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to think Primark is the nearest thing to hell?

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JennifersBody Wed 24-Apr-13 18:21:09

Always packed with people. Every time I enter it there is always someone having an argument, or shouting something.

I will trip over at least three pushchairs, and have a couple more rammed into my ankles.

It will take forever to squeeze past the vast amount of people in the aisles.

We will get shoved and bumped - never get an apology.

If you want to try something on prepare to lose a good portion of your day, if you decide to buy it you will lose the other portion of your day.

All I wanted was a pair of jeans.

A fashion insider I know says she can't buy cloth wholesale for Primark retail garment prices, in many cases. Their suppliers must be doing something very unusual.

ProfessorDent Fri 26-Apr-13 14:25:28

I have to disagree, the Primark in Oxford St near Tottenham Court Road is okay. I can pick up some chinos for around £8; in M&S they'll be £25 and rather than have the Brian Cox look, they'll have the Alan Titschmarsh or David Attenborough vibe, where everything on the rack is 38in waist.

That said, recent news about the factory deaths has made me consider just how they get their clothing at such low price levels.

Saski Fri 26-Apr-13 14:14:11

I bought some underwear at Primark once. It wasn't great quality.

I buy nearly all my kids' clothes used (Ebay) - both of my boys wear them, then I give them to goodwill. There is no way that Primark clothes could be handed down several times. Maybe I'd consider it if I didn't rely upon hand-me-downs, but for me it's a false economy.

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Apr-13 14:00:14

Oh no Fair. sad

FairOfFaceButFullOfWoe Fri 26-Apr-13 13:59:38

Try working there! I get treated like shit all day by rude customers who think that 'its only primark' and I don't deserve any respect or common curtesy. Go out of my way to help people and get looked down on. Lovely.

valiumredhead Fri 26-Apr-13 10:19:41

Primark is great but it completely depends which store you go to. Our one has escalators, is huge and really civilised, the one near where I used to live was like shopping in Gran Theft Auto.

Quality is good and same as other high street shops, anyone who says otherwise probably hasn't been.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Apr-13 17:49:09

Brilliant, thanks Vodka. smile

VodkaJelly Thu 25-Apr-13 17:45:43

I love Matalan too Sparklingbrook, we can be chav's together

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Apr-13 17:16:31

I think Matalan's stuff is lovely. Is that ok? <worries>

VodkaJelly Thu 25-Apr-13 17:04:43

Usualsuspect, I buy 90% of my clothes from Asda and the other 10% from New Look or Select. I am not posh, I am poor and skint

usualsuspect Thu 25-Apr-13 17:00:26

The sizing is odd,but I still buy nearly all my clothes from there or Asda. I'm very classy me.

VodkaJelly Thu 25-Apr-13 16:51:14

My nephew worked in Primark, he said that when the shop closed in the evenings the place looked like a bomb had gone off, clothes all over the floor, hangers on the floor, tags everywhere.

He had never seen anything like it before.

I dont really shop there, as others have said the sizing is really weird and what ever I buy in my size doesnt really fit or is too tight.

I don't mind it. Except the one in Manchester. On a Saturday, while hungover.

Several mumsnetters and I wandered aimlessly into one in a vague search for some tights. Never a-fucking-gain.

expatinscotland Thu 25-Apr-13 16:33:35

I love Primark. And Tesco, Matalan and ASDA. I am a chav.

I agree with another poster that its the only place I get trousers for my long skinny son, and hes growing out of them, so I'm going to have to go soon.

I went to a branch in Somerset last summer (we had forgot towels for our camping trip), and it was like John Lewis!!!! Clean, tidy, well lit, organised and nice staff - I felt like I was in some sort of parrallel universe after the usual hell of a London Primark!

allmycats Thu 25-Apr-13 16:05:02

Not all of their items are crap, some are actually well made and good value, in the same way a lot of 'designer' clothing is poorly made polyester 'emperors new clothes' tat. Where ever you shop you need to look at the finish/cut of the garment and consider the price you are paying.

Some times my local store is hellish and other times, especially midweek in the moring it is quiet. I have never, however , found it be dirty. In fact the polished floor is so highly polished it is like a bloody skating ring.

Ethics on the high street are a whole new thread !

gazzalw Thu 25-Apr-13 15:59:56

There is a place for Primark in everyone's wardrobes and especially those of savvy teens, who need to make a 'show' with Hollister, Cath Kidston, Jack Wills etc.... whilst having a few understated (read: cheap) essentials from places such as Primark!

CherylTrole Thu 25-Apr-13 15:56:06

Excellent point Mrs D can just see the post in Chat " PLEASE help me! I have found something in my home with a Primark label on it. What have I done to deserve this? My DD knows she is not allowed to go there" Haaaaaa <<pictures MN mummas taking to the Primark labels with scissors>>

I love asdas, matalan and tescos i'm too poor to be a snob grin i like good quality at low prices but primark can't provide that - i'm not even all that fussy but i have an odd body shape (tall, loooong body and when not pregnant i'm fat and wobbly like dough blush ) so it's hard to find half decent clothes at reasonable prices.

My odd body is the reason i live in leggings and dresses/long jumpers it's a pain but i foubt even if i was a normal shape i'd wear most of primark as it's so badly shaped and stitched.

BottledWaterandFags Thu 25-Apr-13 15:24:35

I actually love Primark.

I really enjoy getting the train (no Primark where I live) and giving over a good three or four hours to rummaging, trying on, browsing, impulse buying.

I usually come home with three or four bags full of all manner of things and I rarely have to spend over £100.

Today, every single item I am wearing (apart from a bracelet and my bra) is from Primark. The whole ensemble cost me about £30.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Apr-13 14:19:55

Here is a thread about the factory collapse should anyone want to comment.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Apr-13 14:16:52

Well said MrsDe. smile

Has anyone linked to a thread about the factory collapse yet?

LadyBeagleEyes Thu 25-Apr-13 13:35:13

Their skinny jeans are some of the best on the High Street.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Apr-13 13:34:35

Oh yeah.
We are all posh racists.

Don't be so bloody daft.

The OP had nothing to do with the collapse. The OP was about the hell of shopping in a high street shop <sob>

not the hell of having to work in an 8 storey sweatshop with no toilet facilities and the windows boarded up.

And yes, Clarkes is the nearest thing to shoe hell that I can think of. The bastards bought up Ravel and replaced those lovely glittery shoes with fugly flats with buckles and crepe soles.

butterflyexperience Thu 25-Apr-13 13:32:17

Disney land/ world are worse.,.

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