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Cheap but not cheerful!
Member Name: lak11
Date: 10/03/10, updated on 08/06/13 (90 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and fashionable. Good for accessories.
Disadvantages: Cramped, untidy, not the greatest of quality.
Primark stores can be found in many shopping centres nationwide. They sell a wide range of goods including mens wear, ladies wear, childrens' clothing. housewear and accessories.
Sometimes I just can't avoid a traipse around Primark. However, this really isn't very often, as I really don't like this store. It's way down on my list of shops to visit in my local shopping centre.
You may wonder then why I bother...well my daughter often requires stage costumes for shows and competitions and I have to try to find these as cheaply as possible. Primark is undeniably cheap...just not, in my opinion, very cheerful!
First to the bad points and I will really try to be fair as, although it isn't to my personal taste, I can still see why it is so popular and I do think it is a useful addition to any shopping centre.
I find this shop to be like a huge jumble sale. Just on entering and looking at the vast piles of clothes makes me wonder why I bothered. still, bravely ahead. Clothes seem to be piled up all around the place, often quite haphazardly. It just looks like one big mess!
There is very little space to move around between displays and I find myself continually saying, "Excuse me!" and "Sorry!" It is very difficult to peruse around this shop. It is always best, if possible, to visit on a weekday when less busy.
I have often asked for advice from shop assistants as to whether they have certain items or if so, then where can they be found. I find usually, the staff try to be helpful but aren't very knowledgeable. I have been taken around the store a few times on what proved to be a 'wild goose chase!'
Although, I find myself visiting this store a few times during a year, it is more likely I will not manage to find what I want or, I will pick up one or two items, see the size of the queue and put them back. I will only bother queuing in this store if I have a few worthwhile items in my shopping basket that I feel I can't get elsewhere.
Quality, I find is generally average to poor. I have bought outfits that don't wash well and things where buttons fall off straight away and seams come apart. This doesn't matter too much in clothes bought for a one off stage appearance but isn't good enough if it's an item to be worn a few times. I think of the poor child in some eastern country who probably stitched this blouse, dress, shirt, for a paltry sum. I won't go into the ethics though as I'm not sure in this case as to the wrongs or the rights.
The queues are long but to give them their due the check out assistants are efficient, usually polite and the queues shorten quickly. It is off putting to see though.
The good points are:
Well, definitely the price as most items sold in Primark are undoubtedly cheap. Still, there aren't many items that I could say, after having for a week or two, are good buys.
Accessories. I must say that I think the accessories are generally good buys. I went into the Primark store, in Romford, Essex last Saturday and was pleased with the accessories I managed to find. I wanted pieces to go with a French Revolution era type of costume. I was trying to put together. After looking in other places, including the market, I was delighted to find a white elasticated belt for £3. This was better than I had hoped for, as the clasp was decorated with fake jewels (obviously at these prices!) which went with other items. It was perfect and I would have paid double the amount for this. I also bought hair accessories ranging in price from £1 to £2. I had in mind some type of feather hair accessory and was pleased to find a peacock style feather attached to a clip and also a white feather with jewels to match the belt. So you see I do agree that there are advantages to this store.
I have also bought beach bags, tights, socks and nightwear in here. But I definitely am not a fan of their clothing in general.
I know Many of my friends and family shop in this store for their holiday wear. I, on the other hand much prefer Matalan. Although Matalan is a little more expensive, I find the clothing is a lot better in quality and the store is more welcoming. You can actually walk along aisles in this store, unlike Primark.
To summarise, I would say that Primark is a very useful shop for certain items. Even clothing can be worth getting but have a good look at every item first. It is an ideal shop for the teenager and those in their early twenties who often want to buy the latest fashion for short time wear. Most youngsters probably prefer cheaper clothes and don't worry too much about whether it will last. This is completely understandable. This store probably has a good place in the market for young mums buying reasonably priced clothes for children who will soon grow out of them. So, on the whole it's a very useful shop for it's target customer but, definitely somewhere I try to avoid.
Summary: Has it's place in the shopping centre but it's not one of my favourite places.