Many years ago (more than I care to remember, if I'm honest!), I used to
work for Argos. My job was to maintain the smooth running of the warehouse,
first of all in their Felixstowe store, and later in the busier Ipswich store.
Even though I say so myself, I was quite good at it! In fact, the powers that be
thought so, too, as they used to send me to other stores that were experiencing
problems with their own stockrooms and I became quite a good troubleshooter.
As most of you probably know, the Argos system of shopping centres around its
in-store warehouses. These are these the hub of each store and not only does the
person in charge have to make sure that they work efficiently on a day-to-day
basis, but he or she also has to completely revamp them every six months, when
the latest Argos catalogue is launched. Of course, they also have to cope with
various seasonal supplements along the way. It's quite a complex process!
Because of this change and because of the restricted space in stores (and
because of the fact that Argos has such huge buying power!), any stock that is
surplus to requirements is sold off cheaply, often at a huge discount!
As staff, we used to love this, as we'd often bag the bargains in our own
stores. What we didn't realise, though, was that the main Argos warehouses must
have been brimming with surplus stock sometimes, but it was a logistical
nightmare to sell it.
THEN SOMEBODY INVENTED THE INTERNET.....AND THEN EBAY!
Nowadays, the Argos Clearance eBay Store is one of my favourite pages on the
internet. I subscribe to their newsletter and often find myself buying items at
60% or more off the normal retail price. Often, these also come with
The Argos Clearance Store sells all manner of brand new items, from very small
things like make-up and toys, right up to expensive items like cheap hi-fi
systems, pressure washers and more.
And they don't just sell brand spanking new stuff; Because of the Argos Promise,
too, many perfectly good items are returned to stores and sold via the Argos
eBay page as refurbished. I'd hazard a guess that many of the refurbished
cameras and refurbished vacuum cleaners etc. have probably had to have no
refurbishment work whatsoever. My guess is that most of them are as new, but
have been checked by a proper engineer and are exceptional value. As they come
with a guarantee, I would have absolutely no qualms whatsoever about buying
refurbished Argos goods!
SO, WHAT ARE THE BEST ITEMS TO BUY FROM THE ARGOS
Well, just like the High Street and out-of-town Argos stores, the Argos
clearance outlet on eBay stocks a wide range of stock. Personally, I usually
find myself drawn to the audio, home electric and camera sections, as well as
the camping accessories on occasion. It is also very good for cheap mobile
phones, sat-nav equipment, jewellery and watches.
Another great way of finding cheap eBay bargains is to look for items that haven't had many bids. Just because they haven't received bids, it doesn't mean they aren't any good! Quite often, the item will be poorly described, have a bad photo or just finish at an unsociable time. Use the drop down box below to find items in each category that finish soon and have had 3 bids or less:
And here's a favourite for many....the good old 99p auctions! A lot of people start their auctions at 99p or less, partly because they believe that they'll attract more attention if they do and partly because there are often promotional incentives to do so. The result is a LOT of items sell for a pound or less! Select a section below to see what I mean:
And here's one more trick to use. Type your search term into the box below. Select your postcode and distance you'll travel and get the results. If any of them take your fancy, check the descriptions and if it doesn't say that they'll accept collection in person, ASK THEM.
Not everybody does accept collection, but there is no harm in asking. I've bought plenty of stuff like this and you'll often find you can save a lot by cutting out the postage.
There Are Other Ways Of Finding Cheap Bargains. Try
This For Size - Enter Your Search Term And Then Click
The Link That Is Supplied:
A few buying tips:
Only fools rush in - don't grab the first bargain you see...however tempting!
Don't avoid Ebay - if a seller asks you to buy direct, avoid them. You lose all your protection from Ebay.
Pay with PayPal - again, you get extra protection this way.
Read the small print - be SURE that you know what you're buying!
Make sure you can pick the item up - bulky items often need a van and some muscle!
Make sure you can store it - bulk deals sound great, but ever tried fitting a million widgets in your hallway?
Have fun - buying a cheap bargain can be great fun. Enjoy it!
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