Advantages Great for all ages with loyalty rewards
Disadvantages None for me
I am a self confessed huge geek...yes its shameful at 22, but show me a comic character or a transforming robot, and I'm happy, add lightsabers and online gaming and you have me giddy with excitement and childlike grinning! This leads me too..."Smyth's" is a chain of toy stores that are across the country. My local one is on the Sterling Corner roundabout in Borehamwood, and as such all views and opinions in this review are based on this shop.
What do they sell?
Anything from dress up sets, Barbie's and doll houses to action man, transformers figurines and basketball hoops, all are available in store. The shop also has a range for babies, including buggies and prams as well as clothing and feeding equipment, again, this is very similar to the Toy's R Us; Babies R Us range.This toy shop also sells electrical equipment, usually in child themes, such as bright pink DVD players and "cars" all in one TV/Video sets for children to enjoy also.
Smyth's also have quite a comprehensive range of gaming stock, Consoles, controllers, headsets and other game related bits are all sold here along with the actual games themselves. In both new and pre owned sections. Now this is the main reason I visit the store...the dress up princess outfit is just a bonus!Layout and Purchasing
Most bits are stocked on high floor to ceiling shelving with everything laid out in sections. For example, there are aisles with clear signs showing where to look for Sci-fi or action and adventure toys, along with sections for soft toys and puzzles all signed for ease of finding your way around. The store is large and spacious and any items high up can be requested by a member of staff with a ladder to get for you. There always seems to be a few members of staff knocking about to help.There are wide check-out counters for paying at the bottom of the store behind the toy section; they are always well staffed and never too long queues. The games section has is own counter where all the games are stored as they are not kept in the display boxes.
Pricing and Loyalty
The store also has a loyalty card for the gaming section. If you purchase a new game within the first 10 days of its release date, you will get a discount. Usually making a £39.99 game £34.99. This is included on all platforms, PS3, Xbox and DS etc.
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