In reality, the January Sales now start on Boxing Day in most of the high street shops as well as online. Years ago, when shops closed over the festive period, people looked forward to the start of the sales by getting a special day of opening (1st January) when the chaos would begin. Now the shops are closed for just one day before the chaos of the January Sales begins. This Prudent Minds guide will give you advice on sensible January Sale shopping as well as advice on your rights for returning an item. We also aim to bring you information on all the sales as soon as we get it.
The first, and main tip is to ask yourself "is this really a bargain" or are you just buying because the price is great?
Bargain Shopping in the January Sales
We have all been to the sales and bought things that you have never worn or used, yet at the time you think it is the best bargain ever! Then 12 months later you realise that the item has never been used or worn and not only was it not a bargain but was actually a total waste of money, as are the sale items you buy with the intention of using them as gifts next Christmas but you never manage to find them again!
January Sales Shopping Tips
A great money saving tip is to shop in the January Sales or any other Sales for gifts that you know will be appreciated and are unlikely to get doubled up. Items such as Gloves, Scarf's, Pyjama's, Slippers and Dressing Gowns are always a safe bet too as even if doubled up they will always get used sooner or later. Check out card shops too as some actually sell off their Christmas Cards, Wrapping Paper, Gift Tags, Gift Bags and Crackers and this can save quite a lot of money and get a job off your list early on in the year.
January Sales 2010
At Prudent Minds we are going to work right up to, and over, the festive period to bring you upt to date information on the high street january sales. As soon as we receive information on opening times, retruns policies and online details, we will update the information. Follow the links to the January sales 2010 information pages:
Monsoon January Sales INFORMATION UPTDATED
Game January Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
New Look Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
Orange January Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
Primark January Sales
Topman January SalesINFORMATION UPDATED
Topshop January SalesINFORMATION UPDATED
Next January Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
Evans January Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
Wallis January SalesINFORMATION UPDATED
Debenhams January Sales INFORMATION UPDATED
Returning Faulty Items bought in the January Sales
Alarmingly, many people are under the impression that items bought in a sale carry less of a guarantee than those bought at full price or at other times of the year. This is, in fact, incorrect. Your rights as a consumer remain the same no matter how much you paid for an item or what time of year you bought it. Read our Consumer Rights Advice for more information.
Research received by Prudent Minds from the Office of Fair Trading has shown that just short of a third of people made a complaint in the last year about a product or service, but that over two thirds of us found the experience stressful. They also found that the time taken to complain was an hour or longer, often meaning that people give up.
Well known consumer champion, Lyn Faulds-Wood, has made a video with the Office of Fair Trading which we think will be helpful to you when making a complaint about a fault products or service.
Keeping Christmas Gifts Safe when bought in the January Sales
If you use the January Sales to start your Christmas shopping for next year, you need to make sure that nothing is lost. Make yourself a gift box which is big enough to not misplace, put it under your bed or in the bottom of a wardrobe so that it is out of sight but you can get to it easily. Then as you buy sale items place them into your Gift Box and keep adding to it as the year goes on. If you want to be really organised then put a pad and pen in the box and every time you add something make a note of what it is. Then in November take a look at your list, allocate your gifts and decide what else you actually have to buy, if you have planned well you may have a very short list or have nothing to buy at all!
Not only is this a great way to take the stress out of Christmas but it is also extremely cost effective.