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Member Name: D1A1
Date: 02/08/01, updated on 02/08/01 (554 review reads)
Advantages: Superb range of products and services - the staff care,, discussions
UK Games = Special Reserve.
Special Reserve = great!
Ha! There’s no way I’m going to leave it like that, as a member there for 270days+ the inevitable has happened, and I am now sitting down about to tell you about one of the best online stores, and communities, on the web, so buckle up and read away. Hmmm, you see Special Reserve is different. It’s not your standard Amazon.co.uk – it’s more of a community, and that is what the internet has become, it’s no longer a tool, or something that you ‘surf’, it’s about meeting new people, discussing – having your say and basically porn, porn and more porn. Only kidding guys!
Special Reserve ala UKGames.com is a fantastic place to discuss gaming, it’s a great way to win games, win DVD movies, but more importantly meet people – make new friends, as well as finding some absolute bargains – UKGames.com is a haven for PC upgrades, software, peripherals and all kinds of gadgets – DVD movies are sold here, as well as loads and loads of games. You should definitely take the opportunity to sign up with Special Reserve, just £6.99 will secure you a membership – you will receive eleven magazines each year, you will need to renew every twelve months, unless you go for the two year membership, and the best thing? When you sign up you can choose a free gift, which is arguably worth more than the cost of membership. So what are you waiting for?
Right, as far as online stores go, I look for a few major factors – customer service, safety and pricing. I’m not going to lie to you - SR has all three, and they’re all up there with the very top. Customer service, ok, aside for a few miss-orders, i.e. I got the wrong GBA pack, had to pay an extra £10, and some 10plug tower stand things getting destroyed in the post – Special reserve take every care to get what you ordered to you on time in the cond
ition that it’s supposed to be in, and if it’s not there’s none of this waiting around – phone them up, tell them the problem and it’ll be sorted within a few days – brilliant customer service, staff that actually know what they’re talking about as well as understanding what I’m on about (that is a very scarce skill, not one that I possess yet!), and generally we have never had any problems from them. Good telephone manners & clear voices – all you need to make a phone order! Oh and the staff have that too. Except for Ali, he’s a ware wolf and can only snarl or growl. (Alistair is like one of the main people)
Safety? Well, it’s probably safer buying online – that little padlock symbol is present, email confirmations are minimal, but that’s the beauty of it – Special Reserve is simple – it’s not over complicated, everything works, aside from the competition selections (Sorry!), although the competitions are not as important for Special reserve, as they are for us – and we make the forums what they are. Anyway, safety – yep, games delivered – in suitable packaging, if it isn’t complain they’ll change it for you (as of now they should be using boxes for GBA games now right) and in general the service is fast, reliable and comes with that peel off shiny strip thing, in packets, not boxes, so that makes everything worth while! Oh and with every order, even Game a day and film a day wins (that is the name of the competition), you get a “reddy”, specially from the bank of special reserve – useless on it’s own, although could be used to wipe your face, but when you accumulate 5 such tokens, you can send off for a free gift – I have done this many times, thanks a lot – makes winning 5 times that much better than winning 4! Very safe!
Prices? Well, they have a superb PC fixing, constructing facilit
y – the PCs have won many awards, always critically acclaimed, and I’m going to do so too. I have a main computer from SR, no problems with it at all - only been back to Sawbridgeworth for upgrading purposes. Brilliant PCs, puts Dell’s to shame, which I also have – hard drive failed in a month, yummy! Anyway, Special reserve sell a wide range of products, excluding Virtua Tennis – oh well, and the prices are competitive.. No P&P charges, no hidden fees – what you see is what you pay. And if you’re not a member - why not! £6.99 for 11 magazines (or 12/13), and you can claim a free gift too? Brilliant if you ask me.
The forums are the place that I’ve been ranting on for the better part of the last 30days of being online – 50000 words about in 30days, the more I write the less I win, but that’s fine by me because I’ve ‘met’ new people – “we all play games, do you have MSN?” Excellent. I’ve been talking to ‘Dringo’ at 11pm till 1am each night, talking to ‘M16 (BFG), TW, Meka, Grix, Dan UK (Strafex), Sniper, Sheepy, Rakuga, Ant, Bandy, jd99, and more – and because of my strange sleeping habits – I go to bed at 6:30am now, all night between weightlifting (honest!) I talk to ‘Game’, about nothing in particular keeping him from being asleep, everyone is different and I’ve made some real, what I would classify as ‘friends’. We drive the site – we make the sales, we discuss the games, play the games and then go to bed at obscene hours. And it’s all good – thanks Special Reserve. One point I’d like to make, the people here may get on your nerves – try not to take everything to heart – I really thought Meka_Dragon was an idiot, then I spoke to him – not at him – and he’s a great person, not hostile at all, and he may have helped me win a PS2 – big it
up to Ben. So, basically I can really honestly tell you that there is a great community feel to the place. I recommend you join and discuss.
So many new faces – all from the forums, a place to chat discuss, review and cheat (enter cheats) and nowhere else is as good, in my belief. I was on the Gameplay forums, got abused by some know it all who went by the name of Otaku2000 – what an idiot, didn’t like the atmosphere, came back to SR, and hopefully have helped people out, provided many, many words in the right order for the Goat like one (a member called goatboy), and have raised a few interesting discussions. Many people can open up to the forums – if you’ve been bullied, or have something to say, just come along and have a discussion – there are some really great people there.
Yeah, we can all take a break from there, we can stop buying altogether – but I’ve won many games from Special reserve, which is something that I wouldn’t have done if I’d not signed up. As a business, it’s good – Big Tony is chief, NEVER email him with suggestions - just start up your own business! We are R&D we’re the best at R&D, and who really cares if the competitions are basically bribery, ahem, let’s make SR even better!!!
So, its more than just a games site – an online place to buy software, it’s a haven for those who like to talk a lot, and that’s me! Well, in terms of services available, they even have their own ISP – Freeola, I think I contributed to the slogan, if they use it yet “The best things in life are freeola” and well, there’s so much more – just visit the site, you’ll find it such a great place – look on the left scroll bar – so many different sub sites, it’s incredible.