While many of us do love finding a bargain, a trip to Primark can often test the patience of even the most avid shopper.
Whether you are heading to one of its larger branches like in Birmingham, or a smaller site such as Gloucester, it can be chaotic.
To help elevate some of this stress, Gloucestershire Live rounded up our list of 26 tips and tricks which will change the way you shop at Primark.
Some of Primark’s biggest fans may already know some of them, but others may surprise you, including just how many designer replicas you can pick up.
1. This is when the store is usually the quietest
According to Google, Primark is at its quietest in the mornings, and one hour before closing (6pm or 7pm).
Friday mornings in particular are supposedly the best time to go. Saturdays and Sundays are the days to avoid.
2. Learn and memorise what is on each floor
This will honestly help your sanity.
It will mean you can go in head straight for the floor you need and stop you getting distracted by all the other bargains available.
3. Primark is not actually a new thing
In fact, the very first Primark store opened in Dublin in 1969.
4. Learning the colour codes will save your life
Primark uses different colours for each different size, learning what colour your size is will save you a lot of time.
Especially when looking through a rail which is jam packed with clothes so you can’t see the tags.
Colour code is below:
Purple – size 6
Blue – size 10
Green – size 12
Yellow -size 14
Red – size 16
5. Stores do have changing rooms
Despite Primark’s store being open for a while, many shoppers still don’t realise that it does have changing rooms.
6. Be careful looking for bargains as you may get a surprise at the till
It is easy to get caught up in the mind set of ‘it’s only £1’ but this soon adds up when you get the till and the total comes to around £100 – we’ve all been there.
7. Don’t be put off by the long queues
The queues may look like you’ll be waiting forever, but thanks to how many tills there are on each floor, they actually go down much quicker than you’d think.
8. The sizes on the hangers don’t always match the clothes
While learning the colour code is great and time effective, but you go ahead with your purchase it is always worth checking the size actually matches the hanger.
The amount of times we’ve bought something based on the hanger it was on, took it home and then released it was actually 4 times smaller than we needed.
9. Primark applies discount on faulty goods
According to a former Primark employee, the retailer does sometimes give 10% discount on any items which have slight faults to them.
Customers need to ask for this, though it is not automatically given, and it very much decided on a case by case basis.
10. But, it doesn’t offer staff discount
Former Primark workers also revealed they are not offered discount on anything in store.
11. There is a separate returns till
Primark fans will know you can’t just return items to any till, these are usually accepted at the till on the top floor.
It is the same one where its customer service team are.
12. And also a reduced section
Occasionally Primark will pull together a few rails of products which have been heavily reduced.
13. You don’t always need to settle for a paper bag
Many times we have asked for a plastic one and if they have been available staff were more than happy to give us one.
Especially on a rainy day.
14. It’s open seven days a week
It might be a day of rest for some but for Primark employees and their customers as you can pop in on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm generally.
15. If you see something you like make sure you get it there and then
Primark has a high turnover of its stock, so chances are it won’t be there when you get back.
16. Trying on is essential
This applies to every item of clothing.
17. You can’t forget about Primark’s make-up range
It is incredible and bloggers love it too.
We’d recommend the eyeshadow and highlighter palettes.
18. Try to avoid a Saturday afternoon
This might not come as a surprise that it’s the busiest time but when you are there in the thick of it you’ll wish you’d listened to the advice.
19. Walk through the centre of the store
The sides are full of people browsing, do not get caught behind them, it will take you hours to get out.
20. Primark pyjamas are always a winner
There is just so much choice, so you are bound to find something you like.
21. You can pick up hundreds of designer replica products
We’ve spotted jackets, shoes and bags all which are almost identical to ones by designer brands – but for much less, of course.
22. Its Instagram feed should be used to your advantage
It’s where Primark reveal what collections it is due to release.
You can follow them @primark
23. Ring up ahead if you’re interested in something particular
Not every Primark store get every single product in stock. Its Harry Potter baby grows were teased on its Instagram feed but were not available in many places.
24. The biggest ever Primark will soon be opening nearby
The megastore is set to open in the former Pavilions shopping centre in Birmingham this December.
The building, located next to the Bullring, is set to be renamed Primark Pavilions following a deal thought to be worth £60 million.
25. Primark does not have toilets
This is a question staff get asked a lot, but it’s always the same answer
26. There are ways to shop Primark online
Yes, there are ways you can beat the queues.
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