It does exactly what it says on the tin - everything in this huge shop on the corner of North Street is the bargain price 99p.
Admittedly there is some tack - ok, quite a lot of tack - in there - but if you can look beyond this there are in fact some bargains to be had. Best buys are cleaning products, hair care and birthday cards. Around this time of year they also do some great bargains to keep the cost down for christmas - table decorations, wrapping and gift bags etc.
So look beyond the surface and have a look in - you will be surprised !
99p Store seems to be one of those novelty stores that you only ever go into when you're in desperate need of_something_and reckon that this might be the place to find it. And generally - it is!
99p stocks absolutely everything, from food items, to household items, to fancy dress costumes, to DIY items, candles, you name it. Everything. There is literally something for all occasions here.
Don't expect quality though - what do you expect for 99p?! But emergency Halloween or fancy dress items or emergency discount bags of sweets can easily be procured here, generally with an additional special offer also in place (to encourage even more spending).
Enter with this in mind: the items are cheap and cheerful. They won't last long so buy things that are going to be funny. Novelty toys to make your housemates laugh or Halloween makeup you're going to use once then throw away. Wigs that should be burnt after one night out. Don't buy serious items like cutlery or household appliances (light bulbs etc) because the chances are they'll die within a week and you'll only get frustrated when you have to go and re-buy them elsewhere for even more money.
Please, please, please do NOT buy condoms here. I don't know why you would (who knows how old they might be?!) but unbelievably I've seen people do it. They sneakily place them near the counter and customers just grab them on the way out. People! There's a Boots not far up the road. Do yourself a favour and go for quality in this particular area of your weekly shop.
I previously wrote a review of Poundland that started like this:
"Everything's a pound. That means if you see a brush: it's a pound; shampoo: pound; toilet brush: pound; big bag of sweets: pound; screwdriver; pound. You get the idea - everything you can see is one pound, or one hundred pence."
STOP THE PRESS!!
When times are hard, every little helps (thanks Tesco!), so when you can buy pretty much the same products with a 1% reduction, you'd be stu-pid [sic] not to! Also, the 99p Store is closer to the centre, so if you're lazy you don't have to walk as far to get your bargains! Bonus!
I'd pay 99p to click my fingers and make this store disappear.
I hated it that much.
The lights are so bright they're almost flurescent. The stock is rubbish and the whole place smells overwhelmingly of cheap chemicals and cat food. Where as Poundland actually sell brand names at cheaper and reduced prices, this store sells pure trash. The giftware section with candles, stationary and storage boxes verges on criminal and the cleaning equipment looks and smells toxic.
Sometimes, money is tight for all of us, in which case you'll probably have been to the 99p Store on North Street. I think these are the bane of our modern consumer culture, but hey, sometimes you need them. In this particular 99p store's case, it has a pretty huge selection: everything you might need, if you are in dire need of something for under a pound!
The only reason you'd ever go in here is for cheap, replaceable stuff, and it's here in droves: cheap food, cheap cleaning products, everything you might get short term because you just need it: wipes, cupcakes, etc. It's also very well situated: perfectly set in the middle of town, when you've gone to shops to find something you need, can't afford it, and can then pop in here on the way back. I'm not saying you should definitely go: it is still a terrible place to buy stuff, but sometimes you just need to.
Look, we all know these places are rubbish, but they are perfect if you just need something and don't want to pay through the nose for it. Does it really cost more than 99p to make kitchen wipes? Anyway, this isn't the place to complain about how much things cost: at least here you can get what you need for very little, if you're tight on cash!
Ahhh, the magic wonderland of the 99p store, where anything and everything inside can be yours for under a pound.
This shop has dragged me out of cash-flow crises at the most important times; providing all of my Christmas decorations for the tree and home for under £16, (and that was a LOT of baubles!), kept our bathroom stocked up on toiletries and kitchen cupboards heavy with condiments.
You'd be surprised at just how much of life's daily essentials you can pick up in here, all for 99p, from batteries to toilet roll, shampoo to toolkits, stationary to teddy bears.
They stock a shed load of big brands as well as lesser known products; you can easily do half of your weekly shop in here.
But beware, my friends, of the 99p Store's ability to rape and pillage you of everything in your wallet, fooling you to believe that you're saving money when suddenly you're laden with three carrier bags and a receipt for £30.
I wish I lived closer to this gem.It is quite big and packed with goodies. Came across this when killing some time prior to going home. Despite having my luggage with me I ended up spending a good bit and acquiring a massive carrier bag. They sell toilitries, craft items (these are reaally good have seen some of them in Manchester for three times the price) food they have a fantastic selection, homeware(brought loads home with me)They were doing a roaring trade as it was halloween when I was there. Loads of Christmas decorations. Everything I like to buy!
I must say I kind of like the discount shops. I think it comes from living in London as a student and moving around frequently, which meant it was cool to know cheap places for buying stuff to kit out a new place. They're just the perfect shop to pick up random cleaning items like a toilet brush or washing up liquid. This particular branch has quite a good selection of stuff of that sort.
Also, I have picked up some items for gardening here, although I wouldn't buy seeds. My friend was pleased to find some dehydrated soil there which she was enthusing about. Again, this sounds like a bad idea to me, but each to their own and I was happy with my little spade and trowl set.
Despite what someone else on here said in their review, when I have been there, there's always been a humunous choice of discount brand food items, biscuits and crisps and so on. I was chuffed to find a massive bag of bombay mix there once. Another time I found three cake protectors (the lacy things you put over cakes to stop flies landing on them) which was actually something I really needed! However, I must also say that the 'three for a pound' tupperware deal is not that great and resulted in beetroot curry leaking in my bag and nearly destroying some university library books. Yet still, as my friendly lecturer said, at least I didn't have a baby barfing all over my stuff!
Finally, a note of caution. Since this is on North Street, right in the centre of town, the store can get quite busy, and the queues can be horrendous. Now you don't want to be standing there for ten minutes debating your impulse purchases (or even worse, stocking up on more biscuits as you stand next to them) so maybe check the size of the queue when you come in...
Like Poundland, this store has a very strange, gone-off smell, that is rather potent and rather unappealing. The items inside are varied, ranging from books to snacks, drinks to light bulbs, and some of them are really good value for money. There are lots of things you could insult 99p store for, like its terrible ambience and decor, but when everything inside is 99p, and its clearly not aiming to be the Hilton Hotel, wouldn't such an effort be a little foolish?
There's some good stuff here (of course amongst a lot of trash) and I've always found the staff to be really friendly despite the general busyness of the place. I was recently disappointed though, when I went in to find NO TINSEL two weeks before Christmas - I was forced to pay a visit to the newly opened 'Christmas Store' opposite, and paid at least 100p for each tinsel piece, alas. On the plus though, you'll find bargains aplenty here - such as, 2 cushion covers for 99p, a bread knife for 99p, a wash basket for 99p, a dr pepper pencil case for 99p, a plastic framed circular mirror for 99p, a garden gnome for... etcetec... There are also some big brand names in the toiletries and snacks/food section - this isn't really a place to do your weekly food shop but it's great if you need some cheap junk food!
Avoid on Saturday mornings! The aisles are packed with cheep seeking consumers, there is nothing worth buying but still herds zombie themselves around the shop floor. As with other discount stores of this nature, if you need something of a domestic kind they'll more than likely have it...and for less than a pound no less, well a penny less. But even a purchase as small as this will subject to the ever growing queue.
Sometimes I have this need to wash my bathroom, but don't necessarily have enough money to buy the supplies required in order to make something like that happen. Luckily for me, there are places such as the 99p Store, which allow me to collect all of my coins and know that as long as I have at least 99p, I'll be able to walk out with some Thing... a scrubbing brush, a pack of cleaning cloths, tile cleaner... some Thing that will allow me to clean my bathroom.
I was richer than I thought, as I managed to collect £3 worth of change. So, not only was I able to purchase some Thing, I was able to purchase some Things(!). I bought some cleaning cloths, washing up liquid, and a bucket. Now what I did with these 3 things isn't hard to imagine. When I got back to my flat, I filled the bucket with washing-up liquid, put in hot water, and scrubbed the tiles with the cleaning cloths. It was a very good experience.
Now that most high streets have Poundland, stores like this are less of a novelty. That said, this is one of the best stores of it's kind. They have a massive stock of stuff with something for everyone and it's far too easy to come in here on the pre-tense of saving money and then walk out £40 lighter (like my wife and I did yesterday ;)
A great place to go if you need to pick up a few little bits, cheaply. The store is set out on two levels and the isles are wide and spacious. From food, soft drinks, candles, gardenware and calenders there is alot of choice in this handy little store in town! If your looking around Easter, Halloween or Christmas the store always has a themed section with plenty of essential holiday items. The only downfall is the store is normally pretty busy but that is no suprise considering how cheap and useful it is! If you need tea bags, black bags or a new bag and have a spare pound, it is definately recommended you pop down!
A very busy shop thats well worth a visit if passing you can pick up many everyday household items cheap than you would most other places, especial the cleaning products on the top back right corner, its also a good place to pick up bits to sell on via your fav auction website LOL, only downside to places is it seems that customer instantly lose all common curtsies because everything cheap.
I love cheap stores you can always find something interesting weather it be cleaning products - soaps shower gels xmas decos halloween dress ups or cheap food deals always a must to have a look in if you can brave the crowds!
If you have the time to wade through the junk, or you're a seasoned veteran who knows what and what not to buy, this shop is worth a look. Sometimes the half price offers are good, and they always have a few decent brands on the shelves (e.g. Lynx (Axe), Sure, Radox, etc.). I believe there's a page on MSE dedicated to identifying good value items in these type of shops.
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