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Member Name: SugarSpun
Advantages: Cheap, cheerful, well laid out and secure
Disadvantages: When it's gone it's gone, Firefox issues
Halfcost.co.uk is a subsidiary of Studio 24, the catalogue people, and it's an online retailer selling off the old Studio 24 stock at heavily reduced prices.
The site is mostly very easy to navigate, tabs across the top of the screen take you to the different sections: clothing, toys, gifts, homeware, audio and visual and the ever-popular pound shop. There's also a seasonal Stocking Fillers section. Some sections have sub-sections so you can see just the specific things you're interested in, and all have a View All option.
There's a counter for every item so you can see how many are left in stock, which is something I really like. Having said that, everything is "when it's gone it's gone", and sometimes I like to go away and think about my purchases but with this sort of setup you risk them going out of stock on you.
The checkout is secure and powered by the Verified By system, which is great, and I've never had a problem with items not turning up - normally they come 4-6 days after I've ordered, and since I'm not normally in a rush that's fine. There's no express shipping option, though, which would be nice, and £3.99 delivery (flat rate no matter how heavy your order) seems ok although I sometimes wonder if £4 shouldn't get me a faster delivery.
Customer service has always been good to me too, and I am subscribed to their emails and so get advance notice of things like discount codes, special events and free shipping. They have ongoing discounts for high spenders, 10% over £100 I believe.
I can't get the site to work properly in Firefox, which seems to be a common problem, but in general I enjoy browsing around the fairly random selection of items on offer and it's a great resource for cheap-ish gifts.
Summary: A great website for bargain gifts.