Thread 18 - Oh god, stop me now please
Reastie · 04/12/2019 13:03
Thank you @luckiestgirl for the title which came from her post which I’ve copied below
‘I twitched on the moles.
And the Clinique
And at body shop (30% off)
And at love honey (I got £20 off)
And I’ve somehow bought an 8 foot Christmas tree.
And a TV.
And a fitness tracker.
And stocking fillers for the kids.
Oh god, stop me now please‘
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Reastie · 04/12/2019 13:03
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 top tips for using aliexpress
- 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.
Sixp · 04/12/2019 13:10
Thanks for the new thread Reastie. I am really envious of all of you who are already finished. I need a main present for my dd (her brother is receiving a good mountain bike!) and I have no ideas. She is 12, sporty, arty, doesn’t like reading, isn’t in to clothes or perfume, make up etc. She has an iPhone and iPad and AirPods.... 🙈
IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece · 04/12/2019 13:27
Thanks Reastie! Every year I also think this will be the year we hit 25 but we don’t! Might just fill the threads with crap so we get there
I’ve still got a load to buy!
Does anyone know of any supermarkets that have offers in gift cards?
I need a gift for a 10yo girl and 20yo man
A 3yo girl
And my DM 🤦🏻♀️
buckeejit · 04/12/2019 13:58
@serg - I mentioned it on the last thread and then bought some for myself & am quite impressed with the Jo Loves stuff for Zara - nice perfume, nice packaging. Winner. Also want to try the white leather for dh from Zara. Its a Creed Aventure or whatever dupe
Serg · 04/12/2019 13:59
10% off first order too.
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