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Free delivery on orders over £50 has been extended for another week. All you need to do is enter the code EFD10 in Trolley

Last minute gift? Some orders are available next day and we offer morning, midday or afternoon slots for bigger items so you don't have to wait in all day.

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The Argos superstore superstoreue UK is packed with great gift ideas at great prices. the Argos superstore superstoreue invests heavily on advertising their products in the UK national press and online because there are so many bargains in their superstoreue. The buying power of Argos superstore means they can pass these savings onto us- the customers! Check out the latest price drops and clearance items from the new superstoreue

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 Argos superstore VOUCHERS remains live for another week and is available to all customers. When Argoss superstore customers spend £50 they will receive a £5 voucher and when they spend £100 they will receive a £10 voucher.

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Get It Delivered , Or Reserve it Anyway, you only need a postcode
The Argos superstore giftcard remains live for another week and is available to all customers. When Argoss superstore customers spend £50 they will receive a £5 voucher and when they spend £100 they will receive a £10 voucher. Hurry, this great offer only has a week left to run ending on Tuesday 4th November.
 

  • Save upto 1/3 on Cameras and Camcorder
  • Save Washing and Drying – Save upto 25%
  • Save 25% on selected Toy brands

    This means that if you promote all these great offers, customers spending over £100 will get not only get a £10 voucher but free delivery as well, which means great valuE

     Shop online at Argos.co.uk, the official Argos UK online superstore shopping website. At Argos, you will be spoilt for choice with a fantastic range of over 19,000 great value products across 13 categories. Whether you're looking to buy furniture, toys, TVs or PCs & laptops there is no better place than Argos.co.uk. Now there is even more choice online at Argos.co.uk with over 1000 internet only products. The Argos online store can also help you check all the latest prices, check your product is in stock, make a purchase or reservation and even locate your nearest store. So, Don't Shop for it, Argos it!

    Vouchers and home delivery
    If you place an order online for home delivery and qualify for this offer, you will receive an online promotional voucher code. This promotional code will appear on your order confirmation email and can be redeemed on future online purchases. If you place an order over the phone for home delivery, a gift card will be sent to you separately from your order.

    Check & Reserve
    Alternatively, why not collect your order in-store? Use our Check & Reserve service to make sure your items are in stock at your chosen store. Please remember that you must collect your item(s) between 12th November and 18th November 2008 to qualify for this offer and you will receive your voucher in-store.

    All vouchers must be redeemed by 14th February 2009

    *Excluding delivery charges

    Terms and Conditions

    • This offer is valid from 12th November to 18th November 2008 and applies to purchases made in Argos store, on Argos Quick Pay kiosks, over the telephone or authorised orders on Argos.co.uk.
    • Spend £50 - £99.99 (excluding delivery charge) in a single transaction and receive a free £5.00 Argos gift card or a £5.00 online promotional voucher
    • Spend £100 or more (excluding delivery charge) in a single transaction and receive a free £10.00 Argos gift card or a £10.00 online promotional voucher
    • If you order for home delivery online, you will receive a promotional Argos voucher code instead of an Argos gift card. This promotional code will be sent in your order confirmation email and can only be redeemed online.
    • If you order for Argos  home delivery by telephone, your gift card will be dispatched separately from the products you have ordered.
    • If you collect your items in-store, you will receive your gift card in-store when you pay for the items.
    • If the transaction is one where the goods are reserved for in store collection, then the product must be collected before the stated end date to receive the voucher. Goods collected after the end date will not qualify for a voucher.
    • If you order or reserve your item(s) online, you will receive confirmation that you have qualified to receive a gift card or an online promotional voucher.
    • Gift cards must be redeemed in-store by 14h February 2009. They cannot be redeemed online, over the telephone or on Quick Pay kiosks.
    • Online promotional voucher codes must be redeemed online by 14th February 2009. They cannot be redeemed in-store, over the telephone or on Quick Pay kiosks.
    • This offer is not available with the purchase of Argos gift cards.
    • This offer is available when using High Street / Provident vouchers, Bonus Bonds, Easyshop, ACard, Shopportunity, Capital Bonds or Extra cards.
    • Excludes the purchase of gift cards using gift cards as a method of payment.
    • The maximum value of gift cards provided on purchases of any spend over £100 per transaction will be £10.
    • Gift cards can only be redeemed against subsequent transactions.
    • Gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash or be returned under the 30-day money back guarantee.
    • If all or some of the products are returned under the Argos 30-day money back guarantee, thereby reducing the value of the original transaction to a) less than £50 (in respect of transactions between £50-£99.99) or b) less than £100 (in respect of transactions over £100 or more), the gift vouchers must be returned. If the voucher is not returned, the voucher amount will be deducted from the money refunded.
    • Gift cards cannot be sold or transferred.
    • This does not affect your statutory rights.
    • We reserve the right to withdraw, alter or decline this offer without prior notice.
    • Design of gift card may vary.

    At Argos superstore online shop, you'll find the same selection - and more - as you will at the well known Argos superstore stores, including: washers & dryers, cookers, irons, discounts on Argos electrical goods (home entertainment, drills digital cameras, video & dvd …), home furnishings, superb camcorders, APS cameras, kitchen utensils, fitness gear and home gym equipment, watches & jewellery … and much more! Coupons, big, big, Argos superstore , bargains galore … It just has to be Argos UK. Now you can order your free Argos superstore online too! Argos has an amazing range of services and categories – for everything from home shopping to setting up your wedding list, Argos will be able to help. With a new edition of the Argos shop superstore every 6 months, you will always be able to find something extra from jewellery to business solutions. Buy Now and Pay Later for up to six months interest free with the Argos superstore Card and receive 5 points for every £1 you spend on it. Use the points to reduce the cost of items next time you buy at your local Argos superstore store.

    At  Argos superstore online, you'll find the same selection - and more - as you will with Argos in-store Superstore, including: womens clothes, mens clothes, clothes for babies & kids, electrical goods (mobile phones, games consoles, kitchen electrical, tv deals, video & dvd ...), Argos home furnishings, Argos  kitchen utensils, fitness equipment, photographic & optical equipment ... and much more!

    Argos superstore the United Kingdom's leading retailer in general merchandise which offers low prices for quality goods online.

    Argos superstore shops were founded in the early 1970's. There are around 600 stores strategically placed throughout the UK, of which many are Argos superstore superstores. Argos superstores differ in that they have later opening hours and a full range of both Argos superstore and Argos Extra superstore goods for customers to choose from prior to purchase. The majority of people in the UK live within ten miles from their nearest Argos superstore store and Argos popularity of delivering top brands at low prices to customers can account for favourable annual sales figures of appro ximately three billion GBP.

    Access to the Argos full range of products (superstoreue and Extra) online for store and home delivery is readily available via the online Argos shop. The online Argos superstore web store also provides information on services and products such as their Argos wedding list service (Argos.co.uk wedding list) and Argos insurance (including Argos superstore   pet insurance) and others - either available offline or online. Examples of products available via Argos online include: Argos UK has it's fingers in many pies these days. This is reflected in the many new Argos services available, bearing the Argos name, including, Argos loans, Argos home insurance, Argos car insurance, Argos pet insurance, Argos travel insurance and other travel services such as airport parking and hotels.

    Argos UK Store: The Leading UK Superstoreue Store - Online!

    At the Argos superstore Shop you'll find all manner of electrical products, clothes, discounts and best-ever prices. From the incredible Argos superstore range of HDTV televisions and household appliances to washing machines, widescreen TV's, vacuum cleaners, Argos superstore computers and accessories … and much more. Below is just a tiny selection of what you'll find at Argos superstore Online, UK:

     

    Arg superstore wedding lists

    The Argos superstore Wedding Gift Service is designed to make setting up your list easy, hassle free and fun.

     Keep an eye on your list online at the Argos superstore website,  see what has been bought or add extra items if you want to. There's always that extra frivolous item that you may need or want!

    Argos superstoreue Guests can view your list online or obtain a copy in any Argos superstore store - they just need to quote your reference number on the superstore ref machine

    Gifts can be bought in the Argos superstore store, online or by telephone - whichever is most convenient for your guests. If your guests buy gifts in the Argos store, they take their gifts home with them to wrap and take to the wedding

    Your Argos wedding list is automatically updated as soon as a superstore gift is bought - which minimises the chances of receiving duplicate gifts!

    After your wedding we'll send you an Argos list of who bought what - to help you write your thank-you cards.

     

    When should I start planning my Argos superstore wedding list?
    Most couples create their Argos superstore gift list around 3 months before the wedding date, especially if they want to send their Argos
    superstore gift list details with the invitations. Ideally you want to pick your Argos gifts from the superstore, nearest to your wedding date, as some items may change and new ones are added - our new Argos superstore is launched in January and July.

    How many guest cards should I ask for?
    When you register  at Argos weddings you can also ask for up to 100 guests cards, which show your unique Argos wedding reference number, and are designed to include in your wedding invites. When deciding how many to ask for include everyone invited to your wedding but don't forget you only need one card per couple.

    How long before my Argos superstore wedding list is available for guests to view and buy from?
    If you set up your Argos gift list online it will be 'live' in all our Argos
    superstore stores and online the next day. This means your friends & family will be able to see your list and decide what to buy, almost straight away!

    What should I put on my Argos superstore wedding list?
    See our Argos
    superstore ideas to get you started.

    Does Argos offer gift cards or vouchers?
    Yes, when you set up your Argos
    superstore wedding list you can choose to offer guests the option of buying you Argos gift vouchers / cards. These can be bought at any Argos store, but unfortunately they cannot currently be bought online or by telephone. If you decide that you'd like to add gift vouchers / cards to your list after you have registered then simply email details to the Argos Gift Service Team.

    How do guests buy from my Argos superstore wedding list?
    Gifts can be bought at any Argos store, online at Argos.co.uk or by telephone, all they need is your unique Argos  wedding list reference. As gifts are bought in the Argos store, your guests take the item away to gift-wrap and then hand over to you in person.

    Does Argos deliver all the gifts together?
    No, we do not collate and deliver all your gifts together. Gifts can be bought at any Argos
    superstore store, online at Argos.co.uk or by telephone. If ordering online or by telephone, gifts can be delivered to any address, but someone must be in to sign for the delivery. Please see Home Delivery Information for details of the Argos superstore delivery service.

    Do you gift wrap the Argos superstore gifts?
    We are not able to offer this Argos service, but we do find that most guests do prefer to wrap the gifts themselves in order to take them to the wedding, which also means that they can personalise the wrapping for the bride and groom.

    What if I change my mind once I receive a  Argos superstore gift?
    No problem - take the item to your nearest Argos store. As long as it is unused and is in the original packaging we will exchange it for Argos
    superstore gift a card (exceptions apply on items marked by a dagger symbol next to the product name).

    Is the online Argos superstore Wedding Gift service available in the Republic of Ireland?
    The website is currently based on the UK
    superstore which means that some items are not available in the Republic of Ireland. You can still set up a Argos superstore list online, but since the online delivery service is only to mainland UK any Argos superstore gifts will have to be bought in the Argos superstore store.

    Now you are married don't forget the essential things in the home

    Argos Insurances

    Argos HOME INSURANCE

    Argos home insurance offers you a 30% discount off the price of your cover  if you have 5 years no claims. If  you take out Argos superstore buildings and content insurance together you could save another 12%. Now, if you also happen to have Argos superstore car insurance you can then get an extra 5% discount on top of all that! Argos superstoreue  throws this in, hoping you will end up purchasing all your insurance cover with them so you can get money off. I would look into this before you start buying all their services to see if it works out cheaper. What does the Argos superstore home insurance cover? You receive automatic cover for your keys, and up to £1000 to cover any locksmith's charges for replacement locks and keys (per year). You get up to 3 days car hire if you are stranded due to loss or theft of your keys, and you are covered if your keys break in the lock or if you lock your keys in your house( easily done!) There is also legal cover of up to £50,000.

    Argos CAR INSURANCE

    Argos superstore car insurance offers you up to 70% off the price of your cover if you have 9 years no claims. ( a hell of lot of no claims) If you have Argos superstore home insurance you get an added 5% discount. Note that this works both ways, i.e., you get a discount on Argos superstore home insurance if you have car insurance. As standard with your insurance you will receive new car replacement ( if your car is written off and is less than 1 year old), you get legal protection up to £50,000. You also get 90 days Argos superstore foreign travel cover and emergency medical expenses. Argos superstore car insurance also has the key care protection scheme which basically covers you if you lose your keys.

    Argos PET INSURANCE

    Pet InsuranceArgos superstore pet insurance has 3 levels of cover, Argos silver, Argos gold and Argos platinum. It will cost you different amounts for a cat, dog, or pedigree dog. For example, the Argos silver level cover for a cat is £3.79 per month, compared to the Argos gold level cover for a pedigree dog which costs £10.92. If you want Argos platinum level cover then you need to call Argos for a more detailed quote. Incidentally, these prices relate to pets aged under 4 years. They do insure pets older than 4 years but again, you will have to call for a detailed Argos quote. The Argos superstore cover includes legal fees, vet's fees and any help with any costs involved with advertising for lost or stolen pets. Click on the link to apply for Argos pet insurance.

    Argos TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Argos superstore travel insurance now has a separate online web site called www.Argostravelinsurance.co.uk. You get an extra 5% discount if you apply online. Individual  Argos cover for one year costs from £42.74, couples from £71.72 and you can also get single trip cover from just £6.64. The benefits available with Argos travel insurance include single trip cover from 3-31 days, muti trip cover for Europe and worldwide. Extra Argos cover is available for winter sports and business trips. Additional Argos cover is available for hazardous sports. This type of Argos cover is extremely competitive so shop around for the best deal you can get.

     

    Argos TRAVEL SERVICES

    Argos has teamed up with A.P.H., Travelex, Last minute.com, and the R.A.C. to offer some great discounts on travel. You can save 25% on airport parking if you pre-book with A.P.H.  You can also get Argos commission free travel money delivered direct to your door this sounds too good to be true, how can Argos make money if they give you commission free money and then have it delivered to you?. If you sign up with Argos travel services you can get roadside assistance from the R.A.C from around £36.

    Argos LOANS

    You can apply for an Argos superstore loan which has an APR of 6.9% (typical 11.4%) for loans of £5000. This is probably the most competitive market there is, so please shop around for the best deal you can. As far as I can see Argos superstoreue loans are not any different from all the other loan companies out there

     

    Argos Store card

          The Argos superstore store card is a good idea and if you use it wisely you can only benefit and it will not rack up huge interest payments it was  launched in  January 2001 and can be used at all Argos UK retail stores and also at their Argos superstore online web site. The Argos superstore card has a reward scheme using the very popular Argos superstore premier points programme. You can also use the Argos superstore store  card by telephone at Argos Additions and Argos Direct superstore and even through digital TV. The biggest selling point of the Argos store card is the 6 months interest free credit facility, allowing you to buy any goods from the  Argos superstore and not pay any interest if the full amount is paid back within a 6 month period.

    To cope with the demand that bringing out the Argos superstore store card would generate, Argos UK worked closely with Experian to create a contact/call centre to deal with all things related to the Argos superstore store card. A Argos superstore call centre was opened in Widnes with over 200 sales advisors and managers all specifically trained to deal with questions and queries related to the new card. The Argos  store card sector is highly competitive and we believe the Argos superstore store card is very competative

    The  Argos superstore competition commission reviewed the whole store card industry and they produced a report in 2006 which proves for interesting reading. It showed that women are more likely to hold a store card than men, and that those with more money are more likely to hold a store card as well. The average amount of credit on a store card and upto £850  for those who paid the minimum amount or less each month. Argos UK is one of the very few retailers who actually own and operate their store card themselves.

       The whole store card industry generates over £600 million per year for these companies, so it is hugely profitable. The interest charges or APR on store cards is usually over 25% and generally much closer to 30%. The interest charges on store cards where found to be higher than those offered on credit cards, so you will be better off if you use your credit card than by taking out a store card. The way they make so much money on these store cards is through interest charges on those of us who don't pay off the balance in the specified time, and also through insurance schemes that are offered when you sign up for the card. This insurance takes the form of payment protection, purchase protection (damaged or faulty goods), price protection (you get a refund when goods are reduced) and also through cross selling of other financial services.

    The acceptance levels for Argos superstore store cards are generally higher than those for general credit cards (around 65%), this is because retailers want as many people as they can to use their store card. The acceptance rate for general credit cards is around 50%.Also, the credit limits on store cards is much lower than that on credit cards. Store cards offer around £150 - £1500 depending on your credit check, the initial credit allowed on most credit cards is somewhere between £1000 - £10000.

     Argos  superstore UK want people to get into debt when using their card so they can make money, but even if you use the card and pay the money owed back in time you will more than likely keep on using the card and will still be spending money at Argos or anywhere else you have a store card.

    The Argos superstore store card is a good idea and if you use it wisely you can only benefit and it will not rack up huge interest payments. Make sure that you read the small print before you use it, i.e., insurance costs and payment protection and you could save money through using it when you receive discounts or vouchers.  

        

     Online shopping in the uk

    Argos superstore is the largest general-goods retailer in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland with over 660 stores. Argos superstore  is unique amongst major retailers in the UK because its primary means of displaying goods to customers is via a superstore Customers can browse through the superstore, select items to buy, pay for the items, and then collect the items from a counter in store.

     

    History

    The original Green Shield Stamps 'superstoreue' shops were rebranded Argos beginning in July 1973.

    Argos superstore launched in July 1973 with 1000 members of staff, taking £1,000,000 during a week in November (source). Argos superstore was purchased by BAT Industries in 1979 for a deal worth £32 million. The following year, Argos opened their Elizabeth Duke jewellery counter, and by 1982 were the UK's 4th biggest jewellery retailer. In 1984, Argos introduced the DTS/Comart system, an advanced retail computing system, bringing stores online for overnight polling of sales data.

    1990 saw Argos demerging from BAT to form Argos plc and the launch of Argos Direct, the home delivery arm. In 1993 the aging DTS/Comart system was replaced with the COBOL application AURA (Argos UNIX Retail Application). 2000 saw another re-organisation for Argos with the Argos Retail Group being formed following the purchase of the business by GUS plc, the introduction of white goods to the Argos Direct arm of the business and the Argos Card being launched.

     

    Argos Superstore

    Argos publishes a superstore twice a year (a Spring/Summer superstore  edition in January and an Autumn/Winter superstore edition in July). The superstores are constantly expanding, and current editions have well over 1000 pages. Each page of the Argos superstore contains photographs of items, along with a brief description of the item, the price (at the time the superstore was printed), and a unique superstore number.

    Superstores are also backed up by seasonal sales flyers, offering Not In Superstore lines and price reductions on existing deals. Other items are sometimes available in stores, such as ex-superstoreue goods at reduced prices (especially after the launch of a new superstore) and also in certain stores, Managers Specials lines, usually delivery goods returned unused by other customers.

    In Early 2006 Argos trialed a new superstore branded Argos Home in over 100 stores nationwide. This was proven to be successful and on Saturday 5th August 2006 it launched the second Argos Home superstore this time in all 200 extra stores. The superstore is aimed to pick out home furniture from the main superstore and place a bigger emphasis on the fact that Argos sell furniture. Along with this it introduces styling tips for the current season along featured ranges.

     

    Shopping in Argos

    Traditionally, an Argos superstore customer will browse through the superstore - either at the in-store browser points or at home with a Argos superstore, selecting items they wish to buy and writing down the Argos superstore numbers for those items. The customer then takes the shopping list of Argos superstore numbers to a till, where the cashier types them into the till, checks the stock levels, and sells the items, issuing the customer with a receipt. As soon as the items are sold, picking tickets are printed in the store's stockroom, and a member of Argos staff picks the items from the shelves and takes them to the collection area in store. Meanwhile, the customer takes their receipt to the collection counter, and (sometimes after a few minutes' wait at busy times) is issued with their goods. Most stores have an automated "Call Forward" system in place, which issues customers with an order number and estimated collection time , and the customer is called forward to the collection counter automatically once the estimated collection time is reached, or sooner if the Argos staff override the system used touch screen keypads.

    Recent developments in many stores are Argos Quick Pay kiosks; touchscreen terminals where customers can enter their own Argos superstore shopping list of superstoreue numbers, pay by credit or debit card and be issued with a receipt without the intervention of a cashier. This system allows people to avoid the sometimes lengthy till queues, however only accept people paying with cards, and do not seem to be as reliable as the standard Argos  till software.

    To ensure that stock is available when a customer arrives in the Argos superstore store, they are encouraged to use the Check & Reserve service before going into store, either using the Argos website, telephone or text message service. This allows an Argos  customer to reserve stock until the end of the next working day, or order it into that store, depending on the store format. Customers who reserve items are issued with a reservation number, which is either presented to the cashier or entered into the Quick Pay terminal, where the customer pays for the goods as normal. Customers can also check stock in store using the Argos superstore  Stock Checker terminals, saving them from queuing for items that may be out of stock.

    There are variants to this system - specifically the Elizabeth Duke jewellery counter, and also the customer view system - which allows for customers to see the goods prior to purchase. Also, Argos superstore has a home delivery arm entitled Argos Direct, which allows delivery of most in-store items, and also a selection of larger goods in the superstore which are delivery only; customers can order goods in-store (with the assistance of a cashier) or online for home delivery. Argos are currently trialling a new store system that allows Argos Direct orders to be placed from in-store terminals linked to the website.

    Additions Direct is the new name for Argos Additions. Additions Direct offer an extensive range of affordable products. Enjoy safe online shopping for the latest women’s fashion, menswear, kid’s clothes, stylish homeware, consoles & games and TV’s and electricals was bought in 2004 by Littlewoods Home Shopping, who are the very popular mail order superstoreue retailers. The result of this was the name change from Argos Additions to Additions Direct. What does this name change mean? Well it would appear that there is a  broader range of products in the Additions Direct superstoreue than you will find in the standard Argos superstoreue. The emphasis is on more fashion and homeware products, which really is the basis of the Littlewoods superstoreue.

    In 2005, Littlewoods merged with Shop Direct (which used to be G.U.S) to provide even more choice for home superstoreue shopping, this merger has proved very successful, with an annual turnover of £2 billion. The group is owned by the Barclay brothers who also happen to own the Daily Telegraph. Additions Direct has now become one of the largest superstoreues in the UK.

    At Additions Direct you will find a massive choice of women's fashion, men's fashion, footwear, sportswear, furniture and homeware, and lots of stuff for the kids as well, with the "back to school" range. Despite the growing clothing lines there is also a great choice of electrical products such as fridges, washing machines, plasma TV's and camcorders in the superstoreue. Recently, Additions Direct have added their own home interior range, with dining, lighting and bedding ideas.

    Shopping at the Additions Direct web site is very simple and straightforward. Just click on the item you want and it will automatically be added to your shopping basket. You can easily check the contents of your basket at any time, and if you change your mind about buying any product you just click the "remove item" button, and the item will be removed from your shopping basket. You can pay for any thing you buy at Additions Direct with your credit card, or you could sign up for the Additions Direct plus account. Using the direct plus account gives you more flexibility when you pay for your goods. Please be aware that the APR on this card is a whopping 29.8% if you choose to pay the minimum amount due on your account.

    However, you can still pay the amount due in one go, or you can opt for the 3 months interest opt out plan. Using this facility means that you can pay off your account in 3 months and avoid paying any interest at all. I reckon that this is the best way to use this card. If you do choose to only pay the minimum amount due each month, then be aware that you could be subjected to charges if you miss a payment or if you cheque bounces. These charges range from £5 to £15, so be sure to check the small print before you sign up for the Additions Direct plus account.

    Delivery charges are £3.50 for smaller items, no matter how big the order, and they will usually be delivered in 48 hours. There is also the option of next day delivery which will cost you £6.45, and specified day delivery, which costs the same. Larger items such as electricals and flat packed furniture have longer delivery times, ranging from 2 to 6 weeks, and delivery prices range from £15 up to £70. My advice is to check the price and delivery time before you decide to buy larger items. You may find a better deal somewhere else online.

    Additions Direct also offer other financial services including Account Cover Plus, which offers up to 3 years protection on your superstoreue purchases, and also protects your payments should you run into problems. You can also get extended warranties and  phonecare and furniture insurance. Make sure you read the information about extended warranties and store cards on this web site before you take out these options.

    All in all, it seems that  the Additions Direct superstoreue is a resounding success, offering more products and more discounts than the standard Argos superstoreue. Additions Direct gives you a quick and very easy way to shop online, which will save you time and money.

    The Argos superstoreue is extremely successful and offers more choice and more products than any other superstoreue retailer. However, things may be about to change! In a move that will send shock waves through the owners of Argos UK, Tesco are planning to move into the homewares, electrical and garden products sector. They plan to bring out their own superstoreue called "Tesco Direct" , which, although not as big in choice as the Argos superstoreue, you can bet that it will grow and grow in a very short space of time. Tesco accounts for one pound in every eight spent in the UK, and their financial clout and enormous bulk buying power means that their prices will probably be even cheaper than the products in the Argos superstoreue.

    At the moment, Tesco has already expanded it's non food operations team, and in preparation for the new superstoreue launch it has recruited over 100 buyers,( many have been poached from Argos themselves! ). Reports have shown that Tesco is about to overtake Argos as the leading non food retailer in the UK. Tesco have sales in the UK of around £32 billion! and their non food operations account for about 20% of this. Every year their sales grow and grow, with electrical sales up by 34% last year. At the moment though, the new Tesco superstoreue only has about 9000 products, compared to the 17000 on offer at the Argos superstoreue.

    Another reason to worry Argos is that Tesco have lower property costs than Argos does. This is shown by the fact that most Tesco stores are in out of town locations and therefore do not have the same overheads as a city centre location, which is where Argos has many of their stores. Argos must be very scared of what Tesco is doing, but hey, the people who benefit from all of this are us, the consumers. I personally hope that this kicks off a massive retail war, with prices being slashed, just like the current supermarket war. This is bound to happen, it's only a matter of time.

    Unfortunately this retail war is not beneficial to everyone. Think about the suppliers, they keep getting pressure from companies like Tesco and Asda to drop their prices, and this happens month after month, every year. Suppliers cannot continue to make profit like this, and there will come a time when it has to end, or bottoms out. People who work at the suppliers will be lucky to get a pay rise, leaving them less money to spend on non essential items. It cancels itself out because they earn less money but this is offset by being able to buy things cheaper. Things are only going to get worse. You can bet that people like Asda are looking very closely at this, and don't be surprised to see them launching a superstoreue as well! The earth will soon belong to Tesco and Asda!!

    Ok, enough of the doom and gloom! A little competition is always healthy. Argos is the market leader in this industry, and their online presence has been a huge hit as well. The Argos online web site has won many awards, earlier this year they won the online retailer of the year and the customer services award. Argos has now won 9 retail awards in the past 5 years. The Argos superstoreue sells over 17000 products for the home, and the superstoreue comes out twice a year, with around 1700 pages. Argos serves over 130 million customers per year through it's high street stores and takes 4 million orders each year online and telephone. There is an Argos superstoreue in over two thirds of households in the UK!

    What does all this mean? It means that Argos UK knows what it is doing! There are many reviews about Argos, online, some good, some bad, but with so many customers shopping with them each year, mistakes are bound to happen, orders will get mixed up or lost, goods may be damaged or faulty, it is inevitable, but it is unlucky when it happens to you. The comments on customer returns I have read are very favourable, and no one really complains too much about the prices at Argos. They must be recommended  because of their popularity and low prices, it's as simple as that, but get ready for the Tesco superstoreue and the price drops that we can look forward to.

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    Differences between Argos and traditional retailers

    The method of shopping in Argos differs from most traditional British high street retailers. At peak trading times (the build-up to Christmas), queues at Argos collection counters can be very long. However, Argos' success shows that many customers are willing to put up with these drawbacks because of the advantages of shopping at Argos [citation needed].

    Because most stock is held in stockrooms to which only staff have access, much more stock can be held per unit floor area than can be held in a traditional shop. Stock in Argos stockrooms is arranged to make most efficient use of the space - by range, as opposed to superstore number order, meaning similar size items can be kept together, typically in 3 metre high racks with numbered aisles, bays and shelves for quick picking. In a traditional shop it must be displayed as to be appealing to the customer, however in Argos, as most customers shop from photographs of items in the superstore or online. Argos often packages its goods in plain packaging or simple plastic bags, rather than smart packaging for shopfloor display. The fact that customers don't have direct access to most stock means that incidents of shoplifting and customers damaging stock are significantly reduced. This allows Argos stores to hold a wider variety of items in stock than a traditional retailer, and sell at lower prices than their competitors [citation needed], who must invest in shopfloor displays and security systems.

    Only a small selection of available items are placed on public display. Most products on sale are merely illustrated in the superstore, similar to the sort previously issued only by mail order companies. A laminated superstore is placed on display in premises on a prime retail street open during normal shopping hours. By this means, floorpace requirements and overheads can be minimised and cost savings passed on to customers through keener pricing [citation needed]. Most of the goods are available tightly packed over the counter, but larger items might be delivered straight to the customer's home a few days after their order is placed. Thus storage costs can also be kept to a minimum.

    Although the atmosphere of their shops is basic and functional, the superstore normally reveals product details way beyond those that might not be legible in a traditional shop with ample display space and - perhaps - poorly briefed sales staff [citation needed]. The superstoreues are also used as a price guide before shopping expeditions, enabling a shortlist of competing brands to be compared away from the bustle of the high street and the persuasive chatter of a salesman.

     

    Store formats

    There are 3 main formats of Argos superstoreue stores:

    • Argos Call & Collect - these stores hold very little stock, and specially order in products for collection by customers at a later date.

    • Argos Traditional stores (referred to as Ordered In) - these stores hold the traditional Argos range (over 17,500 lines) and the Extra range can be ordered in from the warehouse within 3 working days, typically (depending on stock availability)

    • Argos Extra stores (referred to as Stocked In) - These items hold the full range of stock in the superstoreue, including the Extra range. The Extra range is approximately a third bigger than the traditional range, so most Extra stores tend to be in out of town retail parks, where more space is available at a lower cost.

    Some town and city centre stores will soon be trailing holding some Argos Extra stock by reducing their stock holding in slower selling lines (such as large and heavy flat pack furniture). 

    Company information

    In the financial year April 2003– March 2004, Argos had sales of over £3 billion. Argos was acquired by GUS plc in 1998, and has its head office at the ARG Retail Centre of Excellence in Milton Keynes. Argos is part of the Argos Retail Group division of GUS, which also includes the Homebase DIY retailer.

    Argos used to own Argos Additions, but this is now owned by the Shop Direct Group and is known as Additions Direct. In June 2005, Argos purchased the Index brand from Littlewoods but are not currently using it. They also purchased 33 former Index stores which were converted into Argos stores.

    The Argos Retail Group is in the process of being demerged from GUS plc, a process due to be completed in late 2006. The other remaining company of GUS, Experian, is going to handle the financial services that were previously GUS plc's responsibility.

    Controversies 

    Sunday trading

    In 2001, Argos sparked a political controversy in Scotland, when it sacked several workers for refusing to work on a Sunday. This action would have been illegal in the rest of the UK, as the Sunday Trading Act 1994 gave shopworkers in England and Wales the right to refuse Sunday work (unless they were employed to work solely on a Sunday). The 1994 Act did not apply to Scotland as there was no legislation regarding Sunday trading applicable to Scotland. Although Argos later retracted its decision to sack the workers and to enforce a Sunday working clause in Scottish employee contracts, their actions led to the passing of the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003 which extended the legal right of employees to refuse Sunday working to include shopworkers in Scotland 

    Price fixing

    In 2002, Argos, along with rival retailer Index were accused by the Office of Fair Trading of price fixing goods from toy manufacturer Hasbro. The decision reached in 2003 resulted in Argos being fined £17.28 million, however, an appeal in 2005 led to that being reduced to £15 million. As of 2005, Argos deny price fixing and are appealing the decision.

    Trivia

    • The Current Argos Superstore costs around £2.15 to produce.[citation needed]

    • 19 Million Autumn/Winter 2006 Argos  Superstores were produced[citation needed].

    • Around 2 million of these Argos superstores were handed out within the first three weeks of launch.

    • Each Superstore printed has a target to bring back around £83 of sales [citation needed].

    • The fitting of new Argos stores is solely funded by the profits made from the Argos Card. [citation needed]

    • Argos's jewellery department, Elizabeth Duke, was named after a pet chinchilla owned by one of the company's directors.

    After looking at many reviews about the Argos superstore online, it appears that there is a wide variety, ranging from excellent to very poor( I will never do my shopping at Argos superstore again!!) I think this kind of feedback is standard for a large company because you lose the personal touch that you get with a small company who only deal with a small amount of customers. Yet this is the major point in buying anything from anyone- if you are happy with the product and the customer service then you will go back and use them again. "The customer is always right" well not all the time, but most of the time!

    This customer service leads to people telling others, either by word of mouth, or on an internet forum, all about their experience in dealing with Argos superstore or any other company, as I have seen, some good, some bad. Think about this though, as Argos superstore  continues to expand and open more stores with more products at lower prices, surely this competitive pricing  policy will put smaller businesses out of business? This is the "Tesco Effect" whereby the large company eats up all small business because no one can compete with their bulk buying power. The same thing is happening with Argos as they put more and more small firms away. What happens next is that even if you have a bad experience with Argos you will be stuck because there will be nowhere else left to buy your items! You will have little choice but to buy from them, so maybe Argos superstore  will not care so much about a little bit of bad publicity from a few people( quite a few actually if you read some of the reviews!)

    Another problem with Argos superstore UK are the delivery times. Many people seem to be unhappy with the time they have to wait for the goods and then taking a day off work to sit in and wait all day for the good to arrive, I can think of nothing worse than doing this, what a waste of a day! Unfortunately, this problem will not go away, as our roads get ever more busy, delays are inevitable, and we pay the price. Even if you go shopping at your local Argos store and order a large item it will still have to be delivered, so you can't escape!

    The Argos UK online superstore and their superstores do offer a huge range of stuff at competitive prices and I reckon that you will be unfortunate if you have any problems when shopping with them, or any other online store. It can be very frustrating when problems do arise, so my advice is to go on the internet forums and voice your anger, it may not solve the problem, but it will make you feel better!!


     

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    Argos superstore Activities Superstore

    Helicopter Buzz (for two).

    Whilst Argos superstore is the number one United Kingdom retailer for small electrical appliances, toys and housewares, it also is a high performer in many other markets. Examples of other markets that Argos superstoreues have been successful include Argos furniture, consumer electronics, DIY and gardening products, jewellery and sports equipment. Still not sure? why don't you check out the latest fantastic Argos bed home delivery offers online.

    Argos - buy online from the trusted UK household name for choice, convenience and value.
     

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    Argos Spares

    This is a relatively new idea from Argos UK. The web site seems like a great idea. At Argos Spares you can buy parts, spare parts, accessories and consumables for almost any electrical appliance, this site does not just sell spare parts for electrical items from the Argos superstoreue, they also sell spares for anything, which is a bonus! By buying direct from Argos Spares you can save up to 30% off high street prices. Argos will also deliver any items you order direct to your door.

    Argos Spares stock all the top name brands such as Black and Decker, Cannon, Dyson, Electrolux, JVC, Motorola, Neff, Panasonic, Siemens and Sony, to name just a few. They also stock many less well known brands, and if they don't happen to stock the part you want, they will try to source it for you. The web site is very user friendly and it's simple to find the part you require. You can search by manufacturer or by serial number if you know it.

    A really great feature of the Argos Spares site is the price promise. Argos will match any price on the internet, so if you can find the spare part cheaper anywhere else, Argos Spares will match that price, plus give you a 10% reduction in price. Please be aware that this price promise does not include parts found offline on the high street. With this kind of promise you can't go wrong!

    Argos Spares is provided in conjunction with e-spares, who provide the service with Argos. You can buy spares for kitchen appliances, remote controls, garden equipment, ink cartridges, mobile phones, cameras, TV and audio, D.I.Y, and game consoles. Delivery is usually within 3 to 5 working days by royal mail and DHL for larger, heavier items. The delivery price depends on the value, size, weight and fragility of the part you purchase. Delivery is charged once per item, which means if you order more than one part you will only be charged for one item. This is a good way to save on delivery if you order multiple items.

    Another feature on the Argos Spares web site is the user manuals section. Argos Spares aim to provide manufacturer approved user manuals that you can download for free. You could use this facility if you have lost your own user manual, or if you never had one in the first place, and it's free!! There is also a call centre number which you can ring if you get into difficulty. You can read customer comments on the Argos Spares web site, but not surprisingly they are all very favourable!

     

    Free Argos superstoreue swatch service

    Want to make sure your new Argos superstore
    sofa will match your wallpaper?
    To help you choose the right colour, we offer a free fabric swatch
    service for all our sofas and chairs.

    Call 0870 241 0268 and order as many as you like free of
    charge!

    Lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, weekends 8am - 5.30pm.

     

    Tesco Direct

    The Argos superstore is extremely successful and offers more choice and more products than any other superstore retailer. However, things may be about to change! In a move that will send shock waves through the owners of Argos UK, Tesco are planning to move into the homewares, electrical and garden products sector. They plan to bring out their own superstore called "Tesco Direct" , which, although not as big in choice as the Argos superstore, you can bet that it will grow and grow in a very short space of time. Tesco accounts for one pound in every eight spent in the UK, and their financial clout and enormous bulk buying power means that their prices will probably be even cheaper than the products in the Argos superstore.

    At the moment, Tesco has already expanded it's non food operations team, and in preparation for the new superstore launch it has recruited over 100 buyers,( many have been poached from Argos themselves! ). Reports have shown that Tesco is about to overtake Argos as the leading non food retailer in the UK. Tesco have sales in the UK of around £32 billion! and their non food operations account for about 20% of this. Every year their sales grow and grow, with electrical sales up by 34% last year. At the moment though, the new Tesco superstore only has about 9000 products, compared to the 17000 on offer at the Argos superstore.

    Another reason to worry Argos is that Tesco have lower property costs than Argos does. This is shown by the fact that most Tesco stores are in out of town locations and therefore do not have the same overheads as a city centre location, which is where Argos has many of their stores. Argos must be very scared of what Tesco is doing, but hey, the people who benefit from all of this are us, the consumers. I personally hope that this kicks off a massive retail war, with prices being slashed, just like the current supermarket war. This is bound to happen, it's only a matter of time.

    Unfortunately this retail war is not beneficial to everyone. Think about the suppliers, they keep getting pressure from companies like Tesco and Asda to drop their prices, and this happens month after month, every year. Suppliers cannot continue to make profit like this, and there will come a time when it has to end, or bottoms out. People who work at the suppliers will be lucky to get a pay rise, leaving them less money to spend on non essential items. It cancels itself out because they earn less money but this is offset by being able to buy things cheaper. Things are only going to get worse. You can bet that people like Asda are looking very closely at this, and don't be surprised to see them launching a superstore as well! The earth will soon belong to Tesco and Asda!!

    Ok, enough of the doom and gloom! A little competition is always healthy. Argos is the market leader in this industry, and their online presence has been a huge hit as well. The Argos online web site has won many awards, earlier this year they won the online retailer of the year and the customer services award. Argos has now won 9 retail awards in the past 5 years. The Argos superstore sells over 17000 products for the home, and the superstore comes out twice a year, with around 1700 pages. Argos serves over 130 million customers per year through it's high street stores and takes 4 million orders each year online and telephone. There is an Argos superstore in over two thirds of households in the UK!

    What does all this mean? It means that Argos UK knows what it is doing! There are many reviews about Argos, online, some good, some bad, but with so many customers shopping with them each year, mistakes are bound to happen, orders will get mixed up or lost, goods may be damaged or faulty, it is inevitable, but it is unlucky when it happens to you. The comments on customer returns I have read are very favourable, and no one really complains too much about the prices at Argos. They must be recommended  because of their popularity and low prices, it's as simple as that, but get ready for the Tesco superstore and the price drops that we can look forward to.

    Sales slow at Argos owner GUS

    Katie Allen
    Thursday September 14, 2006
    The Guardian

    GUS, the retail and credit information group said today that its Argos superstore stores outperformed their peers in the five months to the end of August but it remained cautious about the outlook for consumer spending.

    The group, which is planning to demerge into two standalone businesses in October, said the credit information arm, Experian, was growing at a slower pace but in line with expectations. Sales at Experian were up 18% in the five months to August 31, down from a 23% increase for the three months to the end of June.

    £500,000 for Whizz-Kidz

    Argos has raised over £500,000 for Whizz-Kidz since their partnership began in 2003, helping to change the lives of hundreds of disabled children, their family and friends by giving them the independence to live a life of freedom.

    Argos superstore staff have been raising money through various fundraising events including; marathons, treks, staff fundraising, golf days, online cause related marketing and recycling schemes.

    The main fundraising event was inspired by the theme of movement and was launched to coincide with the Olympic Games.  It involved splitting staff into five and challenging them to move their regional Olympic rings and flags through all 580 stores, distribution centers and offices across the UK and Republic of Ireland in the weirdest and wackiest way.

    Whizz-Kidz chief executive, Ruth Owen comments: “We are delighted with the amount of money Argos superstore staff have raised, it really shows their dedication to Whizz-Kidz and the work we do. Staff at Argos superstore have created such an amazing impact; for the children and families we support and their schools and communities. The difference the right equipment makes to a disabled child and their family is quite incredible – it literally changes their lives overnight!”

    Argos managing director, Sara Weller, added: “£500,000 is a fantastic amount of money for us to have raised for Whizz-Kidz at the end of our partnership and the commitment and support of all our staff has been truly inspirational.  Whizz-Kidz is an amazing charity and we’re delighted that the money we have raised really will change the lives of the children that need it the most.”

    About Whizz-Kidz
    Whizz-Kidz changes disabled children’s lives – literally overnight.  By providing them with customised mobility equipment, training and advice, we actually give them something much more important.  We give them the independence to live a life of freedom at home, at school and at play; the independence to be themselves.

    Save £££'s on a range of Argos products with your Goldfish points

    Goldfish has teamed up with Argos to bring you the Argos-Goldfish website, where you can use your Goldfish Points to access discounts on a selection of branded products.

    These special discounts are available exclusively online, and to Goldfish customers only. They are not available in an Argos store or the Argos website. You can choose between store collection and home delivery on most of the discounted products, plus buying is easy using the secure website.

    Argos Superstoreue -  Products and Services Offered

    Things you can buy from Argos's online shop include the following:

    Argos Superstoreue - Baby Care - Activity toys, Playmats, Safety Guards, Feeding, Cots.
    Argos Superstoreue - DIY, Garden & Pet - Pets, DIY Equipment, Sheds, Garden furniture, DIY tools.
    Argos Superstoreue - Furniture - Beds, garden furniture, living room furniture, office furniture, storage.
    Argos Superstoreue - Household Appliances - Sewing Machines and Accessories, Kitchen Appliances, Vacuum cleaners, Irons, Washers and dryers.
    Argos Superstoreue - Jewellery & Watches - Bracelets, Earrings, Watches.
    Argos Superstoreue - Office, PC, Phone - Mobile phone, Office Supplies, Office furniture, Computer Essentials, Laptops and Accessories.
    Argos Superstoreue - Personal Care - Men's shavers, Hair dryers, Clippers and Trimmers, Curlers, Electric Toothbrushes.
    Argos Superstoreue - Photography - Camera Batteries, APS cameras, Camcorders, Digital cameras, Binoculars.
    Argos Superstoreue - Sound & Vision - Musical Instruments, DVD Players, Home audio, Televisions, Car Audio.
    Argos Superstoreue - Sport and Leisure - Home gym equipment, Activity Days, Toning, Cycling, Football.
    Argos Superstoreue - Toys & Games - Construction Toys, Activity Toys, Laser Games, Play Gyms and Mats, Trikes.

    dont forget Argos Superstoreue for -  Activities Superstore Helicopter Buzz (for two), ride in a ferrari, ballon ride, rapids rafting, bungy jumping many more

    Argos superstore Home delivery information
    Put your feet up, Argos will deliver everything straight to your door for only £4.95!

    For just £4.95, your Argos superstore order can be delivered directly to your home, your workplace or neighbour,
    whichever is most convenient for you - just let Argos know when ordering.

    We have two Argos delivery services
     

     
    Argos Smaller items

    If your item is
    small enough to be carried by one person, we'll usually deliver it within 48 hours, or on a day of your choice. For just a little more, you can have it delivered the next day or on a Saturday.

     
    Argos Delivery charges Price
    Within 48 hours or on a day of your choice £4.95
    Next day (order before 12 noon) £7.90
    Saturday (order before 1pm) £7.90

     
    Argos Christmas home delivery
    Delivery Time Last Order Date Last Delivery Date
    Within 48 hours or on a day of your choice 20th Dec 22nd Dec
    Next day 21st Dec (12 noon) 22nd Dec
    Saturday 15th Dec (1 pm) 16th Dec
    Make sure you order as early as possible to avoid any disappointments!

    Delivery times
    Delivery times are usually Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 7.00am - 6pm. You may also be given a choice of times, i.e. AM (7.00am - 1pm) or PM (12pm - 6pm). Saturday deliveries are usually made between 7.00am - 2pm.

    Please note that a signature will be required at the time of delivery.

    For all of the above, the delivery dates available for your order will depend on the delivery address and time you place the order. You will be shown a list of available delivery dates to pick from during the checkout process, after you have entered your delivery address.

    Argos

    Selected garden furniture
    A small selection of garden furniture is delivered via an express service so you will not be able to select a delivery date when placing your order for these items. They will be delivered in 2/3 working days, as shown below, or one day later if the delivery period includes a Bank Holiday.

     

    Argos Order Argos Delivery
    Monday Wednesday
    Tuesday Thursday
    Wednesday Friday
    Thursday Monday
    Friday Tuesday
    Saturday (up to 10pm) Tuesday
    Sunday Wednesday
     
     
    Argos Bigger items

    Large
    items needing two delivery people take a little longer. They're normally identified as deliverable within 7 days or more on the website and marked 'Home delivery only' in the superstoreue.

     
    Item for delivery Usually within
    Most furniture, including beds and leisure items 14 days
    Leather furniture and upholstered suites 28 days
    Other selected furniture 7 days
    Large-screen TVs 7 days
    Bikes 7 days
    Garden furniture
    Selected garden furniture^
    7 days
    48 hours^
    Washing machines & other large kitchen appliances (standard delivery) 7 days
    Washing machines & other large kitchen appliances (delivery, connection and removal of old item**) 5-7 days
    Washing machines & other large kitchen appliances (express delivery***) 2-3 days

     
    Argos Christmas home delivery
    Last delivery date before Christmas
    Friday 22nd December

    Make sure you order as early as possible to avoid any disappointments!
    (See individual product page for usual delivery leadtimes)

    Argos will do their best to get your shopping to you within the times above but it can depend on where you live and what's in stock. Please see individual product information pages for up-to-date delivery lead times on specific items.

    Delivery times
    For all of the above, the delivery dates available for your order will depend on your order details:
    • If all of your goods are in stock at our regional warehouse, you will be given a list of delivery dates and times to pick from during the checkout process, after you've entered your delivery address.
    • If some of your goods are not already in our regional warehouse, a customer service agent will contact you to arrange delivery as soon as the goods are ready to be dispatched.

    Usually, we're able to confirm delivery for the morning (7am - 12 noon), afternoon (12 noon - 6pm) or midday (10am - 2pm), although some products may vary. Please note that a signature will be required at the time of delivery.

    Most large items will be delivered to the room of your choice. Don't forget to measure doorways, hallways and staircases prior to delivery to make sure your products will fit. See 'additional information' section below for details.


    Please note that if your order is made up of a combination of items / delivery services, deliveries may be made separately.

     
    How much does Argos delivery cost?
         

    Standard delivery is only £4.95!

    We only charge £4.95 per order, not per item. So if you've got a lot to get, it's a good idea to order it all at the same time.

    Next day and Saturday delivery available on most items* for only £2.95 extra!

     
    How do I get something delivered?
     
     
    Once you've found what you were looking for on our website, just add it all to your Argos trolley and go through the checkout process. It's as simple as that, all you need is a delivery address, a postcode, and your payment details ready.

    You can also call the order line on 0870 600 2020 between 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week, or call in to your nearest store and order at any till.

     
    Free returns
     

    Please see our
    returns and refunds section for details.

     
    Additional information
     
    • Rings and personalised jewellery available in-store only.
    • An estimated delivery lead time is shown next to each product on this website. This is updated on a daily basis to reflect the latest stock situation. Although they may differ from the superstoreue, the delivery lead times quoted on this website will be the same whether you're ordering online, over the telephone, or at any Argos store. Please see individual product information pages for detailed delivery lead times on specific items. In all cases, delivery lead times will be confirmed once you've added the items to the trolley and entered your delivery postcode.
    • Delivery times quoted above can vary depending on stock availability and delivery location. Most goods are dispatched to you from our regional distribution centres but some larger items are dispatched directly from our suppliers, which will also affect delivery times and conditions. Please see individual product information pages for detailed delivery lead times on specific items. In all cases, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable delivery date as soon as stock is ready to be dispatched, unless a delivery date can be selected at the time of order.
    • Orders placed on this website can only be delivered to mainland UK and Northern Ireland addresses. We regret that we cannot deliver to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Orkney, Shetland and Scottish Islands, BFPO addresses, or the Republic of Ireland. For these areas, please make enquiries at your local store.
    • We know that unexpected things happen and there might be an instance when you can't be there to receive your delivery. If so, don’t worry. Just call us at least 3 days before the agreed delivery date and we'll arrange another convenient date with you.
    • We reserve the right to restrict these services at any time. We reserve the right to alter or amend delivery times in exceptional circumstances. All delivery times quoted are subject to stock availability and delivery location.
    • We'll deliver most large and bulky item to any room, provided drivers do not feel there are any health and safety issues such as a staircase which is too narrow, or there is a danger of damage to the customer's property.

    * 48-hour, next day and Saturday delivery
    Services not available on large and bulky items, large screen TVs, adult bikes and large kitchen appliances.

    ** Delivery and connection service
    Service available on selected kitchen appliances (these include 'Inc Del and Conn' in the product name) and subject to stock availability and delivery location. For items bought on Delivery & connection service, we'll take away all packaging, if requested at time of delivery. We can also take away all old items (excluding refrigeration products). This only applies to items available under our Delivery & connection service and must be requested at time of ordering.

    Includes connection of new appliance to suitable existing services, one metre or less from the appliance (this will not include remedial plumbing or electrical work). Before installation, you must ensure your old item is disconnected. It will be removed if required (deemed of no value). Refrigeration products cannot be removed due to government regulations, please contact your local authority.

    Installation of cookers is on a like for like basis (i.e. electric for electric, gas for gas). For electric cookers: Installation can only take place if your old appliance has already been disconnected. Our qualified driver can install your new cooker to a suitable existing connection point within 1 metre. For gas/dual fuel cookers: A qualified gas engineer will disconnect your old appliance. Your new appliance will then be delivered, for a gas engineer to connect the appliance to suitable existing connection points. Your old item will be removed if required (deemed of no value).

    Please note that delivery & connection costs are included in the price shown on the website for delivery & connection products (these include ‘Inc Del and Conn’ in the product name):

    • washing machines, washer dryers and dishwashers - £24.50
    • refrigeration, tumble dryers and condenser dryers - £17.50
    • cookers - £75 gas and dual fuel, £64.50 electric

    If your order includes of a combination of ‘delivery & connection’ items and standard item(s), deliveries will be made separately and a delivery charge will be charged on the standard item(s).

     

    *** Express Delivery Service
    Service available on a large selection of kitchen appliances (these include 'Inc Express Delivery' in the product name) and subject to stock availability and delivery location. These items will usually be delivered within 2/3 working days (excluding Sundays), or one day later if the delivery period includes a Bank Holiday or for all deliveries made to Northern Ireland. Please note that orders must be placed by 6pm to guarantee express delivery.

     
    Order Delivery
    Monday Wednesday/Thursday
    Tuesday Thursday/Friday
    Wednesday Friday/Monday
    Thursday Saturday/Monday
    Friday Tuesday/Wednesday
    Saturday (up to 10pm) Tuesday/Wednesday
    Sunday Wednesday

    The cost of express delivery (£19.99) is included in the price shown on the website for express delivery products (these include "Express Delivery" in the product name).

    Some express delivery items are only available to order in-store or by calling 0870 600 2020. Please see individual product page for details.

    At Argos Superstore online shop, you'll find the same selection - and more - as you will at the well known Argos UK Superstore stores, including: washers & dryers, cookers, irons, discounts on Argos superstore electrical goods (home entertainment, drills digital cameras, video & dvd …), home furnishings, superb camcorders, APS cameras, kitchen utensils, fitness gear and home gym equipment, watches & jewellery … and much more! Coupons, big, big, Argos discounts, bargains galore … It just has to be Argos UK. Now you can order your free Argos Superstore online too! Argos has an amazing range of services and categories – for everything from home shopping to setting up your wedding list, Argos will be able to help. With a new edition of the Argos shop superstore every 6 months, you will always be able to find something extra from jewellery to business solutions. Buy Now and Pay Later for up to six months interest free with the Argos superstore  Card and receive 5 points for every £1 you spend on it. Use the points to reduce the cost of items next time you buy at your local Argos superstore  store.

    At  Argos Superstore online, you'll find the same selection - and more - as you will with Argos in-store Superstore, including: womens clothes, mens clothes, clothes for babies & kids, electrical goods (mobile phones, games consoles, kitchen electrical, tv deals, video & dvd ...), Argos home furnishings, Argos  kitchen utensils, fitness equipment, photographic & optical equipment ... and much more!

    Argos superstore the United Kingdom's leading retailer in general merchandise which offers low prices for quality goods online.

    Argos superstore shops were founded in the early 1970's. There are around 600 stores strategically placed throughout the UK, of which many are Argos superstore superstores. Argos superstores differ in that they have later opening hours and a full range of both Argos superstore and Argos Extra superstore goods for customers to choose from prior to purchase. The majority of people in the UK live within ten miles from their nearest Argos store and Argos popularity of delivering top brands at low prices to customers can account for favourable annual sales figures of approximately three billion GBP.

    Access to the Argos full range of products (superstoreue and Extra) online for store and home delivery is readily available via the online Argos shop. The online Argos superstore web store also provides information on services and products such as their Argos wedding list service (Argos.co.uk wedding list) and Argos insurance (including Argos pet insurance) and others - either available offline or online. Examples of products available via Argos online include: Argos UK has it's fingers in many pies these days. This is reflected in the many new Argos services available, bearing the Argos name, including, Argos loans, Argos home insurance, Argos car insurance, Argos pet insurance, Argos travel insurance and other travel services such as airport parking and hotels.

    Argos UK Superstore Store: The Leading UK Superstore Store - Online!

    At the Argos superstore Shop you'll find all manner of electrical products, clothes, discounts and best-ever prices. From the incredible Argos superstore range of HDTV televisions and household appliances to washing machines, widescreen TV's, vacuum cleaners, Argos superstore computers and accessories … and much more. Below is just a tiny selection of what you'll find at Argos superstore Online, UK:

    • The Current Argos Superstore costs around £2.15 to produce.[citation needed]

    • 19 Million Autumn/Winter 2006 Argos  Superstores were produced[citation needed].

    • Around 2 million of these Argos superstores were handed out within the first three weeks of launch.

    • Each Superstore printed has a target to bring back around £83 of sales [citation needed].

    • The fitting of new Argos superstore stores is solely funded by the profits made from the Argos superstore Card. [citation needed]

    • Argos' superstore's jewellery department, Elizabeth Duke, was named after a pet chinchilla owned by one of the Argos superstore company's directors.

       

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         The search box is an ideal way to search for an individual item you can either search for an item or by superstoreue numbereach day Argos has over 100,000 searches, below are some of the search terms searched for on a daily basis ..........  gift idea, anniversary gift, corporate gift, birthday gift, wedding gift, business gift, personalised gift, online gift, male gift, dads gift, gift for mum, home entertainment tvs, home entertainment ,home entertainment center, home entertainment centre, mens clothes, womens clothes, designer clothes, cheap womens clothes, clothes superstore for women, wedding anniversary gift, gift card, home furnishings, bedding, home furnishing superstore, gym equipment, home gym equipment, discount gym equipment, sound and vision, mobile phones, cell phones, office phones, office furniture, discount office furniture, bedroom furniture, kids bedroom furniture, home furniture, sports leisure centres, sports and leisure, personal care, personal care products, household appliance, kids beds, hair straighteners, ghds, princess stuff, ipods,  mp3s, ipod shuffle, ipod

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      Argos and recycling


      Argos Superstoreues
      All our Argos superstoreues and flyers can be recycled! Many local authorities provide kerbside collection schemes for old newspapers and Argos superstoreues. Our old Argos superstoreues are particularly sought after by newspaper print manufacturers as they help to improve the quality of the recycled paper in newsprint.

      We'd love as many old Argos superstoreues as possible to be recycled so when you're ready to pick up your new Argos superstoreue, please recycle your old one. You can use your kerbside collection schemes where available, visit your local recycling points or go to your nearest store where we'll be happy to recycle the Argos superstoreues for you.

      You can find out where your nearest recycling centre is by visiting www.recyclenow.com.

      Waste packaging
      Most waste packaging can be recycled. Recyclenow.com has got lots of tips on what to do with waste packaging. Cardboard boxes are easy to squash flat and recycle!

      Argos Carrier bags
      We are very happy to provide a plastic carrier bag if you need one. Please reuse our carrier bags as often as possible and when you' ve finished with them, look out for a local recycling scheme or dispose of them safely so that they don't cause a litter problem.

      Argos Furniture
      If you have an item of furniture that you no longer need following your purchase from Argos, there is a charity near you that can put it to good use. Local charities take unwanted furniture and make it available for people on low incomes. A national helpline is run by the Furniture Re-use Network or you can look for groups on the internet. Helpline number: 0845 602 8003 Website: www.frn.org.uk

      Argos Electrical products
      We are able to offer free collection of your old cooker, washing machine and other large 'white' appliances (except fridges and freezers at the moment) when you order a new appliance using our
      delivery and connection service. Please ask for details of this service at the time of placing your order or see home delivery for more details. Dispose of other electrical equipment safely, e.g. at a local civic amenity site.

      Argos Mobile phones
      Argos has signed up with Envirofone.com, the UK's first mobile phone recycling website that pays mobile phone recyclers to trade in their working mobile phones. In the next 12 months, over 15 million old mobiles will be upgraded with many of the old ones being thrown away. Some could be worth over £100 - would you throw that much money in the bin?

      Argos Inkjet printer cartridges
      Argos has teamed up with Jet Tec, Europe's leading manufacturer of inkjet printer cartridges, to make saving the environment even easier. For every inkjet cartridge that can be successfully recycled, Jet Tec will donate money to Help the Hospices.

      This means you can help protect the environment and make a difference to a worthwhile charity.

      Recycling inkjet cartridges with Jet Tec is free and easy. Collect a freepost envelope from your local store, place your empty cartridge inside the envelope and post (free of charge).

       


      Argos in the community

       
      Argos supports one charity partner - currently Help the Hospices. This charity was chosen by the employees from a shortlist of charities and will be our partner until July 2007.
      Argos has launched a new initiative to raise thousands of pounds for Help the Hospices. The scheme is called 'Tick to Give' , and is a facility where customers can choose to tick a box on the in-store selection slip to donate 20p to Help the Hospices.

      20p may sound like a small amount, but the cumulative effect will make a huge difference to the charity.

      Argos is hoping that the initiative will raise enough to fund Hospice Information, a multi-media information service for everyone interested in hospice and palliative-care. Hospice Information supports hospices, health professionals and families with a loved one facing a life-threatening illness, enabling thousands of people to access the information they need to make informed choices about the care available.

      Making a donation really is as simple as ticking a box, and will only cost 20p. So please, make a difference to the hospice movement and Tick to Give next time you're in-store.


       
      Charitable Policy
      Argos supports many long term projects across the UK and ROI, working with many different kinds of charitable and not for profit organisations.

      We have taken this approach because we believe that the best way for us to help to make a real and lasting difference to the community projects and causes that we support is for us to work in partnership with them on approved projects. This approach enables us to get the maximum benefit from our support and to provide an enduring legacy for those projects.

      Our policy therefore is not to support general requests for donations for either vouchers or gifts in kind.

      If you would like a full explanation of our policies or to read more about some of the major projects we have been able to support, further details are available in our group's
      Corporate Responsibility Report (this is a separate website and will open a new window).
       

     
     

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    Argos Stores Ltd
    Image:Argos.gif
    Type: subsidiary of GUS plc
    Founded: 1973
    Headquarters: Milton Keynes
    Key people:

    Terry Duddy, Sara Wellar, Matt Nelson, Kyle Abell, Paul Furniss, Richard Tompkins (founder)

    Industry: Retailer
    Products: Consumer goods
    Revenue: Sales - £3.652 billion (2005)
    Employees: circa 49,000
    Website: www.Argos.co.uk

     Image:Argos.gif Argos for Televisions Image:Argos.gif

    TV is changing. By 2012 all our broadcasts will be digital - meaning crisper pictures, better reception and a greater choice of channels. DVD and digital TV recorders are ready to make the most of these changes too. There are several options for embracing this digital switchover - this guide takes you through them.

    • Flat Screen TVs
    • High Definition TV and Picture Enhancement
    • Digital Switchover
    • Digital Recording


    Whether you want the slimness of an LCD TV or the sharpness of a plasma TV,
    it's easy to see the differences with the Argos Guide to flatscreen TV.

    For brilliant image quality, look at a High Definition TV. The different types
    (720, 1080i and 1080p) carry different benefits – it’s easy to see which is right
    for you with the Argos Guide to High Definition TV and Picture Enhancement.

    How will the switch to digital improve your viewing experience?
    Click here for theArgos facts about the digital switchover.

    To make sure you don't miss a thing, choose a digital TV recorder – record
    your shows on an integrated hard disk at the touch of a button, so no fumbling
    with tapes or discs. If you like to keep your recordings long-term, look at DVD recorders and DVD recorders with built-in hard drive.
     Argos Guide to digital TV recording.

     Argos Guide to DVD playing and recording.

    Confused about the terms? From digital switchover to High Definition TV,
    the JArgosn Buster has the answers.

     

    IF YOU WANT... TAKE A LOOK AT...
    To make sure your current TV can receive digital broadcasts

     
    A set top box, digital TV recorder or DVD recorder. These devices can receive the digital signal and display it even on older televisions!
    A new TV that's ready for digital broadcasts Equipment featuring the digital tick logo.
    All these TVs are designed to continue working after the
    digital switchover
    A new TV that's as slim and light as possible A flatscreen TV. These screens are the slimmest available – models from 15-50
    inch can be mounted on your wall
    A new TV with the sharpest possible images
     
    A High Definition TV. With many more 'lines' making up the image, High Definition TV is much more detailed than standard TV.
    To record your favourite shows while you are out A digital TV recorder, storing shows you choose from the Electronic Programme
    Guide (EPG) on an internal hard disk for
    easy playback.
    To build a library of your
    favourite shows
     
    A DVD recorder or combi recorder, storing shows permanently on recordable DVD discs
    To see live sport as it happens
     
    A box compatible with Setanta Sports or Sky, which brings you Premier League games, Scottish league matches and a huge range of other sports coverage

    Flatscreen TVs are ideal for any size room. Slim designs mean they'll fit
    into the smallest spaces; you can
    even mount them on a wall! And in
    bigger rooms, the large screen sizes
    available can give you a cinematic experience at home; just add
    popcorn.

    Flatscreen TVs have excellent 'viewing angles' – you don't have to sit right in front to get a great picture.

    Choose from a range of sizes

    Smaller TV screens (15-23 inches) are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom, while larger TV screens will bring the action into your living room. For the ultimate cinema-style viewing experience, choose a 37-52 inch TV screen and enjoy Hollywood greats up close! If you want the best of both worlds, look at screens in the 26-32 inch range - they blend a compact size with a screen big enough for family vewing.

    How is screen size measured?

    It's important to think about the space available in the room you want the TV in, and how far away from the screen you will be watching it from. Smaller screens (15 to 26 inches) are ideal for the kitchen or bedroom, while larger screens (32 inch plus) will look great in your living room. If you want to bring your movies to life look for TVs with a 37 to 52 inch screen for a true home cinema experience. Even the largest TV doesn't need to take up too much room. The slim design of modern televisions means they can be easily wall mounted, giving you even more space.


     
    The widescreen 16:9 (left) format compared with standard 4:3 (right)

    Most flatscreen TVs of over 19 inches are widescreen. That means the viewable area (width to height) is in the ratio 16:9 rather than the 4:3 of traditional television. Movies are filmed in widescreen format, so a widescreen TV displays a film as its director intended.

    Don't forget

    TV brackets
    Great for bedrooms, kitchens and anywhere where you’re short of room, wall-mounted brackets free up valuable shelf or floor space. Some even hold a video or DVD player too.

    TV stands
    If you're not hanging your TV on a wall, look at furniture designed to support it.

    Cables and connectors
    From SCART to HDMI, make sure you have the right cables to connect your equipment together.

    Home cinema systems
    For a real cinematic experience, try adding extra speakers. A simple 2.1 two-speaker stereo setup gives great sound without trailing wires, while a more powerful 3.1 system improves sound quality even further. For the ultimate rush, a full 5.1 speaker surround sound layout will put you at the centre of the action!

    2.1
    Home cinema
    3.1
    Theatre quality sound
     
    5.1
    Movies at home

    The two main types of flatscreen TV are LCD and Plasma. Decide what your viewing style is before you make your choice.

    IF YOU WANT... GO FOR...
    The best display of fast-moving images like sports matches or action movies A plasma TV screen. Plasma TVs are great for viewing fast action without ghosting or blurring. LCD TV technology was originally developed for the slower-moving images on computer monitors, so plasma TV screens have a slight edge here.
    A TV screen that fits anywhere A flatscreen LCD TV. LCD TVs are usually several cms slimmer than plasma TVs, and consequently lighter too.
    A TV that hangs on the wall
     
    Both LCD and plasma TVs are wall mountable, but flatscreen LCD TVs are usually lighter. This makes them easier to mount on walls.
    A TV that will last a long time Either LCD or Plasma TVs! Early plasma TVs suffered from fading over time, but today's flatscreen TVs have this solved.
    The strongest, most intense colours With high 'contrast' (the difference between the darkest black and the brightest white), plasma TV screens tend to give you deeper, richer colours than LCD TVs. They're ideal for watching the best of Hollywood.

    To enjoy the digital signal, you need the right connectors. Here's a list - all are available from Argos.

    RF/aerial/coaxial cables connect the signal from your rooftop aerial to your equipment, either to your TV directly or through a set top box.

    If you live in an area with poor reception, adding a signal booster between aerial and TV will make your picture much clearer.

    A SCART socket, is the basic connection between a TV and other equipment including DVD recorders, digital recorders, and set top boxes.

    Standard definition has for many years given us great TV pictures; however, with the introduction of plasma and LCD TVs, High Definition (HD) TV has become possible. The HD experience is a major step forward and has to be seen to be believed.

    Standard picture and HD picture

    High Definition produces magnificent picture quality, crisp detail and amazingly vivid colour. It is like nothing you will have experienced before. If you are looking to buy a new television smaller than 37in then a HD Ready TV will give you fantastic results from a high definition source such as a Freesat HD box.

    If you are looking for a larger TV and want a true home cinema experience, then you may want to look out for the next generation of high definition - 1080p HD.

    High Definition is reliant on the number of pixels on the screen to display high levels of detail. 1080p HD uses twice as many pixels as a HD Ready TV, taking an already superb high definition picture and adding even more minute detail.



    For the ultimate in picture quality connect a 1080p HD TV to a source such
    as a Blu-ray™ Disc player or Sony PS3 games console.

    HIGH DEFINITION BROADCAST AND BLU-RAY™ FORMATS
    HD 720 The picture is made up of 720 lines, about 100 more than a traditional TV picture. The image you'll see is much better quality than before.
    HD 1080i
     
    1080i gives you even better picture definition, with over a thousand lines making up the image. The 'i' means it saves space on the airwaves by broadcasting only half the signal at a time, first one half then the other – so fast the eye doesn't notice.
    HD 1080p
    (Blu-ray™)

     
    1080p gives you the sharpest, most detailed images of all, since the picture is made up of 1080 lines all broadcast at once (not half at a time like 1080i) meaning fast-moving sports and action scenes are blur-free. No channels are broadcasting 1080 line television programmes yet. But buy a 1080i or 1080p TV, and you'll get the most out of the High Definition DVDs already on sale in Blu-ray™ formats.

    Many TV manufacturers also have their own picture enhancing ‘engines’. The software inside the TV enhances the picture by managing colour levels, contrast, brightness and resolution to produce sharper, clearer images with richer and more realistic colour.

    TVs with picture enhancement are usually models with lots of other great features, look out for these throughout our range.

    If you watch lots of fast moving sports or action movies then you will benefit from a TV with 100Hz technology. The TV smooths the motion, reducing any blurring or judder, giving crisp, smooth action.


    Remember, 'Digital' and 'High Definition' aren't the same thing. Digital refers to how the signal is broadcast, whereas High Definition refers to the quality of the image. Even before broadcasts begin, High Definition quality is already available on disc in Blu-ray™ formats.

     

    High definition brings the best possible picture quality to an HD-Ready TV. You can now enjoy this improved picture from a format known as Blu-ray™ Disc. It outputs in the highest resolution of 1080p, giving the ultimate in sharpness.

    Blu-ray™ Discs hold significantly more data than a standard DVD disc. Not only does this deliver your favourite movies in high definition, an added benefit of the technology is the ability to include interactive features. This can take the form of director’s commentary, trailers or even ways to interact directly with the movie’s content.

    The benefits of Blu-ray™ Disc extend beyond the amazing picture quality. Many Blu-ray™ Discs hold another feature - full 7.1 surround sound. When using a compatible Blu-ray™ player and home cinema system you can enjoy the ultimate home cinema experience. Hear everything as it happens around you, immersing you in the centre of the action. Look out for players that have 7.1 HD audio decoding.

    You will need a home cinema system to benefit from the surround sound
    available on Blu-ray™ Discs.


    If you have an HD-Ready TV then there is no better way of making the most of the improved picture quality available.

    A Blu-ray™ player will significantly enhance your viewing experience not only of movies, but also of the many TV series now being released on the Blu-ray™ Disc format. The perfect match for Blu-ray™ is a 1080HD-Ready TV as the output from the disc exactly matches the capability of the television screen, giving you the best picture quality possible. Blu-ray™ disc players can also play all standard DVD discs and will even improve the picture quality of these to a near HD experience.

    When using Blu-ray™ technology you will need an HDMI cable to connect the player to your HD Ready TV.

    An HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable is the modern day equivalent of the scart lead. It transfers data digitally from the player to your TV, reducing any interference and delivering amazingly crisp pictures and sound.

    To make the most of High Definition broadcasts or DVDs you'll need High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI leads. Connectors and cables marked with the HDMI logo can carry both picture and sound at the ultra high quality level needed to make the most of High Definition TV – so your viewing experience will be the most entertaining possible.

    Most High Definition flatscreen TVs come with at least one HDMI socket – but the more the merrier, since many digital TV recorders, DVD recorders, camcorders and other technology are adopting HDMI for their connections.

    Best of all, HDMI with a High Definition TV makes even normal TV look better. It 'upscales' or improves the image even when the broadcast isn't High Definition! Of course, it won't be as detailed as true High Definition, but you'll still notice the difference.

    The Digital switchover starts in 2008 when Britain's TV broadcasts goes digital. By 2012, all TV signals will be digital, and analogue TVs and videos will no longer work without extra equipment. If your TV can only receive the five basic channels, it's probably analogue, so you might want to think about upgrading.

    Digital broadcasts mean more channel choice. At the moment, a quarter of British homes can't receive digital TV and have to rely on the analogue TV signal, which takes up a lot of space on the airwaves! So the analogue signal is being phased out to make the extra channel choice of digital available to all areas of the UK. You won't miss anything – it will include all your usual channels, plus dozens of extra ones from entertainment to sport to movies.

    The digital switchover will carry other benefits too. A digital signal carries more 'intelligence', enabling interactive features like the red button on your remote that gives you headlines, sports results, weather forecasts, games, and extra information about your favourite shows.

    You can receive digital broadcasts in several ways. If you have a Freeview box, a Sky dish, cable TV or BTVision, you're equipped already – these technologies receive digital signals and display them on your TV.

    However, your current TV may not be giving you the full benefits of clear, sharp digital images – especially if it's a few years old. So to get the most from the digital switchover, we recommend buying a new digital-ready TV.

    You may wonder if it is all worthwhile… well we can assure you it is! Digital TV has many benefits, the best of which we’ve listed below:

    More channel choice

    The digital signal allows for many more channels to be transmitted giving you more programmes to choose from, in fact you may even be spoilt for choice. There are different services available offering varying channel line-ups.

    Better picture and sound


    Digital broadcasts do not suffer from interference in the same way as analogue, so gone are the days of fuzzy, snowy pictures and sound.

    Ease of use

    All digital set-top boxes and digital TVs have something called an electronic programme guide (EPG), which displays the programme listings and
    information on your TV screen. This allows easy selection of channels and features such as one-touch recording on some models.

    Digital radio

    The free to air service not only includes over 40 TV stations, it also allows you access to more than 20 digital quality radio stations through your TV. No more searching for your favourite music on the crackly old radio.

    Interactive features


    A whole new world of TV features are opened up via interactivity, or the ‘red button’ as it has become known. Imagine being able to switch between courts at Wimbledon, or flick around the country’s football grounds on a Saturday
    afternoon. As well as offering alternative viewing the interactive feature lets you vote or take part in many popular TV shows.
    Now that we have you excited about the benefits we hope you will be eager to switch your home to digital TV. There are many ways to go digital so it’s
    important to select the one that suits you, and your pocket, best.

    In all cases it is essential to look out for the
    digital tick logo.This logo means the product is designed to receive digital transmissions before, during and after the switchover.

    One-off payment

     

    PROVIDER WHAT WILL I NEED? WHAT WILL I GET?
    Top Up TV
    The simplest
    way of getting
    digital TV
    For each non-digital
    TV you own you need
    a digital set-top box.
    A new aerial maybe
    required

     
    Over 40 digital TV
    channels & 20 radio
    stations
     
    Setanta Sports
    A new service
    designed to
    provide many of
    the standard
    Freeview channels
    plus additional HD
    channels
     
    For each non-digital TV
    you own you need a
    digital set-top box.
    Your home will also
    require a professionally
    installed satellite dish.
    Over 200 digital TV
    channels including most
    of the Freeview service
    and HD channels
    (HD-Ready TV required
    to view in high definition)
    Monthly subscription

     
    PROVIDER WHAT WILL I NEED? WHAT WILL I GET?
    Top Up TV
    Subscription
    channel with no
    annual contract
    Compatible digital
    televison recorder
    (DTR).
     
    Over 40 Freeview
    channels plus up to
    600 programmes a
    month from pay-TV
    channels.
     
    Setanta Sports
    Subscription
    channel with no
    annual contract
     
    Compatible set-top
    box or digital TV with
    integrated card slot.
    Channel dedicated to
    sports, including
    Premier League
    football, boxing &
    golf.
    Mixed

     
    PROVIDER WHAT WILL I NEED? WHAT WILL I GET?
    Top Up TV
    Service offering the
    widest range of
    channels
    Sky pre-pay box.
    Professionally installed satellite dish.
     
    Over 200 free to view
    channels plus optional
    monthly subscription
    to other Sky channel
    packages.

     



    DVD recorders are great for keeping your recordings indefinitely and give you the versatility to watch your favourite programmes, video, MP3 and photos at your convenience.

    If this is important to you then make sure you look for one with a built-in digital tuner to enable you to record a different programme to the one being watched on TV.

    For added flexibility choose a DVD recorder with a hard disk drive. This will enable quick and easy access to recordings when you want them.

    Analogue DVD recorders Digital DVD recorders
    After digital switchover, analogue
    DVD recorders can only be used
    with a digital TV or set top box,
    and can only record the channel
    currently being watched.
    Most digital DVD recorders
    can record a different channel,
    as there are two digital tuners –
    so you can watch a different programme from the one
    being recorded.
    Programme being recorded Programme being recorded

    DVD recorders with a hard disk drive

    For the best of both worlds, choose a DVD recorder with a hard disk too. You'll be able to build your library of DVDs, but also record, pause, or rewind TV. Wherever you see the Freeview logo, the recorder can receive Freeview channels too, which means it will also work after digital switchover.

    You also get the benefits of the Electronic Programme Guide found in all digital TV recorders. So you have the choice of recording a show on the hard disk, then backing it up to DVD if you want to keep it.

    How is screen size measured?

    Blank discs
    You'll need plenty of DVDs to build your
    entertainment library. We suggest you buy a variety – DVD-R or DVD+R for recording shows you want to keep forever, and DVD-RW, DVD+RW, or DVD-RAM to use again and again.


    Digital TV recorders explained

    The simplest way to convert both your TV and recorder to digital is to upgrade to a digital TV recorder (DTR). DTRs are a great solution for recording digital TV with features such as:

    • Built-in Freeview giving access to all Freeview services and channels
    • Hard disk drive enabling quick and easy access to recorded programmes
      with no need for tapes or discs
    • Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for programme listings and simple channel selection
    Electronic Programme Guide

    All this functionality comes with no subscription charges, giving you great digital as flexibility with no on-going cost!

     

    Many DTR models are labelled as ‘Freeview Playback’, now known as 'Freeview+' . This is a standard that identifies it as having the following features in addition to those above:

    • One-touch recording – select the programme you want to record from
      the on-screen guide and simply press the record button… leave the
      box to do the rest!
    • Series recording (selected models only) – allows you to record all
      episodes of a favourite series at the touch of a button, so there’s no
      need to remember to record every time it’s on
    • Pause live TV – great when the phone rings, just hit pause and pick up
      where you left off
    • Rewind live TV – missed the goal or just want to see it again? Rewind
      and enjoy
    Make the digital switchover easy by familiarising yourself with some common terms. Remember – if in doubt, just look for the digital tick to check your equipment is designed to continue working after digital switchover.
    Digital text The display of text not broadcast as part of the programme content, for example a 'What's coming next' message during the closing credits of a TV show.
    Digital TV Programmes broadcast in digital form rather than
    analogue signal. The UK's TV broadcasts will switch to digital-only between 2008 and 2012.
    Digital TV recorder A recording device that uses a hard disk to store
    programmes chosen from an Electronic Programme Guide.
    DVD recorder A recording device that stores programmes on writable DVDs, including DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM.
    DVD with hard disk drive recorder A recording device that uses a combination of internal hard disk and removable DVDs to store your programmes. Very flexible and easy to use.
    DVD+R/DVD-R Allows you to record to the disc once, then play as many times as you want on most DVD players. If you want to archive recordings, rather than record over them, choose DVD-R or DVD+R discs.
    DVD+RW and DVD-RW Allows you to continually re-record onto DVD. +RW discs automatically locate and record onto available blank disc space without wiping existing content, so you can record a series of shows onto one disc.
    DVD-RAM discs Can be re-recorded and also allows for live TV pausing. Recordings can only be played back on a DVD-RAM enabled device, which are less common than other formats.
    EPG Electronic Programme Guide. An on-screen guide that provides details of current and future programmes.
    Fastext When using Teletext, a way to switch quickly between pages of text without waiting for each to display separately.
    Freeview The UK's free digital TV service, needing only a Freeview set top box or Freeview-equipped TV/recorder to receive up to 70 channels.
    High Definition /
    HD ready
     
    A standard giving a clearer picture, made up of 720 or 1080 lines rather than the 625 common today.
    HDMI A standard for cables and connectors that makes sure the higher-quality video and audio are transmitted reliably between your TV and recorder.
    PAP Picture and Picture. A technology that allows two TV signals (e.g. two different channels) to be displayed on the same screen at the same time.
    PIP Picture in Picture. A technology that allows one channel to be displayed in a small 'window' in the corner of the main picture (which may be another channel).
    Plasma A display technology that involves lighting up millions of small dots or 'pixels'. Allows excellent colour reproduction and contrast.
    SCART A type of connection and cabling used to carry video and audio signals, normally located on the back of TVs and videos.
    LCD
     
    Liquid Crystal Display. An energy-efficient display technology originally developed for laptop computers, but now excellent for TVs.


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