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Thread 19 - loling with our fingerlings

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Reastie Tue 05-Dec-17 18:51:12

A rubbish thread title but, well, it's 19 now!

20 days until Christmas, I'm imagining us all wrapping late at night like little festive elves readying ourselves for how excited everyone will be with their bargainous presents.

Any referral links to go on this separate thread please

Reastie Tue 05-Dec-17 18:51:37

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
27 November 2017

Black Friday will be on Friday 24th November this year, and Monday 27th will be Cyber Monday
Aliexpress info - be aware it's getting late to order from here for Christmas delivery.

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

Reastie Tue 05-Dec-17 18:52:02

Gah, I forgot to Christmas name change before the new thread

AlbusPercival Tue 05-Dec-17 18:52:42

ThVks for new thread

ThatsMySantaHisBeardIsSoFluffy Tue 05-Dec-17 18:54:31

Thanks, Reastie!

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Tue 05-Dec-17 18:59:16


Cupoteap Tue 05-Dec-17 19:00:57

Hello all

IHeartKingThistle Tue 05-Dec-17 19:15:44

Hiya new thread!

Tiggles, if the balls are the ones you win at fairs I would buy more than 1. DS won one once and it lasted about an hour. Just don't want your DS upset on Christmas day!

RJnomore1 Tue 05-Dec-17 19:15:50


No bargains to share just now but remember Clinique and Milton brown are both doing deals every day and so are boots no 7.

ladymelbourne1926 Tue 05-Dec-17 19:16:37

Place marking thanks thanks

dancemom Tue 05-Dec-17 19:17:35


Soubriquet Tue 05-Dec-17 19:27:15

Don't know why I'm joining this as I have officially finished Christmas shopping!

Givealittlebit Tue 05-Dec-17 19:47:32

Also finished shopping but placemarking none the less!

Scoleah Tue 05-Dec-17 19:51:17

Placemarking: there has to be some more bargains I can squeeze in before Christmas! Thanks for new thread grin

BrawneLamia Tue 05-Dec-17 19:54:03

Placemarking, thanks for the new thread.

gingerbreadmam Tue 05-Dec-17 20:05:52

Thanks Reastie

FoofFighter Tue 05-Dec-17 20:08:52

Finished weeks ago but still lurking fgrin

purplepandas Tue 05-Dec-17 20:13:26

Lurking. Sorted my fingerling dilemma thankfully. We may have a spare one (green one) if anyone needs it. Have offered to a fellow MNer on the previous post but no reply as yet so they may be sorted.

purplepandas Tue 05-Dec-17 20:14:02

Bloomin fingerlings. Have had some interesting whatapp conversations due to typos.

Sixp Tue 05-Dec-17 20:20:02

I’m not finished! I need some ideas for a real diva, who likes her bling but also has quite good taste, so not cheap and tacky. So unlike me, I have no clue...

Sixp Tue 05-Dec-17 20:21:29

... and also ideas for a few parents 65+ age group who all seem to have everything they want!

WhyamIBoredathome Tue 05-Dec-17 20:25:54

Checking in. I thought I was done and then realised I have nothing for my parents '

ReluctantCamper Tue 05-Dec-17 20:27:47

hello, I need to get something truly offensive for a secret santa.

quite a while ago someone posted chocolate arseholes on here, can anyone remember where they were from?

Also it may have been this year or last year, but someone linked to a website with magnificently offensive mugs - can any body remember any thing about that one?

Thank you please!

OwlBeBack Tue 05-Dec-17 20:33:00

Might have been holyflaps for the mugs?

OwlBeBack Tue 05-Dec-17 20:33:38

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