Advantages Great savings to be made, quick and easy to buy
Disadvantages waffling hosts,some people will bid on anything
Hey folks its getting around to that time of year again, yes the silly season is fast approaching and the shops are laying out the Christmas decorations. Soon hoards of people will be clamouring for suitable presents for family and friends. Well if your anything like me I love Christmas but HATE shopping at this time of year. So once again, I have turned to the Internet and also to price-drop.tv for Christmas shopping.Price-drop.tv is a shopping channel found on Sky digital page 636. The channel runs daily from 8am to 1am and they sell a variety of items from watches, bracelets, toys, and baby items to 18ct gold plated toasters! (Sorry but 18ct gold has no place on a toaster – far better around the neck, finger or wrist.) You can also find price-drop.tv online at www.price-drop.tv, here you can view all the up and coming items to be shown on the channel. You can also make your bids here if you wish.
So how does price-drop.tv work? The host will show an item, for example a remote controltoy digger. At the top left of the screen you will see a guide price, say £45 that is either the rrp or the average of prices found elsewhere. You will also see a telephone number; this number is exclusive to the item being shown. Below the guide price is the quantity of items in the price drop, this varies from five up to 150 items. Below the quantity is a figure in pounds, which will start at for this example £45. This figure will start to drop once the price drop has begun. Also shown is the postage and packaging cost, which is usually £6.95 but can, vary on larger items. Don’t forget this will be added to the final price.Once people start to telephone in to buy the item, you will see the quantity of items begin to fall, as well as the price falling. If you are one of the first five buyers for the item, you automatically qualify to be entered into a weekly prize draw for £500 – this incidentally can only be spend on price-drop.tv. Should you decided that you want the item simply phone the number on the top left of the screen, an automated system answers your call and tells you exactly what you are buying and at what price, all you have to do then is press ‘1’ to confirm that your bid. That’s it – you can replace your receiver, a customer service person will ring you back within an hour to take your credit card details and delivery address. It is worth mentioning at this point that if you have your number withheld by BT you will need to dial 1470 before the item phone number, otherwise you will get a recorded message saying they cannot recognize your number. Once you have made your bid, your first name and your area will come up along the screen to show you have bought that item. The initial telephone call takes no more than 20 seconds and costs 50p. When the customer service agent rings you back to take your details you will be asked if you have bid before, for your password and pin and they will give you the final total you have to pay. You can pre register before you bid by going to their website, if you have registered on their sister site bid-up.
|Quality and consistency of programmes|
|Range of programming||Good|
|Quantity of advertising||Not applicable|
|Value for money||Excellent|
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