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Thread 16 - the one with less than a week to go!

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Reastie Wed 19-Dec-18 15:01:13

Thank you for all the congrats and messages on the last thread. I didn’t reply to all of them as I thought it might be dull reading for everyone but I really appreciate the advice, understanding and general congratulatory comments. Bad news is I’m still stuck on the sofa feeling sick, but at least it won’t last forever (thank goodness!).

Thought I’d do a ‘how to’ for a couple of things people often post about not being sure of <gets out teachers blackboard and chalk>

To do click links you do this [[ put link in here then a space then the name or phrase you want to go with the link ]] . Don’t put a space between the start of the link and the [[ and then last word and the ]] like I have or it won’t work but I had to to demonstrate.

To follow the thread without using up a post to mark place you can click on ‘watch this thread’ at the top of the first post.

No affiliate links please.

Referral thread here

Second message has a few links and info which I’ll slowly build up, let me k ow if there’s anything you’d like me to add to it thanks

Reastie Wed 19-Dec-18 15:01:32

Aliexpress have lots of stuff very cheap, order early as it’s all delivered from China here see sockeatingmonster’s useful tips on this site at the bottom of this post

Camelcamelcamel is a brilliant site that tracks prices on amazon here

Learning resources can have good bits in their sale here

Lisa angel sale is popular when on, apparently arrive nicely packaged too here

Magazine subscription offers here and here

Netpricedirect has discount toys and party bits here

Pouch on fb is worth a look. Woodwaj recommends ‘you just use them via messenger type in the shop and they message back with any valid codes!’

Toys for a pound here

Zeek have discounted gift vouchers here

Sockeatingmonster’s top tips for using aliexpress

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 (UPDATE: I wouldn’t buy squishiest either, for the same reason) 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 (UPDATE: Type “18 inch doll” for clothes that will fit American Girl/Our Generation/Designafriend dolls. Shoes are particularly excellent value. Wash dark clothing first as dyes can stain dolls’ limbs)
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

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AdoraBell Wed 19-Dec-18 15:05:04

Place marking. I’ll be back to look at those threads in the New Year 😁

MonkeyfaceThereturn Wed 19-Dec-18 15:23:44

I'm here!

SantasFavouriteHo Wed 19-Dec-18 15:37:47

Checking in!

dancemom Wed 19-Dec-18 15:43:21

Checking in ... but not buying anything else as I twitched on Ariana Grande tickets today 🙈

dizzygirl1 Wed 19-Dec-18 16:00:25

@dancemom where and when for Ariana Grande? My DD would love these and there is a birthday coming up!

dancemom Wed 19-Dec-18 16:02:15

She's touring next September, pre sale tickets available currently for O2 customers and American Express I think, general sale available on Friday. All via ticketmaster.

dancemom Wed 19-Dec-18 16:02:37

Sorry that was for @dizzygirl1

dizzygirl1 Wed 19-Dec-18 16:06:00

Thanks @dancemom.
We are in London (Gatwick) the day she opens.... But go on holiday the next day.... I'm an O2 customer so could do presale. £88 each for the cheapest I think.....
Birmingham would be the other option and nothing available apart from vip and they are £200+ each 😭😭

TheDrsDocMartens Wed 19-Dec-18 16:10:26

Trying not to twitch yet I’m still joining the thread

dancemom Wed 19-Dec-18 16:11:14

@dizzygirl1 yeah I tried for the £50 odd ones but needed up with the £80 odd ones 🙈

You might get the cheaper ones on Friday with general release?

DeezMutts Wed 19-Dec-18 16:12:23


whenwillthetwitchstrike Wed 19-Dec-18 16:17:47

Just found out that a friend of a friend who we are seeing on Xmas Eve has bought my children presents. Aaaahhh! I have to reciprocate with a token gift. Can anyone think of anything other than alcohol or chocolate (both of which I know she would enjoy, I just want to be a bit more imaginative if I can)? Female, early 60s, flying home (so anything bulky or heavy is ruled out as are vouchers).

Trumpton Wed 19-Dec-18 16:35:11

Umm somtimes I put extra stuff in my order and return it straight away 🤭
At the end of the last thread someone suggested SANTA for free delivery

PickleMeThis Wed 19-Dec-18 16:35:17

A book to read on the plane?

Something light like Schott's Original Miscellany?

GirlWithTheYellowHat Wed 19-Dec-18 16:54:18

Trying not to twitch!!

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Wed 19-Dec-18 17:05:05

I wanted this to be the year we beat the thread record! We can do 9 threads in 6 days right?! grin

Lurleene Wed 19-Dec-18 17:05:33

I did a Primark run at lunch and they have so many reduced Christmas things, and loads of cheap nightwear. Lovely Harry Potter baubles that I paid £5 for the other week are now £2, all the wrapping and gift bags are silly prices, some socks were 5 pairs for a quid, everyone had arms full in there. Tried very hard not to twitch too much!

All The Grinch stuff was reduced, I guess it is out of date by boxing day.

SleeptightDaisy Wed 19-Dec-18 17:08:35

Feeling very annoyed that my bargain hunting savings have been eaten into by a £11 postage charge. Bill & Sil were coming to visit they decided yesterday they aren't so now I've had to post their presents if only if known earlier 😣

TheBaltictriangle Wed 19-Dec-18 17:12:01

Posted on last the thread but will repost if anyone is thinking if buying the Boots star gift. I got the No7 protect and perfect skin care set for my mum as she's a big fan. It's an absolute bargain for the price, £39 for the whole set.

TheBaltictriangle Wed 19-Dec-18 17:16:38

I have saved on double postage fees by having most gifts bought online delivered gift wrapped straight to the recipient. This way I've just paid once for postage and a small fee for gift wrapping. However, some shops have gift wrapped it for free & included a gift receipt too.

CheekyFucker Wed 19-Dec-18 17:17:57

Ho ho ho.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 19-Dec-18 17:20:52

Checking in, 2 more (ish) to go. I REALLY need to start wrapping!

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