PRIMARK shoppers who want to avoid crowds when stores reopen can buy items sold by the retailer online – but you’ll pay higher prices.
The high street fashion chain doesn’t officially have its own online store, although you can buy products from third-party sellers on sites such as ASOS and Amazon.
But sellers on these sites have been seen flogging goods for up to FOUR times their original price.
As these sites don’t have an official partnership with Primark, the only way to make sure you’re paying the genuine price for any product is to visit your nearest shop.
Don’t forget, you’ll also end up paying delivery costs when buying online.
Primark is due to reopen 153 stores in England on June 15.
If you don’t plan on visiting your nearest high street, here’s everything you need to know about buying Primark goods online.
Why doesn’t Primark have an online store?
DESPITE having no way to sell its stock during lockdown, Primark has confirmed it has no plans to open an online store.
But why doesn’t Primark sell online?
John Bason, finance chief at parent company Associated British Foods, previously explained that it wouldn’t work with Primark’s lower prices.
Speaking to the Mirror in 2014, he said: “Look at a £2 T-shirt. Everyone think it’s clickety-click but one third of clothes get returned.
“That means someone has to pick it up, someone has to deliver it, someone in the store has to take it back, refold it.
“It doesn’t work at the lower price point.”
If you type “Primark” into the search bar of Amazon.co.uk, you’ll find a range of products originally sold in Primark stores.
When The Sun searched today, we found items from Primark’s popular Friends and Harry Potter collections – but at inflated prices.
For example, this Friends blanket was sold for £6 in Primark stores, but you’ll pay £21.99 on Amazon.
That marks an increase of £15.99 compared to the original retail price.
Primark has previously warned shoppers not to purchase its goods from Amazon.
It said: “We do not have a commercial partnership with Amazon and any Primark products which appear on the site are being re-sold by third parties, at higher prices.”
However, sellers can set their own prices which means they may look to profit on what they originally paid for their item.
It’s not clear how much this would have cost in stores.
Previously, ASOS trialled selling Primark items direct from the retailer during the 2010s.
A quick search on eBay today brought up over 100,000 Primark products being sold by second-hand sellers.
Again, sellers are free to set their own prices when they list items.
Products on eBay are also often set as an auction, which means prices can continue to increase until the listing ends.
When buying second-hand, you’ll also want to read the description of the item carefully so you know what condition it is in.
Facebook also has its own marketplace page where you’ll find second-hand Primark items.
Just like the other sites mentioned in this article, sellers will set their own prices so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be paying the same as what you would in stores.
Primark stores will look very different when they reopen – we’ve rounded up nine changes shoppers can expect.
Sadly, there will be no flash sales or special discounts when shops get back to business.
— to www.thesun.co.uk