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Fashion on a budget....can only be Primark!
Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: A wide range of products, excellent prices.
Disadvantages: Not an enjoyable shopping experience, variable quality.
I first discovered Primark when I was 17 and at that time in my life I absolutely loved this store. It was the only place you could get a fashionable outfit and still afford to go out. I loved my weekly shopping trip for my Saturday night outfit but as I've got older I have found that I value the quality of clothing more and also that Primark isn't as cheap as it once was (which I hope reflects that they've changed their ethical stance on clothing production, I do not know much about this and so it will not be mentioned again in the review- I do not wish to express ill informed opinions)
I have been in several Primark stores and they all seem to have the same layout and the same range of products. At the fore front of the store is usually the current fashion trends and these are the products that change most often. Then there is the basic range, things like plain long sleeved tops, T shirts, plain jumpers, jogging bottoms etc. In my opinion Primark seems to stock an extensive accessories range, items include jewellery, bags, purses, hats, gloves, scarves and most recently a cosmetic line. The store also stocks a footwear range as well as nightwear and underwear. As with most stores each section is clearly defined. Primark provide clothing for men, women, children and babies. Some stores also stock a home ware range, I have found that the size of this department is dependant on the size of the store.
As the stores are the same, so are the problems. I am guaranteed to get in the way of a member of staff sweeping the floor! Floor sweeping seems very popular in Primark. Although it does help maintain a clean store so it's not exactly a problem. What is a problem (for me not Primark) is the popularity of the store, it is always very busy and I have always had to queue for changing rooms and the queues for the tills are often very off putting but I do find that the staff do work hard at getting you through as quick as possible. I have also found the stores to be exceptionally warm and for me shopping in Primark is a bit of a hassle. Clothing on the floor used to be a big problem when I first started shopping here but in my last few trips I have noticed that this is happening much less often and that the rails are often quite well organised.
In terms of prices I find the basic range very affordable, a long sleeved top for £2 is great and they wash well enough for £2. I often purchase basic things for general layering. I no longer purchase 'going out' clothes from here, I believe Primark have put up the prices on their fashion range and I would now rather shop at H & M/New Look as they provide better quality clothing at a similar price. I find Primark jewellery really good as most shops charge a lot for costume jewellery nowadays and accessories are changed so often I don't see the need to spend a lot on them. I have also tried Primark's cosmetic range and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price.
You certainly don't get top quality products at Primark, you get what you pay for. It's hit and miss, some things I have tried I have liked and some things I have been disappointed with. In my experience there is no quality standard with this shop, it's pot luck. I have found the sizing on the clothes to be consistent though.
Overall, it's a good store to get your basics from or to pick up high fashion items on a budget. It's great for students but if you're after quality and longevity from your clothing I would advise shopping elsewhere.
Summary: If you're on a budget you can still follow fashions at Primark.