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October 11, 2009

Sorry Martin but Argos is a weird retail outlet.

Argos stocks an unusually wide variety of stuff including electrical, kitchen, laundry, garden, sports furniture and jewellery. It is the type of shop you visit to buy a generic item for a cheap price. I’m not sure who buys jewellery from Argos. Maybe Chavs.

For most people a shopping experience involves going to a shop, looking at products, choosing a product, lining up in a slow queue, paying and departing, filled with retail joy.

Piles of yellowpages-thick catalogues greet you as you enter the store. Customers spool through the Argos bible with tremendous vigor, noting product numbers with an Ikea-like pencil. They pay for their items at a check-out terminal and then wait for a minute or so whilst a clerk retrieves the item(s).

I just did a spell check on the word ‘catalogue’ in google and guess what the top hit was: Argos! That is how entrenched Argos is in English culture.

According to the Argos mission statement is ‘to provide the best value for money through the most convenient shopping experience’. It is convenient but almost in a ‘we can’t afford or are too lazy to provide a proper shopping experience so we will pass this off as convenience’.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. U APPALA RAJU permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:34 pm

    my name is appala raju i am working in hetero pharamacy as a 6. yrs where I have i am interested in doing a job in RETAIL Stor
    pls reply me


    • U APPALA RAJU permalink
      October 11, 2009 1:35 pm


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    • October 11, 2009 5:44 pm

      Hi Appala,

      Dear Sir. I actually don’t work in retail but you sound just like the type of person that should work at Argos. Check out their recruitment site here:



  2. Tomer Guez permalink
    October 11, 2009 3:26 pm

    > I just did a spell check on the word ‘catalogue’ in google and guess what the top
    > hit was:

    That is funny. BTW, on this topic, there is a good spell check program Spell Check Anywhere (SpellCheckAnywhere.Com). It works in all programs.

    • October 11, 2009 5:45 pm

      Thanks for that. Will keep in mind next time I’m trying to check my speling.

    • May 8, 2017 11:33 pm

      Keep these aritlces coming as they’ve opened many new doors for me.

  3. October 11, 2009 10:01 pm

    I get a kick out of dropping by Argos every now and then to go through its colourful catalogue. It’s pathetic, I know.

    One caution though, despite what it claims, Argos does not necessary offer the cheapest price. I was looking at an LCD TV one time and surprised that Selfridges sells it cheaper.

    C K

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