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Thread 14 - the one where we sell our souls to the devil for the illusive unicorn fingerling

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Reastie Wed 08-Nov-17 16:10:14

Welcome one and all, see post two for links.

Any referral links to go on this separate thread please

Reastie Wed 08-Nov-17 16:10:32

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

Wonderbly (formally lost my name) [[ here

NoWordForFluffy Wed 08-Nov-17 16:44:08

Thanks, Reastie!

Just checking in (though I have no need, as I am totally DONE!). fgrin

ChoccyJules Wed 08-Nov-17 16:46:17

I need to turn my attention to the adults now. Never easy to get stuff which is actually useful rather than bought for the sake of it, iyswim.

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Wed 08-Nov-17 16:50:33

Oh lord, I normally have a beautiful spreadsheet to keep track of everything but my phone broke and I lost it so now im shopping blind grin and I need to work out what the hell ive actuslly bought!!

The stress of doing it early!!

TheNotSoGoodWife Wed 08-Nov-17 16:50:34

Crikey but these are picking up in pace now, I have lurked for several years (under different names) and since the first ones this year. Thank you to all of you who find and post bargains flowers

HouseworkIsASin10 Wed 08-Nov-17 16:53:33

Thanks HuglessDuglas just checked and it's tracking now grin

Cupoteap Wed 08-Nov-17 16:55:17

Thanks for the new thread...can you point me in the right direction to sell my soul....

GirlWithTheYellowHat Wed 08-Nov-17 16:55:36

I love these threads!

DieDieFrickenDie Wed 08-Nov-17 16:59:52

Hi all, thanks Reastiesmile

Taffeta Wed 08-Nov-17 17:00:54


OhHolyFuck Wed 08-Nov-17 17:03:54

Signing in

Taffeta Wed 08-Nov-17 17:04:01

So.....need to buy for ickle nieces. Mine older now so not a clue what is “now”. Can be clothes, toys, books. They are 4 & 2.

Budget around £25 each. Any suggestions welcomed!

Casablanca78 Wed 08-Nov-17 17:04:37

Thanks Reastie flowers

I got a fingerling unicorn this week so my soul is safe. I'm not sure DD even wants one but walking away would have been a bit like tearing up a winning lottery ticket. Sort of.

weebarra Wed 08-Nov-17 17:06:31

Thanks Reastie.
£11 off a £60 order at Ren with COUNTDOWN. They have lovely stuff!

NovemberBlues Wed 08-Nov-17 17:07:45

I am hoping my dc don't even know about the unicorn fingerling!!
I have a set with two safely stowed away.
It was advertised on the This Morning best toys bit, he really went to town demo it. Its going to be even more elusive now!

Minster2012 Wed 08-Nov-17 17:08:27

Checking in!

Minster2012 Wed 08-Nov-17 17:09:50

So do we think wait til after Black Friday for things like the grid it for awkward DF’s / DH’s or bite the bullet?

Haudyerwheesht Wed 08-Nov-17 17:11:47

Thank you @Reastie

Casablanca78 Wed 08-Nov-17 17:12:49

The pink fingerlings are still available on Amazon for pre-order (£14.99) in case anyone missed on previous thread. Not a 3rd party seller.

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 08-Nov-17 17:12:59

Thanks for the new thread flowers

Taffeta Wed 08-Nov-17 17:21:51

Minster - I’ve just bought 2 GridIts so I hope not!! I’m hanging on for a Sprocket though. I see Amazon have put them up about £20 in the last week angry

Chocolatekeepsmesane Wed 08-Nov-17 17:24:59

Thanks Reastie

Nowordforfluffy well done for being done already.

I’m looking for some wrapping paper recommendations please. Needs to be fairly thick, ideally wide and very long. Oh and of course bargainous

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 08-Nov-17 17:32:18

Afternoon, just saw a Lamaze owl on amazon prime reduced to £6 - usually £20+
I’ve bought one for my baby niece. Only 5 left. Can’t figure out how to link from amazon.

allinclusive Wed 08-Nov-17 17:32:19

Sorry if this has been already posted but Laura Ashley has 40% off everything on Black Friday.

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