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Thread 13 - I now have a playmobil...for no reason other than they were a bargain. do I have anyone to buy them for? No! Do I need them? No! Am I made of money? No! Did I buy them? Obviously

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Reastie Wed 01-Nov-17 19:05:04

13 - unlucky for some!

Welcome one and all, see post two for links.

Any referral links to go on this separate thread please

Reastie Wed 01-Nov-17 19:05:26

So, info below is hopefully helpful and links below are for some of the frequented websites from the page. If you know of a website that would be good to add please let me know thanks .

Since it's so popular now there would just be too many links in the link post, and I'd go slightly unhinged attempting to get them all in, so I'm fine tuning and doing generic site links rather than specific product links (unless there's something so brilliant that consensus is to add it here). If there's a stupendous code that could do with adding on here let me know bold and big is really helpful for me thanks . Hope you find it useful.

Predicted by fireflygirl the 25%off Sainsbury's dates:
(They were right on all but one last year
24 October 2017
27 November 2017

Black Friday will be on Friday 24th November this year, and Monday 27th will be Cyber Monday

From tattyboggle89:
18th October 2017
Looks like this will be the date for Sainsbury's big toy sale this year so save the date! Will update if I hear any different.
It's usually really good instore

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips about aliexpress:

I have used Aliexpress quite a bit over the last few years. My tips/observations are:

1. Check reviews
2. Be wary of plastic toys. There have been concerns about toxic plastics from China, and I have binned plastic figures for having very unpleasant smells. I no longer buy any 'low-end' plastic items and only ever from sellers with lots of positive reviews
3. Aliexpress refund/complaints procedure is actually way more straightforward than eBay, and stacked in the buyer's favour
4. Beware of mains operated electricals, many of which are supplied without fused plugs. Always message the seller first if in doubt, don't rely on the photos
5. I don't trust dress up clothes to be flame retardant, although I don't believe this is UK law anyway?
6. Clothes can come up very small. Quality can be variable (excellent to awful). Photos are often of similar items, so take them with a pinch of salt and check the reviews.
7. Actually, all photos on Aliexpress should be taken with a pinch of salt. Again, check reviews (where buyers often post photos of the actual item received)
8. I wouldn't trust toys to meet UK safety standards and wouldn't buy anything that could pose a risk (e.g. Paint might not be safe for children to gum, there could be sharp edges/choking hazards, etc)
9. Lego alternatives don't tend to stick together as well as genuine Lego. Minifigures are still excellent value, but the odd one might benefit from a few drops of superglue.
10. Barbie and other doll clothes can be excellent value, but check reviews for fabric quality and finish
11. Stationery is generally excellent value, although paper quality can be lower than expected. Type 'kawaii' into stationery and be prepared to spend a fortune!

Bargain crazy website here an outlet for very and littlewoods

Camera price buster here . Useful if you're buying a new camera

Joules eBay outlet here

Lisa Angel here

Studio have some well priced items but quality on everything isn't amazing here

Super saver delivery tool is a fab website where it will find low value items on amazon to take your shopping basket to £20 to qualify for free super saver delivery when you're getting close here

Toys for a pound toysforapound.com

Wonderbly (formally lost my name) here

TheNotSoGoodWife Wed 01-Nov-17 19:11:38

HA! No Playmobil so far, or mugs, razors or Fingerlings. Which is good (a bargain us only a bargain it’s needed) except that dc3 has just requested a fingerling for her birthday next week...

TheNotSoGoodWife Wed 01-Nov-17 19:12:45

And I have also lost the ability to type and proof read blush

ToastyFingers Wed 01-Nov-17 19:14:07

Hurrah, another thread! I've still got loads to get as its dd2s birthday 2 weeks after Christmas, but I'll be mostly lurking until payday I think.

RJnomore1 Wed 01-Nov-17 19:14:16

Hello! Don't want to lose you guys do checking in early.

Still looking for a nice and unusual couple gift if anyone has any ideas?

DumbledoresArmy Wed 01-Nov-17 19:18:24

Checking in

Betsy86 Wed 01-Nov-17 19:20:20

Checking in.
Sainsburys had halloween outfits down to £3 today. I got dracula girl and a cat outfit. Were £15 each before.
Got them in the next size up can just be part of dressing up box over the next year. Was a bargain were all kinds of outfits witches etc but selling fast x

Cakescakescakes Wed 01-Nov-17 19:20:51

Anyone got any discount codes for Cath Kidston? Can’t find any online but have seen a few bits I’d love to get.

Wait4nothing Wed 01-Nov-17 19:21:31

Checking in ...

TellMeItsNotTrue Wed 01-Nov-17 19:24:13

Thanks for the new thread!

I feel like a traitor, I've not bought a mug, fingerling or even any playmobil blush am I still welcome wink

mamma1mia Wed 01-Nov-17 19:29:46

15% off Cath Kidston with the code XMAS17, plus free glitter notebook on orders over £35.

TheNotSoGoodWife Wed 01-Nov-17 19:32:23

RJnomore1 - are they gardeners? You could them a plant that flowers at Christmas, like a camellia.

NoWordForFluffy Wed 01-Nov-17 19:47:13

I have a 20% off Boden code (loads of exclusions though 😡). Has free delivery and returns attached to it also.

BN45. Doubt it's single use as it's a bit poor!

ecofreckle Wed 01-Nov-17 19:48:15

cookie just yesterday I gave my six year old God daughter the Galt Super Marble Run and it went down really well. She didn't play with anything else so that might be an option for you

RJ I can't check but I think it was you who searched and suggested the beautiful Black Beauty print. I love it and that's a Christmas present sorted for DN flowers

Thanks also to the person who suggested the photo album. My sister is on top of that and I've contributed loads of photos, it's going to be a huge scrapbook of life so far.

Appreciate your help yesterday. Thanks.

DontOpenDeadInside Wed 01-Nov-17 19:58:06

This is a bit of a weird one, but where can I get a bonsai tree? Like the one in The Karate Kid. Already grown, not a seed kit. Does b and q sell them?

hashtagelfie Wed 01-Nov-17 20:05:53

Placemarking thank you @Reastie

I am the proud owner of a playmobil fire engine, a bilibo, 3 Emma Bridgewater mugs and 3 fingerlings none of which were on my initial “to buy” list which I write in the summer.

1st November where we can officially say it’s Christmas next month AND it’s the month of Black Friday!! Eeekkk!

GinAndSonic Wed 01-Nov-17 20:06:46

Hello. Think I need fingerlings. The kids haven't asked for them but I know they will like them

Polkadot1974 Wed 01-Nov-17 20:09:20

Place marking - I have mugs with no homes and need a gift for my cleaner, whom I love but seems to have most of what she needs- How can I say thank you and get something nice £20 ish?

ecofreckle Wed 01-Nov-17 20:11:26

RJ what about a board game for the couple? Or a voucher for a meal somewhere nice and local to them?

IceLemonGin Wed 01-Nov-17 20:11:47

You can get a free Christmas toucan box (crafts for kids age 3-8) -
it's a subscription but seems easy enough to cancel here

GirlWithTheYellowHat Wed 01-Nov-17 20:12:15

Checking in. I don’t know what I’ve left to buy but I’m too scared to miss something!

JingleJangleBell Wed 01-Nov-17 20:12:45

Anyone with Vampirina fans I’ve just purchased some vampirina toys from amazon US and got them £20 cheaper than they are being sold on amazon UK even after shipping and import fees.

eBay is selling the toys for ridiculous amounts as stock is really low in U.K.

ipswichwitch Wed 01-Nov-17 20:15:35

Just collected the fingerlings I pre-ordered from Smyths. The man who served me was very savvy and rammed them into a bag before the DC (who I got them for and who I had no choice but to bring with me!) saw them. Was very cloak and dagger grin
Now need a Nintendo 2DS if anyone comes across a bargain. Failing that, I’ll be crossing fingers for a good Black Friday deal

ecofreckle Wed 01-Nov-17 20:16:20

And RJ how about this raised serving board if they entertain sometimes? This was a great gift that we loved and so helpful when you have loads to cram onto a table. Attractive too. Although I feel certain ours is Jamie Oliver. goo.gl/images/AwF5ma

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