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Thread 14 - the one with all the bargains *title edited by MNHQ*(1000 Posts)
Thank you @CupoTeap for the title!
Just a reminder you can watch the thread by clicking on ‘watch this thread’ at the top of the first message. It’s much easier for everyone than so many place marking every time which can use up a fair chunk of each thread to scroll through
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Here’s Barbarara’s instructions on doing clicks links:
Open double square brackets
Name of link
Close double square brackets
[[ www.amazingbargains.com bargain ]] but with no space after/before the brackets.
If I do it again without the extra spaces only the word bargain will appear in blue
For more links etc see message 2
camel camel camel is a great page for price tracking amazon
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!
Also to add I’ve seen a fair few posts from fb this year from small businesses where aliexpress have posted photos of their products and photos without permission, so be wary and be warned the photo might not be exactly what you get.
Wibbletooth has a great gift idea:
Best received grandparent/great aunt etc stocking filler that I’ve done has been a personalised glasses cleaning cloth, with a photo of the grandkids on.
I did it on eBay - was much cheaper than many other places - and the quality was great. Cost them was about £2.50, there seem to be 2 or 3 on there that are about £3 now so guessing it was one of them - didn’t recognise either of the listings. At the time it was cheaper to go through the eBay page than their website. There were two sizes - seem to think it was worth the extra 30p or similar to get the slightly bigger cloth - not much of a difference but enough to make it feel a bit more substantial.
They were all in awe as had never come across photos being printed on fabric. Also meant they always had a photo of the grandkids with them at all times without needing to carry photos with them as they always had their glasses and this glasses case with them and alwaûs had a cleaning cloth in the glasses case anyway.
Think I teamed them with a mini cleaning spritz and mini glasses screwdriver to get 3 related stocking presents.
I can't get the Celtic and co code to work either - humph!
Thanks for the new thread Reastie, we’re flying through them.
Also thanks to @kittywampus and @starlingsintheslipst
Just had email from Asda saying they have got 15% off dinnerware and cookware.
15% off selected Christmas bedding too.
Just a reminder that anything you buy from China etc should be ordered REALLY soon, postage dates on Amazon are getting a bit too close! The bits I ordered this morning has an expected ar.rivall date range which went up to the 19th of December.
Thanks for the new thread @Reastie.
Heading into town today for some real life shopping. Heading to the Apple store to try and sort out our failing phone batteries and hoping while we’re there to be able to entice DS into a conversation about AirPods to see if he really does want them or if he would be happy with a cheaper (but still high quality) brand like Jaybirds or Beats.
I do wish they would figure out a way to be able to try AirPods (and other wireless headphones) on - so worried about spending a
frankly ridiculously huge sum of money on headphones only to find out they fall out of his bloody ears!
Not read the end of the last thread but new Tokyo laundry deal. Jacket bag and hat for £25
Does anyone know if I’ve missed Argos 3:2. Needing LEGO.
Thanks for the new thread @Reastie.
Im still feeling gutted that I didn't just buy the switch from very with the £50 back as looks like it was the best deal this year I'm hoping they may do a good offer for cyber Monday.
@linentowel there is no Argos 3 for 2 this year, just different toy promotions each week
Thanks for the new thread @Reastie
A lovely, helpful happy vibe again this year on here and lots of fab bargains already!
So I've had an email from PayPal saying that Celtic and Co have sent me a refund for my insole purchase, but nothing from Celtic and Co themselves, which is a pretty poor effort, puts me off buying from them in future.
I’m gutted I’ve missed the sheepskin insoles, my mum would have loved those! Never mind.
Handmade Christmas co are doing 100 personalised sacks for 12.50 with code flash
asda currently have a sale on specific toys link including LEGO and Playmobil
Oh and somebody mentioned North Face coats? My local Ultimate Outdoors store - at Merry Hill - is closing down and there is a minimum of 30% off everything in store. More than likely not online but just in case you have a store nearby.
20% off from select sellers on eBay with code PRIZE20 a minimum £25 spend
Phew, nearly ran out of messages on old thread! I went out for a run and had 40 or so left and came back to 5 left!!
<sits down to recover>
@linentowel Argos has had really good Lego deals. They seem to reduce some sets 50%. They pop out randomly so keep eye on sets you are interested in.
Hype lucky dip is on, the 2 backpacks for £19.99 is a great deal of you don't mind too much what you get
I also got refund from Celtic & co but no email
I too have also had a refund for the sheepskin insoles and again no email. I only made the one order.
Did you all pay via PayPal for your insoles? I paid via credit card and all 6 £2 orders have gone out of my account but no refunds yet
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