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      19.07.2014 18:56
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      You won''t find a better cost/benefit !

      Primark is a well-know store of all types os cloths and shoes. It''''s very cheap, you''''ll find a great variety and the products sell have a really good quality. Although it''''s possible to face a crowded store, I say it''''s worth, because you will certainly go back home happy.

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      You look great! Where's your outfit from?

      Primark is one of the most fashionable, affordable retail stores on the high street. I first visited Primark back in 2005, it was a store on Kilburn High Road in North West London.
      The store sells fashionable that is affordable. It was great when I was in my teens and had no or little money because I could still get new clothes and feel good at the same time. Even in my university student days, one of my most worshipped places! But now, I only go there for essentials like socks and plain t-shirts. Oh and the onesies! The onesies are possibly the best thing primark sells. I got a fox onesie there and it was like love at first sight when I bought it, it's a bit holey now but I'm wearing it until it's beyond repair because I love it too much! It only cost me £10, which was pretty awesome. I'm planning to get the parrot one they are currently selling at the moment!

      Primark sells things for as cheap as £1/£1.50, you get get these kind of prices in the sale too!
      But the one pound items are mainly jewellery, underwear, socks, some t-shirts (the basic ones) But items that are sold for this price normally fall apart, rip, tear, wear out after the first few wears, short term is fine, but for the long term you may want to think about. But some items are just as cheap as car boots and charity shops.
      The most expensive item in Primark I have seen was either £25 or £30, which were dresses for the party season (so around December time) but it was a limited edition item, like most retail stores they go for a bit more money.
      The jeans usually go round for £7-10, they last no more than a year.
      The shoes range between £3-20 pounds. I once bought some heels there in the sale for £4 reduced from £10 and they lasted me two years, so some of the items are not too bad. But things like the ballet pumps, the plimsole-style trainers that teenagers and young people seem to wear quite often are around £2-4, which can be a good thing and a bad thing, because the white ones I only tend to wear in the summer, so it's not bad paying that price for an item you are going to wear everyday and only wear in the summer of that year. I normally tend to get my summer clothes from here because in England, half the time we do not know whether it is going to rain or shine. But if you wear the plimsole-style trainers all year round, it's a bit better to pay a little more for them because they fall apart and get the 'trodden down' look after about a month or two.
      The swimwear is amazing at Primark, I bought a bikkni there about seven years ago, and it stills look amazing, brand new and I only paid about £7 for it, so that was a good buy there!

      Outwear such as coats are good, because they normally tend to stay in the quality when first bought.
      Handbags, weekend bags do tend to fall apart, one time I was filming a scene and used a primark weekend bag and it fell apart during filming so I have to use duct tape to fix it together! Luckily it was only the strap and not the entire bag! They are around £6-10 for weekend bags, and handbags are as cheap as £3-4.

      They also sell make-up and home ware as well. I haven't tried the make-up there before, so I am unsure how well it performs, but the home ware is quite nice, I once bought the most adorable pug cushions for £4. Amazing price and I love pugs, so that was a bonus. They look amazing on my bed, have a nice little touch to it.

      The stores are located all over the country, sometimes you have more than one store in a city, like two or three, unless you're in London they are all over the place, just about. There are a lot of career opportunities for the store, the best thing to do is check online or if you see an advertisement in the store, is to hand a CV and cover letter in.

      It is a good place, if you love fashion and on a budget, or need last minute essentials, a student who needs a fancy dress outfit for a night out (I remember the days!) or if you love clothes so much it does not matter where you shop! Primark is so good for everything and everyone, cheap as chips so no breaking the bank! The last thing that will worry about when shopping here!

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      03.10.2013 08:39
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      a good overall store

      Primark is a clothing store which has been around for years but really became popular in the UK about 10 years ago. Primark sells clothes for the whole family, women, men and children. You could buy a whole wardrobe from there - underwear, shoes, tights, costume jewellery, babygros. They also have a small homeware section which sells tea towels, curtains, bedding.

      When I was 16 (in the 1990's), Primark was my first Saturday job. I remember people buying baskets full of clothes for the whole family for £50. It was a bit of a saddo shop and as a trendy teen, wouldn't wear their clothes. I would spend my Saturdays folding up and rehanging clothes that had fallen on the floor. On our first day, we were told that staff aren't entitled to an employee discount as the clothes are so cheap. That says it all really!!!!!

      A few years later, just as Primark was becoming trendy (I like to think that I 'discovered' Primark just before it became trendy) I bought a top from Primark for £6 to wear to work and everybody commented on it and said it was lovely. A few short years later and everybody was shopping in Primark.


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      Great for high fashion items that may only last a season or two (e.g. onesies - if they were ever in fashion)

      There are some 'hidden gems' (I once found a solitary pair of sandals reduced to £3 and they lasted me a few years).

      Great for growing babies, as by the time the clothes need replacing, the baby has grown out of them

      There is a large selection of accessories like tights, costume jewellery, hair clips etc, which can brighten up an outfit for a couple of pounds

      They normally have plenty of the same item on display so you often find your size

      The quality has improved in recent years

      Primark keeps my pre-teen niece and her friends occupied for a few hours and they feel like they have bought loads, but the reality is it only cost a couple of pounds!!!


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      Although the quality has improved somewhat, so has the price. Its not as cheap as it used to be and prices are on par with H & M.

      If you have a Primark in your town, you will probably come across somebody wearing the same outfit as you.

      The queues - sometimes it isn't worth queuing for a £1 pack of hair clips.

      As prices are so cheap, it encourages you to spend money unnecessarily ('that's a pound, I'll buy 3')

      The stores can be messy - If I go to Primark, I go early in the morning, when the store is tidy. Otherwise, it turns into a jumble sale with clothes all over the floor.

      The amount of polyester - I keep getting electric shocks from all of the polyester. I'm scared to touch anything.

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        17.09.2013 14:32
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        A bit hit and miss

        Primark is well known for accomodating to those with shallower bank accounts than others. When I was a teenager I used to make Primark my first port of call when out shopping because of the amount I could get for such a small price! These days my opinion mostly remains the same, though a few more changes could be made.

        Tops of all varieties, jeans and underwear would overrun my wardrobe at home due to my Primark purchases. I would leave the shop with handfuls upon handfuls of the same item but just in a different colour because I couldn't believe the value. Being younger and having no income at the time this was a perfect for me. I also had the patience at that age to rifle through the stacks upon stacks of clothes.

        This is probably Primark's biggest problem. The organisation is so faulted I feel more stressed shopping there than anywhere else. An employee could have folded fifty jumpers and left them in their place. Less than 10 minutes later most will be on the floor, some in different places round the store and probably only a few placed in shopping baskets. I think the staff should be awarded for their patience. Though they're not always the most helpful I've come across they certainly have a lot they have to do and I do sympathise greatly.

        The next problem with Primark is the quality. Now for £3 I don't expect my strappy top to be a miracle, but I do expect a certain amount of quality, especially seeing as other high street shops now offer similar basic products for the same price and are far more often stitched correctly.

        The sizing can also be an issue if, like myself, you are in between sizes. For example, underwear is sized either 6-8 or 10-12 when an 8-10 might be more appropriate. They don't supply as many items for petites as plus size either, meaning there is often an abundence of size 18s and very few 8s.

        I've noticed the pricing at Primark has increased greatly over the past few years, which is unsurprising due to the financial state of the UK now, however I find they often match prices of certain items to that of "better" stores (see previous paragraph).

        Though this review doesn't paint Primark in the brightest of colours I would still recommend it as a good store for basic needs. You can still get some excellent products and rare designs and you can guarantee that at least you won't be paying £30 for a pair of jeans. Primark certainly does deliver.

        As an extra suggestion - if you can't find what you're looking for, I have occasionally been known to purchase an item in the largest size just so I can make a different garment from it! There are worse places you can spend your money.

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        16.09.2013 23:38
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        Overall I would recommend primark 10 times over. Their clothes are good quality.

        Well what can I say about primark? It's affordable, good quality clothing.
        Every time I go into town I will go into primark. You can find all of your clothing needs there. The departments I shop in most are the woman's section, little boys and the home section. They also offer a men's section, baby section, girls section, and accessories.
        They are always up to date with the fashion and trends. The prices have increased a bit in the past year or so but then so have most shops!
        Two things that really annoy me about primark though, is that so many clothes are on the wrong sized hanger! It gets ridiculous sometimes. Also there seems to be millions of tiny sizes but hardly any bigger sizes. I'll be damned if I need to find a size 14! It's always 6's and 8's taking up the spaces.

        I have found the staff to be friendly and helpful once approached but on looking at them from affar, they sure do look miserable and sometimes rushed off their feet.
        The primark in my area is always full of people which can only be a good sign!
        I have found the clothes to wash well and to last a good while. The fitting rooms are large and well supervised, there usually quite a que for them though, even though there's plenty of them!
        Primark are very good with returns and exchanges, I've never had a problem and my query always gets solved.
        There are plenty of till points and even though there are often massive ques, they go quite quickly.
        I always recommend primark to others. I work in a clothes shop and if people are looking for something we don't have then I usually point them In the direction if primark if I think they'll have it.

        The underwear and shoes are excellent value and quality of money. There have been plenty of times where I've found clothes in primark which are exactly the same in other shops but double, sometimes triple the price.
        The store Is always clean and presentable, and always warm which is nice.
        I can usually find whatever I need in primark and I'll always look there first.
        I do think primark would benefit from online shopping, or even a website where you could view what they have in store but not actually buy online.

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        19.08.2013 20:00
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        Wprth a visit, especially if you're on a budget.

        Primark are a Dublin based company, and the first store was opened in June 1969 on Mary Street, Dublin. The company now operates in Southern Ireland under the name Penney's.  We have had Primark in Northern Ireland for as long as I can remember.  I remember they used to advertise heavily on TV around Christmas as well.  Nowadays, they don't need advertising, as the name speaks for itself.  We do pronounce the company name differently in NI, I've always known the pronunciation to be Preemark. 
         
        When I was younger, Primark was a shop that you didn't want to be seen in, or stock clothes that you wanted to be seen in!  Now that I'm an adult earning my own money, I love Primark.  The clothes are cheap and generally last well.  I don't like spending a lot of money on my work wardrobe, so Primark is ideal.  I also find they stock a wide range of tops for every occasion, jeans are a good fit and I even buy my gym clothes from Primark now. I am a big fan of Primark, particularly as due to ill health, I wasn't working for a period of time last year.  Primark meant that I could still occasionally treat myself to something new or some new makeup and it not cost a lot of money. 
         
        Primark stocks most of the essentials for you and your home. What you can find in store includes:
        Womenswear/shoes/accessories including the own brands
        Atmosphere (fashion & formal wear)
        Denim Co. (denim products)
        Secret Possessions (lingerie & nightwear)
        Primark Essentials (underwear)
        Opia (Jewellery and hair accessories)

        Menswear
        Cedarwood State (fashion)
        CS Active (sportswear)
        Denim Co. (denim products)
        Primark Essentials (underwear)
        Authentic Apparel (leisure wear)

        Childrenswear
        Early Days which is the babywear range (newborn - 23 months)
        Young dimension (YD) which is girls clothing (2-7 years - 8-13 years)
        Girl 2 Girl which is young girls clothing (2-7 years)
        Rebel the boys clothing range (2-7 years - 8-13 years)
        Denim Co. (denim products)
        Primark Essentials (underwear)

        Homewares which includes bedding, cushions, curtains, towels, kitchen and home accessories

        Health and Beauty including cosmetics and beauty essentials
         
        There is a wide variety of womenswear available, particularly in the larger stores.
        The casual ranges include t-shirts (including some Disney and band t-shirts), vest tops, hoodies and sweatshirts.  Casual trousers include jeans, leggings and jogging trousers.  Dressy tops and dresses can also be found here, as well as workwear.  Some stores have also recently introduced a range of gym wear.   The store also has a wide selection of nightwear, including pyjamas, separates, shortie pyjamas, nightshirts and onesies.  Their underwear includes various types and styles, sets and mix + match and also a very good selection of hosiery and socks. 
        The women's shoes selection is also amazing, from slippers and comfy flats to killer heels. A wide range of accessories are also available including scarfs, bags, belts and ear muffs, as well as a wide selection of hair clips and bobbles.

        The health and beauty ranges include makeup, nail polishes and wraps, false nails and false eyelashes for around £1 each.  The range of lipbalms available range from favourites such as Carmex to Coke/Fanta/sweet flavoured lip balms.  The makeup all seems to be decent enough quality as well, and alwaysideal to try something new (new colour lip gloss or eyeshadow) without spending a lot of money. Other health and beauty essentials such as nail files, tweezers and cotton wool pads are also cheap.  Primark have also recently expanded their health and beauty range to include some branded goods.  Brands such as Nivea and Carmex sit alongside their own brand beauty products.
         
        My only real criticism of Primark is other shoppers.  The store seems to attract a certain type of shopper, an almost feral group of shoppers who ransack the place, drop clothes on the floor, grab things out of your hand, open everything and leave it leaking on the shelf.... I once witnessed a full on fight in a store once.  I have no idea what was happening, but the blur of hair and nails that was quickly broken up by security told me all I needed to know.  On a lighter note though, I did once see two young boys get thrown out once, as they were in the ladies department playing with the bras!

        I have heard criticisms of the staff in Primark although I have never experienced this myself.  Sometimes the staff aren't that cheerful but I don't mind that and if I had to serve the steady stream of customers that flood through Primark's checkouts, I'm not sure I'd be very cheerful either!  The floor staff also have a thankless task, as soon as they have something folded, 2 more items are unfolded.  I think the staff has the right to occasionally be grumpy. 
         
        Primark have come under fire recently for their ethical credentials.  The collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which housed a factory that produced garments for Primark was a massive blow to the company. The company have the following on their website in relation to the disaster http://www.primark-bangladesh.com/. The ethical dilemma is a tough one, but other more expensive brands use the same methods of manufacturing and pass the profits onto shareholders.
         
        Some people are very snobby when it comes to Primark which I don't completely understand.  Yes, it can be crowded and on occasions the clothes aren't hard wearing, but if a top cost £2 - £3, it's hard to find a reason to complain.  I once bought a pair of shoes that fell apart a few months after I bought them, but considering I paid 50p, I'm not complaining!  Primark has somewhat spoilt me though price wise, as I go into other shops, realise the items are a lot more expensive and then go back to Primark.  Primark does a fantastic range of my 2 'must haves' for the winter months - fleecy pyjamas and fluffy socks. It's one of my favourite feelings, to come home and curl up in new fleecy pjs and socks.  At around £8 for pyjamas and £2 for socks, it means I can afford to indulge myself occasionally.

        I do think though that sometimes you do need to be in the mood for Primark.  Sometimes the crowds, the clutter and the queues are too much for me so I go elsewhere.  Normally though the positives more than outweigh any negatives.  I do try to avoid the shop on a Saturday afternoon though if I'm honest. It's a definite place to visit for cheap and cheerful clothes and homewares.

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          no frills shop

          History

          Primark began in Dublin Ireland in 1969 and soon moved in the UK and began opening stores up and down the country. It slowly increased its shops over the decades however it wasn't until the 2000s that saw its popularity increase massively with many celebrities being seen buying from there. The cultural shift to "budget" type clothes brought new fans and increased advertising from featuring in magazines, tv shows and newspapers. Today Primark has 160 stores in the UK, 38 in Ireland and other stores within Europe.

          My first "Primark" shop

          I live in Warwickshire and back in 2006 when I became aware of Primark the closest store was Birmingham, not a million miles away but I never got chance to go there and try it. Later on that year my cousin who lived in Manchester invited me round and said about going into Primark in the city centre, I was so excited! afew weeks later I was in there and Ive never looked back

          Store itself

          So fast forward to 2013 and Coventry (about 10 miles away from me) got its store back in 2007 or 2008 which made it much easier to go to and this is what I deem to be my local store I have however been into the following store -

          Manchester City Centre (several occasions)
          Birmingham City Centre (several occasions)
          Coventry City Centre (my closest store)
          London Hammersmith (once)
          London Oxford Street (once)

          For all the stores Ive been to they all appear to be laid out pretty much the same. The womens clothing is at ground floor level so its the thing you see when you walk in, this is normally the busiest bit. Womens accessories, underwear, nightwear tends to be on the same floor as the mens clothes, in my Coventry store this is the first floor. Homeware, children's clothing and shoes are usually all together and make up the second floor of the Coventry store, in Birmingham this is on the floor before ground floor (-1 level?) but each store will be different depending on size and shape of the store.

          Buying in Primark

          You have to be quite...thick skinned shall we say to shop in Primark. If you have seen the film "Confessions of a Shopaholic" I think in some ways it can be like scenes in that film. Whenever I go shopping in ALWAYS go here first and aim to get in and out no later than 11:30am, after that it can look abit like a jumble sale and it does get VERY busy so its more for your own shopping experience and time that I recommend going in early, I understand this is not always possible. Its not a bad environment to shop in but you have to be prepared to grab what you want and don't spend to much time thinking about it because if you do the person next to you might just grab it, Ive never had any issues with people taking from my basket or anything like that but it has happened (Oxford street sales a few years back). You do get great big blue baskets which you can collect on the way in to fill up, I very rarely go in and not fill it up so its handy to have. Queuing, ah the bane of most shoppers life, Ive been in some pretty long and daunting queues in my time, 70% have been in a Primark. Christmas tends to be the worst, one year I went into Birmingham and after hearing reports of AN HOUR long queue I abandoned the basket of stuff and left, but that's the only time I've left without buying every other time Ive queued up, sometimes it can take 5 minutes sometimes its more like 35 minutes but again depends which store and what time you are there. My visits to Primark in general very rarely last under an hour so be prepared to be in there a long time.

          Items sold

          I brought an item from every section in Primark, either for personal use or as a gift. It sells a really big range of clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. I find that the women's range does tend to be bigger but I've never not found something for a relative in the men's and children's section because both are still very good. The home ware section is good for bedding, blankets, bathroom accessories and candles, I've brought items for my own home from here as well as gifts, they also do Christmas décor in November/December and summer items in the summer months. For me personally I like to buy the basics like vest-tops, trousers, T-Shirts because its very good for stocking an item in about 20 different colours, a lot of my work attire is brought from here for that reason!

          Sizing

          For women's clothing the one thing I find frustrating is that some of their clothes go in the following sizes 8-10 12-14 16-18 which for me is frustrating because I would say I'm a more of a 10-12 so a 12-14 is to big but 8-10 to small, this isn't the case so much now they do tend to do just 8,10,12,14,18 and I believe some 20 so it suits me better. The children's clothing sizes run on a similar pattern but whenever I've brought any clothing for gifts its always fit ok. Men's clothes is S, M, L, XL, XXL, again any gifts I've brought have fit ok. They also do a good range of shoe sizes but me being a size 7 I do struggle to find my size at times but the amount of shoes on offer its worth looking about.

          Prices

          When I first went into Primark it was dirt cheap, tops for £2, coats for £8, trousers for £3 etc etc. You can still find these kinds of prices but I've found a lot more of it tend to be priced around the same as stuff from H&M or Matalan, the deals are still possible, but not as much as they used to be. The children's clothes are very good value for money as is the home ware items.

          Quality

          I would say overall the quality of the products is good. I still have tops I brought 5/6 years ago that I use for work but some of the items call feel quite thin and cheap. I think its down to the item and how you think it looks, feels at the time. The one thing I really dislike about Primark is the brown bags they put your stuff in, these can break after about 20 minutes use if they are full with heavy items so its always worth taking your own stronger bags or buying one of their cotton ones usually found by the tills, these only cost £1 or £2 but are worth the money!

          Overall

          Overall I do like Primark. Its nothing special or fancy but it does offer a good range of affordable clothing and home ware. I go into my Coventry store maybe once per month and it is hot and miss, some times I will go in and pick up a few things, other times I can get loads I guess it just depends on what they have out at that time. I have brought many gifts from here over the years, the women's accessories is great for little bits like costume jewellery, make up and hand bags. Be prepared for a lengthy time in there, if you go in at a peak time expect queues not only for the tills but to go up/down escalators but if you get into the spirit and don't take it to seriously you will enjoy the visit and come out laden with goods.

          Overall I give 4/5 I deducted a point for the flimsy bags because these can be a bit of a nightmare should they break on you (as it has done with me)

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            Terrific Under garments :-)

            There isn't a Primark where I live (which may be hard for some to believe), so it's a bit of a tradition that as soon as Manx men or women hit the mainland, Primark is the first place we go. However for me, it tends to be on the way back as I don't do day trips, I do a mini break or have a week away, and I'll visit Primark in Birkenhead on the way back to Liverpool, before heading home on the boat. Personally I shop in the Birkenhead store as its one floor. I tried the one in central Liverpool, but found it too much, given that it has five floors and I got lost a bit. I also found the stairs very annoying. Nothing wrong with the items or service in the Liverpool store mind you, just I found the layout a bit to much. However that is personal preference and not a dig on the company itself.

            Primark is an idea clothing shop, stocking everything from underwear and jogging bottoms to bedding and mugs. It has a good range to chose from. I've also found that they don 't always keep the same ranges in. So if you go into Primark one day and then go in six months later, they have changed ranges. Which is good as it gives you a chance to try out new things. You can find some very nice bedding items in there too I have found.

            First time I went to Primark, I bought £30's worth of underwear home (and that was before any Bra's I had bought), reason being? Because it's so cheap and it doesn't matter. Everyone is always buying underwear to replace old underwear. Local prices are much more, with £5 getting you a pack of 2 or 3 briefs. In Primark you get like five for £2. So price is the key. I also liked the designs and found that there was a bit of varity to the designs, so it wasn't boring. Whenever I go there now, it tends to be a bit of nightwear and underwear that I buy. Sometimes I'll even buy a few pairs of slippers to give to relatives at Christmas.

            I have found the service at Primark to be pretty decent. The staff seem friendly enough and are happy to help when they can. I'm always asked if I want a bag and if there is anything else that they can help me with. So it's nice to know they are taking customers in to account and thinking about their customer service. All in all a good place, but does lack some choice in some items, so be aware when browsing.

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            An ok store

            Every payday I will nip into Primark and see what they have on offer I will normally buy one thing and then leave. Here are my thoughts.

            Online
            There is no online store, this is really disappointing as I love online shopping. I have heard there are a few things on ass but on checking this out I have seen it is literally a handful of items.

            Store
            The stores have got much better over the last couple of years, they are definitely better now than they were 5 or 6 years ago (when the only store in the Northwest was Manchester), but they are still a little messy. I hasten to add though this is probably due more to the attitude of the customers than the staff.

            There is so many different things sold here that the shops are always very big and split into rough sections. It can be very hard to figure out which section is which, so you an find yourself getting quite lost in the mayhem of a very buy shop floor.

            There are also very long queues for both the changing room and the tills, but the staff are always friendly and smartly dressed.

            Clothes
            The clothes here are a real mixed back. I have items that have lasted me a very long time, have washed very well and are very comfortable. These items are amazing value but I have others that within two or three washes are virtually useless. I would recommend the skirts, but no the jeans.
            The products are not as cheap as they used to be either, and so the inferior quality is not fair.

            Shoes and Accesories
            I have had some luck with their shoes but again this is a real mix bag. Their heels are very good and normally retiail for under £15 but the flat shoes are not pleasant at all. They break very easy and get into holes far too quickly.

            The false nails are my favourites they are only £1 for a set and they have a huge amount of colours and styles available. I regularly purchase these.

            Ethics
            This is something that often comes into question and I really don't wish to comment too much on this. What I will say though is, if you are buying clothes at such low prices, you cannot really expect the seamstresses to be paid the best wage. This is part of the reason I don't buy more from here.

            Conclusion
            This store is ok, if you are not too bothered about the quality of the products or maybe you just want to wear them once, after all this is fast fashion. The sizes can be a little off here so it is worth waiting in the long queues to the fitting room.

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              Has it's place on the high street and in my wardrobe

              Primarni ..... it's a marmite of a store, polarising opinion on whether it's cheap tat exploiting the third world or a bargain basement of treasure. I went to the Manchester store yesterday,though I've shopped at many stores over the years, so thought I'd report back on my latest Primark experience as well as making some general comments about how I've found the stores and products on other occasions.

              So, to start with, yesterday's trip ... Manchester Primark, on a hot Sunday, at seven and a half months pregnant..... was I crazy? No, I was on a mission. Take a look at any Mums website and you'll probably find lots of women recommending a trip to Primarni to stock up on hospital essentials such as PJ's and knickers (I won't go in to the details here of why you may need some cheap multiples of any of these items..) but that was my reason for visiting.

              The Manchester store has changed since I was last there. The interior design seemed a bit more cosmopolitan than I recalled and definitely flashier than the Chester, Liverpool and Birkenhead branches I have visited more recently. The lighting seemed brighter and there were flat screen tv's running ads. It's a big store and has the full range of departments that Primark have including mens, kids, womens and household. The amount of stock is overwhelming - the number of items in the shoe section alone is mind boggling, as are the prices. I made my first pregnancy related purchase there - a pair of sandals in a huge size to accommodate my swollen feet. The design is a Birkenstock rip off, right down to the pattern on the sole. At £4, they were just what I need as I may only wear them for the next couple of months as, post baby, my feet will hopefully return to a more normal size. And this, of course, is where Primark fits the bill perfectly for those items that you do not intend or need to use for an eternity.

              Next stop was 'lounge wear'. I managed to find a dark coloured button up the front nightshirt (£4.50) and some cotton pj's (£7) that will be great for hospital. I'm normally a 12 but I picked up sizes 14-16 in each as, even allowing for bump, they didn't look big. I took them to try on and was surprised to find no queue for the changing room. However, the very polite young men who were in charge apologetically explained that I couldn't try the pj's on, only the nightshirt, as the pj's were wrapped together in a pack. Not great .. none the less I took a chance and got them as the 14-16 night shirt did fit. I then moved on to knickers, picking up two packs in large sizes, a four pack for £2.50 and another four pack for £3. Obviously I didn't expect to try these on but when I got home I found they just about fitted so definitely size up! On to the tills. there was a queue but not a huge one. A staff member was marshalling too and pointed out another bank of tills where the queue was smaller. I followed her advice and was served immediately by another polite young man.

              So, all in all, not too traumatic and I'm happy with my purchases. But what of the general quality and so called disposable nature of the clothes? Well, as I type I'm wearing a Primark T shirt and velour jogging pants. I've had the T 6 years and the pants 3. If I think through my wardrobe there are many other much worn and long lasting Primarni items in there. Lots of T's that are great as they are long and don't ride up, a pair of ballerina pumps that are now in year 5, a satchel used every day for a year, two pairs of cotton trousers that are a scary 10 years old, cardigans that have washed better than Boden...... But I am no spring chicken/dedicated follower of fashion - I go for more casual classic items and these seem to fit ok and wash/wear ok . The more tailored items such as jackets or summer dresses do, I admit, look flimsy.

              For me, Primark has it's place. I go there two or three times a year and buy multiple items. These are always well planned expeditions not casual browsing sessions. I would conclude that the clothes are mixed in quality, however, as they are cheap in price, it is worth taking a risk. It's difficult to write a review of Primark without mentioning the ethical side so I will make just two comments. First, other companies may charge more to the consumer but use the same factories and pay the same wages to the worker as Primark. Second, I do try to buy items that I will wear mutliple times.... hopefully my hospital items will come home with me and see some more wears. I hope so as my PJ's are very pretty!

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                11.05.2013 22:15
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                You get what you pay for

                ***A bit about Primark***

                I am pretty sure that everyone in the UK has heard of Primark and/or shopped in there previously. With 161 stores in the UK and 257 stores worldwide (trading as of February 2013) it is hard to miss as there is at least one in nearly every major city.
                They sell a vast range of products in store however unlike their high street competitors they do not trade online. This is most likely due to the fact that stock is constantly changing with the seasons and sold off quickly at a cheap price. Their departments are split into men fashion, womens fashion, kids fashion and home ware and within these main departments they sell things like clothes, footwear, jewellery, bags and hair accessories.

                ***The Experience***
                I started shopping in Primark when my friends and I were about 12 or 13. At that age I liked to be fashionable and enjoyed a bit of retail therapy but on a very limited budget which meant every Saturday when I received my pocket money me and my mates would pile into the store and spend hours trying things on and spending my weeks allowance. At that age, it was brilliant. However when I turned 16 and I started earning more money and becoming more fashion conscience I found that the clothes weren't really up to scratch and the whole ordeal had me tearing out my hair.

                You practically have to battle your way through the entrance just to get only to be met by a very bored and uninterested looking security guard and find yourself fighting over a shopping basket. Some of the clothes are hung up however many of the clothes are on the wrong size hangers or have slipped off and are in a pile beneath the rails where people can't be bothered to pick them up after they knock them off rifling through the selection of garments. The rest of the clothes are folded on shelves but they don't stay like that for long people pick up the clothes to view the item and then throw it back if they don't like it or mess up the piles trying to find a certain size. This leaves the display looking awful and many items on the floor with people standing on them. Occasionally you will see a lone shop assistant trying to refold the clothes in a futile attempt to regain order, they should really save their time and put it to good use on the tills or in the changing rooms. The isles are very narrow and often results in people barging their way through or getting in the way. The whole appearance of the shop is crowded chaos.

                When you do decide on what you want the queues are often long and tedious, with only half the tills being operated and people buying vast amounts of clothing you are guaranteed for a long wait. Little items are placed along the aisles so that you while you wait you resort to looking through the tubs of lip gloss in hope to cure your boredom and making a rash decision to buy crap that you really don't want or need. The till operatives are often on auto pilot and only talk to you to offer you items that are placed on the counter to entice you or to tell you how much you need to pay. Long gone are the days where you had a friendly conversation with the cashier while they were scanning through your items.

                ***The Changing Rooms***

                The changing rooms are relatively clean but sometimes quite untidy, there maybe bits of debris on the floor or discarded hangers but this I can deal with. The changing rooms are always busy and you find yourself standing in everlasting queues just waiting to try on your items. Due to the fact they are busy there are usually a lot of changing rooms resulting in them being slightly on the smaller side however they have a decent mirror and excellent lighting which is a bonus, its just a shame that nothing could make their clothes look decent.

                ***The Clothes***

                I find that the clothes are often made with cheap materials and don't look particularly appealing. They stretch easily in the wash and the seams come undone or the garments just fall apart. When wearing them I find they don't fit like higher end clothes do. I would buy items like tank tops, t-shirts and summer essentials just for laying in the garden etc. from Primark but as for my main wardrobe, well that's strictly Miss Selfridge or River Island.

                ***Overall***

                I would buy the bare 'lounging' essentials from Primark however I don't really like the way they fit or the hustle and bustle of the store. They say you get what you pay for and each to their own but I personally wont be visiting my local store any time soon.

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                06.05.2013 22:46
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                Cheap clothing at a high moral price.

                Primark shops can be found in most major towns and cities. As soon as woolworths shut in my local shopping centre Primark took over the space. A popular store with teenagers it is always busy and by lunch often looks like a massive jumble sale with clothes, hangers etc all over the floor.

                The store offers cheap clothes ideal for wearing once but the items do not last long but then what more can be expected if you are buying a tshirt for £1.50?! They often produce cheap copies of the lastest fashion items hence its popularity with youngsters.

                Some of the many items that Primark sell are

                Men's fashion,
                Women's fashion,
                Kid's and baby clothing,
                Shoes,
                Bags,
                Jewellery,
                Home items,
                At christmas it sells gift wrap, toys etc

                Customer service is nowhere near the standard of M&S or John Lewis. The queues are often long and staff are not interested if you have found everything you need.

                I often feel that Primark is like a wolf in sheeps clothing. It lures many people in to buy the amazingly cheap clothes placing them in an environmentally friendly paper bag. Yet it is hurting others by squeezing the profits of factory owners, who in turn cut corners in safety in order to produce the cheap clothing. Therefore leading to such awful disasters like that in Dhaka. Yes they have moved away from having children working in factories but still the 'Oliver Twist' workhouse conditions continue.

                In conclusion Primark may offer low price fashion but it comes at a very high moral price. I think I would rather save my money and buy something that will last and will not leave me with that awful feeling of guilt.

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                  04.05.2013 01:48
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                  Primark offers affordable fashion on a budget - provides excellent value-for-money.

                  As a university student, I find that my shopping in general is frequently on a tight budget. Thus, when I first heard about Primark, I naturally was drawn to the concept of affordable - no, cheap clothes.

                  The selection of clothes is reasonable - not THAT wide, perhaps (I can recognise some of my classmates distinctively wearing items from Primark!) - and simple, but it suffices. I can pick up t-shirts for the gym at £2.50, jeans for £10, shoes for £8... The items may not be specially branded, but they definitely look decent and seem to be of reasonable quality (they've lasted so far, at least).

                  Hence, in terms of value I really don't have any reason to complain; acceptable clothes for cheap. The Oxford St. store also offers a variety of home and lifestyle products such as towels, cushions and water bottles, though I have not tried these.

                  A word of warning: the store gets very, VERY crowded after working hours and all day on weekends. Consequently, queues for payment can become very long; in spite of the many tills available, I've had to queue for twenty minutes to half an hour before. It shows - the Primark brown paper-bag seems to be quite a common sight on the tube. I'd recommend you go on weekdays during the day, if you can - shopping then is a much more pleasant experience!

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                    Good place for jewellery and bags. You can find what you want most of the time.

                    Yes, when it comes to financial wise Primark is way more cheaper, however the reason for this is the quality. The quality of primark is not so great. When you look at some cloths you will see 'faults' which is not so good because then you try to find one without 'faults'. This is not always the case though. I love the jewellery of Primark, they make really good jewellery and that's what makes me like Primark although I sometimes do go look in the clothes ranges because they have a good variety out there.

                    I know I mentioned the word 'quality' and Primark is not the best for that however I bought these River island jeans and they ripped within 2-3 months, my friend used and still uses (for 2 years) her black skinny jeans that she got from primark for £7. So actually digging through Primark sometimes is actually a good idea.

                    One think I want primark to know is that I also recently bought the lip stain pens for £1.50 and it makes my lips feel dry so I have to use Vaseline lip therapy on top but it doesn't make the colour seem good. So please change them primark.

                    FASHION. Something that is very important to us girls and its just a big chunk of our life. Primark, is also a very good place to find what you want for an extremely affordable price. At the moment I'm really loving the bags, good job there Primark.

                    Now, sometimes you feel down and you just want a little boost. So you decide to go shopping at the end, and you pop into primark because its cheap or why you go there. You don't seem to get that 'BOOST'. Your mood just appears to be the same. I think the reason for this is because it can be loud and this is not primark's fault. I just don't think you get that positive energy.

                    The service of the workers, there fine.

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                    Lovely cheap shop but dont expect items to always last.

                    I do love a bit of Primark. Everyone likes a bargain and this shop is full of them.
                    If I'm honest the clothes arent hugely my thing, I'm tall as it is so all of the trousers and jeans are out of the question and some of the tops too. I think I've bought about 2 tops in there- one which stretched really quickly out of shape and now shows half my bra but what did I expect for £4!

                    Underwear, nightwear & shoes are really more my thing in Primark. I once went to Primark to buy shoes. I did come back with a pair of shoes... I also came back with £50 of underwear (much to the red faced embarassment of the teenage boy who scanned it for me). And in Primark that is a lot of underwear, often yuu can pick up certain underpants for just £1. Lacy, colourful and cheap!
                    As for nightwear I'm just a bit of a pjama junkie, you cant go wrong with pjamas and you need them for all occasions- summer, winter, short term boyfriend stay over, long term boyfriend staying over, sleep over etc etc!
                    Shoes from Primark...well lets face it they're never going to last, if you get a few pairs though they tend to last for the season at least and when thats all you can afford thats what you're going to go for!

                    Aswell as underwear, nightwear and shoes I'm also loving babywear now I have a child of my own. Many times i have picked up a few bits for Tyler at rock bottom prices- cute logoed t shirts or sweet little pjamas. There is definitly less selection for boys than girls in childrenswear but this is true for most shops if I'm honest.
                    One thing to note is if buying your children clothes from Primark you should probably wash it first. I once bought a t shirt to replace one that Tyler had soaked with dribble. I changed him once I'd bought it. That evening when I took it off for bath he was covered in a blotchy t shirt rash! I have since washed all Primark clothes before wear!

                    I have noticed that Primark has raised some of its prices, I'm not sure whether this is due to their popularity, inflation or according to a rumour I heard they are no longer paying foreign supplies ridiculously low wages.

                    I was spoilt where I lived before with 2 Primarks, one in each of my 2 nearest towns (each a 10-20 min drive away) unfortunatly where I am now its a 20 minute train journey to a Primark (albeit a very large one!) So I do visit it less but when it comes to bargains I know where I wanna shop!

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