To be disappointed with M&S Advent Calendar!

(128 Posts)
MNRandom Sat 19-Nov-16 14:54:05

£35.00 with £35.00 & over purchase of women's wear.

Each item averages at £1.40.

M&S claim the contents are valued at £250.00 which makes each item worth £10.00.

Sorry M&S, I don't believe you! Nail polishes (rubbish colours), nail file, v v v small serum etc.

I looked on the website and customers are giving it 5* confused

Anyone else succumbed ?
What's your thoughts?
Which advent calendar would you splurge on?

The Liberty one looked great (much more pricey, but genuine valued items). Sold out though.

tatty1010 Sat 19-Nov-16 15:08:31

(Irrelevant to what you are asking)..... Personally I wouldn't spend £35 on an advent calendar with no chocolate shock grin

roastednut Sat 19-Nov-16 15:10:40

I bought one. Stupidly I thought they'd sell out quickly so got it on the day it came out only to find they're still selling them several days/weeks later!

Luvwales74 Sat 19-Nov-16 15:13:13

I brought one but I haven't looked closely at it yet. Is it really poor value?

IminaPickle Sat 19-Nov-16 15:15:35

It's not Advent! Why are you all looking! 😮

wobblywonderwoman Sat 19-Nov-16 15:18:16

pickle you have to get them early or the good ones would be gone

I would take it back op if you are unhappy but it doesn't sound too bad in terms of it being £35 - though it certainly doesn't sound £250 worth

MNRandom Sat 19-Nov-16 15:18:19

Tatty' I hope M&S are listening! They could pop a choccy in each day as well as sample product grin

Luv' I was all for returning it, but after seeing it got 5* on their site decided not to for fear of being thought mean 😳

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 19-Nov-16 15:19:40

I wouldn't have bought it (I don't need another 25 sample sizes of various random bits cluttering up my house thank you very much) but I did sincerely wonder how it could be worth £250.00.

I'd be interested to see the details on that.

MNRandom Sat 19-Nov-16 15:19:55

The one item I do love is the Nuxe dry oil. Smells divine and glides on lovely. Only small bottle though.

MrsHathaway Sat 19-Nov-16 15:23:45

Last year's was great. Definitely worth £35. Not £250 though.

Fairylea Sat 19-Nov-16 15:25:57

There's a list of items here thoushaltnotcovet.net/2016/10/07/ms-beauty-advent-calendar-2016-spoiler/

I was tempted to get one... glad I didn't bother now! My dd aged 13 is desperate for the Tanya burr 12 days of Christmas one. It's £15 (on offer) and has some nice things inside.

Liiinoo Sat 19-Nov-16 15:27:58

I cannot believe you are all looking! Mine is in the living room waiting for December 1st.

Hulababy Sat 19-Nov-16 15:33:30

Often with these types of calendars the detail is int he small print.

So it'll be worth £250 when purchasing full size versions of it all individually.

Chewbecca Sat 19-Nov-16 15:33:55

YABU - You shouldn't have looked at the contents yet!

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 19-Nov-16 15:34:41

I've got two. I'll keep what I want and divide the rest up for presents .
I did prefer last year's one.
but..there was a glitch on the website and that's how I bought my second one.. I only spent about £23 in order to qualify for the calendar.
Worth £35, yes, Wouldn't pay more than that.

Mrsmadevans Sat 19-Nov-16 15:34:48

I went in today to buy one and in Cwmbran they had the contents in a see through box for us to see what we were getting . I took one look at it and realised it was not half as good as lastyears . The perfume house however looks lovely I got the last two of them .....

TheFairyCaravan Sat 19-Nov-16 15:35:04

I got last year's and thought it was a heap of shit. Definitely wouldn't bother again.

Chewbecca Sat 19-Nov-16 15:36:37

The review on thoushaltnotcovet is v good!

tiggytape Sat 19-Nov-16 15:39:26

According to a review I read, the prices are worked out based on getting half sizes (or less) of many products that normally cost £20 - £40 for a fullsize product.

It did seem to be the case - one product was £40 for a full bottle or £20 per 100ml and one of the creams was £38 for a fullsize pot only 100ml in size. So you can see how it would add up even if they gave you a smallish sample of it.

Of course, it they aren't things you like, that's not so much of a bargain.
Apparently people sold bits they didn't want last year on eBay and kept what they liked and still recouped most of the outlay of buying the calendar.

bibbitybobbityyhat Sat 19-Nov-16 15:45:33

Amazing what people will fall for given a fucking inescapable marketing campaign and some pretty packaging.

To me it screams tat.

Ledeluge Sat 19-Nov-16 15:48:26

I hate, hate, hate, hate the trend for adult advent calendars. I can see how much fun they could be but it really goes against the grain for me to see grown women buying themselves an advent calendar.

It just seems like a combination of rampant consumerism and infantilising grown women. And kind of the opposite of what Christmas should be about as an adult, which to me is more about giving, family and community.

But then, I am not even a fan of chocolate advent calendars for kids. My mum made my kids a fabric advent calendar and I bought a playmobil nativity set. I wrapped up the bits each year and they built the nativity scene over the month. Don't think they missed out really.

Does that make me Scrooge?

tiggytape Sat 19-Nov-16 15:51:33

December is generally a bit miserable, tiring and harder for some than others. There's no harm in it if people want something of a treat every day. And no harm if they don't. Each to their own.
If I had the money, I'd have the Liberty one at the very least (and probably all the smelly candle ones too although not sure what I'd do with 50 smelly candles acquired over one month)

MNRandom Sat 19-Nov-16 15:53:59

I think I'm most definitely on Santa's Naughty List for taking a sneak peak grin

MUjunkie Sat 19-Nov-16 15:54:12

I was thinking about the no7 one. Now I'm thinking NYX hmm

MNRandom Sat 19-Nov-16 15:55:48

No not a scrounge at all Ledeluge, sensible!

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