Advantages Gifts for all occasions | Reasonable prices | 16 day money back guarantee
Disadvantages Delivery charge a little high for smaller (cheaper) items | Site a little slow to load
I love looking through the Argos catalogue, there's always so many different items that I didn't realise I couldn't live without. And it's such a wonderful way of composing gift lists, but it does have it's disadvantages......There are normally long queues in my local store to just pay for your goods, and then you might find out that the person in front of you has just bought the last of that must have item (believe me that's happened to me more times than I can count). But I no longer have that problem, I simply go to the Argos website, find what I'm looking for and then reserve it to pick up later. Of course there are some items that are too big to collect from the store, and these I have delivered. I won't go as far as to say that I love using the website, but I have been quite impressed (especially lately) and now I'll tell you why....
---The site---The website itself is clearly laid out, with a functional rather than artistic layout. I find the site can be very slow to load, no matter which browser I use, this does seem to be a problem their end rather than mine, as other sites loading almost instantly with my broadband connection. The search function is adequate but I do occasionally have difficulty finding that something special. It's often far easier to browse through the categories rather than using the search, but even doing this can be a bit confusing at times. If you have a paper catalogue (or one of the special offer booklets that come with the free papers) it's a lot easier to find a particular item by using the catalogue number as the search string.
Once I've found the item of my dreams, there's usually a pretty clear picture and description of the item, along with information as to whether it's in stock and how long I can expect to wait for delivery. The longest waiting time I've time I've seen is 6 weeks, and the shortest 24 hours, but that's not to say that you always have to wait the length of time it says. Ordering you item is as easy as clicking a button, which will then allow you to choose whether you want it delivered to your home (for a charge) or would like to collect it from your local store. If you choose to collect it in store the site will check if it's in stock and then give you a reservation number (the item will then be held back for you for 24 hours), you do NOT need to enter any of your personal details for this option. If, however, you choose to have your order delivered then you will need to enter you details (otherwise how will they manage to deliver) but by this stage the pages are encrypted. Payment can be made using most UK credit and debit cards, or if you have one an Argos store card. If you want to track your order, you'll need to register, but this is something I've never bothered about doing, as I don't use the site that often. The standard delivery charge is 4.95GBP although next day delivery does cost more, as does the delivery (and installation) of certain items.---What they sell---
It's going to be impossible to give a full list of what Argos sell, but there's near enough everything you'll need for gift shopping (whatever the occasion).
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