Tell us what you would like to see on Mumsnet Co-Buying

(131 Posts)
KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Feb-12 17:20:04

Mumsnet Co-Buying has launched this week. It works as follows: say lots of Mumsnetters want the same product - could be chocolate or cosmetics, could be gadgets or sports gear - then with Mumsnet Co-Buying the more of you who buy it, the cheaper the price becomes. In partnership with BuyaPowa, we'll feature different products each week. There will be a limited number of each product and each offer will last for a limited amount of time. For more information click here.
So we'd like to know what you'd like to see featured on Mumsnet Co-Buying.
Tell us here and we'll do our best to get the products you want.


I need to know ore about how it works before I commit KatieB.

Is it like a swanky high class PriceDrop TV?


Atm these things would please me.

HC salted caramel puddles.
Chanel Nail Varnish - Particuliere.
Cable and Cotton pick your own.
Tweezerman tweezers.
Liquorice comfits.
Rhubarb liqueur.
Australian Organics hair stuff.

That's my birthday wish list sorted then.


Think some stickiness is required here KatieB.

Tee2072 Tue 28-Feb-12 15:14:09

I agree with Chaos, more details please!

There are millions of MNetters so limiting the one I just saw, for example, to 100 seems a bit low. Millions might be a bit of hyperbole, but you know what I mean. grin

And I like Chaos' list. Also:

Restaurants, chains it would have to be
Beauty treatments
Alan Rickman

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 28-Feb-12 15:18:56

MN, linky not worky ;-)

Ooh, I'd like some Liz Earl skin tint please wink

Tee2072 Tue 28-Feb-12 15:32:21

Linky work for me!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 28-Feb-12 15:33:42

Maybe just the mobile site then? Error message follows...

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ilovebabytv Tue 28-Feb-12 15:35:23

is this a bit like groupon/wowcher?

LoonyRationalist Tue 28-Feb-12 15:41:00

Link doesn't work for me either, get the same as Itsallgoingtobefine. Also on mobile site.

DottyDot Tue 28-Feb-12 15:42:32

Sadly, the link works for me (just ordered the Green and Black's chocolate blush).

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 28-Feb-12 15:53:53

Sorry about the link - we're looking into it smile

Blu Tue 28-Feb-12 15:58:05

Icey Tek coolboxes!

Based on the number of times I have seen them mentioned on MN:

Oven Pride
Lakeland heated clothes airer
Shred DVD


poorbuthappy Tue 28-Feb-12 16:06:02

Why can't I use links to other bits if the site when on app?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 28-Feb-12 16:13:18

Nooo, MNHQ fix the link! I need cheap chocolate esp if it's Green & Blacks!

The G&B isn't that much of a saving - Tesco and Sainsbury's both have 2 bars for £3 at the moment, and I don't think I've ever seen a bar priced at £2.58, which is the RRP, according to BuyaPowa hmm

Tech (MNHQ) Tue 28-Feb-12 17:48:26

Hi ItsAllGoingToBeFine, Sorry about that. The link wasn't working from the mobile site. It should work now, though the page it links to is not mobile-optimized, so you might have to do a bit of scrolling. You shouldn't get an error though.

I have ordered the G&B chocolate. However, the 'rules' seem ambiguous to me and I am even wondering if this is a bit of a con.

My confirmation email stated: 'Current price £6' and 'Best price £3'.

I am happy to pay £3 for the chocolate. At £6, particularly in the light of AgentProvocateur's comment, I do not want it.

Can anybody from MNHQ clarify the exact rules of a co-buy deal?

<Thought was getting a good deal but now a bit deflated sad>

I have now read the rules in detail. I suppose it is my own fault for not paying more attention the first time.

Basically, the best price is only achieved if 100 people take up the offer. However, you are still contracted to buy the product at whatever current price is achieved depending on the number of people who are purchasing the product.

In this case, the starting price was £6 (which is pretty much a shit price, as established by AgentProvocateur).

At the moment, it is still £6 and will remain so until at least 25 people decide to purchase the chocolate. It will then drop to £5. Another 25 people later and it drops to £4. Another 25 people and it drops to £3, which makes it a total of 75 people. I don't quite understand why it then seems to need 100 people but that is probably me being thick.

In summary, my view is that this co-buy and any that follows the same rules are NOT a good deal.

(I fully appreciate that I am shooting myself in the foot here as ideally, I should be aiming to enrol more people on the deal. I am pretty annoyed with myself for falling for it though!).

Actually, isn't Groupon with all its flaws better as at least, you know which price you are definitely getting your product or service at?

<Disclaimer: may also have misunderstood how Groupon works>

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 29-Feb-12 12:08:04

Thanks for your feedback so far. RatDesPaquerettes we will work to make the rules more prominent so everyone can see what they're signing up to. The principle behind this is, like any kind of bulk buying, the more a retailer sells, the cheaper they can afford to make a product. But we have spoken to Buyapowa and agreed that as a special one off on this first co-buy only, even if it doesn't get to 100 buyers we'll make the price £3 for everyone anyway. We are really keen to use this to get Mumsnetters great deals on products they want - so please do keep telling us what you'd like us to look into featuring in future.

Thanks, KatieB. I think it is a good move to make the rules more prominent, so that people are fully aware what they are signing up to.

Now... good news about the special one-off deal for G&B chocolate. That should hopefully trigger more interest in that particular deal.

Maryz Wed 29-Feb-12 12:44:10

I'm sure it's there somewhere, but what about postage and packing? Is that included. I'd love some chocolate, but not if I don't know how much I'm going to have to pay, and also not if I have to pay another 3 quid for postage.

I would have thought it might to well on other more expensive mumsnetty things, like Babyliss Big Hair or Steam Mops (which by the way are the work of the devil).

Maryz Wed 29-Feb-12 12:47:05

Also, does your real name appear in the list of co-buyers, and if you persuade people on here to buy how do they know your name to say you persuaded them?

Maybe I'm not reading it right confused

Maryz Wed 29-Feb-12 12:48:16

And having looked at the p&p I see it is available to UK mumsnetters only, so maybe you should say that sad. I have just wasted two minutes ages and want chocolate.

<stamps foot>

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 29-Feb-12 12:49:53

Suggestions for items:

Method cleaning products

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 29-Feb-12 12:51:38

If you click on the co buy details it tells you this one is p&p free via royal mail. You can choose to not have your details appear on leaderboard.

DottyDot Wed 29-Feb-12 12:56:00

Thanks Katie - I kind of inadvertently ended up buying the chocolate obviously I would have bought it anyway as I clicked on 'sign up' or something, filled in my details and was then told I'd bought it - I thought I was just signing up to the website, not the actual deal! So it was slightly unclear - but then this explanation probably is and I'm very glad we'll get the chocolate for £3 grin

It's put me off clicking just for info though on any other deals, in case I find myself signed up for something not calorie related else...

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 29-Feb-12 13:07:11

Katie, i think this was asked upthread but can you sticky this (and future deals) to suck in lots of mners so we achieve lowest price

QED Wed 29-Feb-12 13:48:22

Saw about this on fb and searched here to find out what it was, and hearing that it will be £3 whatever is tempting me to do it smile Currently 39 people have signed up - shall I be the 40th?

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 29-Feb-12 13:56:10

Thanks for all of your comments so far - this is a trial to see how well it goes so it's really useful to have your feedback so we can make it better

Maryz - it is free p&p and you can hide your name from the leaderboard. Sorry that it's UK only - again we'll work on making that more prominent

DottyDot - sorry you found it unclear, we'll look at that. However you do have to put your payment card details in before it's actually bought - so please don't be worried about clicking just for info

ItsAllGoingToBeFine - I'll get it stickied now

Hullygully Wed 29-Feb-12 13:58:49

I would like a larger house and a little light plastic surgery, please.

QED Wed 29-Feb-12 13:59:39

If you do paypal (am still thinking about this) does it take the full amount straight away (ie at the moment it says £5) or does it wait until the end. I started doing it and got to the paypal part but it said £5 and looked like I was about to make a paypal payment for that much.

TisPityShesAWhore Wed 29-Feb-12 14:00:47


and puppies.

I can't think of anything else I want.

MyNameIsntFUCKINGWarren Wed 29-Feb-12 14:07:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hullygully Wed 29-Feb-12 14:10:19

Ooo I'll join in for the loft conversion. That's two of us! Only 98 to go. Come on MNers.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 29-Feb-12 14:11:19

QED - We asked the people at Buyapowa and they say:

"We do not take any money from your bank or PayPal account until the co-buy has closed. When you join a co-buy, your bank or PayPal will authorise your credit or debit card for the current price. This amount is ring-fenced (reserved) until the end of the co-buy, at which point, your account will be settled for the closing price."

TinyPawz Wed 29-Feb-12 14:12:27

Mixed Chicks hair products (I swear they'll bankrupt me, one day)

QED Wed 29-Feb-12 14:23:28

Thank you - might go ahead and do it then smile

FruitShootsAndHeaves Wed 29-Feb-12 14:45:08

Me too for the loft conversion and I'll need a garden shed too please to store all the junk antiques from the loft.

I'm to ugly to bother with make up / beauty products and I'm trying to stay off the chocolate so some necessities (not bear ones grin) that I need but don't necessarily like using!

like mops
and vacuums
and irons
and cat piss remover (sorry bad day!)

or nice stuff like books
or computer software
and Lamborghini's

jen127 Wed 29-Feb-12 15:11:22

Delivery to Ireland !!!

Maryz Wed 29-Feb-12 15:12:42

Exactly jen.

No-one delivers here, without charging huge amounts. Apart from Amazon, which is why I lurve them.

LaVitaBellissima Wed 29-Feb-12 15:22:33

Can you do fun pods?, I want to buy 2 but they are expensive!

netbook Wed 29-Feb-12 16:01:01

lego and ipads please!

DanJARMouse Wed 29-Feb-12 16:05:40

Lego for definite!

stressheaderic Wed 29-Feb-12 16:40:24

My suggestions:

Boxes of nappies
Childrens toys and books

JoannaLumpy Wed 29-Feb-12 17:35:58

newly released DVDs please

heronsfly Wed 29-Feb-12 17:48:29

Good make up please !

Sockspence Wed 29-Feb-12 18:06:03

I'm in for the chocs. For research purposes, y'know.

I'd like to see items like vair good linen or towel sets. Would also love to see items from skincare brands like Elemis and Dermalogica.

randommoment Wed 29-Feb-12 18:18:27

Not a Kindle as local library doesn't intend to stock loans for it, but will for other e-readers. Maybe Ipad?
Nappies - no longer needed by me but I can remember that far back!
Lego definitely!
Won't be getting the chocolate as G and B is now part of one of the dodgy multinationals, will be sticking to Co-Op for my fairtrade goodies.

mumatron Wed 29-Feb-12 18:30:38

Kitchen aid please.

Preferably boysenberry ones.

apart from that I would probably be most interested in boring household items. mops, linen, table ware etc.

Hotel chocolate stuff
Kenwood Prospero
Meat boxes from Laverstoke Farm or similar
Cheese boxes from Pong
Duplo/Lego boxes
Tickets to places like the Watercress Line Steam Railway

Sounds like a good idea and I'll keep an eye out for what's on offer.

sis Wed 29-Feb-12 19:02:48

dermalogica daily microfoliant would be nice.

SeenButNotHeard Wed 29-Feb-12 19:35:21

Frizz Ease products
Theme Park Tickets
Cinema Tickets
Theatre Tickets
Ipad (hopeful)
Kitchen equipment - Mixers, kettles, toasters etc
Latest kids toys (light sabre would go down well here)
Camping gear

I am in for choc (obviously after Lent wink)
But generally, it needs to be a brand I recognise, with the potential to be cheaper than Amazon.

Haberdashery Wed 29-Feb-12 19:45:20

What a brilliant plan.

I would be interested in

posh bed linen
posh make up
L'artisan parfumeur perfume (especially the fig and violet ones; I realise this is rather a specific request but they are bloody expensive)
nice towels
hard anodised non-stick pans (esp the Raymond Blanc ones)
Sylvanian Sodding Families
craft supplies for children
kitchen stuff generally, nice utensils (Joseph Joseph particularly welcome), scales, food processors, stuff like that
craft stuff for grown ups - yarn, fabric bundles, haberdashery (haha)

Warmwoollenmittens Wed 29-Feb-12 21:46:04

Liz Earle, Claudia Bradby jewellery, make up, .....
will be back with more later smile

chaos WTAF is rhubarb liqueur? Sounds delicious. Does it actually exist? Count me in.

Merrylegs Wed 29-Feb-12 22:20:59

I refuse to engage with any company calling itself 'Buyapowa'. When it changes its name to Buyer Power I might consider it.



Great idea. I'm in for the chocolate already. Please can it be nice stuff? Like stuff we actually want. (Exactly like touche eclat and Green& Blacks, in fact)

Aveda shampoo & conditioner
Kitchen Aid (a reasonably priced Kitchen Aid would be awesome)
Urban Decay Eye Primer
Wolford Tights
Steam Mop
Heated Airer
Miele Cat & Dog
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Kiehls lip balm
BBH (maybe the smaller one?)
Chanel Vitaluminiere Foundation
JellyCat toys
High end smellies e.g. Jo Malone, Laura Mercier etc.
Cheese from Paxton & Whitfield
Hampers around Christmas
Bed Linen

I'm always enthusiastic about these things in principle but so far my experience is they turn into an online TK Maxx. Nothing wrong with that, obviously, but it would be great if the MN one was a bit classier and not just cabbage and 'limited edition' versions of stuff.

OneLieIn Wed 29-Feb-12 23:32:19

Personally I don't want it. Mn is becoming v commercial, you are using the thoughts, posts of mners to build a business.

If you ask me (which you didn't) you are moving away from the very purpose of mn.

cobwebthegrey Wed 29-Feb-12 23:47:57

Dermalogica skincare.
Kenwood chef!

caramelwaffle Thu 01-Mar-12 00:20:37


curlywurl Thu 01-Mar-12 05:55:41

Beaming Baby eco friendly nappies please

FannyBrawne Thu 01-Mar-12 09:44:25

Seche vite

Leighton Denny crystal nail file

Miller Harris perfume

Benefit make up

GetOrfMoiiLand Thu 01-Mar-12 11:35:55

Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes

Jackstini Thu 01-Mar-12 11:37:45

High thread count bed linen
Meat boxes
Pans that can be used on induction hobs (as they are v expensive!) angry

Oh - and another one for a loft conversion please grin

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Thu 01-Mar-12 11:39:27

lololol at buyapowa snobbery. i totally agree, it is a genuine turn-off. however, will reconsider if dermalogica appears.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Thu 01-Mar-12 12:22:07

It's only a good idea if the offer is only available if 100 people sign up iyswim. So you don't get it and pay nothing if only 5 people want it rather than have to pay the stupid non bargainous price.

tattychicken Thu 01-Mar-12 12:52:01

Icey tek cool boxes... Camping stuff

fabwoman Thu 01-Mar-12 13:21:20

Maryz - do you want me to send you some chocolate?

I'm in for the chocolate - I'm surprised there's not been more takers thus far - £3 delivered is a bargain. Am liking the monkey aliases apart from the fact that I've been allocated the rather un-PC Chav Monkey!
What else would I like to see? - the beauty stuff that's coming soon doesn't really do it for me. Household stuff or maybe theme park/zoo tickets would be good but only for those that you never normally see many discounts for, so not Legoland etc for instance - unless it was a dramatic discount. And I agree with what SeenButNotHeard said, that the prices need to beat Amazon to get me interested.

Mibby Thu 01-Mar-12 15:03:38

Day out stuff/ tickets but some of the lesser known ones not just thorpe park and legoland.
Rspb/ national trust type membership? Do they do any sort of group discount thing?
Garden stuff, if you can find anyone who delivers plants and such in decent condition
Chocolate smile

I agree with Doyouthinktheysaurus. I would only want to get the product at the 'bargain' price.

Controversial thought: if the rules remain as they are and you buy at the current price that is achieved (which would be higher than the bargain price), how can you be sure that there were not enough subscribers?

If BuyaPowa were dishonest (which hopefully, they aren't), they could state that they only had 60 people for example, even though they had a higher number and then charge the higher price to all.

As a customer, you would have no way of knowing what is going on behind the scene.

NannyPlumIsMyMum Thu 01-Mar-12 19:47:17

I would like lots of beauty products .

And I love Chaos for her rhubarb liqueur idea and the link .

I would like to see that too . Plus more discounts on liqueurs as I'm trying to make a new cocktail a fortnight . As I never friffin get to go anywhere .

Well, that's 3 for the rhubarb liqueur so far wink

gazzalw Thu 01-Mar-12 22:31:52

Good things to do with DCs during hols
Hmmm - good food/eating out deals?
Hair/beauty salons?

Maryz Thu 01-Mar-12 22:40:49

Thanks for the offer fabwoman - but I suspect the postage is more expensive than the chocolate grin.

Kewcumber Fri 02-Mar-12 01:26:35

Maryz - I think I will order the chocolate... perhaps I could email you and let you know how nice it is. Would that help?

Maryz Fri 02-Mar-12 08:13:58

Kew, you are always very nice to me so I will refrain from telling to fuck off smile

See that smile ^ up there, I think I've finally got the hang of passive-aggressive smileys grin

noddyholder Fri 02-Mar-12 08:47:48

Message deleted by Mumsnet.

Playmobil smile

fabwoman Fri 02-Mar-12 09:31:44

Maryz - If you want to PM me roughly where you are I will check the postage costs.

Maryz Fri 02-Mar-12 10:29:35

It's ok, fab, don't worry about it. I'm in Ireland, so it's probably a couple of quid postage which isn't worth it for chocolate. It's a pain for ordering stuff, because I ordered a hoodie for ds for Christmas which cost 30 quid, and it cost me £10.50 for postage (like an idiot I didn't read it properly). I think the actual postage was only about £2, but they charge the same for Ireland as they do for all European countries.

fabwoman Fri 02-Mar-12 12:37:28

If you change your

I just looked down the request list and there is some fab stuff on.

TheLightPassenger Fri 02-Mar-12 18:04:56

Am a bit bemused that MN seems to want to turn itself into Groupon hmm, without the Groupon advantage of committing to one set price.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 03-Mar-12 22:01:52


Personally I don't want it. Mn is becoming v commercial, you are using the thoughts, posts of mners to build a business.

If you ask me (which you didn't) you are moving away from the very purpose of mn.

Hi OneLieIn,
The purpose of MN is to make parents lives easier. There are tonnes of ways we could have commercialised the site over the years most of which we've eschewed. We've been really careful to only go with things that don't contradict what our core aim is because frankly, we came up with that aim and it matters a lot to us. I think co-buying (and Mumsnet Swears By) work for MN precisely because they ought to make our lives easier - saving time and money - assuming of course that we get the choose the right products. Thanks to all for your thoughts here. We'll do our best to get the products you've asked for.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 03-Mar-12 22:06:36


Am a bit bemused that MN seems to want to turn itself into Groupon hmm, without the Groupon advantage of committing to one set price.

Hi TheLightPassenger,
If we'd wanted to turn ourselves into Groupon - we'd be sending you a mail a day advertising any old offer we could lay our hands on and most likely mining your data like crazy. We do however think that collating MNetters wisdom and buying power is a potentially useful thing we can do - which fits our purpose and hopefully helps us make a buck or two as well.

Maryz Sat 03-Mar-12 22:07:39

But it is a commercial site, isn't it?

And if it wasn't, we couldn't all driven on here for free. So as long as we aren't forced to participate, how can this do any harm?

TheLightPassenger Sun 04-Mar-12 08:16:25

Thanks for the reply Justine, and fair point that MNetters who aren't interested will not be pestered/e-mailed about these offers. I genuinely do appreciate the fact that the site owners bother to respond to queries of this nature, which I suspect would be deleted on other forums!. I do think the Groupon model is better, as it's a clear yes/no decision to make about one price.

DottyDot Sun 04-Mar-12 08:34:08

Completely agree with JustineMN big girly creep but I also would much prefer a collective buy at a cheaper price, like Groupon, rather than this lowering the price as it goes along palaver. Other than the chocolate(ahem) where I got a bit giddy and just pressed all the buttons blush I'm not into stressing about whether the price is going to drop or have I made a mistake going for something which isn't much cheaper than if I'd googled for a bit and found it cheaper somewhere.

Would there be anyway to do an 'I'm in if it's x price'?

I'm all in favour of it as I think it's a good way to pay for all the people needed to police benignly watch over AIBU. I guess whether it will be good for MN users is still to see. If the chocolate comes shortdated, or all the offers turn out to be offloaded otherwise-in-the-sales type stuff then I think there's a risk that it'll just be a turn-off. It'd be a bit of a shame if MN started to feel less 'quality' <wrinkles nose at the 'a' in buyapowa>

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 05-Mar-12 11:56:09


Would there be anyway to do an 'I'm in if it's x price'?

I'm all in favour of it as I think it's a good way to pay for all the people needed to police benignly watch over AIBU. I guess whether it will be good for MN users is still to see. If the chocolate comes shortdated, or all the offers turn out to be offloaded otherwise-in-the-sales type stuff then I think there's a risk that it'll just be a turn-off. It'd be a bit of a shame if MN started to feel less 'quality' <wrinkles nose at the 'a' in buyapowa>

Will definitely as about alternative mechanisms - suspect it's how it works financially though - and pass on feedback re quality and name smile.

Kewcumber Mon 05-Mar-12 14:12:14


There's a roomba on now, please take me away - I want a roomba - I have visions of a hoovering free life which I'm sure are pie in the sky. But it might work, mightn't it? [hopeful]

Dondonz Wed 07-Mar-12 11:53:46

Pls help, i cant participate in co-buy deal on YSL's Touche Eclat

Dondonz, I don't think that co-buy deal is live yet.

I can't find the co-buy link through MN. Where is it?

Thanks. I'm OK with the links off this thread.

I just can't see them anywhere else on the site. There's not one on Style and Beauty or on Money.

I must confess I would have expected some obvious advertising on the main MN page or on the Active page...

QED Thu 08-Mar-12 07:41:12

Did anyone else pay by paypal? Was checking my payment history and it looks like I've been charged £3 twice - once says authorisation and once payment, both reducing paypal balance by £3. There's also a hold for £3 that didn't have any effect on my balance. Will check more thoroughly later but wanted to see if anyone else paid by paypal and what their transactions show. If I have been charged twice would obviously not be happy but hoping I have just got a bit puzzled.

This will end in tears mark my words <sage>

biscuit <duchy original>

NessaRose Thu 08-Mar-12 10:45:02

How long does it take to deliver the chocolate? Been waiting bloody ages.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 08-Mar-12 14:24:19

QED - We just checked this out for you and Buyapowa say the following "When the customer joins the co-buy, their card/paypal is authorised at the price they joined at. No money is taken at this point – the amount is simply ‘reserved’. When the co-buy finishes, payment is taken at the final price (which could be different to the authorised price)." If this isn't what has happened please let us know and we'll get it looked into.

NessaRose - The chocolate, we've been told, is being dispatched today and tomorrow in first class post and will be with you either at the weekend or early next week depending on how fast the post is.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 09-Mar-12 09:22:47

LemonDifficult and RatDesPaquerettes - we are working on making it more visible across the site - we'll get banners up and it linked from the navigation asap

LemonDifficult - we've also asked about the "I'm in if it's x price" and Buyapowa say the following
"We found that if you give the choice of only opting in when the co-buy hit best price, most would always select this option. The problem with this then comes if you don't get enough customers to hit the best price - no one gets their product. We also found that it could be quite confusing, in that people would enter their credit card details but then weren't sure whether they were going to get the product or not. As it stands today, if you enter the co-buy you are guaranteed to get it. The price you pay can obviously decrease. We ensure that the opening price always represents a discount from RRP, so that shoppers always get a deal even if they are the only person in a co-buy."

Thank you all for your feedback

QED Fri 09-Mar-12 09:31:33

Thank you - have looked more closely at my paypal history now and can see the payment going out and being reversed and then taken when the deal finished. I think I may have got a bit confused blush but thank you for checking for me smile.

Am looking forward to my chocolate smile


Ymmmmm. Chocolate. It is just 40% of the Recommended Retail Calories, right?

NessaRose Fri 09-Mar-12 19:32:17

Thanks Katie.
Lemon I hope so.

Mibby Sat 10-Mar-12 11:00:38

Chocolate just arrived smile

Kewcumber Sat 10-Mar-12 12:21:48


Where's my chocolate. I NEED CHOCOLATE NOW envy

DottyDot Sat 10-Mar-12 14:04:59

Mine arrived today too - yours will be with you soon Kew...! grin

QED Sat 10-Mar-12 19:44:23

Mine came today smile

Eliza22 Sun 11-Mar-12 12:17:10

Can we have a Benefit Posie Tint co-buy? I love it.....but it's too expensive!

Quick question: if you take part in a co-buy, can you buy multiple items?

For example, can I buy 2 (or more) ghd Gold Classic Stylers or am I restricted to one only under my username?

Ineedacleaneriamalazyslattern Tue 13-Mar-12 19:47:16

Sorry am I being thick but how can they say nobody would get their item if they had a I'll pay if it reaches £x?
Because surely if 50 people say yep I'll take it at £1 squillion (the starting price) then 50 people say I'll only take it if it goes to £50 (the lowest price) then only the 50 people not willing to take it at full price wouldn't get it if not enough people signed up? confused
For that reason I'm not sure I'd jump at using it. I'd love the ghd's but don't have £119 if the offer doesn't go all the way but could possibly stretch to £70.

I assume that the distance selling regulations apply when buying through BuyaPowa, so customers would have a cooling off period of 7 days after receiving the goods.

What happens if the maximum number of people (say 50) have ordered the item and the lowest price has been reached, but 40 then subsequently return the item? Would this have an impact at all on the other 10 customers and the price being charged to them?

My previous question still stands: can you buy multiple items in one co-buy?

<would be grateful to receive any clarifications on these two points>

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 04-Apr-12 21:36:32


feadie1 Tue 12-Jun-12 16:13:39

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser spf 20 - colour nude
Everyone i know who uses it loves it and its really good stuff
Should be well popular

oneortwoorthree Wed 02-Jan-13 18:34:55

I'd be really interested in a co-buy for an ergo baby carrier - any chance??!

Thanks in advance!

sallymarisa Tue 08-Jan-13 19:00:32

hi there i cannot buy any of the roc on the co buy. why is this. ?
i have logged in. i have clicked on all availabe icons. nothing doing.
as the roc advert dissapears each and every time. only lasts half a second at most.

thank you. Sally

Rooneyisalwaysmoaning Wed 13-Feb-13 10:48:50

Just a note about the pull along pig toy featured this week.
I bought the cat version the other week, and was pretty disappointed - the wheels kept falling off as the velcro straps holding them n are really feeble - and the plastic toggle joining the rope to the toy was also very weak and came undone by itself.
So just something to be aware of - hopefully mine was a glitch, and they are mostly fine, but I sent it back. The soft toy itself was very sweet but don't expect it necessarily to work as a pull along.

JamesTobysMum Fri 29-Mar-13 10:46:37

Maths Whizz the online maths site or maths factor for my older boy would be good

cumfy Sat 30-Mar-13 02:32:09

Gas and Electricity



Tortington Sat 30-Mar-13 02:36:38

14% to cover bedroom tax?

Tortington Sat 30-Mar-13 02:38:55


as for marketing, it would be better if it was like groupon with 'only 67 left' button

must say everything that is on there currently doesn;t interest me in the slightest

iamsmokingafag Sat 30-Mar-13 10:06:47

clarins stuff

BettyandDon Sat 30-Mar-13 10:24:29

Elemis pro collagen moisturiser - very large pot

NetworkGuy Sat 30-Mar-13 23:46:38

Merrylegs - agree on the name BuyaPowa being horrible - as bad as the old "KwikSave" shops

NetworkGuy Sat 30-Mar-13 23:50:25

"I do think the Groupon model is better, as it's a clear yes/no decision to make about one price." -

can see your point TheLightPassenger but this is similar to (before that went bust and was brought back to life with a slightly different business plan). It's a slight gamble and one hopes for sufficient numbers to reach the lowest price.

I suppose with the fairly large user base MN has, the problem will be getting sufficient variety of products/services to match with the mix of socio economic groups and what's "in fashion" as something lots want to buy (without there being instances of 100,000 wanting to buy at a favourable price and only 500 items available).

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