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AIBU to expect M&S to actually stock school uniform the week before school starts?

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HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 17:31:45

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SquidgyBiscuits Tue 30-Aug-11 17:35:06

Erm, I know it sounds rather out there, but perhaps stocks were diminished due to most parents purchasing school uniform at some point during the rather long school holidays, earlier than the week before school starts?

grovel Tue 30-Aug-11 17:35:31

BHS, Tesco.
If you can bear the stigma.

Insomnia11 Tue 30-Aug-11 17:36:39

I don't even bother looking in actual shops. I never find anything I'm looking for, I only get things on the off chance when I'm looking for something else.

Still time to get things online.

PerfectDays Tue 30-Aug-11 17:36:52

You'll start earlier then next year, won't you?
What exactly did you expect, 4 days before kick off?

HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 17:37:26

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Insomnia11 Tue 30-Aug-11 17:39:15

M&S never stock things you need right now though, they have always stocked a season ahead. Surprised they have any uniform at all TBH.

Zippylovesgeorge Tue 30-Aug-11 17:39:25

Try Next - their uniforms are good and wash/wear well.

HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 17:39:38

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GrimmaTheNome Tue 30-Aug-11 17:39:39

YABU. The correct time to buy is at the start of the summer hols, in a generous size.

... no, of course YANBU. Its weird the way autumn uniforms appear before summer has started. And odd how in our area where there are schools stipulating blue shirts they often only have white. Hence the survival, I suppose, of the overpriced specialist uniform shops which at least seem to have some clue of requirements.

At least with uniforms you can buy large and early - its shoes that are the real pain as they have to fit. Bet Clarkes is dreadful this week.

HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 17:40:48

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GandTiceandaslice Tue 30-Aug-11 17:41:25

M&S has always been shite for uniforms imo.
I got most of mine from BHS this year, With the odd bit from Next & Tesco. Oh the odd bit from the school overpriced

HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 17:42:23

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Insomnia11 Tue 30-Aug-11 17:43:07

Yes, I've just realised DD2's feet have grown again and I really should get her some new shoes at some point. Think she can wait a couple of weeks and start nursery in her crocs though smile

Insomnia11 Tue 30-Aug-11 17:45:40

Also reminds me I have to alter DD1's trousers (bought age 8, she is 6). About the only pair in the country not to have a adjustable waistband apparently so waist as well as length has to be altered. hmm

Andrewofgg Tue 30-Aug-11 17:45:50

YABU to expect M&S to do anything that would involve unstowing their fingers and their heads from a dark and smelly place. You should know better.

ragged Tue 30-Aug-11 17:47:23

I find it annoying, too, OP, but you get used to it. Luckily DC never grow significantly over summer (would love to eat those words one day?!). Between now & late October there will be shortage of school stuff for sale confused. Not just pinafores, but shoes, bags, socks, everything. I have some vgc Navy pinafores that DD shoes no interest in wearing, larger sizes though, 8-9yo I think, btw, if you're interested.

Eglu Tue 30-Aug-11 17:48:49

I went to M&S up here in Scotland 3 weeks before my DC went back to school and they had no trousers in DS1's size in black at all. Not even the expensive ones. You were lucky to get anything tbh.

ShellingPeas Tue 30-Aug-11 17:54:40

YANBU. I went looking for size 11 trousers (black) for my DS this last week. Nothing to be had at M&S, Sainsbury, BHS, Tesco. I'd delayed because I'd thought he'd grow over the summer. 1 pair of trousers for DD were obtained but only because I wrestled them from the hand of another parent saw them first.

School shoes also a nightmare as nothing in either DC's sizes that will fit - 4 different stores; and it's never any different whatever time of year you seek those damned shoes.

And there will never be another pair of tights available between now and July unless you want them in red or green.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Tue 30-Aug-11 18:01:49

YANBU. It's ridiculous.

^I was told to simply order on-line, and delivery is free.

Not a problem, I can do that^

Not if you have a Co-Op bank Visa debit card you can't. SO DON'T GIVE ME THE OPTION TO SELECT IT THEN. The fuckers (M&S, not the Co-op).

Couldn't even change to another card as the website was so shite it kept taking me back to some random page.

I used to like M&S, too.

HyssopBlue Tue 30-Aug-11 18:02:30

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JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Tue 30-Aug-11 18:05:08

That was deliberate shouting btw. I am very pissed off with Marks and Twunters.

Avantia Tue 30-Aug-11 18:05:13

Dont you realise that they are making room for thier Christmas stock that will be on shelves next week ?

YANBU

My local uniform supplier shop had queues outside it this morning .

I have trousers to get nut they can go back in summer shorts - because next week we will have a heat wave !

Alambil Tue 30-Aug-11 18:07:47

I have searched M&S EVERY WEEK this holiday - they had nothing, no new supplies .... online is worse; jumpers only in age 16, trousers up to age 6, but nothing over that.....

It is a shambles. I had to order from their catalogue and get it delivered to the store (free) - could you do that? It only took 4 days to come...

AngryFeet Tue 30-Aug-11 18:10:51

YANBU but that is the way it is and unless this is your first DC going into a reception class I am surprised you didn't already know this TBH. I always buy the DCs uniform from M&S sometime between the summer half term and the end of term as they have just bought out the uniform so have tonnes and do a good deal then (20% off this year). It is pretty easy to get the right size tbh (my two always fit into the stuff for their age bracket) and it lasts them all year (get the adjustable waist stuff where poss).

As for shoes it is more tricky but I go two weeks before the new term starts and use independant shops. Choice is never great but can always get something nice that will last.

Anyway you can easily get stuff at the supermarkets now so go check out Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys.

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