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Reastie Tue 29-Sep-20 21:16:31

Thanks @Anydreamwilldo12 for thread title

*please read* the thread is moving so fast atm and it’s pretty hard to keep up! I was just wondering on people’s thoughts on this so did a super quick questionnaire here . I’m not sure we’ll find a perfect answer to suit everyone but would love your feedback on if it’s an issue or not.

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 thanks

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Here’s Barbarara’s instructions from last year on doing clicky links:

Open double square brackets
No space
Paste link
Name of link
No space
Close double square brackets

Like this
[[ 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

If any link doesn’t work or you want to add something please let me know by @ing me thanks

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Reastie Tue 29-Sep-20 21:17:03

Referral link here . Use this to post any links where you can refer a mner and you or both of you get an incentive. For ease and fairness please don’t post these on the main thread.

Cash back sites. You can order through cash back sites like Quidco and topcashback. It’s really simple, you just create a free account and then when you’re purchasing anything online you search on the cash back site the lace you’re ordering from and see if they do cash back and if so follow the link to place the order. You usually have to earn £5 minimum to cash the money back but it easily adds up. Go to the referral link page to join if you haven’t before.

The summer holidays 25% off at Tu was due to start next week, but has been at the least postponed, and probably cancelled. The next one is then usually October half term.

camel camel camel is a great page for price tracking amazon

A great website for looking up items of specific price so you hit the £20 free delivery at amazon here

Sockeatingmonster’s age old but very useful top tips for using aliexpress (note these are also relevant for wish website and anything shipped from China on Amazon and Ebay - you can usually tell by the estimated delivery time and multiple same pictures but different companies. Although you can filter search by country on Ebay. - thanks scrappydappydoo for that bonus point).

“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.”

Bargainmax here

Laser cut outs which have been popular on the thread here

Lisa angel is a very popular site with great regular sale discounts on jewellery etc here

Toysforapound has some well priced items here

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Sideorderofchips Tue 29-Sep-20 21:19:55

Evening. Thank you ♥️

Amazonmulu Tue 29-Sep-20 21:22:35

Thanks @Reastie

Puffalicious Tue 29-Sep-20 21:25:32

Thanks. Loving these threads.

LongWinterNights Tue 29-Sep-20 21:27:33

Thank you! Have filled out the questionnaire and popped a price alert for those blasted buns on camelcamel.....

runningpink Tue 29-Sep-20 21:29:07

Incase anyone misses it Reastie has a questionnaire link at top of the post. Go fill it out folks ^

IfyoushouldmeetaCrocodile Tue 29-Sep-20 21:30:08

@sorryiasked No he doesn't, but although fab in many ways he's not a very adulty adult and if he had his very own very account I'm sure we'd have a houseful of unneeded tech by new year blush

Reastie Tue 29-Sep-20 21:32:12

Oh wow, turns out I can only have 40 people fill in my questionnaire without having to pay for an upgrade 🤦🏻‍♀️. Epic fail! I’ll try and sort something out for thr next thread. If you know how I can do a questionnaire with lots of clicks for free please pm me or post here, thank you! I’m happy to keep as is but just want to make sure everyone is as happy as they can be.

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Reastie Tue 29-Sep-20 21:33:01

For the buns, there’s a nice looking cinnamon bun mix on Ocado on offer atm I bought this week.

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TheDrsDocMartens Tue 29-Sep-20 21:35:10

There’s some good Lego bargains in Amazon warehouse deals

PinkDaydreams Tue 29-Sep-20 21:37:05

Questionnaire filled out. Hopefully you'll get a good idea of what's preferred from 40 of us though?

Bearbehind Tue 29-Sep-20 21:37:25

@Reastie you could start another thread detailing the options in the OP as A, B and C etc and just ask people to post their letter of choice and nothing else

Cakestandkitchen Tue 29-Sep-20 21:38:38

Last thread someone asked about a Velvetiser.

QVC have the Hotel Chocolate one. It’s £99 but comes with a few extras plus you can pay over 3 instalments.

Lemming20 Tue 29-Sep-20 21:41:49

Done the questionnaire. Very happy as things are, thank you all and thank you @Reastie. Keeping me sane during a tough Mat leave x

CoffeeAndEnnui Tue 29-Sep-20 21:42:15

Damn, posted on the wrong thread, THAT'S why I must learn to close windows when I'm done with them. Let's try again...

Promo code SMARTPLUG is reducing this plug to £9.99 at checkout.

Lockdownhairdontcare Tue 29-Sep-20 21:47:48

Questionnaire done x

Sunshineskies Tue 29-Sep-20 21:47:58

Thanks for the new thread reastie. Completed survey. Love the way things are. I would really miss having general Christmas chit chat here.

HanPanPeg Tue 29-Sep-20 21:51:03

I wonder if there could be a compiled list somewhere - although loads of extra work. The chat is generally helpful but threads move so fast links / codes are often missed and then need repeating!

peasando Tue 29-Sep-20 21:51:03

Thanks @Reastie. Completed survey - totally happy with how things are 😊

BernardBlackMissesLangCleg Tue 29-Sep-20 21:52:27

yes, i'd be sad if the chit chat went elsewhere. it's part of the threads!

clouise89 Tue 29-Sep-20 21:52:57

Amazon have lots of melissa and doug deals on at the moment smile x

Thegirlhasnoname Tue 29-Sep-20 21:54:42

I lurked on the last 2 threads and I’m adamant that I’m done but can’t resist checking just in case there is a bargain that catches my eye 😅

Questionnaire filled out, thank you Reastie

UselessInDisguise Tue 29-Sep-20 21:55:25

I love the chit chat too. Not sure it's good for my bank account 🤣 but it's lovely chatting to you all on here ♥

PinkJam Tue 29-Sep-20 21:56:54

Thank you for new thread. Have completed the questionnaire. Very happy with current arrangements and think it would be a shame to change things. Advice and asking for suggestions etc is a big part of these threads and the camaraderie in my opinion.

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