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Episode 02

Carolina and Emily are also back for Series 4! Along with Jo and Adam, they talk about the time of year when bargains can be had – the January sales!

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  • How do you feel about the sales – do you love them or hate them?
  • When's the most popular time for sales in your country?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


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I am Mortoja. I am from India.Frankly I am not much shopaholic but People in India usually shop more during the occasion like Durga puja, diwali, Eid festival, and before big day of 25th december. They also get some lucrative discount for buying cloths, necessary stuffs they needed for the festival and many things they want to buy.

Most of the clothes shops in Algeria haven’t sales, generally they reduce price only in the end of season especially for the good quality.
Some people have to buy some clothes in the end of season to wear them in the next, I prefer that too.

I don't like going shopping for clothes because it takes me many hours to choose suitable clothes. But I love buying at sale time, I can buy anything with cheaper cost.

Well, I don't like sales season because it's very crowded you have to walk through the crowds and choose something cheap you want to buy. I am sick and tired of doing that all the time. And especially, the quality of these products is not high so I do not like buy things at sales season.

Hello I am from Pakistan in my country in big cities sales but I am quite interested in doing shopping.Sir. please guide me I learned many things from this website but still i can't speak English although my listening power is not bad but at the right time when I speak I completely stocked actually this time I don't know how I write this comment help me for speaking thank you so much.

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I don't like sales season so much. Because during the sales time the shopping places become overcrowded and one should buy through lots of bargains. And the probability of getting a good product is less compared to other seasons. In my country, the sale time is in the EID festival and that's why the season also comes twice in a year because we have two EID.

I prefer not to buy anything at sales time, because I think they present their junky goods. I can't bear to watch people push each other to find best bargains. As a matter of fact I'm a kind of people who waits until the queue is empty! On the other hand I always think the best ones have been sold and I've arrived late.
In my country, Iran, the best time for sales is end of the summer. In opposite of other countries, near the new year, the prices are very high and goods are not good enough.

How do you feel about the sales – do you love them or hate them?
When's the most popular time for sales in your country?

i don't think i like shopping . When i need something, i just go straight to the store and buy it, i never care about sales. In Vietnam, the often make tricks in sales, one example is that one T-shirt truly cost about 100$, and they say "T-shirt's real price is 120$ but because of 10% discount you can buy it with just 108$".