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Most vouchers have restrictions and end dates, so check they're valid before you try to use them. Also see tips for safer online shopping.
Full DOs and DON'Ts
Whether it's a retailer or restaurateur, airline or air-conditioner seller, computer shop or car rental company, there are always two main risks. Either it's a dodgy company, or it's a legit company that has financial problems and goes bust.
The aim of these tips is to help you minimise the risks.
Quite simply, its customers are immediately transformed into creditors. This hits hardest if you've ordered goods or tickets from them, and not had delivery, as then you become one of a line of people trying to get your money back out of the company's assets, and you usually get back much less than you paid in.
Even if you've had delivery, if the company you bought from goes under and there's a problem with the goods, it can mean you've no comeback.
While MoneySavingExpert.com endeavours to check deals are valid, we don't check companies ' finances. Even huge names like MFI and Woolies have folded, so it's very important you use the right strategies to stay protected where possible.
Pay by credit card for something over £100, and Section 75 laws supercharge your consumer rights.
Unlike debit cards, cheques or cash, pay in full or part (even just £1) on a credit card and by law the lender's jointly liable with the retailer.
This means you have exactly the same rights with the card company as you do with the retailer. So if it goes bust, you can simply take your complaints there instead and get money back if there's no delivery.
Yet it's important you ALWAYS REPAY IN FULL each month, so there's no interest cost. See the full Section 75 guide.
Section 75 doesn't apply to purchases under £100, but there's still an option which can help. It isn't a legal protection, just Visa, Mastercard and Amex's rules, but it's a good back-up.
Spend on a Visa, Mastercard or Amex credit card or any debit or charge card. If the goods don't appear, you can try to ask your bank/card provider to reclaim the cash from the seller's bank, so long as you complain within 120 days of realising there’s a problem. See the Chargeback guide for full details.
Bogus websites are often set up to cash in on popular products like Ugg boots and Tiffany necklaces, so be wary if it's an unfamiliar site. And don't think that because it appears on a reputable search engine, that makes it a reputable site - always check.
Most folk know to look for a security padlock on the bottom right of a website, but that doesn't mean the site's legit, just that payment's secure.
To find out who registered the site and when, search the Whois database. Reputable firms should also appear on the Companies House site, the UK Government's official companies register. Be very wary of businesses with just a PO Box or email address.
Study the site's worldwide web ranking on Alexa. Anything in the top 100,000 means it's reasonably big and a good, though not foolproof indication of legitimacy. Do a quick Google search for other shoppers' experiences.
Crucially, ensure your security's up-to-date - free software can be downloaded to your computer in about five minutes. Full details in the Free Antivirus Software guide.
Many people are surprised to learn you've MORE rights buying online (or by telephone/catalogue) due to the Distance Selling Regulations.
These give you a legal right to send most goods back within seven days for a full refund (including outward delivery costs), even if there's no fault. You'll usually need to pay for the return delivery. Read Consumer Rights for a full guide.
However, of course, this is balanced by the fact ordering online automatically means there's a time gap between ordering and delivering - when the company has your money. So if it goes bust during that time, the distance selling rights don't help.
Ultimately, there is always a risk that a company can go bust. If the above routes don't apply, then you have to make a decision about whether you're willing to take the risk of parting with your cash.
Don't be scared of this. Every day we all make transactions based on trust, and this is part of that, but do balance up the amount you're spending against the risk. Don't give large amounts of money to a company you're not sure about.
The ever-popular Burt's Bees grab bags* are back, in two varieties - Zesty Red and Sweet Pink, but there are only 900 available, so go quick if you want one!They're currently reduced from £50 to £25 and delivery's free on £25+ orders.
Also, the Zesty Red bag contains radiance body wash (usually £9.99) and a naturally ageless hand cream (usually £14.99), while the Sweet Pink bag also contains a radiance SPF day lotion (usually £19.99) and a honey lip balm tube (usually £3.69).
They're currently reduced from £50 to £25 and delivery's free on £25+ orders.
The cheapest we've ever seen these bags is £24, so this is a strong offer, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
Get the Cabana Glama make-up kit for £14.25 (usually £28.50) online at Debenhams*. You can also use the code DJ37 to get an extra 10% off (valid till Sun 17 Nov) taking it down to £12.85. Debenhams says it has plenty of stock and it'll be getting more in on Fri 15 Nov (we reckon it'll sell out in no time).
In the kit, you'll get these miniatures and a step-by-step guide to applying them:
If you're a Debenhams Beauty Club cardholder, use the code SHA5 to get free delivery (or you can pick it up in a Debenhams store).
Benefit items are super-popular (would make an awesome Christmas gift) and rarely discounted, so this is a real find.
While it's probably only just about enough to cover your face and is only worth about 88p, it's always nice to try something new! See what forumites are saying in the Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation sample discussion thread.
As the wonderful Dolly Parton said: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap". And she's right, buying make-up isn't easy on the pocket.
So we've done the glamorous job of scouring our local pound shops looking for branded beauty bargains. Some are discontinued (they were the hottest trends once, so we think anyway) and others are still in the shops with a big price tag.Click the image below to see our haul:
This is what we found in our local stores. Speaking to Poundland and Poundworld, they say you can get these items in most stores, while stocks last.
Can cosmetics go off?
The British Skin Foundation says:
"Cosmetic products will remain safe to use provided they are stored under suitable conditions and not subjected to extreme temperatures."
"To ensure the maximum durability of cosmetic products, they should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and with the lids firmly closed."
It also said the use by date on cosmetics, is from when you open the product. So if it says 18 months on the box, it should last for 18 months from when you open it, provided it's been stored correctly.
This is a great code as this site's already cheap for branded cosmetics such as Benefit and Estée Lauder.
We've avoided using the word 'worth' because it's questionable that such a small amount of anything is 'worth' so much (even if it's posh skincare), but popped the £6 equivalent value in just to give you some idea.
If the term "trainee hairdresser" conjures up horrors in the form of lopsided bowl-cuts, but you’re not keen on spending £50+ on a simple haircut, it might be time to challenge the stereotype and give it a whirl.
Beauty Expert has similar prices to Boots online and even beats it for some products, so with 50% off, there are some great potential deals to be had. You could effectively get a Caudalie facial spray for £6 instead of £11.
To find out how to reclaim lost Tesco vouchers (some have found £100s) see the Reclaim Lost Tesco Points guide, or for more info on how to boost Clubcard points, see the Loyalty Points Boosting guide.
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