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Affordable, fashionable, very on trend and very reasonably priced
Member Name: Jadey-Jade
Advantages: Cheap, on trend, a vast variety to choose from
Disadvantages: Everyone shops there so might bump into someone wearing the same thing
I never knew of Primark untill around 4 years ago; I often saw in magazines that their clothes was very cheap but we never had a store in our town and I never knew of were there was one. When my mums friend mentioned Primark also we decided to drive into the next town and see what all the fuss was about.
Well we was in awe of how cheap the items was, I think I got very carried away the first couple of times, buying things because they was just so cheap, it's only more recently I have started to really question whether I need something before I purchase it. The beauty with Primark is because the items are so cheap you throw them in your basket, however before you know it all these smaller items soon mount up when at the till. Before I proceed further with the review Ill also point out, Primark go up to size 18 with the majority fo there items. Im not sure if they go any higher than 18.
** Example Prices
They sell everything from scented candles and bath mats in the home section; to a typical bra and knicker set costing £4, the average coat costing £16-£20, pretty little dolly shoes for £6, tshirts and vests for £2.50, bags for £6 and belts and purses from as little as £1.50. Oviously they sell a lot more but if I named everything it would just take to long. I think Primark is ideal for home essentials also, when you visit the stores more city based i.e Manchester and liverpool I notice they have a lot larger 'home range' section, and is ideal for students looking for cheap towels, bedding, kitchenware and decorations for example. Now it's become apparent recently that Primarks prices are a little more exspensive than usual; now we can't really complain too much as it's still a lot cheaper than a lot of the high street shops, although when you have had something so cheap for such a lot time, and the price does increase you do notice it a lot more. I have noticed a few more of their items have stretched into the £11-14 price bracket, which does make you stop and think more as to whether you really want the item, compared to when it was less then £10 you may have been a little more carefree about it. The sales in Primark are awesome, me and my mum often say "oo wel love a Primark sale" for the sole reason you can pick things up for 50p and £1 on accessories and socks, their last season trends are also able to be bought for £5 and less usually most things being £1.
** Stock change over & Season Trends
Primark is very good for keeping on top of the latest trends, if theirs something in the window of Topshop, you will see it in Primark, but a lot cheaper. An example of this is the 'Chelsea' boots, Primark have a cracking pair for £15, the only trouble with Primark having such reasonable prices is that everyone ends up wearing the same stuff. Personally this doesn't bother me too much as we can all style and pair various items of clothing together.
** Shopping Experience
Ok this is were Primark does downfall slightly, most Primarks have so many customers coming in and out of their doors you can imagine it's hard to keep a check on everything, a lot of the time it's a mess, partiuarly the shoe section. Shoes flung all over on the floor, nowere to sit and try things on as it's all just a mess. Other areas of the store also such as the jeans or tshirt stand, were the item are just folded on top often get extreamly messy too. You do often see staff 'trying' to fold items, but as soon as they fold them they get messy again. The ques are also busy in Primark, in fairness they always have lots of staff manning them, and they do go down fairly quickly, but at first glance they can be daunting. General mooching around can be difficult if you go at busy times such as a Saturday; however I have just come back from the Liverpool store and that was lovely and quiet...all be it I went at 5pm (closer to christmas, this is deffinitely the time to avoid Ill point out) The changing rooms are not the best places, again at peak times you often have to que to get in them. When you are in them theirs often a limit on the number of items you can take in; now bear in mind it's took you ages to look around the shop, rummage to find the items you want, you want to try them on to find you can only take so many in. If shopping with a friend it's handy to pass some of your clothes to them, many a time my mum has been known to take some of my size 10 items into the changing rooms, and pass them for me to try on. The changing rooms are extreamly clammy be warned, it doesn't help the number of people going in and out of them and changing into various clothes, but it does get very sticky and clammy. A way around the whole changing room pallarfa would be to simply buy the items and keep the reciept; try the clothes on at home and if they are unsuitable you can return them. In hinesight this works, however if your not local to a store and struggle to find the time, your validation can quickly run out, so make sure you keep a check of this.
Overall I like Primark and will continue too, I think some people can get very tide up in a very 'snobby' manner regarding clothes and brands, however Primark ticks all the boxes for me, value and fashionable. Primark has had it's down falls within the media regarding the manufactoring of the garments and also the target age group with some of their 'padded' underwear. I do not agree with either of these, however they will not stop me from buying from Primark, when they came out in the news, I did frown upon this, however it didnt stop me from shopping with them.
I have gone on a lot in this review, however I wanted to review all angles and areas. I hope this helps.
Summary: Overally the positives outway the negatives, can't fault Primark.