Monday, 29 April 2013

Summer Series: Can You Spot a Good Deal?

So I think most of us have checked out the pre summer sales by now – if not then they actually have some nice pieces in Topshop for once in normal sizes instead of the miss match items that no one wants. However, as summer is only (fingers crossed) around the corner (who am I kidding?) I’m not sure that spending the whole of this months pay cheque on initial jumpers and skater skirts is a wise idea. As hard as it is to avoid what seems like a good deal, you don’t want to be left with random bits and bobs like I have that you picked up in sales because you were wowed by the price.

When I was contacted by the guys at Ladbrokes Games about this infographic they created bringing to light the value of products, it made me question the tremendous price tags on some of the not so great quality pieces on the high street. I guess when buying a new bag or coat, we wander whether the hefty price tag is really worth it. We weigh up the pros and cons and try to figure out the price per wear. When in reality, you need to research online for hours and visit different shops to work out whether you’re getting a good deal or not, and none of us busy (lazy) students have time for that.

Take this designer t-shirt for example, is £150 a good deal? Is that how much a designer t-shirt is worth? Because I have no idea, and the fact it’s “designer” sometimes just makes any price seem acceptable.

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But when we check, this is actually a bad deal as the t-shirt is £90 in the Gwyneth Paltrow collection. Now take a look at this Prada Ostrich leather handbag. Is £1,260 too much?

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 In fact, it isn’t. Prada’s notoriously hefty tag for this handbag is £4,265 on Saks Fifth Avenue.

Despite the increasing number of dupes available to us on eBay, and more and more blogs indicating ways of saving or thrifting items yourself, I still spend £40 on Topshop jeans, even though I rant about their poor quality and know I can get the same ones in Primark for £30 less. I’m sure whether we’ve got a good deal or not after a shopping spree is always in the back of our minds. But the guilt wears off after a few days, and the receipts are straight in the bin without a second glance.

 Is this the way you shop, are you a creature of habit? Or are you a frugal bargain hunter?

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