Advantages The ability to reserve items and collect from your local store if you do not want to pay the delivery charge
Disadvantages The search function could do with some updating
Having shopped at Argos for the past ten years regularly, both via the web and in their shops, I have come to the conclusion that there is little need for me to visit the stores any more, due to the wonderful service I receive by ordering online.Argos stock just about every conceivable item you could want for the home, together with personal items, garden furniture and toys. How many times have you braved the crowds at Christmas time, and had to stand in the Argos store for over an hour, whilst being jostled from both sides, and all the time getting more and more impatient? Do yourself a favour this year, just head over to the Argos site and order all your gifts from the comfort of your own home.
The layout of the home page is simple. The main page is set out on a blue and white background, and other sections are in brighter colours with easy to read headings and sub-headings for the different sections of the site.If you already have an Argos catalogue, the easiest way to search for a product, is to type in the catalogue number from the book, as the entire catalogue is available online. This can be carried out via the search function at the top left of the home page, and pressing the word “go”, or by using the quick order function. Alternatively, items can be searched for by name, or a specific word. One word of warning: this week I had spotted some saucepans in the catalogue that I wanted to order. I typed in the number, only to be told that this item was not available. I then typed in the word “saucepan” and enormous arrays of items were displayed. Although this is wonderful, it does mean that you can then spend a vast amount of time browsing through every type of saucepan imaginable! There is however, another way to search for an item on the home page. In the middle of the page is a huge array of headings for specific categories, i.e. home wares, sports and leisure, with sub headings beneath.
In order to buy items from the site, you will need to provide email details, login name and password, and of course an address for delivery. An account will then be set up on the site, should you wish to purchase items in the future.The “feature zones” section has innovative ideas for the décor of the home, with links to different ranges or ideas for different rooms. There is also a swatch service available on all sofas and chairs in the current catalogue and as many swatches as desired can be ordered, but this does have to be done by phone. The “technology store” within this section gives details of DVD players, cameras as well as the latest in office furniture and computer games and accessories. The “Back to School” section is a little misleading, as items listed here are bicycles, computer desks and Walkmans! The “Gift Ideas” section is where items can be searched for by using the strings “child”, “teenager”, “adult” and “baby”. This is fine in theory, but how many teenagers would like the same thing?
Of course, there is the obligatory “Special Offer” section on the site.
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