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Stressful experience but worth it for the bargains!
Member Name: lauz1904
Advantages: Excellent value for money
Disadvantages: Wierd sizes, crammed and messy stores
My first time in a Primark was a few years back now and to be honest I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of clothes and people crammed into the space! My local one is Birmingham and I am led to believe it is one of the worst (except from London ones)! So a major downside to the shop is that it is often so crowded and messy with clothes all over the floor that sometimes I don't even want to enter at all! Although other stores I have been to such as Coventry and Redditch are a lot better which makes it a less stressful experience! Nevertheless, whichever one I go to, I usually find something I love.
Originally, I did start off only going into Primark for basic items such as socks, tights, vest tops, leggings etc purely because of how much cheaper they were than other high street stores. However, as time has gone on and I actually started having a proper look in there, I was pleasantly surprised as to how on trend and up to date the other clothes actually are considering the prices! To be honest it is pretty hit and miss in there-sometimes there is nothing at all but others there is so much I want. For example, last week I went into Primark for some flat black work shoes and somehow managed to spend £150 and was horrified when I saw the amount on the till! But when I looked at what I actually had (3 work dresses, 2 going out dresses, handbag, flat shoes, 2 pairs of skinny jeans, 2 shirts, pyjamas, new underwear set, leggings and a few other bits and bobs like bobbles and make up wipes) it was really eye opening to see how much I got compared to what I would get in other high street shops.
So as I said I have recently been buying dresses and shoes from there and have grabbed myself some real bargains! More importantly though, most times I wear a Primark dress/shirt I am almost always complimented and asked where I bought it from! So even if they are cheap, they don't look it which is all that matters to me!! Obviously, with the prices being so low, you can't expect the highest quality in the world. For example I have found some of their products not to last overly long and fade/become bobbly such as their leggings. But overall, I think the products in Primark are excellent value for money.
Another negative about the store is that I have found the sizes are a bit weird in there (and I know other people that have experienced the same thing) so I would definitely advise you try items on as the queues to return/exchange are always ridiculous. Then again so are the queues for the changing rooms...so it's a lose-lose situation really as from my experience Primark's are virtually guaranteed to have big queues at all times!
Apart from women's clothing, they do have other sections and I can also recommend the children's wear as being good value for money and quite stylish at the same time. Also the jewellery is ok sometimes, not for any big occasions but if you are just after dress jewellery they do have a large selection. I am also led to believe the home section is pretty good in there but having not purchased anything myself I cannot really comment.
Overall then as I mentioned, the worst things about Primark stores are definitely the messiness and queues. But if you can get past that and are willing to properly look, guarantee you will find yourself a bargain or ten!
Summary: Often a pretty stressful experience, but the bargains are defnitely worth it!