Department store John Lewis features cosmetics counters, men’s, women’s and children’s wear, perfume, gifts and electronics. The store has both an online shop as well as 40 stores across the UK.
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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.
Shop online at John Lewis* or in-store, where it's "matching a competitor's promotion". We suspect it's referring to the current Debenhams up to 25% off all departments event - as that's what's happened in the past - which is on until Sun 9 Mar. Delivery's £3 or you can collect in-store for free.
The Debenhams event includes men's, women's, home and beauty items - pretty much all items from all departments, although not quite everything (see Debenhams 25% off).
MSE update 10.50am, Fri 31 Jan: John Lewis has upped the price of the £70 Essenza machine to £89.95. You can get a similar machine from Currys Essenza Auto* for £69.97 and get the 'free' £40 voucher - ends today.
If you splurge on a caffeine boost every morning, a coffee machine may be a good money-saver.
They're not usually cheap (some can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds) and you'll have to buy its own special coffee capsules for it to work. But you can currently get a 'free' £40 or £70 gift card with selected Nespresso machines till Fri 31 Jan at John Lewis, House of Fraser, Nespresso.com, Debenhams and more. A £40 gift card could get you between 120-150 pods or four espresso cups.
We've checked a raft of retailers (including Amazon, Currys, House of Fraser) and John Lewis came up trumps for price nearly every time. Plus it offers an up-to three-year guarantee, depending on which model you buy. Here's what you could get:
How do I get my gift card?
Once you've bought an eligible model either in-store or online, you must first join the Nespresso Club (it's free). Then download the Nespresso Gift form, fill in your details (including your Nespresso Club membership number, model serial number and photocopy of proof of purchase) and send it off to the listed address so it gets there by Fri 28 Feb. You'll receive the gift card within four weeks.
Where can I use the gift card and what's it valid on?
You can use it at Nespresso shops, online at Nespresso or by calling 0800 442 442 (delivery's £4.95). It cannot be used in John Lewis or any other retailer selling Nespresso Machines. You can use it on coffee pods and accessories and you'll need to use the gift card within six months, either in single or multiple transactions.
This is a winner if you buy a coffee even a few days each week. Use our Demotivator to tot up what you could save.
It's one gift card per machine only. Can't be used with any other offer.
John Lewis is selling off its posh baubles, so if you like a bit of luxury for your Christmas tree but don't want to pay crazy prices, it's worth picking them up now and packing them away for December. Oooohhhh... they're fancy.
Be quick, because they're selling out fast. Delivery's £3.
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