get great big blue baskets which you can collect on the way in to fill up, I very rarely go in and not fill it up so its handy to have. Queuing, ah the bane of most shoppers life, Ive been in some pretty long and daunting queues in my time, 70% have been in a Primark. Christmas tends to be the worst, one year I went into Birmingham and after hearing reports of AN HOUR long queue I abandoned the basket of stuff and left, but that's the only time I've left without buying every other time Ive queued up, sometimes it can take 5 minutes sometimes its more like 35 minutes but again depends which store and what time you are there. My visits to Primark in general very rarely last under an hour so be prepared to be in there a long time.
I brought an item from every section in Primark, either for personal use or as a gift. It sells a really big range of clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. I find that the women's range does tend to be bigger but I've never not found something for a relative in the men's and children's section because both are still very good. The home ware section is good for bedding, blankets, bathroom accessories and candles, I've brought items for my own home from here as well as gifts, they also do Christmas décor in November/December and summer items in the summer months. For me personally I like to buy the basics like vest-tops, trousers, T-Shirts because its very good for stocking an item in about 20 different colours, a lot of my work attire is brought from here for that reason!
For women's clothing the one thing I find frustrating is that some of their clothes go in the following sizes 8-10 12-14 16-18 which for me is frustrating because I would say I'm a more of a 10-12 so a 12-14 is to big but 8-10 to small, this isn't the case so much now they do tend to do just 8,10,12,14,18 and I believe some 20 so it suits me better. The children's clothing sizes run on a similar pattern but whenever I've brought any clothing for gifts its always fit ok. Men's clothes is S, M, L, XL, XXL, again any gifts I've brought have fit ok. They also do a good range of shoe sizes but me being a size 7 I do struggle to find my size at times but the amount of shoes on offer its worth looking about.
When I first went into Primark it was dirt cheap, tops for £2, coats for £8, trousers for £3 etc etc. You can still find these kinds of prices but I've found a lot more of it tend to be priced around the same as stuff from H&M or Matalan, the deals are still possible, but not as much as they used to be. The children's clothes are very good value for money as is the home ware items.
I would say overall the quality of the products is good. I still have tops I brought 5/6 years ago that I use for work but some of the items call feel quite thin and cheap. I think its down to the item and how you think it looks, feels at the time. The one thing I really dislike about Primark is the brown bags they put your stuff in, these can break after about 20 minutes use if they are full with heavy items so its always worth taking your own stronger bags or buying one of their cotton ones usually found by the tills, these only cost £1 or £2 but are worth the money!
Overall I do like Primark. Its nothing special or fancy but it does offer a good range of affordable clothing and home ware. I go into my Coventry store maybe once per month and it is hot and miss, some times I will go in and pick up a few things, other times I can get loads I guess it just depends on what they have out at that time. I have brought many gifts from here over the years, the women's accessories is great for little bits like costume jewellery, make up and hand bags. Be prepared for a lengthy time in there, if you go in at a peak time expect queues not only for the tills but to go up/down escalators but if you get into the spirit and don't take it to seriously you will enjoy the visit and come out laden with goods.
Overall I give 4/5 I deducted a point for the flimsy bags because these can be a bit of a nightmare should they break on you (as it has done with me)
There isn't a Primark where I live (which may be hard for some to believe), so it's a bit of a tradition that as soon as Manx men or women hit the mainland, Primark is the first place we go. However for me, it tends to be on the way back as I don't do day trips, I do a mini break or have a week away, and I'll visit Primark in Birkenhead on the way back to Liverpool, before heading home on the boat. Personally I shop in the Birkenhead store as its one floor. I tried the one in central Liverpool, but found it too much, given that it has five floors and I got lost a bit. I also found the stairs very annoying. Nothing wrong with the items or service in the Liverpool store mind you, just I found the layout a bit to much. However that is personal preference and not a dig on the company itself.
Primark is an idea clothing shop, stocking everything from underwear and jogging bottoms to bedding and mugs. It has a good range to chose from. I've also found that they don 't always keep the same ranges in. So if you go into Primark one day and then go in six months later, they have changed ranges. Which is good as it gives you a chance to try out new things. You can find some very nice bedding items in there too I have found.
First time I went to Primark, I bought £30's worth of underwear home (and that was before any Bra's I had bought), reason being? Because it's so cheap and it doesn't matter. Everyone is always buying underwear to replace old underwear. Local prices are much more, with £5 getting you a pack of 2 or 3 briefs. In Primark you get like five for £2. So price is the key. I also liked the designs and found that there was a bit of varity to the designs, so it wasn't boring. Whenever I go there now, it tends to be a bit of nightwear and underwear that I buy. Sometimes I'll even buy a few pairs of slippers to give to relatives at Christmas.
I have found the service at Primark to be pretty decent. The staff seem friendly enough and are happy to help when they can. I'm always asked if I want a bag and if there is anything else that they can help me with. So it's nice to know they are taking customers in to account and thinking about their customer service. All in all a good place, but does lack some choice in some items, so be aware when browsing.
Every payday I will nip into Primark and see what they have on offer I will normally buy one thing and then leave. Here are my thoughts.
There is no online store, this is really disappointing as I love online shopping. I have heard there are a few things on ass but on checking this out I have seen it is literally a handful of items.
The stores have got much better over the last couple of years, they are definitely better now than they were 5 or 6 years ago (when the only store in the Northwest was Manchester), but they are still a little messy. I hasten to add though this is probably due more to the attitude of the customers than the staff.
There is so many different things sold here that the shops are always very big and split into rough sections. It can be very hard to figure out which section is which, so you an find yourself getting quite lost in the mayhem of a very buy shop floor.
There are also very long queues for both the changing room and the tills, but the staff are always friendly and smartly dressed.
The clothes here are a real mixed back. I have items that have lasted me a very long time, have washed very well and are very comfortable. These items are amazing value but I have others that within two or three washes are virtually useless. I would recommend the skirts, but no the jeans.
The products are not as cheap as they used to be either, and so the inferior quality is not fair.
Shoes and Accesories
I have had some luck with their shoes but again this is a real mix bag. Their heels are very good and normally retiail for under £15 but the flat shoes are not pleasant at all. They break very easy and get into holes far too quickly.
The false nails are my favourites they are only £1 for a set and they have a huge amount of colours and styles available. I regularly purchase these.
This is something that often comes into question and I really don't wish to comment too much on this. What I will say though is, if you are buying clothes at such low prices, you cannot really expect the seamstresses to be paid the best wage. This is part of the reason I don't buy more from here.
This store is ok, if you are not too bothered about the quality of the products or maybe you just want to wear them once, after all this is fast fashion. The sizes can be a little off here so it is worth waiting in the long queues to the fitting room.
Primarni ..... it's a marmite of a store, polarising opinion on whether it's cheap tat exploiting the third world or a bargain basement of treasure. I went to the Manchester store yesterday,though I've shopped at many stores over the years, so thought I'd report back on my latest Primark experience as well as making some general comments about how I've found the stores and products on other occasions.
So, to start with, yesterday's trip ... Manchester Primark, on a hot Sunday, at seven and a half months pregnant..... was I crazy? No, I was on a mission. Take a look at any Mums website and you'll probably find lots of women recommending a trip to Primarni to stock up on hospital essentials such as PJ's and knickers (I won't go in to the details here of why you may need some cheap multiples of any of these items..) but that was my reason for visiting.
The Manchester store has changed since I was last there. The interior design seemed a bit more cosmopolitan than I recalled and definitely flashier than the Chester, Liverpool and Birkenhead branches I have visited more recently. The lighting seemed brighter and there were flat screen tv's running ads. It's a big store and has the full range of departments that Primark have including mens, kids, womens and household. The amount of stock is overwhelming - the number of items in the shoe section alone is mind boggling, as are the prices. I made my first pregnancy related purchase there - a pair of sandals in a huge size to accommodate my swollen feet. The design is a Birkenstock rip off, right down to the pattern on the sole. At £4, they were just what I need as I may only wear them for the next couple of months as, post baby, my feet will hopefully return to a more normal size. And this, of course, is where Primark fits the bill perfectly for those items that you do not intend or need to use for an eternity.
Next stop was 'lounge wear'. I managed to find a dark coloured button up the front nightshirt (£4.50) and some cotton pj's (£7) that will be great for hospital. I'm normally a 12 but I picked up sizes 14-16 in each as, even allowing for bump, they didn't look big. I took them to try on and was surprised to find no queue for the changing room. However, the very polite young men who were in charge apologetically explained that I couldn't try the pj's on, only the nightshirt, as the pj's were wrapped together in a pack. Not great .. none the less I took a chance and got them as the 14-16 night shirt did fit. I then moved on to knickers, picking up two packs in large sizes, a four pack for £2.50 and another four pack for £3. Obviously I didn't expect to try these on but when I got home I found they just about fitted so definitely size up! On to the tills. there was a queue but not a huge one. A staff member was marshalling too and pointed out another bank of tills where the queue was smaller. I followed her advice and was served immediately by another polite young man.
So, all in all, not too traumatic and I'm happy with my purchases. But what of the general quality and so called disposable nature of the clothes? Well, as I type I'm wearing a Primark T shirt and velour jogging pants. I've had the T 6 years and the pants 3. If I think through my wardrobe there are many other much worn and long lasting Primarni items in there. Lots of T's that are great as they are long and don't ride up, a pair of ballerina pumps that are now in year 5, a satchel used every day for a year, two pairs of cotton trousers that are a scary 10 years old, cardigans that have washed better than Boden...... But I am no spring chicken/dedicated follower of fashion - I go for more casual classic items and these seem to fit ok and wash/wear ok . The more tailored items such as jackets or summer dresses do, I admit, look flimsy.
For me, Primark has it's place. I go there two or three times a year and buy multiple items. These are always well planned expeditions not casual browsing sessions. I would conclude that the clothes are mixed in quality, however, as they are cheap in price, it is worth taking a risk. It's difficult to write a review of Primark without mentioning the ethical side so I will make just two comments. First, other companies may charge more to the consumer but use the same factories and pay the same wages to the worker as Primark. Second, I do try to buy items that I will wear mutliple times.... hopefully my hospital items will come home with me and see some more wears. I hope so as my PJ's are very pretty!