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NOW CLOSED Have a child of school age and want to try out F&F’s new schoolwear range? Get £100 worth of F&F online vouchers to spend on your DC and yourself!

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Jul-13 16:23:24

F&F has asked us to find 100 MNers to test out their F&F schoolwear range with their DC and provide feedback.

Here's what F&F say about their range, "At F&F we're really proud of the value and quality of our products and have spent the last year really improving our schoolwear range. Our schoolwear offering, which is available online all year round, is designed to last. With features including Teflon® fabric protector across skirts, trousers and pinafores, we believe that we've made it easier to get those stains out. Also, we've included adjustable waistbands to ensure a more comfortable fit for your children that will also help the items last that little bit longer as they grow. Finally, we've helped reduce the ironing with our permanent pleats in skirts. We'd love to see what Mumsnetters think about our F&F schoolwear range and we want to know if you agree with the outstanding quality too!"

We're looking for UK Mumsnetters, who have at least one child of school age who wears school uniform, to put the range to the test before the new term starts. If you are selected, you will be sent £100 worth of Tesco online vouchers*. We'd like you to use some of this to buy items from the F&F back to school range and the rest is a gift for you from F&F to treat yourself to some new items for the school run!

Delivery charges aren't included in the e-coupons, however there is the option to 'Click and Collect' which delivers your order to your nearby Tesco, free of charge, by the next day if you place your order by 3pm. We are aware that the summer holidays are fast approaching so we're looking for Mumsnetters who are available to carry out this product test as soon as possible.

Once you have had a chance to purchase a few items and kit your DCs out in a new uniform we'll ask you to get your LOs to put it through its paces and for you to give it a couple of washes before adding your feedback to a thread on MN.

If you're interested in taking part, please sign up here.

Thanks and good luck,

Michelle @ MNHQ

NB: You will receive x4 £25 vouchers, for each voucher you will need to spend the full value, or more.

I am so signed in, dd1 gets through a lot of knees and dd1 is a beanpole so we are on a constant search for clothes that fit.

HeySoulSister Fri 05-Jul-13 16:37:09

Me too.... Asda quality was rubbish this year.

SacreBlue Fri 05-Jul-13 16:44:04

Our summer holidays have already started in NI. My DS is v tall so we have been buying men's shirts, trousers & shoes at M&S so glad to see F&F have 'adult' sized items.

JustCallMeBaldrick Fri 05-Jul-13 16:44:38

Signed up! I hope I get chosen, as my DTs go through trousers so quickly it's ridiculous!

SoupDragon Fri 05-Jul-13 16:50:18

Unfortunately, Tesco's don't do yellow summer dresses and, as that's what DD is wearing seeing as it is the end of the summer term, this is no good. sad

BetsyBell Fri 05-Jul-13 16:50:32

Looking at the motley state of the current uniforms at this end of the school year (holes in knees, faded jumpers etc) it would be nice to see if F&F are any better...

choccyp1g Fri 05-Jul-13 16:52:05

Hope I get chosen to get some new shirts for next year, as DS is (over)due a growth spurt.

Kveta Fri 05-Jul-13 17:01:07

So are you looking for children to test the uniform out at school before the new term starts? Or are children who are starting in September allowed to test it too? I'm confused confused

insanityscratching Fri 05-Jul-13 17:02:27

Ooh I'm currently boycotting Tesco but I suppose I could be tempted back wink I'm so fickle it's embarrassing really blush

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Jul-13 17:07:17

Kveta We're looking for MNers to test out F&F's uniform range in the next couple of weeks before the summer holidays, so unfortunately this excludes those who start school in September. Hope this answers your question!

Indith Fri 05-Jul-13 17:07:38

Did someone say "free school uniform?

Ds1 is surving on his last 3 polo shirts and very short PE shorts because I refuse to buy more for the last few weeks of school grin.

lougle Fri 05-Jul-13 17:12:51

Michelle, I mentioned that I have a child starting in September, but I also have two slightly older girls (6&7) who are at school right now. Just to be clear.

SoupDragon Fri 05-Jul-13 17:17:38

I wonder why only girls' trousers seem to come in a version with long/short lengths...?

Well I'm happy to do it if I get chosen but it seems a bit daft to start buying new uniform in the last two weeks of term, less by the time testers get chosen and are able to spend their vouchers. By the time I get picked, order and click and collect, it'll be next Wednesday. Take out a couple of non uniform days they've got scheduled and it's not much time in which to prove the clothes good quality and hard wearing confused

Surely this should have been done a term ago?

Just applied but can you remove my entry HQ? There is no point as even if uniform arrived on monday he has less than 10 days at school and current uniform is a different colour to next years juniors.

boatclub Fri 05-Jul-13 17:24:01

My nearly 6 year old will be back to school in August. I've got a few bits already from M and S but it would be good to see if a cheaper range can offer the same or better fit and durability. Last year I found the polo shirts got a bit worn by the third term and trousers got a bit holey.

Lavenderloves Fri 05-Jul-13 17:24:11

It should have been done last Sept! A term is not enough to test a garment, it needs a year of washing. To do it over a week or two would skew the results....unless your looking to make bold statements about how 9\10 mumsnetter loved us.

BriansBrain Fri 05-Jul-13 17:25:47

I'm in smile older children have finally stopped growing so quickly now!

bramble13aa Fri 05-Jul-13 17:26:47

Yes Please! Have 2 boys age 6 & nearly 9, one on the petite side, loves football, current uniform looking scruffy and faded!!

Ooh good. DS's trousers are suddenly a couple of inches up from his ankles and his shorts are more like hotpants!

Vajazzler Fri 05-Jul-13 17:36:39

Done. I hope I get picked my son has just come home with a ripped shirt and holes in both knees!

Hello mumsnet, can you double check my entry went through properly pretty please? I entered on my mobile but got a phone call as I pressed the completion button, and the page gone now :/

Indith Fri 05-Jul-13 17:42:38

I do agree with the rest of you that it is too late to test a uniform but hey ho, £100 in vouchers will set us up for next year if we get picked!

Glitterfairys Fri 05-Jul-13 17:53:32

Signed up - This is a great opportunity I hope were picked smile

Jbck Fri 05-Jul-13 18:09:42

Its excluding Scottish kids too isn't it. Should have been done earlier or for next term.

I signed up but unlikely to get chosen. I'd have made them wear it ot to play grin

muminthecity Fri 05-Jul-13 18:10:23

I've just entered. DD (Nearly 8) has had a big growth spurt recently and her summer uniform is far too small. I was holding out on buying new uniform as we're only 2.5 weeks away from the summer holidays, but these vouchers would be great! Especially as money is tight at the moment.

CatInWellies Fri 05-Jul-13 18:39:15

Done smile

fusspot66 Fri 05-Jul-13 19:34:10

signed up!

AmandinePoulain Fri 05-Jul-13 19:41:42

I've signed up, I usually automatically head for M&S where the uniform is generally good quality but this year I intend to try out cheaper shops to save a bit, I'm hoping that won't be a false economy!

I am wondering how I'm meant to put the uniform through its' paces properly with only 2 weeks to go though confused

BornToFolk Fri 05-Jul-13 19:42:16

I've signed up but I'm also a bit hmm about the timing of this. DS is pretty hard on his uniform but even so there's a limit to how much damage can be inflicted, and washing done, in a 2 week period.
Still, worth a try for free school uniform!

cocolepew Fri 05-Jul-13 20:09:43

Oh I've just read the posts, we're already on holidays here so I don't qualify.

IncogKNEEto Fri 05-Jul-13 20:29:48

Done, this would be great, would love to be chosen as a tester!

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 05-Jul-13 20:43:15

Signed up. Happy to wash it a bit more frequently and encourage a bit of tree climbing in uniform to put it through its paces.

bluebump Fri 05-Jul-13 20:48:21

Done! This would be great to try.

I'm in, pick me please!

num3onway Fri 05-Jul-13 21:00:39

Pick me! Asda quality has been terrible this year

Doogle2 Fri 05-Jul-13 21:27:50

Fab product test - I really need shorts with the adjustable waist. Very exciting grin

treaclesoda Fri 05-Jul-13 21:29:11

I signed up as I mis-read the OP and thought you were looking for testers to test at the start of next term. We're already on summer holidays here so I assume that rules me out. But even if we had another few weeks, how is anyone meant to test the uniform in such a short space of time? I'm a bit suspicious of this particular product test...

Tortoise Fri 05-Jul-13 21:37:06

Signed up. DDs uniform colours have been changed slightly by new head so I need to buy them new uniform!

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 21:39:23

This would be fab with four boys needing kitting out in new uniform!

ChocChaffinch Fri 05-Jul-13 21:45:06

this would be a godsend. So much to get before end August :-/

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 21:48:08

Just seen they now have a burgendy range in the jumopers!! It has been so hard to find this colour locally, none of our supermarkets stocked it!

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 21:54:03

Oooh easy iron shirts as well and they do fair trade cotton polos etc. God these vouchers would be fab... Looks at grotty white grey looking polo shirts...

When will testers be told they have been chosen? I wonder how many mnetters will have an online basket full ready waiting to be picked? grin

LackaDAISYcal Fri 05-Jul-13 22:01:41

Just realised it is for right now. What a bizarre test. I realise that they need to say how good their uniform is before people start stocking up for next term, but leaving it till the last two weeks of term?? So, realistically, it's not exactly going to get a good test is it? by the time people are chosen (up to a week), notified, recieved their vouchers, have ordered and waited for the delivery, term will be pretty much over.

How odd hmm

LackaDAISYcal Fri 05-Jul-13 22:04:12

I agree treaclesoda; perhaps looking to have as shrt a testing period as possible, so that the flaws/problems/ishoos don't show up but they can say "ooooh, 100 MNers loved it"

Can you clarify MN?

AmandinePoulain Fri 05-Jul-13 22:07:31

Also dd is in a summer dress, and will be now until the end of term - if I'm going to buy uniform I'm going to buy for September. I'm not going to put her in pinafores in 26 degrees just to carry out a product test hmm

Breezy1985 Fri 05-Jul-13 22:20:27

Done smile Not that I've ever been picked before but worth a shot as this would be a godsend

We have three more weeks to the end of term. That's plenty of time for a school polo shirt to come apart at the seams <bitter experience> or for DC to complain about uncomfortable labels/collars.

I agree that it isn't a great test period but it isn't completely unrealistic.

Also, have you seen the prices? Nearly everything is £3 an item or less. Seriously, even if I get DS1 a full drawer of polo shirts, trousers, shorts and jumpers I'm still going to be within the first voucher. I might actually get the chance to buy some things for myself and since my favourite sandals ever were F&F (now having unaccountably vanished off the face of the planet) that makes me extremely excited.

Puppypoppet Fri 05-Jul-13 22:30:21

Signed up as DD is like Theo Paphites with school uniform - tests everything to breaking point climbing trees, skidding along grass etc. Sorry won't mean much if you don't watch Dragon's Den.

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 22:32:01

We have two and a half weeks till end of term, break up on the 24th. It is odd but my boys have grown out of their trousers, I have been ending ds2 in in his as I refuse to get new trousers when he starts t high school in sept! But he needs some, all four boys do tbh, I normally go to m&s but would like to see if tesco can offer good value and good quality, esp with four boys if stuff is good and I can hand it down I will be pleased!

Now if tesco could kindly invent a white polo shirt/school short that STAYS white, doesn't grt stained or go a grotty grey colour they would be guaranteed my custom!

LackaDAISYcal Fri 05-Jul-13 22:39:06

but it'll be about a week before the end of the sign up period to give as many as possible a chance to sign up, and if tesco are anything like some of the other advertisers, there is always a delay between finding out you are in and getting the vouchers, a few days for the ordering and delivery...even with three weeks left, it's only around a week of testing; less if, like our school, the last two days of term are being taken as inset days. How much repeated washing are you going to get in in that time to test stain resistance, shrinkage, fade resistance, stay-in properties of skirt and trouser pleats, scuff resistance of knees etc. It's just not realistic, and I'm sure Tesco must know this.

steppemum Fri 05-Jul-13 22:42:07

I don't see how we can test them for durability, but I have trouble getting ds trousers that fit, and styles dd1 will wear, so can test them for that.
And if the girls trousers don't have pockets, I can give them an immediate thumbs down from her grin
I am also fussy about softness and feel of polo shirts and if they shrink/lose shape when washed.
I will happily put everything through 3/4 consecutive washes, to see, but it really doesn't compare to a whole terms wear.

still, I'll happily buy them all uniform and wear it now ready for september!!

steppemum Fri 05-Jul-13 22:43:16

Oh - just realised - do I have to buy it on-line??? How can I try anything on???

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 22:43:40

Well I shall make the,'wear the, for the first week of the holidays as well grin

All true, LackaDAISIcal, but my PFB can hammer a brand new white polo shirt in less than half an hour hmm grin and as I say I've had collars disintegrate in the first 30-degree wash so I think if they're truly dreadful (which one wouldn't be terribly surprised by, at those prices) it will be obvious very quickly.

One observation I already have from looking at the utterly crap website is that it's going to be a nightmare choosing the right size - which is in itself useful feedback, I would hope.

I am starting to think I have cocked up with holiday dates reading this thread. We break up two weeks today. We are visiting relatives in Kent travelling from Yorkshire and wanted to avoid that hideous traffic on first weekend of hols so are going in three weeks...I take it that is when everyone else breaks up. Grrr!

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 22:49:26

I agree with horry my boys can trash a new uniform in minutes, esp polo shirts amdm trousers, think messy play, scootering, football, wear to knees etc. I wash everyday as well.

youarewinning Fri 05-Jul-13 22:52:39

Done. ASDA uniform crap and other option expensive.
Come on Tesco - impress me grin

Jux Fri 05-Jul-13 23:01:48

DD's nearly 14. The size guide doesn't give a hip measurement, so I couldn't order anything until I knew the answer to that.

Otherwise, I'd happily try some trousers out on her, for you.

AnneEyhtMeyer Fri 05-Jul-13 23:05:07

Oh, remove me too, only one week left of term. Thought this was for September! What a bizarre time to do this test!

steppemum Fri 05-Jul-13 23:09:09

fan- we break up on 24th

That's my plan foiled then!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LackaDAISYcal Fri 05-Jul-13 23:15:27

I can just imagine the furore in my house if I told my kids they had to wear uniform in the first week of the holidays grin

5madthings Fri 05-Jul-13 23:24:01

Well yes I can't see them being happy, bribery may work...tho I may end up bankrupt! grin

Jux Fri 05-Jul-13 23:50:38

Mind you, I can only test the trousers as the summer uniform shirts can only be got from the school shop. Will look at shoes, though.

NannyPlumIsMyMum Sat 06-Jul-13 00:13:21

Yes please - I would love to try F and F uniform smile
Nexts uniform is absolutely shocking quality so I'm looking for an alternative!

thecatfromjapan Sat 06-Jul-13 00:43:40

I'm excited about this, too.

I live in hope of locating attractive school outfits.

And trousers that fit my older teen - that aren;t adult, at adult prices.

Lavenderloves Sat 06-Jul-13 06:34:29

Horry, you need to wash clothes and wear them repeatedly to do a true clothes test.

Clothes need to be pulled on and off by children, they need a true wear, saying your children are hard on clothes is not the same.

I'm betting tesco paid Mumsnet well for this test. Next year when you see " clothes voted 9/10 for wearability by mumsnet testers" you will understand how crap products are endorsed by people you trust.


florencebabyjo Sat 06-Jul-13 07:45:09

it's worth trying these out. I'm a bit mystified though by the online vouchers. It would make much more sense to have a giftcard to go and hold up clothes for our DC's to check sizing, they're all so variable.

LilRedWG Sat 06-Jul-13 08:57:36

I'll happily see what damage DD can do!

poorbuthappy Sat 06-Jul-13 09:07:22

I have applied but seriously I thinks some explanations are needed.
How does 2 weeks wear (probably more like 1 week once people are picked, get the vouchers, you order and then get delivery) constitute a product test?

Januarymadness Sat 06-Jul-13 09:54:53

Oh you might want to bin my application then. Dd doesnt start school till september. Shame really as she puts all clothes through their paces!

gleegeek Sat 06-Jul-13 11:06:59

Agree with other's posts... Not going to be a thorough test really, BUT dd needs new school clothes so we'd love to 'test' Tescos pleasegrin

prettybird Sat 06-Jul-13 11:53:35

Didn't read the thread properly. All Scottish kids should be discounted then as they're off on holiday now sad so my form should be binned too

noisytoys Sat 06-Jul-13 12:03:19

We break up on the 23rd so have a good few weeks to test. DD grows so quick she's gone from age 5 to age 8 clothes in a year!!!

yetanotherworry Sat 06-Jul-13 12:11:44

We are a family that can test out a uniform in a week. Nothing more gutting than spending money on 'quality' M+S trousers for 1 child only to have holes in the knees the first week of wearing, and the second child always manages to attract pen and paint to her nice new white shirts with a day.

FannyFifer Sat 06-Jul-13 12:25:03

Just saw us Scots need not apply, didn't notice that its not for all in the UK.

FannyFifer Sat 06-Jul-13 12:28:02

Crosses Tesco of my list of retailers to purchase school uniform from this year.

MonsterBookOfTyRexs Sat 06-Jul-13 13:17:20

Yes please, m and s white t shirts are naff, ds got a hole in near the button and they wash appallingly!

fuzzpig Sat 06-Jul-13 16:12:44

Done smile


florencebabyjo Sat 06-Jul-13 19:11:02

Just a thought for our Scottish friends, could you not buy next years uniform and then just try out a few times now. You could then save it for September. The kids might think you've gone mad making them wear it now they are on holiday, but you could always tell them you're playing schools! smile

Done. Unlikely to be picked, but with my tribe who have all been growing/removing knees from trousers it would be very helpful

AtYourCervix Sat 06-Jul-13 19:40:23

Done but it would't accept my ticks in the right boxes.

DD is 15. Yes I do have a Tesco account . And uniform is usually bought in Tesco, Asda, Newlook or any other shop that offers anything vaguelly acceptable.

ldt87 Sat 06-Jul-13 19:44:53

Done, this would be great to take part in!

likesnowflakesinanocean Sat 06-Jul-13 20:13:26

done, fingers crossed because i have replaced so much uniform due to ripped knees and buckles and a primary school child who grows at an alarming rate!

ClaimedByMe Sat 06-Jul-13 20:34:41

I have just realised being in Scotland my form needs binned too.

We're looking for UK Mumsnetters should read We're looking for Mumsnetters in England


shelley72 Sat 06-Jul-13 20:44:47

Done - we don't break up until 24 th. The polo shirts I bought from m&s have been v poor quality - shrank on first wash back in September, have holes near the buttons and look terrible. He is quite hard on his uniform and it gets washed most days so could definitely test thoroughly!

melissa2828 Sat 06-Jul-13 23:19:17

Done- Would love to test this, kids dont break up for a few weeks yet and I am forever washing School clothes so they would really be put to the test by my children!

snala Sat 06-Jul-13 23:50:41

Done, one Pre schooler in uniform and one at primary school. Currently using m and s. wink

dontmeanto Sun 07-Jul-13 05:28:04

Done. Please pick us...I've squeezed my DS into shorts which are about two sizes too small last week. We also don't break up til the 24th so plenty of time to test. Also, his birthday is in August so would love for one year to not make his birthday budget stretch to new school uniform stuff!

GladbagsGold Sun 07-Jul-13 07:24:21

Done. Both DC schools have introduced new sweatshirts lately = spend a fortune if you want your child sporting current logo. Tesco providing trousers shorts and shirts would be awesome!

MeHearty Sun 07-Jul-13 07:32:37

Oops - have just filled out and realised I shouldn't have as my dc doesn't start until sept. Delete me!

SoupDragon Sun 07-Jul-13 08:08:30

We're looking for UK Mumsnetters should read We're looking for Mumsnetters in England

Really? Have Wales broken up too then?

aristocat Sun 07-Jul-13 08:48:04

We also finish school on the 24th and would be available to do this smile

LuisSuarezTeeth Sun 07-Jul-13 08:57:44

I'm desperate to be honest - both little ones have ripped holes in their trousers and I have altered an old pair for DS 5. He promptly put another hole in those (Asda ones). I'd happily test until the end of term!

DoodleAlley Sun 07-Jul-13 09:06:30

Ok I've completed this and then seem it excludes those starting in September. If I was lucky enough to get picked could I test it by sending him to his practise days and pre school in it? He'd love doing that as he is super excited about school!

likesnowflakesinanocean Sun 07-Jul-13 09:10:20

same here Luis with asda ss has ripped all the silver hooks off his, and The knees are all tatty

gazzalw Sun 07-Jul-13 10:13:12

Michelle@MumsnetHQ, when are the lucky families likely to be picked?

JoyceDivision Sun 07-Jul-13 10:17:29

I've signed up, I only buy the embroided jumpers that are obligatory, after that its all supermarket uniforms for mine!

prettybird Sun 07-Jul-13 10:22:52

hmm at the odds of getting my Scottish 12 year old to wear school uniform for a few days in the summer holidays..... grin

Iwaswatchingthat Sun 07-Jul-13 13:58:54

Signed up :-)

WithASpider Sun 07-Jul-13 20:30:09

Done, my 3 ( 2 at primary one pre school with uniform) could decimate a uniform in a few weeks!

Done.. would really like this. Got four dc and one is moving up to high school and my youngest is starting school!

This would be great, DD has outgrown a lot of her uniform and the rest is covered in grass or paint stains.

Done. Would love to test some on DS and his uniform bought in September is shamefully past his best so I've no doubt he would love to get his hands on some bright white polo tops and trousers the right length. grin blush

newbiefrugalgal Sun 07-Jul-13 22:30:18

I have two boys 5&6 years. Great hard wearing testers at the ready!

DoItTooJulia Sun 07-Jul-13 22:30:30

I'm in! Ds1 is 8 and has already been through 3 sets of uniform this year and he could really do with another one before the end of term, but I am on maternity leave, so just can't afford it.

I have tried lots of different uniforms, including Sainsburys, Asda, John Lewis and a local uniform shop, but funnily enough, never Tesco. I'd be able to give a thorough review!

<fingers crossed>

mrslurkalot Mon 08-Jul-13 09:54:07

Done! We break up on the 24th. Normally buy m&s but need to find something cheaper that still lasts. Very happy to review.

Signed up!

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 08-Jul-13 10:56:07

I misread too and assumed it wold be for the new school year. I've signed up but my two broke up for the holidays on Friday.

libertine73 Mon 08-Jul-13 11:25:46

signed up, would be lovely smile

jes73 Mon 08-Jul-13 11:29:31

@MichelleMumsnet I would like to add something to my application. Could I send you the details?

Rishi79 Mon 08-Jul-13 11:37:32

Signed up, Hope to get picked to change my mind from sticking onto schooldays all the time.

vincenta Mon 08-Jul-13 11:49:00

My son is starting reception class in September. He goes to nursery at the moment and need school clothes too.Just was thinking that he need new polo shirts, trousers(too short) and short in that hot weather would be handy too. When he will go to reception class only his jumper colour will change all other school clothes ill be the same.

Vajazzler Mon 08-Jul-13 12:20:15

Any news on when we'll find out if we've been picked?

Greenoes Mon 08-Jul-13 13:20:25

I've joined up - DS2 is looking at career options as a human wrecking ball and he doesn't finish until the 25th.

LillethTheCat Mon 08-Jul-13 15:47:52

Just marking place on thread so it appears in TIO to see when people find out they've been picked. Although hopefully I wont need it as I will see an email.

any idea when people willf ind out mnhq?

dontmeanto Mon 08-Jul-13 17:30:55

AIBU to refresh my gmail every 3 minutes to see if I've won been picked for this?!

I have so filled my shopping basket up, when are they deciding?

noisytoys Mon 08-Jul-13 17:39:38

I keep refreshing my hotmail too grin

Bexicles Mon 08-Jul-13 17:47:01

Same here, would be an Godsend at the minute, fingers crossed and good luck everyone!

DoItTooJulia Mon 08-Jul-13 19:27:14


IncogKNEEto Mon 08-Jul-13 19:44:10

<refresh> grin

There are 128 posts, and 100 places. Given that at least half the comments say the poster can't take part, or discuss the test more generally, I am hopeful...

Signed up earlier and we have 2.5 weeks of term left.

I may also be marking my place for the big reveal...

I forgot to say in my earlier post that I also have a dd who is going into year two and a ds who is going into year 9 as well as my other two

<hopeful> grin

notso Mon 08-Jul-13 22:09:34


florencebabyjo Mon 08-Jul-13 22:11:45

Oh no! I am checking this every hour and am getting obsessed. Deja vu of the B & Q garden challenge all over again.
Michelle at HQ please put us all out of our misery!

5madthings Mon 08-Jul-13 22:15:30

So hoping to get chosen for this with four boys who have all outgrown trousers and white polo shirts and proper school shirts that are not white anymore my boys are not looking their smartest at the moment. fingers crossed!

steppemum Mon 08-Jul-13 22:21:43

How do we find out if we are chosen?

xenzani Mon 08-Jul-13 23:40:11

I too want to know when they will anounce those taking part. We have two weeks left and could do with new bits. tried their cardis in the past but wasn't impressed, they fell apart quickly but hoping the other bits sre better.

I signed up when it opened wink

Breezy1985 Mon 08-Jul-13 23:45:05

I too would like to know so I can at least stop.refreshing my emails grin We've got over 2 weeks left yet and could really do with some new uniform <hopeful>

steppemum Mon 08-Jul-13 23:47:18

well, I will buy them all September sizes and make them wear it to test it.

Might have a problem if weather is hot though, as dd2 likes her dresses and ds has FINALLY worn his shorts

gazzalw Tue 09-Jul-13 07:11:17

As the thread only closed yesterday, and with the benefit of experience, I wouldn't have thought the testers would be chosen until today at the earliest and possibly tomorrow.... still gives a little under two weeks left of term.... With them being e-vouchers there won't be any hanging around waiting for them to be delivered by snail mail....

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Jul-13 09:37:10

Hello all, we're in the process of selecting testers at the moment and will let everyone know by the end of today!

FairyJen Tue 09-Jul-13 09:43:48

End of today?!?! Now I'm going to get nothing done apart from obsessively checking!

Thanks for that michellemumsnet grin

5madthings Tue 09-Jul-13 10:04:10

Ooh will keep an eye on email!!!

With 2.5 weeks to go we may be in with a chance. Fingers crossed.

xenzani Tue 09-Jul-13 10:42:07

Everything crossed

Breezy1985 Tue 09-Jul-13 10:48:52

Fingers crossed grin Will keep checking..

HenriettaPye Tue 09-Jul-13 11:05:53

Thank you so much! I've been chosen, I am over the moon! smilesmilesmile

EeTraceyluv Tue 09-Jul-13 11:06:31

me too grin

HolidayArmadillo Tue 09-Jul-13 11:07:16

Eeek! I'm in. Thank you!

EeTraceyluv Tue 09-Jul-13 11:08:16

Am a reg - nc'd smile

Thank you very much Tesco and MN. What a lovely surprise as having a rubbish day as my Dad is in surgery this morning. Will concentrate on some shopping while waiting for news!

shock I'm in! I didn't expect to get this one at all, thank you SO much!

I'm currently shopping like a crazy thing - and I've managed to kit out DS1 for the next 3 years. I can't believe some of the bargains on there - 75p for a polo shirt? Wish I'd done this sooner <glares at DS1's tshirts, one of which is covered in blood, and another in marker pen>

trikken Tue 09-Jul-13 11:34:02

Thanks so much. Ordering now!

I'm in too, spent £75 already, which will be here by the end of the week.
Thank you MN, this is my third MN school uniform test, at this rate I'll never have to actually buy them any uniform!

5madthings Tue 09-Jul-13 11:50:43

No email sad shall check again in a bit as they said by the end of the day...

Bit gutted as this would have been so handy for the four boys.

noisytoys Tue 09-Jul-13 11:52:17

No email for me too sad I keep refreshing. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed

Breezy1985 Tue 09-Jul-13 11:53:56

No email either sad

Might just give up trying, have never been chosen - feeling sorry for myself smile

Indith Tue 09-Jul-13 11:59:17

No email for me either :-( Oh well.

FairyJen Tue 09-Jul-13 12:00:11

None for me either. Gutted as no idea how can afford to sort dd out with her knack for trashing tights etc sad

5madthings Tue 09-Jul-13 12:03:16

I have been chosen for some things, have a packet of pampers pull ups to test at the moment smile

But i do know that tests/giveaways like this get linked to on money saving expert etc and lots of people register just to enter, bit cheeky i think but its the same with the competitions as well i have noticed and winners are often people that have never posted.

I shall check in later but not hopeful now..
Could we be told what ctiteria they used for choosing testers?

LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 09-Jul-13 12:04:31

Thank you MN I love you!!!


aristocat Tue 09-Jul-13 12:04:34

sad no email either and both DCs came home with holes in their uniform yesterday .....

LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 09-Jul-13 12:04:55

Or even grin

FairyJen Tue 09-Jul-13 12:05:57

Really 5mad? I thought it was just actual mums netters not people who just signed up for freebies so to speak

notso Tue 09-Jul-13 12:07:19

Yay! finally someone wants me grin I said I wasn't going to do anymore after the tassimo one but I'm glad I did now.
Have ordered, it will be delivered to store tomorrow.
There wasn't much choice in trousers for DD's size 15-16 sadly so just got one pair and a mountain of shirts, DS1 will be pleased he's got loads.

5madthings Tue 09-Jul-13 12:10:59

Anyone registered with mnet can sign up. So when these things get shared people just register a username. You dont have to actually be a poster to get picked. Just have a username.

FairyJen Tue 09-Jul-13 12:13:40

Poop. Significantly less chance then of getting something th

FairyJen Tue 09-Jul-13 12:14:06

This useful! Pressed post too soon blush

Charleymouse Tue 09-Jul-13 12:19:53

Cheers Tesco and Mumsnet.
email received at 10:41. £50 spent by 11:00am
New school uniform on its way, collect in store tomorrow. Two weeks to test it out.

Vajazzler Tue 09-Jul-13 12:24:08

Nothing for me either :-(

jenni75 Tue 09-Jul-13 12:30:40

Thank u Mumsnet & Tesco!, this will make such a difference to us, so happy! [:-)]

ldt87 Tue 09-Jul-13 12:31:17

Nothing here :-( very disappointed, was really hoping for this one.

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 12:37:27

Yay!!!!!! Will click and collect tomorrow afternoon. Thanks, MNHQ!!!

I also was on my 'not entering anymore' sulk and only last minute entered. So pleased I did 2DC, kitted out for the next three years. Didn't manage the "treat yourself" bit as all the school uniform is so cheap I couldn't resist getting more and more.

Can't believe a 75p top will be any good but I suppose that's the point of the testgrin.

oh forgot, thank you so much MN and Tesco.grin Can't wait for it all to arrive.

Breezy1985 Tue 09-Jul-13 13:00:59

I shall carry on trying then - my luck has to change one day.

Well Done to all those that did get picked though smile

I didn't get an email either sad It would have really helped this year too as especially with ds13 who has autism, dd going up to secondary and dd2 who is starting yr2 and us being broke.

Ah well better luck next time grin

TallyGrenshall Tue 09-Jul-13 13:27:13

Thank you MN and Tesco grin

I'll order now so I can collect it tomorrow and DS can go mad in it for 2 weeks grin

LilRedWG Tue 09-Jul-13 13:27:29

sad no email here either.

CaptainSweatPants Tue 09-Jul-13 13:32:45

woo just put my order in smile


5madthings Tue 09-Jul-13 13:45:16

I just got an email from mnhq and got all excited but it was just about a survey I completed on feminism the other day sad

Oh well, I shall keep entering, you have to be in it to win it!

Vajazzler Tue 09-Jul-13 13:48:20

I got that email too 5mad! I was all woohoo til read it. Grrr

DoItTooJulia Tue 09-Jul-13 13:51:58

Oh no! No email here either! <disappointed>

prakattack Tue 09-Jul-13 14:11:16

Thank you Mumsnet and Tesco! Sooo chuffed to get picked. Will sort out DC1 for last two weeks in this school (currently wearing some very ropey polo shirts!) and kit him out for new school start in September... fantastic!!

mycatoscar Tue 09-Jul-13 14:29:24

Woohoo I got picked! Dd will be pleased as ages been moaning that all her dresses are too short, we can try these out ASAP plus she has to wear a tue from September so have got her proper shirts too grin thanks mumsnet and tesco!

LillethTheCat Tue 09-Jul-13 14:34:31

nothing for me either sad I was so hopeful too after seeing they wanted 100 MNers so thought there was a good chance. Oh well, never mind I will have to get things from Sainsbury's then wink grin Just kidding I will get them wherever they are cheaper.

jenni75 Tue 09-Jul-13 14:37:24

Can I ask a stupid question blush, just reading the email, not sure if for every £25 i spend I can use a £25 voucher, so in theory £50 of uniform for £25, or if I use the vouchers at face value with no need to spend extra (bit thick emoticon blush )

muminthecity Tue 09-Jul-13 14:39:34

Woohoo, thank you MNHQ and Tesco, what a lovely surprise at just the right time! I'm on my lunch break now but planning to spend it all tonight when I get in grin.

Brill, got the vouchers! Will get the order in tonight, very exciting. Thank you!

Oh Mumsnet, you tease, I thought I'd been picked or won something but it was the missing details from the feminism survey. Well done to the testers.

notso Tue 09-Jul-13 14:51:20

jenni75 if you spend £50 you can use two vouchers.
If you spend £49 you can only use 1 voucher and you pay £24 yourself.
If you use £50.25 then you use two and pay the 25p.
The amount has to be the voucher value or more, if it's less it won't accept it.

imawigglyworm Tue 09-Jul-13 14:54:43

Thank you Tesco and MN got my vouchers too smile Will put my order in shortly to collect and test asap

jenni75 Tue 09-Jul-13 14:57:09

Thank you notso!

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 15:07:09

I had a £50 total in my shopping bag and it would only let me put in one voucher...I was in mega-hurry to make the 3pm cut off for collection tomorrow so might've entered one wrong or something? So I quickly removed stuff down to £26, applied one voucher, paid £1 out of pocket, but got shorts, polos, sweatshirt, pants, & trousers to test from Thursday's school day. Will order the rest tomorrow which can then all be tested from Monday!

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 15:10:15

Sorry should clarify, it let me put in two voucher codes but then only took off £25, though I had exactly £50 worth in the basket...putting it down to human error though. Will be able to take my time tomorrow!

LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 09-Jul-13 15:24:28

I am so thrilled not to have to worry about buying uniform for the boys! Sorry to all of you who didn't get selected sad

I'm impressed that there are 3 trouser lengths - this will make things easier for me. Wish I could order today but need to measure boys first.

I have never won anything before smile

LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 09-Jul-13 15:25:18

Thanks for that notso

trikken Tue 09-Jul-13 15:57:39

Thanks so much. Ordering now!

lougle Tue 09-Jul-13 15:58:06

Thank you so much, both to MN and Tesco. 3 girls here so just at the right time.

steppemum Tue 09-Jul-13 16:13:40

feel really cheesed off actually. None here sad

3 dcs, 2 weeks to go, and we could have really done with some help.

I will be really fed up if these go to anyone who has never posted.

In 10 years of mn I have received 2 free books sad

steppemum Tue 09-Jul-13 16:18:05

sorry, that sounded very sour grapes, I am really pleased for those of you who got them

Thank you Mn! Dd2 is really chuffed that she is finally getting trousers :-) Perfect timing to make a little girl happy. Also means Ds will stop displaying his ankles <shorts refuser>

Queen0fFeckingEverything Tue 09-Jul-13 16:36:04

Ooooh I got some vouchers!

I have a question though - a lot of the school unifrom, and some of the other childrens clothing, is sized as Years 03-4, Years 04-05, and so on.

is that years as in age, or years as in school years? I rang the CS helpline and they didn't know!

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 16:41:34

Age, Queen!

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 16:48:39

I'm sorry, Steppemum. sad

DoItTooJulia Tue 09-Jul-13 16:56:09

Ah, steppemum, we could be losers together? Either that or they have a different, bigger, prize lined up for us off one of the other threads? <just a thought >

steppemum Tue 09-Jul-13 16:57:34

OOH Julia, maybe I will win one of the prizes for the mn survey!

(goes to check what other surveys with prizes I can fill in)

SylviaDaisyPouncer Tue 09-Jul-13 17:29:15

Thank you MN!

This has made my day.

School uniform and holiday clothes for the dc ordered ready for collection Thursday.

No email here either.

I suspect my description of ky thorough product testing put them off grin wink

Slightly gutted though. Would have been enormously helpful.

my testing! shockblush KY testing would be quite different...

SylviaDaisyPouncer Tue 09-Jul-13 17:52:23

grin horry

I was wondering......

IncogKNEEto Tue 09-Jul-13 18:15:02

Didn't get chosen this time, no email for me sad, maybe next time! Congratulations to everyone who was chosen, pleased for you all smile

JambalayaCodfishPie Tue 09-Jul-13 18:34:34

Im in! Just spent up, £100 exactly!

Felt bloody good putting those codes in and watching the total fall. grin

Thank you SO much MN & Tesco - this has been a lifesaver for us - I start Uni in September, and DP is already a student so they have been really well spent - helped that Tesco had a sale on too!!

Thanks again, will post feedback as soon as I can!!!

notso Tue 09-Jul-13 18:44:33

jenni and Luis glad my post helped I feared it only made sense in my own brain grin

Thanks so much for this MNHQ and Tesco, we've been having a bit of a tough time here and this has brought a smile to all our faces thanks

LuisSuarezTeeth Tue 09-Jul-13 18:55:29

I'm confused as to why Steppemum and another poster think the vouchers go to someone who has never posted? Do you have to have made a certain number of posts or something? Or is it about people maybe joining just to get vouchers? How would they know if not a regular viewer/lurker/poster? Sorry, just starting to feel like I robbed someone sad

Preciousbane Tue 09-Jul-13 19:00:34

I will join never got nowt club, have nc recently but been on here for two years.

I was nominated for Christmas present thread but present never arrived, was thrilled to be nominated though.

Tortoise Tue 09-Jul-13 19:06:37

I didn't get picked sad.

notso Tue 09-Jul-13 19:13:12

Luis someone said up thread that these giveaways get linked to on Money Saving Expert so I would imagine there are a lot of professional competition entrants and a fair few chancers who get a mn username just to enter.

EeTraceyluv Tue 09-Jul-13 19:16:08

I just spent mine too. Exactly £100, including Ds's shoes which would have been hugely expensive and some uniform for dd too (plus a cheeky little thing for me wink ) I know how you feel though Steppemum. I have been here in many guises since 2005 and this is the first 'big' thing I've been chosen for. It's just random sad

Lilyloo Tue 09-Jul-13 19:21:02

Woohoo thanks mumsnet this will be a massive help kitting my 3 out with their ever expanding list of things they need.

vincenta Tue 09-Jul-13 19:56:40

Thank you Mumsnet and Tesco! I was so surprised when I opened email from mumsnet ! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Couple of days before I was thinking that I need to buy new school trousers.More shorts! E get one but for boys one don't last long. Our polo shirts don't look so great also. I don't get any paintings but all his polo shirts get paint stains.some of the front and some on the back....Even bleach didn't take paint stains out....We desperately needed new socks too.That's why these vouchers are so handy and I am so grateful.Already spend half of amount for store delivery for tomorrow and spend 25 pence smile Happy days!
I wasn't sure about sizes as my ds is very slim and little bit shorter for his age.

well i was the first person to post on this thread, and I didnt get picked, rude. grin

steppemum Tue 09-Jul-13 20:37:00

Luis - someone up thread said that these competitions get linked to money saving sites, and people register just to join the competition.

I was pretty shock at that. I am happy for other mn to get things - you win some you loose some, but the idea that people come on, pinch a prize and bog off is pretty irritating

youarewinning Tue 09-Jul-13 20:45:59

No email - take it thanks but no thanks then Tesco? grin

What steppemum said. Also makes a total mockery of any results being reported as "75% of Mumsnetters said" because a MN account does not a MNer make.


muminthecity Tue 09-Jul-13 21:02:43

Just spent mine, ordered 8 shirts, 2 summer dresses, 2 pinafore dresses, 2 skirts, a cardigan and 2 packs of tights for DD. Got a dress and a swimming costume for myself. Spent £100.25 in total. I am delighted, money will be a bit tight over the next few weeks so it has come at the perfect time. Thanks again MNHQ.

It's a shame MNHQ can't find a way to tighten up the selection process, but I've no idea how they would do it. Minimum time as a member for some tests maybe? I bet they get quite a few not bothering with feedback once they've bagged their 'prize'.

MisForMumNotMaid Tue 09-Jul-13 21:44:15

Thank you Mumsnet and Tesco. This couldn't have come at a better time. We're in the process of moving schools with taster days next week so the new uniform colours come in very handy to have now.

I'm guessing they're unlikely to get kicked out of their current school so will be going in in the wrong colour trousers and new shoes for their last week.

£75 spent on 2 sets of new trousers, polos, shoes and socks. Missed the 3pm deadline so will be collecting Thursday. Will get at least three washes though before full feedback is required.

Would Tesco like feedback on the website and ordering process because I generally have opinion on most things and I have a few, hopefully constructive, comments to make?

Will you link here to the feedback thread?

lougle Tue 09-Jul-13 21:45:52

I'm really grateful. I managed to get 6 polo shirts for DD1, 9 skirts (3 for each girl), 6 pinafores (2 for each girl), 2 dresses for DD2, a pair of jogging bottoms each for DDs 2&3, a zip through hoodie each to match, and 3 vests for each of the girls. Total £104.50, so just £4.50 to pay and free delivery.

MonsterBookOfTyRexs Tue 09-Jul-13 21:57:37

Ive been picked smile
Feel I should point out Ive been a mner for 4 years wink
Ive bought 8 polo shirts, two pairs of shoes, 10 pairs of trousers, 6 pairs of shorts, 14 pairs of socks, a lightweight jacket from the school uniform section.
Looking forward to this test smile

HeySoulSister Tue 09-Jul-13 22:06:43

Only just discovered I was picked...... Hope everyone checked in their spam folders! grin had no idea!!

Spent £100 exactly

HenriettaPye Tue 09-Jul-13 22:10:53

Just wanted to say thank you again, spent £50 and managed to completely kit out DS1- socks, pants, vests, polo t shirts, trousers, shorts! The other £50 will be spent on a coat and shoes, once they get his size in stock.

I am so grateful, this has come at a fantastic time for us! smile

dontmeanto Tue 09-Jul-13 22:24:27

Only spent half so far and have got: 10 polos, 3 jumpers, 4 trousers, 2 shorts, 13 prs. pants! Feel like a kid at Christmas (on my dcs' behalf)!

MrsRochestersCat Tue 09-Jul-13 22:48:17

Thank you Mumsnet and Tesco! You have made my day! grin

I have just put an order through - missed the 3pm deadline, but chose next day delivery (to arrive Thursday) so should have time to get a few washes done in time.

In the spirit of things I chose a bit of everything, from underwear through to blazer and a bit of PE kit for DD2.

However, there was nothing in the school uniform section that DD1 (14) would wear - is it bad form to have chosen a more fashionably cut blazer from the workwear section for her (to wear as a smart school jacket)? I'm happy to swap it if so.

Thank you!

shaztwins1 Tue 09-Jul-13 22:50:26

thanks mumsnet & tesco thanks (though it is nice to get something back from them as i spend a fortune in there !!!!! ) have ordered stuff for all 3 dc plus few summer bits for dd spent all vouchers & lookin forward to picking it all up

MrsRochestersCat Tue 09-Jul-13 22:54:02

Oh. Just read through some of the thread - perhaps I should point out, I have been on MN since 2007, under various names.

trikken Tue 09-Jul-13 23:05:23

Ive been on here since 2009. It's just luck of the draw.

SylviaDaisyPouncer Wed 10-Jul-13 00:09:01

Well I spent £100 but it wouldn't let me click and collect (I do live in the ass end of nowhere though).

However, I have got it being delivered for free so it's all good. smile

SandWitch Wed 10-Jul-13 00:23:54

Thank you MN and Tesco.

Having never bought school uniform from Tesco before, I'll be interested to see how it fares with M&S and school uniform shop.

I usually buy when on special offer at M&S - was surprised at how cheap the uniform in Tesco is - hoping the quality is ok. We still have two weeks of school left, so should be able to get a few washes in.

Sorry to all of you not picked. I remember being devestated when we weren't picked for the XBox test. It felt so bloody unfair!

Promise, I am a longstanding MNer.

TimrousBeastie Wed 10-Jul-13 00:31:14

thank you MN and tesco- managed to get both dd and ds completely kitted out for school minus the school logo jumpers and fleecessmile

Sokmonsta Wed 10-Jul-13 07:21:10

Thank you mn and Tesco. I've managed to kit ds out for preschool as well as dd for school. Will be interesting to see how they fare given ds has gone through at least one change of clothes every session. New preschool teacher has had them doing silly soup and massive mark making. Lots of mud and paint!

ImNotCute Wed 10-Jul-13 08:07:19

Thanks very much for my vouchers!

I've been around for years- mostly lurking, occasionally posting. The only thing I've won in a product test before was some Ecover wipes.

I had a very enjoyable evening choosing what to buy. The timing of the test so close to end of term with a short time to complete isn't great, but I'll do my best!

prakattack Wed 10-Jul-13 09:20:12

Thank you again, I did my first order last night. Spent half and got trousers to test out this term and for next year, shorts for this term (and September if by any chance it's sunny!), polo shirts for new school, socks and a cheeky top for myself to round it up to £50. For collection on Thursday, and he doesn't break up till the 24th so plenty of time to test, wash and test again.
Found the ordering process horrendous, I'll have to admit... was browsing while watching TV and kept finding that it had emptied my basket so I had to start all over again!! It was only over the course of half an hour or so and I was still adding things so it wasn't even inactive... very annoying! If I hadn't had the vouchers, i think I'd have given up to be honest.
Once I've washed the uniform and checked the fit etc, I'll be back on to buy more and also get a winter coat and shoes for him with the remaining vouchers.

spongebunnyfatpants Wed 10-Jul-13 09:34:55

Thank you mumsnet and tesco, my order should be in store by this afternoon.

The boys can't wait to wear their school shorts instead of their trousers.

Managed to kit them both out with everything, including bags and still have some spare to go towards winter coats.

JambalayaCodfishPie Wed 10-Jul-13 09:55:12

Good Morning MNHQ! <waves>

Tesco have cancelled part of my order today due to lack of stock. As the codes can only be used once and I used all of them on my £100 order, do you know if we can get a credit to try other items?

Yes, I'm being that cheeky. grin


JambalayaCodfishPie Wed 10-Jul-13 09:57:02

PS - I agree with Prak - online ordering was horrendous - will we be able to comment on this as part of the feedback?

HolidayArmadillo Wed 10-Jul-13 13:13:35

I had to make an order up by £2.50 to find I couldn't pay with my card despite it being a visa debit they kept saying electron was not accepted. I used a friends card who was staying the night and now the order confirmation has come through saying I'll need my confirmation number and the payment card to collect. Friend has now gone home so will see if I have any problems. Will not be happy if so as it wouldn't let me under order by 50p so had to add something small but had no other way of paying due to their antiquated systems.

dontmeanto Wed 10-Jul-13 13:14:38

Just got call from local Tesco, my parcel has arrived to collect. Very impressed with the speed of delivery (though I know that's not what we're testing!)...will be putting new uniform to test tomorrow.

dontmeanto Wed 10-Jul-13 13:17:19

Holiday mine says just take order confirmation number and photo ID. To match your name on the order hopefully? Hope you don't have any problems.

HolidayArmadillo Wed 10-Jul-13 13:20:45

That is what it said on the email but they have just texted to say the order is in store and that is what says the card will be required. Will update when I go to collect.

notso Wed 10-Jul-13 15:52:48

I've done collect from store quite a lot and usually the assistants are very helpful even if you don't have all the right bits, until recently I had no photo ID. Hopefully this is Tesco-wide rather than just my local one smile

Charleymouse Wed 10-Jul-13 16:38:28

On my way to collect my order.

Only spent half so far as wasn't sure of sizes.

Got 4 pairs of shorts for DS, 4 pairs of trousers, 2 pinafores, 2 dresses and 4 pairs of cycling shorts for DD under pinafores.

Off to coollect and try them on tonight.


PS I have been here ages and this is my first big win/selection for testing.

trikken Wed 10-Jul-13 17:44:40

Our local one knows us so have sent dh to get it. U didnt get a msg to say it has arrived but guessed it had and it did as dh has txt me to say he's got it. Wont be able to see the stuff til half ten as dh is working now.

trikken Wed 10-Jul-13 17:45:35

I* not u! Keep doing that!

imawigglyworm Wed 10-Jul-13 18:09:56

ahhh, part of my order was cancelled too due to lack of stock, shame as DS1 needed some shorts. Apart from that ive had no problems with ordering .... all depending on how much of it actually turns up

Part of my order has been cancelled too.

I've found the ordering system a bit of a nightmare - bag not updating, then it has, then things going out of stock whilst I'm ordering. The site has been running really slowly too. I didn't have these problems when I started Iooking yesterday, so I wonder if it's buckling under 100 of us ordering at once - but that doesn't bode well for the end of August rush!

vincenta Wed 10-Jul-13 20:34:19

Ordered yesterday for collection today.received message that my order arrived to store. Unfortunately when my husband after work tried to collect my order.Stuff told that my order didn't arrived today.We can try to collect it tomorrow...I spend half of amount because wasn't sure about sizes.

UniS Wed 10-Jul-13 22:12:54

I have been unable to order anything as the "add to bag" function is not working on their website.

androbbob Wed 10-Jul-13 22:37:37

Thanks for picking me!!

I spend a good half hour selecting clothing for my DS yesterday and then had a look for DD who is off to high school. Limited availability for her - blue shirts with short sleeves for older girls please Tesco.

I even managed two sun tops for me as well. Still got £25 left and will wait and see if can get either shirts for DD or shoes for DS with them.

Collecting them tomorrow and DS will be wearing them on Friday.

UniS Wed 10-Jul-13 22:43:43

Problem seemed to go away when I logged out and tried again , this time I "filled a bag" BEFORE logging in.
You do need to exceed the 25 quid don't you, It would not let me pay for a 24.50 order with a voucher code.

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 11-Jul-13 06:38:07

I had same problem uniS and not been able to order yet.

My stuff has arrived! I got it delivered because it was over £50 and I'm a slattern who can't be bothered to carry it back from the shop
I'm just waiting for the DCs to get back from school to try it on. I got (among other things) socks, which I feel I can adequately test in a couple of weeks.
Sweat? -check
Dirt? -check
Stretch elastic? -check
Rubbing toe area on shoes? -check
All these things can be thoroughly tested even in a few weeksgrinz

dontmeanto Thu 11-Jul-13 13:21:44

Mine is testing his out today!

trikken Thu 11-Jul-13 13:45:29

Yup mine is wearing it today. Shall see what it looks like in just over an hour.

LuisSuarezTeeth Thu 11-Jul-13 18:48:44

After much wrangling effing and jeffing, and frustration, have finally ordered! Don't know if its the site or me but the stuff just would NOT add to the bag!

trikken Thu 11-Jul-13 20:23:46

I had a problem on my tablet but switched to my laptop and it seemed to work ok.

Picked up my first lot this evening, so we'll start trying it tomorrow! I also ordered some things from the uniform embroidery service though, which will take longer to arrive - not sure whether they'll be in time to review, but we have plenty of trousers, shorts, PE stuff etc to try out starting tomorrow.

notso Thu 11-Jul-13 22:41:15

Picked mine up and had a look.
DS1 will be testing his PE shorts tomorrow for sports day but I know by looking the trousers won't fit DD, they looked slim on the picture but they are massive in real life.
There doesn't seem to be an exchange option on the delivery note either just a refund for 3p
Are we not allowed to exchange MNHQ?

UniS Thu 11-Jul-13 22:43:33

I phoned Tesco/ F&F order help line and a very helpful chap sorted out replacement trousers for all the ones that were cancelled from my order due to stock cock ups. Helpful chap agreed that it is hard for a 7 yr old boy to road test a uniform if all you have is shirts.

500internalerror Thu 11-Jul-13 22:50:48

Picked up my order today! (btw, I've been here since 2004 under various names, so def not just popping up to cash in...).

Got it to £100.25 - it was 99.50, so I ordered the cheapest most useful thing I could find to validate the final code (a 75p polo top!).

No probs with website, no probs collecting, & order all there. The jumpers do seem to come up very big though! And 8-9 trousers will fit at about age 11!

MonsterBookOfTyRexs Thu 11-Jul-13 22:52:25

Picked mine up in a giant bag.
I was at first disappointed to see they had sent different trousers, I had ordered the £5 pack of two grey trousers without the pleat, I got the £6 pack of two with the pleat. No big problem except they have a zip and metal clip thingy which ds at 4 could find tricky.
Tried them on though and he looks great, the quality seems amazing and I think he will manage now he is 5.
White polo shirts already look better than another shop and I bought the lightweight jacket, it is bloody lovely!

notso Thu 11-Jul-13 23:01:03

That is good to know UniS will give them a ring tomorrow then.

Was that the grey and black lightweight jacket Monster? was debating that for DS1.

I have to say DS1s trousers and school shorts on opening look good quality as do the buy one donate one polo shirts.
I shall see what DS thinks grin

500internalerror Thu 11-Jul-13 23:02:43

I wish they'd had school coats sad - we wouldn't be allowed that twotone one.

MonsterBookOfTyRexs Thu 11-Jul-13 23:12:06

notso yes it was, it is great, I want one grin
Looks nicer on ds than on the website too.
We are allowed anything but can buy a logo one at a very high price if we wish, which I obviously don't grin

MrsRochestersCat Thu 11-Jul-13 23:22:22

If you haven't yet ordered:

I might recommend going a size down (for girls). Eg DD2 (11) is very well developed, and quite bulky, but still slender - the all the dresses have at least a foot of spare material in width. The skirts I chose have elasticated waists so this problem is easily fixed - the size down would be too short. The summer dress has a belt, so can be cinched in.

DD1's only skirt was canceled, replacement on its way. I am hoping the sizing is better for her age (14).

Helm mumsnet, I ordered all mine and got an email to say that the order was cancelled and the stuff was no longer available. They haven't charged me but also haven't reissued the vouchers. sad

notso Fri 12-Jul-13 08:52:19

Boo that's rubbish Titsalina perhaps you could try the helpline like UniS am going to phone myself later.

Is the coat waterproof Monster if so i think I'll get it. Our school are the same the logo one is about £35, but you can wear any so hardly anyone buys it.

DD tried the trousers on and as predicted they are massive in width, even with the waist pulled right in. The length is fine so I'm not sure if there is any point trying to exchange unless I can get the longer leg ones in a smaller size.

DS's stuff all looks good on, a bit big at the moment but he'll soon be in them.

Sokmonsta Fri 12-Jul-13 10:04:20

Hello mumsnet. I've had my entire order cancelled too. Something to do with their site not acknowledging I had registered as a customer. They think the vouchers should still be valid but could you please confirm. Many thanks.

babsmam Fri 12-Jul-13 11:17:41

I have put my order in and only spent half as had issues with things being out of stock.. The website was sloooowww too. Collecting on Sunday as my nearest tesco is miles away.. Hopefully will get full order.

Hope we can do exchanges as my dd is a tall skinny 5 yr old and we always have a nightmare fitting. I usually take her to try on with me as its the lesser of two evils

MisForMumNotMaid Fri 12-Jul-13 12:51:40

Day 1 of testing. White polos have experienced berry smoothies, wheatabix, orange juice, milk, tooth paste. Friday is often art so we can add paint/ glue/ pen to the mix. In the interests of testing and due to running late, DS1 has gone to school in his breakfast covered polo. DS2 changed into a new top after eating.

Trousers have been used to kneel down and play Thomas with younger DD on the floor which resulted in rolling around rough and tumble between my two boys.

DS1 had a melt down this morning and so the leather shoes are getting a thorough drag and stomp test (never had a pair last a half term yet).

I'm impressed by the look/ feel of the trousers. Elastic waist bands are essential in this house as the boys are string beans. DS2 is in yr2 age 7 and I ordered the age 8-9 trousers. They're a good fit but the waist is very large. Its adjusted to fit him but the volume of spare material is a bit extreme. Looks okay with his jumper on but with his polo tucked in he looks a bit puffy. He complained that the (large) spare elastic loops were uncomfortable. He's gone in like that today but I think that I'll be trimming them off and tacking the flap down tonight. The elastic quality isn't that great so at this level of stretch for supper skinnys it risks fraying at the button holes. This has happened to us before. Its a pain because you need to sew in new elastic.

DS1 has the extra length 10-11 trousers on he's 9 yr4. Same loop issues, but slightly less excess fabric. The website didn't actually say how much extra length was with these trousers but they fit okay.

DS2 is wearing a standard polo, DS1 is wearing a 75p value polo. I can't see the difference new on. The look and feel is exactly the same. We'll see how they compare after a few washes.

For DS1 it would have been £5 for 2 standard polos but only £1.50 for 2 value ones. he needs clean on at least once a day (Dyspraxia means we have lots of spills)so I'm really hoping that the value ones hold their own and I'll be buying more.

Ours has all arrived safely today. We ordered £100 worth and all arrived no cancellations.

I must be the odd one out because I found website very good. Easy to narrow down searches based on school colours. It kept track of what I did very well i.e adding one size and then quickly adding the next size up and going back pages before it even logged the first one but it still managed to to them to my basket. Took 5 minutes.

lougle Fri 12-Jul-13 14:51:39

Ours has arrived today. Testing from Monday.

Bumpstarter Fri 12-Jul-13 16:02:15

Disappointed.but I guess most of the mners who put in for this are feeling the pinch.

mycatoscar Fri 12-Jul-13 19:35:43

Grrrr I ordered £110 worth and got an email to say it had been dispatched but today only 2 items turned up. One of which is a winter coat so can't really try that out right at the moment lol.

Fingers crossed the rest turns up ASAP so I can test it.

JambalayaCodfishPie Fri 12-Jul-13 19:43:37

Our order arrived today, minus the cancelled items.

DD1 will be trying them all on over the weekend.

EeTraceyluv Fri 12-Jul-13 19:47:39

Re: exchanging - two things I received didn't fit so I took them back today - got cash back no problem! Was v good and bought replacements of course.

notso Fri 12-Jul-13 20:16:33

So you just took them back to Tesco EeTraceyluv (I love your name BTW!) did you take the delivery note?

notso Fri 12-Jul-13 20:19:29

DD has made her shirt work hard today, she had a nose bleed on it at morning break.

DS tried his shorts today, they are darker coloured than I expected (grey, but more of a black-grey than most ones I've seen) but seem like quite good quality fabric and fitted him well once I adjusted the waist a bit. He's not very big on answering questions but said they were "nice, and comfy" so that's high praise from him!

EeTraceyluv Fri 12-Jul-13 21:02:33

Yes, I took them back with the note and she just gave me the money - which surprised me as I expected a voucher back! (I wanted a corrie name and was inspired one night grin )

muminthecity Fri 12-Jul-13 22:19:26

My order arrived today, it was all there, no problems. Some of the dresses do look big, I may put them away for September when they should fit and just road test the summer dresses, skirts and shirts which seem to be the a better size.

EeTraceyluv Sat 13-Jul-13 08:30:17

I had to return a coat - it was 9-10 but tiny! All the other things seems fin - dd wore her pinafore yesterday and loved it!

notso Sat 13-Jul-13 10:20:03

My note says the trousers are only worth 3p though, so would I only get 3p back?
(grin I have to read it in the voice of Deirdre!)

EeTraceyluv Sat 13-Jul-13 10:59:08

ee notso luv, you'll be best off asking our Ken - he's at th' library..

dontmeanto Sat 13-Jul-13 11:18:19

I found the website easy as well, once I slowed down and concentrated. The stuff came super quickly, too. I didn't have anything cancelled. DS wore his things Thursday and Friday, and I have wadhed and hung them out to dry!

dontmeanto Sat 13-Jul-13 11:19:06

Washed, even!

SylviaDaisyPouncer Sat 13-Jul-13 14:32:39

Parcel arrived yesterday, minus one pair of shorts (not school ones), however they arrived this morning after calling customer services yesterday.

Everything fits. Ds (12) is tall but skinny, found the 13-14 trousers long enough and fine at the waist once adjusted. 13-14 shirts/tops all good in size too.

Overall very impressed so far.

notso Sat 13-Jul-13 16:59:56

grin Nevermind eeTraceyluv I'll see yer down't Rovers

UniS Sat 13-Jul-13 22:48:47

School kit collected from store, once DH worked out where he needed to collect from ( not thr big signposted click n collect place, but some where in store so he had to park the bike and GO INTO A SHOP which he hates doing ).

DS has now tried it on and teh fit is reasonable. I was right to order a size up for long sleeve things, they fit perfectly. Trousers I ordered the " rigt age " size and they are OK on length as I thought they would be, width is bit more variable. Those with adjustable elastic are fine, those with belt loops need quite a bit of cinching in or braces.

lyndseyh78 Sun 14-Jul-13 05:27:46

Thank you very much for choosing us, We spent £104 and everything has now arrived with no problems.

My DC have tried on all the uniforms and it all fits perfectly!

My DC will all be kitted out in their new uniforms for testing tomorrow

Thank you Mumsnet & Tesco grin

HeySoulSister Sun 14-Jul-13 17:16:55

spent exactly £100....collected it all today ready to test tomorrow

Sokmonsta Mon 15-Jul-13 13:11:42

Just taken delivery of my first few bits. The first thing that has struck me is the sizing discrepancy on the cardigans. I ordered 2 5-6 and 2 6-7. One of my 6-7 ones has shorter arms than both the other 6-7 and one of the 5-6's. One 5-6 has longer arms than all the others! These have been held seam to seam to double check I'm not imagining it.

The trousers/shorts and skirts feel quite substantial. I've ordered short leg trousers for my midget son so will see how he gets on with those later. Bit warm for actually wearing them at the minute but he'll certainly put the shorts through their paces. Especially when it comes to wet and dirt.

UniS Mon 15-Jul-13 18:55:58

1st day of wear for new shorts and shirt- the boy came home covered in chalk and added chocolate sauce at tea time.

Navy Hoody has been washed and line dried in full sun. Still navy and still fits.

lougle Mon 15-Jul-13 20:29:08

DDs 1&2 wore their skirts to school today. They both took them off tonight, looking pritsine despite having rolled around in sand and mud.

The polo shirt was pretty clean, considering the mud rolling, too.

first day of wear today...

Both dd's had trousers, dd1 also the embroidered shirt. Quite glad I went down a size, I remembered just before I finished the order that the sizing can be generous. I'm actually quite impressed that there was less bulk around their bums than I'd expected after pulling the waist in to fit as both, esp dd1 are skinny things. dd1 had the teflon coated ones, dd2 the plaited waist and the teflon ones, and you can feel the difference in the material. It'll be interesting to see how the two fabrics wear as time goes by. The shirt was a nice fit, tidy finishing, and she's really pleased with the girly touches. That's a hit. The washing will be the thing for those, to see how the seams wear.
Tomorrow dd1 will be in the pencil skirt. I was disappointed with the range of skirts, as nearly all of them had pleats in some form, which are a pin to iron, and can look naff once the waist has been pulled in by 4-5 inches! dd2 likes girly swirly skirts and wouldn't choose any.

Ds was in the basic school trousers. I went for the smaller size, eg 8-9 again. These are a good fit, although baggy round the bum with massive loops which I have done over the button several times. I may try the smaller size & long leg, but it's tricky without any inside leg measurements- Tesco, please take note!

Dss has been trialling the cotton v-neck. It seems to have spent the day at the bottom of his backpack! It has survived the experience, and will have all crumbs and grot washed off. I'm interested to see how this compares to his current M&S ones which shrink over time. He is also in the shorts. I've got the largest size possible, but they're still a bit snug around his round bottom (Dss stout and muscular, with short legs) and long for his little legs! they have survived milk, football, trampolining and other boy antics.

Next challenge- laundry!

We kept some back to get ds a winter coat once they come in, as he destroys those and shoes!

MisForMumNotMaid Mon 15-Jul-13 22:25:28

Polo shirts, trousers and socks have been washed, dried and ironed.

Boys grey extra length trousers washed well, look like new, barely needed ironing. Would recommend and buy again.

Socks have washed well, do smell fresh have a decent amount of elasticity through them so for plain grey school scocks you can't go wrong.

Polos the multipack ones have washed well.

The value one that looked so good out of the packet is probably a throw away job.

Both boys polos experienced berry smoothie and wheetabix breakfast. The multipack one showed no evidence of this after a 60 wash.

The value one has had two 60 washes, a mild bleach spray then rince, bleach left on it for half an hour then hand washed.

Its not come properly clean. Deffinately not worth the saving. It looked the same out the packet but when wet you can really feel that its significantly thinner and lower quality.

Not quite sure whether in the interests of the trial we should try another of the value ones or just chalk their purchase down to experience.

UniS Mon 15-Jul-13 22:48:12

oh dear - navy hoody managed to bleed colour in the wash quite badly. And managed to mark/ stain 2 synthetic fabric multi colour cycle jerseys ( which I didn't expect to pick up any colour so lobbed in the wash witha dark load)

Sokmonsta Tue 16-Jul-13 08:08:46

Ds is kitted out in shorts today. He probably could have done with a size smaller but 3-4 was as small as I could get. The elastic adjuster has been pulled in as tight as it would go and my only concern is that it's quite thin elastic and I'm not convinced it will last long. Especially with a rough and tumble boy causing even more tension when it is stretched to the max.

Dd is thrilled with her shoes because they have flowers on them! She is measured as a clarks 11g and there is plenty of growing room in these. They are perhaps a little wide but this may just be dd as I feel she has quite narrow but deep feet. There is a generous depth to the shoes which I've not found in many cheaper shoes and this can only be a good thing in the long run. Time will tell whether leather coated plastic will still look as good at home time. Especially with a girl who loves to kneel, climb and generally drag her feet around.

I will be picking up more uniform for dd later today and some polo shirts for ds.

ShatnersBassoon Tue 16-Jul-13 09:23:32

First day of wearing shorts, short-sleeved shirts and socks. All have been washed yesterday evening and this morning.

Shorts were fine, but I'm glad I ordered the smaller of the sizes I was dithering over or they'd have been like something from It Ain't Half Hot, Mum! There is a polyester sheen to the fabric which I'm not keen on, it gives them a cheap look which I haven't found in the shorts they've worn previously (M&S cheap polyester jobs!).

Shirts were also fine, although thinner and rougher than their other shirts (M&S easy iron). Good value for money though as they are cheaper than the last M&S ones I bought.

Socks are excellent and don't seem to have shrunk up in the wash, so I didn't have to stretch them back into shape as I have with their usual school socks.

lyndseyh78 Tue 16-Jul-13 09:43:22

First day of wearing Dd schoolwear today as she was off yesterday, i washed it all before she wore it and it all washed lovely!

Short sleeved shirts washed lovely they were still soft and looked new after washing & ironing

Skirts (we bought 5) washed & ironed well

Socks are still bright white for now but i will see how they look after a day of suntan lotion, mud, sand & water play!!!

She looks very smart in her new short sleeved shirts, skirt and white sock grin

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