Trendy sheepskin Ugg boots are never cheap. But using the codes below, you can slash the costs.
Some quick info before you start:
1. All here are 'UGG Australia' (see how to check) but consider cheaper, just as snug, brands.
2. Spending over £100 – get free section 75 protection.
3. Do you REALLY need 'em? See the money mantras.
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.
Below is a selection of official Ugg retailers with regular sales and codes on different Ugg styles. Stock, sizes and discounts change constantly, and as they are quite pricey it's always worth checking other official Ugg retailers for offers elsewhere.
WARNING! Please think very carefully before buying a pair of Uggs.
While some of these deals are good, Uggs still cost a fair whack, so don't be tempted to buy if you can't afford them. There are often cheaper versions by other brands, but Uggs rarely come down in price.
This site is about getting the best deals, but always spending within your means, so remember the MoneySaving mantras:
IF YOU'RE SKINT
Do I need it?
Can I afford it?
Can I find it cheaper anywhere else?
IF YOU'RE NOT SKINT
Will I use it?
Is it worth it?
Can I find it cheaper anywhere else?
Found a cheaper deal?
Let us know in the Cheap Uggs Discussion
This deals note looks at how to get the cheapest genuine UGG® Australia boots. Yet in Australia, the word Ugg is a generic term for sheepskin boots; Aussie folk have been making Ugg-style sheepskin boots for over a century.
When people talk about ‘Uggs’ here in the UK, they’re often referring to the “UGG® Australia” brand made by a firm called Deckers - the ones all the celebs sport. Due to the popularity of Uggs, the internet is awash with dodgy sites and eBay sellers, selling knock-off Ugg Australias. These cheapo versions are usually lined with synthetic, rather than real sheepskin. All the sites in this note have been checked out and have good feedback from MoneySavers.
There are other legit brands out there though. If you’re not fussed about the posh logo, MoneySavers have given feedback that alternative brands, such as Kiwi Sheepskins, can be just as snug and comfy as Ugg Australia. Kiwi Sheepskins start from £50 inc delivery.
The famous Ugg Australia brand is made by Deckers. If that's what, you're after there are ways to spot imposters.
- Ugg Australia boots have a large middle G on the logo.
- They have real sheepskin fur inside: fakes often use synthetic.
- They are made in New Zealand, Australia, and more recently, China.
- If you want to check that a retailer is legit, email Deckers at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if that retailer is licensed to sell Ugg Australias.
- Alternatively, you can check the on the official Uggs website to see if the the website you're thinking about buying your boots from is legit legitimate online retailer list. Just pop in the name of the online e-tailer into the nifty tool and it'll say either Yes or No.
There's an interesting explanation of the history of the Ugg trademark on Wikipedia.
Using the right piece of plastic is the cheapest way to pay for goods from overseas sites, but make sure it's the right plastic; read the Spending Overseas article for details.
Spend on your credit card and you have more rights than you do on a debit card. This is all about Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act which makes the card provider jointly liable with the retailer if anything should go pear-shaped.
Finally, US shoe sizes differ to UK sizes. Use an Online Converter to check before you buy.
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