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Thread 23 - the one where the shops are actually open again

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Reastie Thu 26-Nov-20 18:33:47

It’s nearly December, Father Christmas is busy putting the final touches to his toys on the workshop and we are busy elves preparing for a somewhat different Christmas this year.

please post any bargain info IN BOLD to make it easier to scroll through the thread.

To make things bold you:
Put a star each side of what you want to make bold like this but without the space between the star and the writing *

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 Thu 26-Nov-20 18:34:13

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.

Independent online businesses to look here for links recommended or own businesses.

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.

Thank you fireflygirl for the info on when supermarkets opened Christmas delivery slots last year:
Last year, Morrisons opened their Christmas delivery slots to pass holders on 6 November, and non-pass holders on 27th November, Tesco opened theirs 3 days early for pass holders (27th as opposed to 30th), and Asda 5 days earlier (13th as opposed to 18th). Sainsbury's likely opened theirs 3 weeks in advance to everyone at the same time.

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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NoWordForFluffy Thu 26-Nov-20 18:37:19

Thanks, Reastie.

Bargain Max discount codes attached.

myhobbyisouting Thu 26-Nov-20 18:43:11

You mean the one where I definitely get the Aldi Star Wars Lego grin

Lovemusic33 Thu 26-Nov-20 18:46:29

Thank you for the new thread 😁

Lovemusic33 Thu 26-Nov-20 18:51:09

Bomb cosmetics have a Black Friday sale
Love honey have half price sale (for those who are on their own this Christmas 😉)

MsMiaWallace Thu 26-Nov-20 18:51:10

Thanks for the new thread 😉

NoWordForFluffy Thu 26-Nov-20 18:53:09

@MsMiaWallace, I got an email from Very confirming the credit today. Did you?

Luxplus Thu 26-Nov-20 18:53:20

Just posting again if it got lost
*Black Friday surprise bags at småfolk
53 € but value for at least 130€*

Luxplus Thu 26-Nov-20 18:54:20

Black Friday surprise bags at småfolk
53 € but value for at least 130€

dizzygirl1 Thu 26-Nov-20 18:55:24

How bad do we think the Aldi online store will be? I'd like the star wars lego but I'm not sure I'll get it! Is it midnight it starts?

NoWordForFluffy Thu 26-Nov-20 18:57:08

I reckon dire, @dizzygirl1. I'd start trying from 11.45 ish. If there's a queue you want to be in it!

dizzygirl1 Thu 26-Nov-20 18:59:29

@nowordforfluffy I think the same. After the issues with Tesco Christmas slots I'm dreading it!

LiverbirdNo1 Thu 26-Nov-20 19:05:26

Any My Little Pony suggestions for my 5 yr old DS please? He’s just gotten into it after watching the series on Netflix, I think he’d be thrilled with some ponies or figures but not sure what I should be looking for?!

NoWordForFluffy Thu 26-Nov-20 19:08:00

@dizzygirl1, I got a Sainsbury’s one no bother. And today there were still slots for 23rd when they went up yesterday. Weird.

I doubt I'd have that luck with Aldi! 😂

IfyoushouldmeetaCrocodile Thu 26-Nov-20 19:09:12

@LiverbirdNo1 We bought our son the MLP busy book at that age, he loved it.

MsMiaWallace Thu 26-Nov-20 19:12:49

@NoWordForFluffy yes I did tonight! Thanks for remembering!!
I thought I was gonna have to contact them though!

elsielegallez Thu 26-Nov-20 19:14:06

Bumble and Bumble 25% off and a free gift I’d spending over £75

Plus cash back through Quidco.

I buy the 1 litre shampoo and conditioner, which are cheaper anyway - 25% off is cheaper than I usually see on places like LookFantastic.

Elephanttrunk Thu 26-Nov-20 19:15:50

1KG Linder balls 13.99 on amazon

unkindnessofravens Thu 26-Nov-20 19:16:05

Everything £5 or less at grüum here

LiverbirdNo1 Thu 26-Nov-20 19:16:15

@IfyoushouldmeetaCrocodile ooo, good idea! Completely forgot about busy books - thank you!

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Thu 26-Nov-20 19:28:23

Evening. None of the items I want at John Lewis have been reduced at all. Shall I order or wait until tomorrow do you reckon?
I’ll shoot my DN or DD if they ask for something that was in Black Friday deal. I’ve been nagging for weeks for ideas.

AGirlHasNoShame Thu 26-Nov-20 19:34:33

Thank you so much for all the scarf suggestions, I bought a gorgeous one. Fingers crossed it makes her day

TheDrsDocMartens Thu 26-Nov-20 19:38:46

Do I really want anything from Aldi? I’m feeling the sheep in me wanting to try anyway 😳

IggyAce Thu 26-Nov-20 19:44:03

@LiverbirdNo1 check home bargains they have various MLP bits such as bath bombs, figures and stationary.

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