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      02.12.2013 16:36
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      Something for everyone on here

      Sports Direct is a company which has a chain of stores selling sports equipment and clothing as well as casual clothing. From the name of the store you would assume it is just a sports shop but they have excellent value clothing for all ages, sizes and styles. They have stores in most UK cities, but I find visiting their stores stressful and choose to shop online instead. Products sold include bikes, golf clubs, football boots, shirts, jeans, dresses, shoes, darts and equipment and much more! The website looks a bit tacky but is fairly easy to use although it does have a few issues which I will go into later. You can click one of the buttons to quickly be taken to the department you are looking for such as mens, kids or clearance sections and refine your search by brand, size, colour and product. It's all quick and easy to use. You do not have to be a member to visit their site and view the products, but I would recommend signing up which is as simple as entering your email address and password as they do send newsletters regularly letting you know about their deals which is good as some promotions may only last a day. One such newsletter was sent to me via email yesterday which was advertising up to 90% off "Miso" dresses. Clicking the email link took me to pages of dresses of all styles including some pretty and colourful skater dresses all for under £6. They had dresses suitable for day wear or occasion wear and for that price you just can't go wrong. I recently bought some gorgeous "Firetrap" jeans with an RRP of over £70 for only around the £6 mark. The prices are hard to beat and your money does go far shopping on this site which is why I continue to do so. There are a few issues though, some items are in the wrong category, a search for womens tracksuits in a size 8 could include infant pyjamas in the results. This has happened on many searches and can be a little annoying. They could really do with a seperate kids and infants department too as they are together and you need to do quite a bit of searching for baby items, although they do have some lovely stuff (if you can find it). Some items such as trainers show a 'from' price, so searching for mens trainers recently which showed up as from £29 was actually £45 in the size required so keep an eye out for prices changing when you select your size. When you find an item you like, you simply select your required size and colour and click on the add to bag button where it will be saved until later. Your bag will always be shown on the top right hand corner of the page where you can keep an eye on the number of items added and a running total which is handy as it's easy to get carried away with so many bargains. When you have finished shopping you can proceed to the checkout where you can view all the items, it's definitely worth double checking all of your sizes before ordering, I have never had to return an item but have heard from a family member that it's not a very easy process. Also check that they haven't added one of their mugs for £1 which they seem to do automatically, so if you don't want this then make sure you remove it before entering your payment details. The payment page is quick and simple to use and they accept most debit and credit cards. I find the authorisation quick and have never experiences problems. Delivery times vary and can be a bit of a pain. Sometimes it has been a couple of days before I get any kind of communication regarding my order and although they eventually send a link to track your order it usually says processing for days anyway! Delivery is normally free over £50 but this amount sometimes changes. When packages have arrived the goods are always well packages and protected and clothing has never been too creased or damaged at all. Overall I'm fairly happy with the delivery service but I doubt I'd order something I needed in a real hurry using this website. On my latest order I was told in an email that 2 of my items were out of stock, this was particularly annoying as they are gifts and now if I want to go back and order similar products I will have to pay postage as they would be less than the minimum spend. Quite annoying as the original order was over £250. An item added to the basket showed up as out of stock and I was told to remove the item before checkout. If it was out of stock I can't understand why they allowed me to add it to the basket in the first place? The products in wrong categories, slow confirmation of orders and communication of products not available, order tracking not being too good and of course the owner Mike Ashley (BOOOOOOO) put me off using this company, they have deals which can't be missed, have good products and great prices so it's too good not to keep using really. I will continue to use this site and cross my fingers that another company follows in their footsteps bringing bargain deals and I can use them instead. To finish here are a few tips when using the site. - As if the prices are not competitive enough, you can sometimes find voucher codes to use. '10OFF50MVC' gets you 10% off orders over £50 at the moment. - Check your sizes and the product description carefully before ordering. I nearly ordered a cheap tracksuit for my boyfriend until I realised the description said juniors. Which of course should be in the kids, not mens section, but that's sports direct. - Sign up as a member, you will get emails with their latest deals Thanks for reading. Also on Ciao.

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        16.08.2013 13:46

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        very good site

        I buy almost everything online, foodshopping, kitchen appliances, phones, and clothing. With me doing kickboxing and 2 daughters playing sports we need good sportsclothing. So I prefered a sports styore than the supermarketclothing. ( dont get me wrong, they have good clothing but I just prefer sports stores) I like the sportsdirect stores but the big sales you find online at sportsdirect.com They have clothing starting at only £2!!. The postage is £3.99 and over a certain amount ( normally £50) its free delivery. They have not just sportclothing but also a small amount of normal clothes and all kinds of sports accesoires. They have so many different catergories like swimming, kickboxing, running, tennis etc. You can buy everything you need. Because I kickbox I wanted the gloves, pads, bag etc. I got it all at sportsdirect for £39.99. ( gloves, bag, pads, hook to hang the bag up Lonsdale brand) They have all the good brands like: Lonsdale, crosshatch, nike, adidas and so much more cheaper than other stores. Whenever i order items I always get an email with a trackingnumber so that i can track my parcel. The deliveryman always calls me 10 min before he comes to my house to let me know he is coming. I had to return a pair of trainers before because of the size and the only negative thing about it that you have to pay the postage to send it back but other than that I can say that I am a satisfied customer who will keep buying from sportdirect.com

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        13.04.2013 15:01

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        I bought some Leki walking poles back in March via Ebay. One had obviously been used before, one section was scratched and the handle was scuffed.Reported this to customer service who replied with a stock email telling me to send it back at my cost. When I complained further they eventually provided a freepost address but this could not be used as the pole is longer than the maximum for that service. On 26 March they agreed to collect and replace. I had to phone them on a 0845 number to arrange a date. I have never managed to get through by phone to speak to anyone.I have emailed them several times and raised a dispute through Ebay but am getting absolutely nowhere.Does anyone have a telephone number that works? Not 0870. Or a number or email for their head office?

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        13.03.2013 12:14
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        The helpful features like tracking are useful, but contact us pages let the site down a lot.

        The sports direct website is an excellent one-stop-shop for pretty much everything to do with sport. One thing I've noticed is that they do have a lot more clothing items and a wider variety of equipment than they do in their stores. Some of the stores aren't big enough to accommodate all the stock so they just put it on the website, and get it delivered to your door. The site is easy to navigate and simple to use. There isn't too much flash, but it does have annoying rollovers when you hover over the pictures, which stay static once you've rolled over. If it went back and forth i wouldn't mind so much, but you need to move mouse off pretty quick to stop it changing picture. Placing an order on the site is simple and straight forward, you select quantity on the item page as is the same with colour and size, then just add the items to your "bag" then checkout through the secure pages. You will be asked to log in but creating an account takes a couple minutes. They don't ask you for too much personal information but obviously they need your address on file so you don't have to enter it every time you pay. It can also store your card details. They have a helpful FAQ on the website which covers all the basics about shopping and paying for your items, but if you get stuck you can use the Contact Us feature. This is annoyingly hidden at the bottom of the page in small print. The only way that I can seem to contact them quickly is by email. I've given up getting to a phone number. There is an order history and order tracking feature on the site which updates regularly and tells you when to expect your delivery, when it was dispatched etc. This isn't pin point accurate and it just tells you if it's left the depot or out for delivery etc rather than pin point locations. Overall these guys have a good website don't get me wrong but their contact us page has so many sub pages and the fact that I can't even find a phone number tells me they don't want to speak to me directly. I will award 4 stars, knocking off a star for the ease of use of the site, except for ordering, which is probably the easiest thing you can do on the site once you've signed up, because you don't have to re enter information.

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          05.09.2011 13:42

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          if you want to lose your money for a few weeks and not get anything shop at SD.

          Ordered PE kit for my daughter last week. Used paypal as i had heard what SD were like at refunding. Logged onto paypal account a couple of days later for another reason only to find SD had cancelled my order. I have had no email or phone call telling me they have cancelled the order. I tried phoning them only to be cut off twice when i tried explaining, thats after it took me half an hour to actually find a phone number for them, I tried three stores but not one of them answered the phone. So I emailed them and got a bob standard response " The majority of stores bla bla bla" So its now a week later I still have not heard why they cancelled the order, or why they dont feel the need to let customers know why they are cancelling the orders. More to the fact its now a week and they are still holding my money, my money on an order that they cancelled not me. Order number 3035481197 Not that it will make a blind bit of difference Im only giving a One star becasue you cannot give a zero

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          02.07.2011 20:34
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          Cheap prices, but beware of poor quality

          I've bought a number of items recently from Sports Direct.com, and I must say that the quality of some of their products is poor, and their customer service is even worse. I purchased a number of items of clothes on line. To be fair, delivery was pretty fast - they arrived just a few days later. However, a couple of my items were of very poor quality. Ok, they were fairly cheap, but when I examined them in detail, it was clear that I couldn't wear these in public. A tshirt looked as if it was simply cut out of the cloth, and not finished off. There were no seams on the sleeves, the neck, or around the waist. In fact, it was simply a piece of cloth, in the vague shape of a t-shirt. I also ordered a pair of shorts, but found that on the inside of each leg, part of the material had been torn away. Now, to return damaged products is a chore, you have to pay the Post & Packing yourself (its in the terms & conditions I'm afraid). Despite this setback, I'd also seen a very nice ladies hooded top that I wanted to buy as a birthday present. I ordered it on line, it arrived quickly - but they'd shipped the wrong size (childrens large rather than adult large). So I called their customer services number. That's resulted in around 45 minutes hanging to to speak to someone. When I finally got through, the lady was very apologetic, and assured me that they did have the right size in stock, so I ordered a replacement. And guess what - it arrived, and again they'd shipped a children's size. So, back to the customer services, where again it was more than 30 minutes waiting on hold. The lady said she'd investigate further and let me know why the second shipment was also wrong. Now, I did state clearly that this was urgent - the birthday was just 2 days away. However, I received no response. So I had to write numerous emails, and finally received an answer that the products in the warehouse were incorrectly labelled, and they in fact did NOT have the product in adult size. So they failed completely to meet by requirements as a customer; plus they provided inaccurate information, and failed to act with urgency to resolve by problem. I was so frustrated, I asked for the details of the Customer Service Management. As yet, they have not responded to my complaint. So, lessons learned for me. The products are fairly cheap, and I've received some that are perfectly fine. However, the ratio between good and damaged/incorrect products that I've received is not good, so I will not be using this company again in the future.

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          23.01.2011 15:10
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          I will never buy another thing from them again!!

          As it was coming up to a new year i decided to have a clear out. Having been so long in buying myself any new clothes I decided to through them all out so I would have no choice but to order new ones. So one afternoon i sat down with my computer and started looking at sportsdirect.com I would of gone into the store but having two small children I thought this would be a better idea. Knowen for being cheap with their clothes i started browsing and found myself quite a few bargins. I must of spent around £300 - £350 on clothes and a pair of trainers. After about 8 days the items arrived, looking at this huge box of all my clothes I couldnt wait to try them on. So there I was wripping the box appart, eyeing up my items. Trying them on I was rather pleased with myself that id got so much for my money. Then came the best bit... the trainers all women are pretty much daft of shoes arent they? So I opened the box of my new NIKE trainers, tried them on and walked around the house for a few moments to see if they were comfortable enough. Thinking they are fine I went to put them back in the box & realized that both trainers were two completely different colours. One was bright white my guess is the one thats always kept in the box and the other one was dirty also a little yellow againg my guess is ex display. This was not stated online when I choose them, so i rather surprised that they came in this state doesnt anyone check the items beofre they are sent? Guess not. I picked up the invoice and searched for the number of customer services to give them a call but I couldnt find it anywhere, slightly confused I decided to look online for the number to call them but all I could find was writing saying not to take items back to the stores as they will not be accepted. So I decided to search for another 10 minutes and finally found that I could email them so I wrote my complaint to them and within two days they replied. They said that I had 7 days to return the item after recieving it but I would be charged for sending it back they would not pay it for me. Rather strange seeing that there was a fault?? Not happy I packaged the item up and took it to the post office to be sent back. It been over three weeks now & they claim to of refunded the money owed to me to my card but from what I can see this is no where to be seen. Since my items have been ordered I have most of my items fall appart after contacting them again and them telling me the same process I decided to go to watch dog about the matter. I would seriously recommend that no one orders from the website againg. If you are wanting cheap clothes, trainers, shoes, training items then I suggest you go into the store but please bare in mind that if an item doesnt suit you after buying they only offer a credit note. I would rate the site 1 out of 5 its really not worth the time, effot, or money wasted for nothing but hassle. Thanks for listening and I hope that my review was of some use to you. Thanks again.

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            20.10.2010 12:11
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            I like a quallity bargain and I got one!

            I have shopped at Sports Direct before both online and instore and so I was aware that the store has alot to offer for all sporting tastes. The reason I was prompted to undertake a review for the company today - sportsdirect.com - was due to an amazing recent experience. SO GO ON THEN WHY DID YOU GO TO SPORTSDIRECT.COM? Well my husband gets emails from them from time to time and the one he received recently was to alert him of a current 'crazy' sale. Well you know you get emails like that often don't you and when you go to look you soon come away because the prices are not reduced significantly or the offerings are very few. This was not the case on this occasion! We got some superb buys. Mainly from the footwear department which offered a good variety of choice at some really great prices. For example - I know you want to know - I got a pair of Head running shoes that were £6.00! RRP £49.99! I know isn't that a great price! Of course you do need to bear in mind the £3.99 post and packaging but if you are ordering a few items and saving so much it is not so bad and the delivery is spot on by DHL. OK THEN YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION WHAT KIND OF STUFF DO THEY HAVE? At the moment there is, for example, an Addidas football at £3 reduced from £9.99! There is a bike that is less than half price and lots of footwear deals including Asics, New Balance and Head. There are sports clothes galore for children, women and men. There is walking gear at great prices by Craghoppers, Berghaus and Low Alpine! Running stuff for both sexes, football, golf, tennis - so much choice! Also Crocs (genuine) starting at £5.00! Regular Categories include: Badminton Basketball Boxing Cricket Cycling Fishing! Fitness Golf Hockey Rugby Walking Skate Swimming Tennis Leisure Underwear! And more! They also do accessories which includes water bottles, hats, bags, gifts and toys, slippers and sports nutrition. This place is like an Aladdins Cave for sports gear! OK SO WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF THE ITEMS LIKE? Well the items that we ordered where all genuine and in pristine condition as you would expect when buying something brand new. The footwear came boxed like you would get from the store and the clothing was very well packaged as you would recieve it from a quality mail order company. So the quality is just as you would expect it to be and the same as you would get from a shop. WHAT IS THE ONLINE ORDERING EXPERIENCE LIKE? I found the website very easy to navigate the only issue is that there is so much choice and so much on sale at this time. This store is pretty competitive in the first place but some prices at the moment are greatly reduced. The sections are clearly labelled at the top and include Football, Clothing and footwear and if you click on one of these it is straightforward to browse and prices are clearly displayed. I particularly like the fact that available sizes are displayed under each item or you can click on a specific size from the left hand side menu which also offers options of gender and brand as well as colour! You can easily customize you search if you don't want to browse. There is a help section at the top which is self explanatory as you go through it and the basket is situated at the top and is easy to see what is in your order so far. Just a tip - if you see something, especially in the sale, that you really want then don't leave it too long before you process your order and payment as if someone else adds the last one to their basket and pays before you then you won't get it - that did happen on our order we only discovered this when the order arrived and it wasn't in the package. The invoice didn't include it and payment wasn't taken for it. The same thing has happened to me on mandmdirect.co.uk too - useful to know. SO WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT? The payment process was very straightforward and you also register at the same time so that you can view your account at any time, this is a good feature when you want to check an order. Payments methods are VISA MASTERCARD SOLO MAESTRO AMERICAN EXPRESS and the website is secured by Mastercard which asked for a password on completion of payment. SO YOU LIKE IT HERE THEN? I would give this company a big thumbs up no problem. The variety of gear on offer and massive selection of choices is pretty impressive and at times of sales the prices are greatly reduced which is appreciated and can save you lots of pennies! The service is A1 in my opinion from browsing to placing the order on to delivery which was speedy and friendly by DHL and then the packaging which was high quality recycled and fully protected the order. All items were genuine and immaculate. I am really pleased and very impressed with sportsdirect.com and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others - hope you bag a bargain too! FINAL WORD Great shopping experience that offers good reductions in prices and genuine, quality sports products to your door by DHL. Gin Gan Goo!

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              11.06.2010 11:20
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              Buy instore if you can

              As I my brother will be 21 on the day of England's first World Cup match this year, I decided that an England shirt with his nickname and 21 on the back would be a good present for his birthday. He is currently serving in the Royal Navy and his ship would be away at sea on the day of his birthday so I knew I would have to sort things out in plenty of time to ensure that it got there in time. My first port of call was a Sports Direct store but they had run out of number 1s so I thought I would try their website. When I first visited the site I found it easy to find the England shirts and there were plenty of options regarding sizes, separated into infant, junior and adult. There were also options with player's names and numbers on the back if you wanted one of those. I clicked on the adult shirt and selected the size needed from a drop down list, personalising the shirt was also an easy task. There are boxes for you type in your required name and numbers, after double checking I had typed everything in correctly (as they won't refund personalised items) I proceeded to the check out. I had to create an account in order to continue which was simple enough, and then choose the delivery option. The choices were standard at £3.99 or express for £5.99. As standard was quoted as taking 3-5 days I opted for this. I then paid for my order and was taken to an order confirmation page; this said I would receive an email of my confirmation. I actually didn't receive an email order confirmation but I had printed a copy so I didn't worry too much. My order arrived with me the next working day so although I had only paid for standard delivery it still arrived really quickly. I was really happy with the speed and efficiency of the delivery. The parcel was quite a lot larger and heavier than I was expecting for a football shirt, when I opened it I had been sent a free Sports Direct mug and a St George's Cross with Sports Direct written across it. I then took the shirt out of the packaging and upon checking the back for the printing immediately saw that they had printed a number 12 rather than a 21. The first thing I did was check my order confirmation to make sure I had put the correct one on my order, the confirmation definitely said 21 and so did the invoice which was in the parcel. As it was after 7pm I sent the customer services an email explaining what had happened but I got an automated response saying that it would be dealt with within five days. I couldn't afford to wait that long as it would mean the present might be too late in getting to my brother. I looked on their website for a contact number so that I could phone them first thing the next day, I had no joy. So I spent a good thirty minutes or so googling for a contact number. I eventually found several but most of these didn't actually work, when one that I tried did work I was overjoyed to find that "my call was important to them and I was number 6 in a queue". After forty minutes I eventually got to speak to a real person (I'm now pleased I was at work that day and this wasn't on my telephone bill), when I explained what had happened the customer services advisor she said that I could return the shirt and they would send out a replacement. This would have been fine but they could not guarantee it would get to me in time. She then said that I could buy a new shirt in store, when I explained that the reason I ordered online was because they didn't have the correct numbers in store, she said she would ask my nearest store if they had them. The next thing I knew I had been transferred through to the store and hadn't been told, nor had the person she had put me through to. I asked if they had the letters and numbers needed but they had run out of some of the letters required, he also couldn't transfer me back through to Customer Services from his phone. The thought of another 40 minutes listening to how important my call was to them filled me with dread - I was already wondering if I'd be dreaming about it that night. When I called back instead of pressing 2 for customer services I pressed the hash and star keys a few times, amazingly this got me through to the main reception, the lady said she could put me through to the advisors I complained that I couldn't wait in a queue due to being at work she put me through to the customer services manager. Again I explained what had happened and that I needed a replacement as soon as possible due to an error on their part, I was told there was nothing else I could do except go into store and purchase another returning the incorrect item. I told him I was not prepared to do this and asked under the circumstances whether an exchange in store would be possible, again I was told no. At this point I told him that I would be returning the shirt by special delivery and purchasing elsewhere. After all of this I rang another sports store and asked if they had the correct sized shirt, letters and numbers in stock. The lady I spoke to confirmed they did, so during my lunch hour I made a trip there and came away with a shirt I was happy to send out to my brother. This was the first time I had made an order from the Sports Direct website and it will also be the last, whilst I can't fault the speed of service they gave I am shocked that something as simple as checking the order was correct before sending it out was overlooked and the inflexibility when it came to rectifying their mistake was disappointing. I could understand if it was me who had made an error when I ordered. They did only take two working days to refund my card, and my original postage costs were refunded as well. I'm not sure if this usually happens, but I did request a "full refund including postage" when I sent it back just in case. I actually only got a reply to my original email the day after I had the refund issued to my card, and a week after I first sent it. If it's help to anyone the telephone number for Customer Services is 0845 1299 200 and the freepost returns address is; Freepost RRGJ-ZZSB-GLBX Returns Department Sports Direct PO Box 9034 Mansfield NG18 9DD Although if you do need to return anything I would probably recommend doing so by a trackable method (Recorded or Special Delivery) so that they can't claim it has not been received. If you do this though it does mean that you aren't able to benefit from the free postage, I thought this was a small price to pay for the peace of mind of knowing it had actually been received. I'm having a bit of a dilemma on how many stars to award for this review, on the one hand although my order was wrong everything else was really efficient including the refund but the service from Customer Services was poor. I'm going with one because of this. (Little brother has received the other shirt I bought & assured me he hasn't opened it yet lol)

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                02.06.2010 17:10
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                A great value online sports clothes and accessories site

                On having just received my goods after ordering on the website I thought I would share my thoughts. I receive an email a few times a week about what they have as their offer of the day. Sometimes these are absolutely fantastic bargains, but you do have to consider the £3.99 postage. The other day there were some adult trainers for £5 but you do have to be quick to get the sizes you want. Also you need to consider that there is a maximum purchase per customer to avoid people buying it in bulk to sell on and leaving none for the genuine customers. I think that this has its pros and cons. You may have 5 children and want to take advantage of the outstanding offer, or you might want to buy a few sizes to last for a couple of years while you can. This would be a disadvantage with the maximum 2 per person. On the other hand this is great that you may have a chance of grabbing one for yourself because the other eBay and carbooters haven't been able to nab them all for themselves at 6am! The site itself is very easy to browse with everything sorted into the departments. You can then choose whether you are looking for men's, women's, or children's. You then have the option of searching lower or higher price or highest saving. Another great thing about searching is once you have found the department you want you can then search by size. I find this is fantastic and saves a lot of time from seeing something you like and then finding out it doesn't have your size. When you are searching, the images are big enough to browse without clicking on it, and you can see the sizes available underneath. When I was searching through the kids clothes, this was a great asset to have. They have a great range of branded clothing from Adidas to Reebok to Nike etc. So I was looking for new trainers for me and my daughter for our hols next month and once we had picked some. (I got a pair of Kappa in the sale for £10 and she got Hello Kitty for £8) I then saw some cheap £1 slippers for her. She was jumping for joy as we had been looking for some cheap ones for a few weeks anyway. I also treated my son to a new Bogie t-shirt for £4 and a new top for daughter too. Oh and 2 gym bags for the kids for school next year at £2 each. Once I had checked through the rest of the sales to see if there were any other bargains to be had I went through to checkout. Realising there was a £3.99 p&p I thought I would scan HUKD to see if there was a free delivery code. There wasn't one but I did find a 10% code which worked out £3.20 off my order which was good enough for me. Checkout was straight-forward and I received an email confirmation. An hour or so later I received a further email to say they have received my order and was processing it. The following day I received an email to say it had been dispatched and this included a link to track the order. Brilliant. I was concerned that I may not be home and in the past I have had parcels just left on my doorstep! This didn't happen. I came home to a note saying they had the left the parcel next door. I love savvy delivery men :) This morning I had received yet another email to apologise for one of the items being out of stock, which is good customer service as they haven't just left that for me to find out on my delivery note. The parcel was very well packed and included a catalogue and a free gift of a HUGE England flag that my son quickly snapped up and a bag (ok so it has sports direct on it and its free advertising for them but it is a sturdy bag that I can use for shopping!) Overall I cannot fault this website and the service I have received. They claim to deliver within 24 hours and they did and I was informed of every stage of the delivery. The goods we got are of great value. I particularly am impressed with the £2 gym bags. Bargain! And the trainers and clothes are great too. You cannot fault getting 2 pairs of trainers for £18! I expect to pay more than that for just me. If for any reason you need to return any items you can take them to a store for an exchange only. But you can send them back to an address on the invoice with all labels still attached and unused within 7 days. The cost of postage will not be refunded. I think this site and the store are tremendous value and I will definitely be purchasing from here again. I thoroughly recommend it.

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                  27.04.2010 23:30
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                  Unrivalled on the high street in terms of price but sacrifices made in other areas to provide this

                  Whenever I'm looking for a cheap piece of sports equipment or clothing the first shop I visit without fail is sports direct. They offer all the gear that you would find in a normal sports retailer, but at a discounted price. Admittedly for that cheaper price you do lose some of the other aspects of good service that you would find in a more upmarket retailer, for example knowledgeable staff, tidiness and cleanliness. I can only speak for my two local stores in Cambridge, but I do feel that the company does sacrifice store presentation in favour of a 'stack em high, sell em cheap' approach. The shops are often messy with stock mixed up,although I did notice on my last visit yesterday that they have begun to group products geared at runners, cyclists etc. together, although I did have to explore all four floors of the shop before I found the running 'section' (more a column with bottles, socks, and shoe laces hanging off it). The cleanliness is something else which I find to be severely lacking in the shops, with large dust bunnies lurking beneath stands, grubby floors and often grubby marks on clothes which have fallen onto the floor. The discount on products varies, generally according to the brand. Big name brands such as Adidas generally only have 20% or so off them, leaving prices still fairly high for the non-serious sportsperson. In contrast you can get other less well known brands as much as 70% off (although sometimes you do wonder who would pay the full retail price). For me it's these less well known names that really draw me in, if I'm going running I'm going to get as much value out of a £2 Diadora t-shirt as a £20 Nike counterpart. If you're looking to get some advice about what item to purchase to best suit your needs, for example sports equipment, I would leave sports direct well alone. I am yet to be approached by a member of looking to give me friendly and helpful advice whilst browsing. This level of staff training also expects to the check out as well I feel, frequently you are left standing at an empty desk waiting to be served for five minutes of so whilst a member of staff stands five yards away hanging clothes up and pointedly ignoring you. Overall I would say that if your main concern is the price tag attached to what you are purchasing then this is the place to shop, providing you aren't to bothered about the level of customer service you receive.

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                  17.02.2010 09:00
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                  REALLY PLEASED WITH THIS INTERNET SHOP.

                  My children go through trainers at a rate of knots. I am forever buying new pairs of trainers from the local sports store. This can add up to quite a serious amount of money. After having a bit of a strop with them on Saturday morning regarding the state of their trainers, i decided to have a little browse on the internet before driving to my local sports store. After a google search, I ended up on sports direct.com The site was bright and attractive and exceptionally easy to navigate around. On the initial page of the site they have the days bargain item. The first day I clicked on the site it was football team logo slippers for a £1 the second day it was womens addidas light jackets for a £5. These items looked excellent quality and even though they werent what I was look for I feel this drew my attention to the site as I realised they were offering quality goods for low prices. The site is exceptionally easy to use. You choose what type of sportswear or footwear you are looking for. Then you click on adults men,adults women or children. They then give you the option to start searching from the cheapest trainers to the dearest or visa versa. I decided to opt for the cheapest to dearest option. When the results came up, I was more than pleasently suprised. The amount of high sportsbrand trainers that were for sale for under a tenner was amazing. These same trainers I had previously been paying in ecess of £30 for in sports shops. The range of sporting brands was excellent. All the popular makes were available. Reebok, adiddas, umbro, nike and kappa. The prices varied from £7 to £40. The £40 trainers were the type of trainers that you would pay atleast another £20 for in the shops. The thing that I found most useful about this site, is that you can see from the info underneath the picture oof the trainers what sizes are available. I have to state though that most trainers had a wide range of available sizes. Finally I decided on a pair of kappa white and navy trainers for my son. They were really smart, sturdy and trendy and had three velcro straps which is helpful for school. These trainers were only £10. I have paid more than that for trainers from the supermarkets for him to play in!! I picked out a cool and retro looking pair of umbro white and pink trainers for my daughter. They are really funky and will look amazing with jeans. Again these trainers had velcro straps. Not that she needs them aged 9 but the trainers were so modern and funky I had to have them for her. And these cool and stylish trainers were a staggering £7. What an absolute bargain!! Whilst I was on the site I decided to have a little look at the sale items. I was very impressed with the spots clothing and footwear that were on sale. I managed to bag myself a pair of hello kitty flip flops for my daughter for holidays. I had these for £2. I was so chuffed with this purchase I felt a bit wrong though because it was so cheap it felt like robbery. To proceed to the checkout was easy. They give you step by step guidance. Then they ask you what method of delivery you wish to choose. I decided apon normal delivery which they say takes 3-5 days. There is express delivery which allows you to recieve the trainers by the next day but the cost of this was nearly £8 which is more than I paid for a pair of trainers. The standard delivery was nearly £4. I thought this was a fair price considering the weight of two pairs of trainers and a pair of flip flops. As soon as my purchase had been processed I had an email from sports direct. I found the email to be curtious and informative. Allowing me a better idea of when my goods would arrive. Infact they sent me another email on the Monday to say that my goods had been dispatched. Yesterday afternoon I arrived home to find my neighbour waving to me with a parcel. I knew straight away what it was and was quite excited to get indoors and inspect the contents of my parcel. The parcel was well packaged. It was sent via DHL. As their logo was emblazoned across the front of the package. When opening the parcel I was really impressed to find that all items were individually boxed. Both pairs of trainers were even nicer in reality than they looked on the pc. I am so very pleased with my purchase. The hello kitty flip flops were also really cool and they had a price tag on them for £9.99 so I had a real bargain there. I would certainly use this website again in order to purchase trainers. Infact I Will be using this site again in a couple of weeks to order my husband a pair of trainers he fancied. Again all the male and female trainers are hugely discounted. Basically by using this site you have nothing to loose and so much to gain. I certainly saved a great deal of money by using this site. Without the hassle of trailing around the sports stores. My order from time of processing to time of delivery took three days. I find that very acceptable. I am really impressed with this site and will continue to use it in the future.

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                    07.02.2010 13:49
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                    A god send for discount sport items.

                    Sports direct has not long changed its name from sports world. It is basically a cheaper version of JJB that sells sporty clothes, footwear, accessories and equipment. I often go to the store in Merry Hill or in Birmingham. Both the stores are really big and have a lot of variety of mens, womens and childrens footwear and clothing. You can buy many brand names like Adidas, Nike and Reebok. The clothes don't seem as new and modern as what they sell in JD sports, like you don't get the new Nike training things in there, but you still get a lot of really nice sport wear. I've bought trainers from there for my son and was really pleased with them. They were adidas and I only paid £12 for them. They were great quality and it said on the box that they were meant to have been £25.00. There are lots of items like this that have one price on the original label like £25.00 then one of their stickers on top that gives you a much lower price like £8.00. They sell things like golf clubs, footballs and boxing equipment but I've never bought any of this so I can't really comment on it. They sell a great deal of accessories like shoe laces, boxers and sunglasses. Again these are all much cheaper than you would pay for them elsewhere and the quality of them isn't affected. It's like shopping in a huge sale in JJB. They also sell some clothing items that aren't sporty, like No fear Jeans and boots which are nice. I've bought a couple of pairs of jeans and tops for my daughter out of there and yet again, great price and quality. My only issue with this store is it can be quite messy in there and it isn't a very pushchair friendly shop. There's often little space between rails of clothes and there are things on the floor a lot which makes it hard work trying to get a pushchair around the shop. I've always struggled with this and it's quite annoying really, but I've been to a few stores like this. I've had to ask staff for help and if they have other things in back etc and they've always been really polite and helpful. They're often quite young in there but they are always nice enough so I can't say I mind at all. Overall, I like this store. You can save a fortune in there because some items are just ridiculously cheap compared to JJB or JD sports. I'd definitely recommend that you have a look in, but if you have got a pushchair, then be prepared to have to struggle a bit!

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                      19.11.2009 18:39
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                      Not A Nice Place To Shop

                      Ok, first of all I must mention something about this review. Sportsdirect.com is not just a website, they are also a chain of sport stores up and down the country. This review is of the store and not the website. I have looked at the website and it looks to be fine, but have never bought anything from there so can't really comment on it to much. So the store. I live in Blackburn and about eight years ago when there were JJB stores popping up everywhere we got a new sport shop in the centre of town. Sports Soccer was its name. I went in a few times and was amazed at how cheap some of the goods were. Anyway, about a year or two ago Sports Soccer changed to Sportsdirect.com. Seems a strange name for a shop but I suppose it advertises the website very well. So as you go into the shop the first thing you notice is how clostrophobic it is! Everything is cramped together and there is just no room. Its a decent size shop with a down stairs department as well yet there is just no space. I hate going in this shop when its busy as you just cannot move. And the store in Blackburn is always full of scruffy teenagers in track suits who just kind of loiter around for no apparent reason. When I've been in there I ahve got some real bargains. Things are very cheap and there are some decent brand names in there. The most recent thing I bought was a pair of trainers. So I went in and had a look at the huge selection, whilst being jossled by angry looking teenage mums I spotted a pair I liked. So I asked a near by shop assistant about them. He didnt seem to interested as he was texting on his phone. Anyway I asked if they had a size 9, I hadnt noticed that the one on display was a 9. So he looked at the shoe and said 'yeah you holding it' in a very sarcastic sense. So I asked to try a pair on, he told to try that one on. By this time I was getting a little annoyed but humored him and tried on the shoe. It seemed OK, so I asked for the other. He grunted as if tosay 'why?' Anyway of he went and about 3 months later came back with the box and other shoe. He threw it down on the floor and wandered off. I nearly left the store then and there but dicided I wanted the trainers so picked the box up and tried the other one. So then the checkout. The original member of staff had been a young lad who just didn't seem to belong in decent society. However the lady behind the counter was in her 40's so I was expecting more from her. However she completely ignored my friendly hello, and didn't even once make eye contact. She spouted something about no returns, took my money, no please or thankyou, and then shoved my receipt in the bag and turned her back on me. At this point I was tempted to pinch the cash register but decided against it. So I left the store in disgust! Have been back a few times and the staff, whilst never being that bad again, have no idea about the stuff there selling, seem more interested in talking to each other than helping customers and are a complete waste of space. I hate this shop, but it does sell things for half the price of other sports stores. The stuff I've bought from there has always been OK, but I hate going into the shop itself. Maybe the website is the way to go as it has all the choice and value without having to be spat upon by society's scum. So aviod this store and maybe check out the website for a bargain.

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                        09.11.2009 14:11
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                        A good place online to buy sports clothing. Well Worth A Look.

                        Sports Direct is the online division of the retailer of the same name who used to be known as Soccer Sports. No points for guessing that this site deals in selling Sportswear. You can buy clothing for Men, Women & Children. The website has a wide range of items from shorts up to warm coats. On top of this you can buy loads of items for specific sports teams. Premier League Shirts plus on international football items. English Cricket, Rugby Union & Rugby League items are all sold. They also sell some American Football & Baseball merchandise. When I used the site, i found it easy to use & navigate & the service good. The items came pretty quickly, were well packed & I was happy with them. You can also sometimes buy items online which aren't available in store. I would use the site again. There are a couple of downsides. First of all they offer free delivery - if you spend £50! This to me seems very hich when compared with the likes of Amazon, Play & HMV who can all offer free delivery on everything. I must admit that I'm not familiar with the profit margins of clothes compared with digital media or books, but I'm sure that they can't be that different. Free delivery on £20 or all orders would be a lot better, especially with my second point in mind. All the items on the website are the same price as in store. This is OK if you can't get to a store, but if you can, it makes more sense to buy in store. You get the item on the spot. You can try it on & you don't pay postage & packing. It would give me even more incentive to use the site if the prices were slightly cheaper. I would recommend using the site to people. The service is reliable. The prices are competitive & the stock range is good. So all in all a good online store. Lose the p&p charges for an extra star!

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