Leisure Time: Know How to Shop the Sales

Sales_Shopping_3.jpgNo matter what our age, shopping in seasonal sales is enough to turn the mellowest of us into cursing, huffing, moaning, teeth- baring Hydes. Keep your cool and return to your inner Jekyll with our top tips for shopping the sales:

Look online

The easiest way to do your sales shopping is online. However, many people prefer to go in store, and itís often the case that in-store sales have a wider selection. If youíre going to be sale hunting at the shops the easiest way to scout out the talent is by looking online first. Have a quick browse on the website of your chosen retailers, memorise the things you need/take your fancy and try not to deviate too much from this once you get there. Knowing what you want first means you side step impulse buying Ė those leather trousers two sizes too small are best left on the hanger.

Work out a P.O.A

Work out which shops you want to go to and, if possible, get to grips with the shopís layout. Where does the shop normally hold its sales racks? Does it organize sale items by size, style or garment type? Get to know what suits you and whatíll suit your bodyshape and stick to them. These will all help make your shopping experience more bliss and less b****.

Sales_Shopping_4.jpgFind out where the best sales are

ASOS, Debenhams, House of Fraser, GAP, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and H&M have brilliant sales of up to 75% off. Sign up to their newsletter to be the first to know when a sale is about to land. Some stores even do a preview sale for those who relinquish an email address.

Avoid the crush

Shop at the quietest times (usually first thing in the morning) and avoid the weekend and lunchtime rush.

Know your consumer rights

Buying something at a cut price in the sale doesnít mean you waive your consumer rights. In fact, The Sale of Goods Act applies to both sale and non-sale goods and protects your interests should you find your purchase is faulty or damaged. Hereís our guide to your consumer rights during the sales:

  • You have the right to claim a refund, repair or exchange if a sale purchase is faulty or damaged; a shop does not have the right to limit your rights, for example by claiming they will not accept returns on sale goods Ė this is an offence and should be reported to trading standards.
  • If you are returning something faulty bought in the sale within a reasonable time (usually around 4 weeks) you are entitled to a full refund of the amount you paid, even if the item you bought has since gone down in price.
  • You are not, however, entitled to a refund or replacement for faults or damage you were told about at the time of purchase.

Top tips

  • Keep your cool. Yes, the lady blocking the aisle thatís brought her whole family along to spectate does deserve to be prodded out of the way with your umbrella but try to resist the temptation. If you canít resist a quick whack, plan a route out of the shop for a swift exit.
  • Split up. If youíre going shopping with your friends, family or partner, send them off to a separate section to cover all bases. Youíll get your shopping done in half the time and you wonít have an annoying shadow following you around the shop and getting in the way of other shoppers. Itís likely to end in being smacked by an umbrella wielded by an irate woman (see the above point).
  • Speed shop. Maintain your sanity by making your sale shop a dash in and dash out affair. Your feet, bank manager and husband will thank you for it.

Guest Post contributed by Jodi Lawler from Cafelamoda.co.uk, the online social shopping site.≠