Boots is my first port of call for perfume, photographs, Christmas gifts, general toiletries and make up. I absolutely love the Advantage card and collect points on things I would buy anyway like soap and shampoo, have it delivered to me which saves time and having to bother in the supermarket/ out shopping and then use the points for something fun for me!
I love the in-store photo points so that I can organise my own photos and I make use of them for the CD/ mini photo options as well.
The staff are always friendly and courteous, with lots of knowledge on the stock.
The only thing that isn't 100% for me is the waste of packaging for home delivery - the boxes are simply too big and packed with too much rubbish in general.
I would definitely recommend Boots.
I use flythomascook.com about every six weeks or so on avergae and have done for the past two years. The prices yo-yo a little too much in too short a space of time and when you can see some flights at £65 one week then two weeks later (during term time at off peak), the same day and time is £220, it makes you wonder why. I have watched a flight I had booked go from the price I paid to double back to the price I paid over a two day period - it just doesn't make sense.
The website is pretty slow compared to other fight providers, but it is simple to use and the pricing structure is very clear - they don't try to sneak extra charges in once you start the booking process and make it clear how much extra you need to pay if you want to check baggage/ have an inflight meal etc. I would recommend the priority check in if it is availble as an option, it's worth it.
I once had some difficulty changing a flight, the email support and call centre support gave totally contradictory accounts of what had happened and how I needed to move forwards with things but I only had the issue once - I have not tried to alter any details since as it isn't worth the confusion.
Overall, no problems with the service, the prices aren't exactly good value for money for the flights for the most part but they aren't truly awful and it is a quick and easy process to book a flight.
I use Amazon about once a week on average and have never had a problem over several years of using them.
Great customer service, trustworthy sellers, effective marketplace. Great for academic and trade texts at competitive prices. Amazon vouchers are top of my Christmas present list, both to give and receive.
I order lots of books from Amazon and some sellers use Yodel, which I wouId never use myself. I received two parcels delivered by Yodel on the same day, one had been totally opened by the delivery person to see what was inside and the other had been opened just enough to put your hand in to feel what was inside - these parcels had been sealed with security tear-to-open- tabs which the delivery person had broken.
I think that says it all.
I shop at New Look both online and in-store and have never had any problems with either and would happily recommend them. Some of the prices are a little high for the quality, but only some and it's a quick and easy stop for wardrobe basics - I normally use it with very little time available and always find something.
The are many discussion boards on this site so I can't say that my experience is totally representative, however I have spent hours and hours across several weeks reading through threads and discussions across many topics and one thing has become clear: there are people who are so-called "gurus" purely due to their volume of posts, who give advice on UK immigration and visa topics, which is often delivered with condescension and unfortunately is often incorrect.
Over-zealous self-authoritarian "gurus" providing incorrect visa advice based purely on their opinion and mood at the time is not great anyway, but reading through some of the posts, you wonder what the person asking the question (usually very politely with a request for help) has done to deserve such vitriolic take-down from other posters, instead of simply not responding. Moderators should not allow incorrect information to be continually spread by individual "gurus".
You can find some good advice and information on this website, but beware of asking your own questions as you have a good chance of receiving a response that both ignores your question and is intended to boost the ego of the "guru" posting, NOT to be taken as trusted.
There are several posts where not only is the advice/ response from the "guru" offensive for no reason, it is also widly incorrect, yet because they have the "guru" status, poor new posters don't stand a chance of getting anywhere - once the "guru" has spoken, that's it.
The stickies are quite useful and you can get an idea of the experience of others, but take things with a pinch of salt, especially from gurus with egos.
I found seatwave through a Google search and was encouraged by all of the positive reviews for buying, but my experience as a seller has been far from positive.
I listed two sets of tickets for London theatre shows on two different dates, both sets of tickets were premium seats.
After going through the registration process and providing my card details (to honour the cost of any tickets I tried to sell but actually didn't have), I tried to list my first set of tickets. It took me FOUR attempts to set the correct date, as each time I got to the last step before confirming the listing, it mysteriously changed to the day after, which had I not noticed and the tickets sold, I would have had to pay for as the date was not right.
After two hours, I finally got both sets of tickets listed. When it came to the day of the first show, apparently my two cheapest priced premium seats, that were also cheaper than several other listings, were the only tickets that had not sold, out of over 50 tickets with many of higher price for not-as-good seats. This seemed a little strange, but I dropped the price significantly to try to at least get some of my money back.
I thought it best to be on the safe side and went to change the price of the tickets for the show two days later as well, but found myself unable to due to an "unexpected error", so the price stayed as it was despite me wanting to reduce it.
I emailed support explaining what had happened and asking them to reduce the price for me or to make it work and got a response over 24 hours later saying that "everything is fine our end" and could I screen shot the issue and send that on. I didn't bother, the response time is too long and it would be a picture of the words I had told them of a box saying "unexpected error" - I still couldn't change the price.
After the day of the shows, both listings simply disappeared - no record anywhere on "my account" to show they ever existed, no email to say the tickets had sold/ did not sell - nothing.
I still don't know - I have contacted Seatwave support who replied with they can find two listings that have "expired" - what does that mean, did they sell or not? I have requested that if the tickets did not sell to have them returned but I doubt that will happen, not because it's a pain for them to do that with all unsold tickets, but because I don't think they have them and it's either because they sold them or lost them.
All in all, I think there were too many little faults/ errors/ delays/ side-stepping from Seatwave and I would have rather given the tickets away for free than to these guys who not only don't help you to place a correct listing, they actively try to avoid giving you assistance and information, leaving you wondering if they sold your tickets or not, with no way to find out as any record of the listing has disappered from your account and they are vague at best in support emails.
If you can, find another way to sell your tickets. I would have rated one star as I think the conduct and set up for sellers is unprofessional, however there was nothing malicious, so I have rated two, although I feel this is too forgiving.
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