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Primark: A Shopping Experience That Is Much Better Than When It Opened
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
Advantages: Well stocked, cheap, lots of variety.
Disadvantages: Slave labour stories, used to have a cheap feel to it.
When I was very small the shop to get your clothes from was C&A. My local store shut down and in it's place Primark appeared. At first it was an Aladdins cave of various clothes for all genders, jewellery, accessories, underwear, hair accessories as well as shoes, make up, purses, winter wear, bedding and oh so much more. Over time more and more lines have been added, clothes have remained dirt cheap and latest fashions are available instore all year round. If you are a fashionista a shop like this is heaven, not only does it allow you to update your wardrobe each season but it also keeps your wallet in tact.
The staff are friendly enough, some moreso than others. Clothes seem to be being forever picked up and tidied which makes a nice change from the very first experiences I had. Clothes are on the whole neatly presented and sections clearly defined.
I started shopping in Primark for my sons clothes when he was born as my partner and I were young parents with not a great deal of money and at the rate children grow out of clothes this was a perfect store for me to kit him out whenever he needed it. Clothes were always so much more cheaper than anywhere else, they seemed to wash well, were of a pretty decent quality for the price and there was a large selection to choose from.
Of course with the positives of a store like this also come the negatives. As time went on I seemed to find more and more problems with Primark. Firstly all the clothes seemed to be strewn all over the place in the style of a jumble sale. Cheap or not I don't want to be buying clothes that have been sat heaped on a floor for who knows how long. Queues were terrible snaking round the store, there was never enough cashiers on the tills. People went crazy pushing and shoving trying to grab various bargains.
Further down the line a shocking story uncovered of child slave labour. I don't know too much about it but it did enough that I was uncomfortable with shopping in such a place. As more time has elapsed and I have become 'wiser' in my ways it came to my attention that this store is not the only carrying out such practices. I avoided shopping at Primark for about 2 years but then I hit a period when all I could afford was Primark clothing and getting back into it not so long ago I have to say my opinion of Primark has changed.
Now there seems to be less of a cheap feel to it, racks are tidy, staff are picking up clothes, it's rare to see clothes over the floor now. Racks are clearly defined and well stocked, queues are much more managable, aisles are not so narrow, there are fantastic sales, lots of choice and variety of so many different fashions and styles.
I would not have recommended Primark when it first opened or even after a few years. Now that it is established it is a much better shopping experience and they have really improved. I feel that this is the perfect budget shop for clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or ruined in the mud as all little boys seem attracted to.
Summary: Overall a good shop that has improved very much since the early days.