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Poundshop.com - Bargains to your door in Spain!
21 May 2016 @ 10:48

One of the few things I miss about England is hitting Poundland - you know, where everything is just £1 and you don't need to ask the price. When we go to the UK in the summer, I bring so much stuff back from Poundland, I've thought about asking them to paint the motor home in their livery. If only we had a Poundland in Spain! Well, now we have - or at least we have Poundshop.com, which ships to Spain. Okay, I know the Dealz shops are our nearest equivalent, but my nearest one is Alicante, and that means leaving Paddy for too long, so that's out.

I stumbled on the site on Facebook, and when I checked it out, I found that they do Paddy's favourite treats - Pedigree Biscrok Gravy Bones - for just £1. I can get them here, but I have to pay anything between €2 and €3, so he only gets them when we go to England or when I'm feeling particularly generous, and maybe a bit guilty if it's been a busy week and he's been left to Tony's tender ministrations more often than either of us is happy with.

Investigating further, there are lots more reasons to buy - Bassets Jelly Babies, Pontefract Cakes, Trebor Strong Mints, Astonish cleaning products, Umbro deodorant for Tony, who will never use one squirt under each 'pit when he can half empty the canister. The list goes on. All in all, I spent £28, and as I signed up for their newsletter first, I received 5% off the order. Shipping is £10 for a parcel up to 30 kilos - at 500g per packet, that's a hell of a lot of gravy bones, so it's excellent value.

On the website, they suggest that you make a combined order with friends and have it shipped to one address to share the postage costs, and that's what I'll do next time. However, as I'd never dealt with the company before, I wanted to see what the service was like before I involved anyone else. If you think £10 is a lot for postage, remember the parcel has to come across the Channel then overland through France and into Spain. And you receive a tracking link which helps you to follow the parcel's progress. The company said I would receive my parcel in 7 days, and it came in 6, with email updates the day before and on the day of delivery, which gave me a window of approximately one hour during which the parcel would arrive. That's very handy, since it saves you having to hang around all day. I had my parcel delivered to our local mail room for that very reason, but next time I'd be happy to have it delivered to my door, as it arrived within the stated time frame.

Looking at my purchases, as well as saving around half price on 4 boxes of treats for Paddy, I saved over £2 on Boots price for Vaseline Essential Healing Body lotion. On the whole shop, I've easily recouped at least double the postage costs, and I could probably order at least £60 worth of goods and still stay within the 30 kilo limit. You also have to consider what these products would cost here. While I tend to shop mainly Spanish, there are some things you just can't get here, or that there is no Spanish equivalent to, like Tony's favourite Pontefract Cakes and Jelly Babies.

Everything was well packed, with bubble wrap and that cushiony plastic stuff to stop it all rattling around the box. What I really loved was that the Astonish spray bottles were enclosed in heat sealed polythene, so in the unlikely event they got broken, it wouldn't ruin the whole order.

If I have one small criticism, it's that some of the categories only have a few items in them, so there isn't the choice you would have in an actual store. However, I would imagine that would be addressed as the company expands its overseas business, and I certainly managed to get everything I wanted.

If you miss your British bargains - after all, there aren't that many of them - head over to Poundshop.com and start shopping. This time next week, you'll be unpacking your very own bargain box!

Read all about life in Spain at Sandra in Spain.com

 



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anthomo16 said:
28 May 2016 @ 09:52

what a great idea to involve friends too and the expectation of arrival will be like Christmas for you all


morgan52 said:
28 May 2016 @ 10:47

Thanks Sandra, this will be great for stocking fillers at Christmas! We have a Morrisons not far in Gibraltar, but it can't beat the prices at Poundland!


Dee12345 said:
28 May 2016 @ 10:48

I have been using them for quite a while now and share the postage costs with a friend. Always delighted with both the delivery service and the products. Have easily spent around the 60 pound mark and still been within the weight limit. Also customer service really good. Contacted them due to two non working solar lights and a damaged cake tin. Money reimbursed into my account straight away and didn't have to return the damaged goods.


morgan52 said:
28 May 2016 @ 10:48

Sorry I meant poundshop.com!



ENA said:
28 May 2016 @ 12:26

Is this an advertisement that you got paid to write?.


SandrainAlgorfa said:
28 May 2016 @ 13:01

ENA - No it is not. It's a genuine review of my personal experience. None of my blog posts are 'paid to write' because I feel that would compromise my integrity. My paid writing work does not usually appear with my name on it. I resent your inference that my opinion can be bought. And your comment strikes a sour note among the positive ones.



jacobleej said:
28 May 2016 @ 15:29

Good Find Sandra we will be ordering from them in the future seeming they have some good products & I will pass it on to friends to...


tamaraessex said:
29 May 2016 @ 15:32

ENA - I was surprised you didn't put your comment on the EoS "blog" by Fuster & Associates about Spanish wills. That actually was an advert. Why no snide comment there?


ENA said:
29 May 2016 @ 20:43

tampaxessex. I suppose you are correct, but your manners leave a lot to be desired.

I have requested the Fuster & Associates free guide 4 times but never hear anything from them. Anyway they are lawyers so you know you are going to be scammed, they can't help it.


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