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Member Name: alfiepeaches
Advantages: cheap, can find almost anything, great for students and mums, stock is regularly updated
Disadvantages: long queues, messy, sizes labelled wrong, most items don't last long,
Primark is one of those shops that is like marmite, you love it or you hate it. I am in the love it group although there are many things I do hate about it and avoid but I do end up with a lot more in my basket for £30 than I would in my other usual shops like Topshop where I might get one or half one item for the same price.
I been to four or five different primarks, my closest ones being Poole, Bournemouth and Poole which are all hectic as you usual but me and my mum tend to venture out very early in the morning for shopping so it's never too bad. I have been to two of the busiest Primarks which are Birmingham and London. Both were crazy and I barely looked in the London one as I couldn't even move! Primark is always split into three or four flours, the main floor being womens clothes and accessories with the next floor being a mixture of mens clothes, underwear and shoes. The third floor is baby clothes and home ware like bedding or towels. If the store has a fourth floor is usually dedicated to just babys and toddlers instead of being mixed with home things. The layout is always clearly shown on signs by the escalators and most items are on the floor you would expect.
My main reasons for shopping in Primark are the pants, pyjamas, some shoes and a few basic bits of clothing but never anything special. I love, as most people do, the cheap prices in Primark. Usually there is a reason things are so cheap and that's because they're rubbish and yes a lot of the Primark products are pretty rubbish and don't last long but if you buy the right stuff, you can get some of the best bargains ever, mainly for the items I have already mentioned.
Many of them Primark items are often weird fits, I am a size 8 but often end up buying different items in a size 6 or 10 if they are too tight or too baggy in places which can be very annoying as the changing rooms are always busy and hot. (although it's not uncommon to see someone just trying things on around the shop...) I find most of the clothes to be hit and miss and only buy them if I really like it and it fits well. Primarks plain basics are usually pretty reliable such as vest tops, t shirts, cardigans and jumpers. The colours last and they don't fall apart easily like you would expect. Their jeans are usually a miss but if you are luckily enough to find some that fit, they tend to fade and fall apart quite quickly. I can't comment on the mens clothing as I am... not a man haha.
I usually stay away from Primarks jewellery too, unless it's plastic as the meterials used often go a weird colour after a lot of use or can leave stains on the skin sometimes. It's great for dressing up or for an items you'll only wear a few times though. Their accessories like scarves and bags are sometimes good too, the scarves are often a little on the small side but still wearable and with such a variety of colours and patterns, you're bound to find something you like (the other week I bought an amazing skull printed scarf for only £3!...a lot cheaper than McQueens £150 kind!). I personally think the bags all look naff and cheap but there can occasionally be a good find and I know they often last for a long time as I have many friends who have bought bags from there before.
Primark is my favourite place for pyjamas, they are always very soft and have very a huge variety of fun or cute patterns on them, quite often animal themed. These items all last a very long time too, I've had a few of my pyjamas bottoms for quite a few years and now and they're still together and only slightly faded. Primark is also my go to place for knickers! They have a huge selection of all types and patterns, I had a huge phase of girly boxers and loved picking out cute, random patterns. The pants are never more than £1.60 but most are £1- £1.30, they're not all amazingly well made so I suggest you are very careful with which ones you choose. Having bought a lot of pants from there I know exactly what I'm looking for in pants haha. I never buy any with lace on as anything lace or fussy seems to dry and up and go scratchy after two or three washes. Something that really annoys me about Primark is their bras. They are always so pretty and colourful I just want to buy them all but they are awfully made. They never have my size but when they do, it's still not my size! They always cut into me or too loose and never ever last last long at all, I don't know how they measure their bras to fit but they are useless and I don't think they are even worth the cheap prices they get sold at.
The shoes are another hit and miss item in Primark and they never last long but there is a huge variety of style and they are always cheap prices. They are good if you don't wear them constantly or just need them for work wear, obviously not smart but like plimsolls or flats. I find most shoes seem to be quite tight on my size 5 feet and sometimes need to go to size 6 so make sure you try before you buy! Primark have some nice high heels available but I wouldn't trust them not to brake personally.
The home items are always pretty good, especially for students like me, I recently bought sheets and pillow cases from here for under a tenner together and there's a large selection to choose from. We have several items still around that bought a few years ago like bathroom mats, bins, cushions and some extra soft blankets. They are definitely not luxury items but will do for first homes and students or people needing to save some cash. I've never had a look through the kids and babies items but I know if or whenever I get pregnant in the future, I will be buying a lot from Primark to save as much money as possible.
The biggest pains about Primark is the till queues and the mess on busy days. The stores have many staff constantly picking up and replacing clothes where they should be but you still end up stepping on so many items. Many clothes often get put on the wrong hangers so make you sure you always check the actual size of what you are buying as I have often come home with the wrong size because of this. After a long exhausting search (and occasionally a fight!) shopping you end up standing in a long queue, there are tills on every floor, the middle usually being the least busy, with many checkouts. They are always full of staff on busy days and times of the year but often are just half full. I think the reason check outs take so long is because of the amount of items everyone is buying though and not down to the actual staff. The queues are annoying but end up being worth the wait because of the amounts of items you'll get for so little though.
Overall I love Primark and recommend it to everyone as you are bound to find something even if it's something small. As I have said, most items are hit and miss, most of them being a miss but when you do find the hits, it's definitely worth it. Primark is best suited to students, first time parents or home owners and people who generally love a good cheap bargain. The clothes are not always the nicest or the best fitting but if you have a good search you can find some great items for an amazing cheap price.
Summary: Alot of items are hit and miss, most miss but the hits are always really worth it!