Advantages Very, very, very good value
Disadvantages Poor quality, unpleasant atmosphere
Shopping at Primark is an experience. Whether it's a good or bad experience I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourselves, because some people may enjoy it, some may hate it. At my local Primark, in Birmingham City Centre, it's more like a jumble sale than a clothes store. At the weekend it's always packed with mums and screaming kids; the clothes are normally dumped on the floor, or at least hung up on racks but in no particular order; they have items on hangers stating the wrong size, and you have to queue for ages to get to the tills. However, despite how awful this sounds, I can't stop myself coming back.
However, if you don't like the sound of this, and you prefer your clothes to be better quality, then there's still a great reason to shop at Primark: underwear! I know loads of people who would never be caught buying proper clothes from Primark, but get all their underwear from here. Surely nobody buys designer pants, and there is nowhere that can rival Primark in this department. For men, you can buy boxers for about £2 each, packs of five pairs of socks for about £3 or something stupid like that, and pyjamas for about £8. In this section they also have well-priced slippers if that's your sort of thing.This, sadly, is where the good points stop, and to make this a balanced review, I have to mention the faults with this store. Firstly, like I have already mentioned, the atmosphere in-store is dreadful. It's always too busy and too hot, messy, and understaffed. Probably all the staff work at the tills, because when I go there are normally about 8 tills open at a time, although this still doesn't remove the queues, which stretch around metal poles like at a theme park. There is practically nobody around the store, so if you want to be served while you shop, you may be disappointed. Also, in my local Primark, several cubicles in the fitting rooms often have no curtains across, so you have to wait for a while until one empties, since it is so busy.
Secondly, the style and quality of the clothes is not really that special. I know you wouldn't expect it to be as high standard considering the low prices, but I have to say that it has been known for my recently bought items to fade, or for me to find holes that I didn't notice in the store. The majority of the clothes in Primark is made by CS Active and Cedarwood State.
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