15 thoughts everyone has when shopping in Primark

Primark problems

Whether you call it ‘Pree-mark’, ‘Pr-eye-mark’ or even ‘Primarni’ we have all at some point witnessed the horrors of this huge retail chain. God bless those who stock the shelves and man the tills, Primark staff must have the patience of saints.

Even if you try to avoid this place, through ethical standards or plain bad experiences, you’ll eventually have to grace the store again. Let’s be honest we’ll never learn our lesson.

It’s the same everywhere you go, so I’m sure quite a few of you will recognise these Primark struggles…

I’ll just pop in…
You only need a work shirt or some emergency tights, but we all know that there’s no such thing as just ‘popping in’ to Primark. Brace yourself… we’re going all in!

Where did all these people come from?
It’s not even mid-day and it feels like you’ve reached the only watering hole in the desert. Primark simply doesn’t have a quiet time for you to browse at your leisure. Looking for a cute pair of chelsea boots? I hope you’re ready to fight like Katniss, cause that’s the equivalent of a crossbow at the Cornucopia.

Nah I don’t need a basket
In order to limit yourself, you breeze by the folded bottomless baskets. However, as you hoop more and more hangers over your forearm, the weight of all that floaty material soon adds up! The shirts are practically see through, how do they weigh so much en mass?

What’s the quickest route through here?
When Greek mythology told stories about vast labyrinths, they were actually foretelling the mystery of Primark. A maze that changes face every day. One minute the accessories are on the first floor, only to be replaced by stands of Minion Haribo (why do they sell this?)

Everyone seems in a rush to find what they’re looking for, but they suddenly become overwhelmed halfway through an aisle and stop dead in their tracks. They don’t care if you’re behind them or if they’ve parked their pram in the way of an escalator; all they care about are the slogan t-shirts that evidently need to be snapchatted instantly.

When you find what you need, they might not have your size
Who knew such a huge shop would have such poor stock levels. You could ask a member of staff to look in the back, but you know you’re only going to be told ‘everything is on the shelves’… apart from the stuff on the floor of course.

Don’t expect anyone to shuffle down the rails either. Primark shoppers are even more ruthless than the girls that flock to a Topshop sale – and that’s really saying something! You have to tactfully edge your way around the rails and peel away shirts in the hope of revealing your size.

But wait, don’t make the mistake of going off the size on the hanger though, check the inside of the garment! They like to keep you on your toes by changing the hangers every now and again, aren’t they so much fun!?

Why is it such a mess in here?
God bless the Primark staff who have to clean up after we’ve rampaged through the store. What’s left in our wake is a rail of odd clothes, tangled accessories and multiple items lining the floor.

If you’re not creating the mess, you’re trying to clean it up. Many of us who’ve worked in retail before will feel the desperate urge to organise and rearrange. It’s no use though, the shop floor is a lost cause by noon.

No you don’t need that… but you want it
Primark stocks pretty much everything you don’t need, but the overwhelming need to bag a bargain leads us to pick up these strange creations.

Are those novelty pug socks? Well socks are always handy and you’re always losing pairs. Cut the excuses, you’re trying to justify your purchase to avoid shoppers guilt.

Yes, those socks are cute. Yes, that flower crown might look good on a blog post. Yes, you really can buy a fist full of stack rings for £2 – but you don’t need to. Focus!

… ok, maybe you can keep the pug socks.

Last minute ‘how many items do I have’ panic
How many items can you take into a Primark changing room? Is it 6 or 8? Do accessories count? How many items have I even collected?

The queue starts to move down and you’re left battling against tangled hangers. Even if you did get a basket, your problem only becomes worse as you’ve amassed a bundle of clothes that have intertwined.

Descending into changing room hell
One minute you’re a size 10, the next you’re a size 14. That’s the mental world of Primark sizing and the only way to get around it is to try items on in store. The changing rooms might be busy, but the only thing slower than the queue to try things on is the queue to return items.

Primary changing rooms are like no other. You’re constantly on the edge with random people shouting out for their friends, haunting the room from beyond closed curtains. When one gets close you seize up mid way through pulling a shirt over your head. God forbid they open the curtains mistakenly thinking you’re their friend – this happened to me once. The girl neither apologised nor closed the curtain as she turned away. Thanks mate!

Is everyone here just to annoy me today?
Screaming children, people having group conversations at the bottom of the escalators and of course, those people that try to edge their way in front of you whilst queueing. Hell hath no fury than a Primark shopper who just wants to leave.

I’m never going to fit all this in a paper bag
Have you ever been walking and suddenly you hear a slight rip? Don’t get me wrong, I love that Primark got rid of those awful plastic bags, but couldn’t they invest in stronger eco-alternatives?

God forbid you have to carry your goods in the rain. The slightest bit of damp on them could cause a major malfunction. Cue price cut under pants trailing behind you having made a great escape through a giant whole in the bottom.

OK we’re done here
Suddenly you’re done… so done. You’ve finally made it to the end of the queue, given some exhausted chit chat and picked up a Lip Smackers by the til.

However, you’re in more of a rush now because you just want to get the heck out of there. Where on earth is the exit?

How did I spend an hour in there?
Surely you weren’t queuing for that long? So much for just popping in!

Remember that list of things you had to do today? Well, you better make a shortlist because you’ll only have time for half. Primark time works in the same way as dog years, one minute in the queue is 5 minutes in normal earth time, so don’t be surprised if you leave at sundown having entered at mid-day.

How did I spend £50!?
The socks were only £2 but you bought 5 pairs, then there was the clutch that was only £7.

It’s all a total bargain though, right? Well, as long as the sole stays attached to your dolly shoes and that huge statement necklace doesn’t pull on your new lace dress…

We’ve failed miserably! There’s something about this store that puts us into a hypnotic trance. We just can’t help ourselves.

But then… “You got that from Primark? NO WAY!”
Yes I did and I’m going to lord around in a smug fashion, waving every ounce of this surprisingly heavy chiffon-like material, because I earned it gosh darn it!

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  1. Orianna Rosa Royle
    July 9, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    HAHAHA this is brill! I loved every bit of it!! Too true! I dont know how but I always end up spending so much in primark!!! IT just goes so easily! So many bargains!

  2. July 10, 2015 / 6:57 am

    This is spot on!! I actually never try anything on though as I can’t face the hassle!!

  3. July 10, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I always keep forgetting that Primark does plus size. Although only up to a size 22 and I am a size 24, but I hear it is a large 22 that they do…. I should just go and have a look round at some point.

    Luckily I know all 15 phase already now thanks to this post and am perfectly prepared for what to expect to go through 😉

  4. July 11, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    …I’ve never been to Primark…*runs away*

    I say this as someone who has never visited the UK, but I definitely feel and understand EVERYTHING especially when you have to go to a crowded mall! Haha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin’

  5. July 11, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I have never visited Primark because I’m not from the UK although I have heard many times that it gets really crazy in there! This was really fun to read ^-^

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

  6. M + K
    July 12, 2015 / 8:22 am

    We wished there were primark stores in Australia!! We’re always so jealous of the cute pieces uk bloggers haul from primark, and we’re seriously amazed by the amazing prices!

  7. July 13, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    I just know I wouldn’t like to go to Primark because:
    it’s probably a mess in there + I know I’d shop my ass off ! 😀

  8. July 14, 2015 / 10:08 am

    This is absolutely hilarious and absolutely dead on! I love Primark but this is a really hard struggle with everytime I go in!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  9. July 18, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    I call it Primarni but it has some great bits 🙂 I love their bags and your post was so funny xx

  10. July 21, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    OMG this is just brilliant! Every aspect is spot on. Your writing really made laugh.

  11. January 23, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    All of these are way too true. I always go in for like tights or a work top and end up spending a small fortune even though each individual thing is so cheap! x

  12. January 24, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Haha this is equal to what Forever 21 is in the United States. I ALWAYS leave spending way more than I intended when I walked in!

  13. January 25, 2016 / 9:39 am

    I love this, and it is all totally true, although I have now found a branch that isn’t that busy at 10am on Thursdays.

    • Admin
      January 25, 2016 / 11:43 am

      I love the fact you’ve got it down to the exact time. Shopping in Primark needs a serious strategy!

  14. January 30, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    I seem to be the only person that NEVER finds anything good in a Primark! It’s always so crowded and I can’t spend more than 10 minutes in there!! xx

  15. melissa zia
    January 31, 2016 / 12:04 am

    haha these are so true!
    I find something I like and they ends up being not my size and also when I do find my size it wont fit 😀

  16. March 20, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    These are all the reasons I cannot bring myself to even go into one of the stores.

  17. March 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    OMG, YES! This exactly sums up Primark, haha!

  18. Emily
    April 11, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Oh god, so much I can identify with this! Whenever I don’t pick up a basket, I end up loaded with clothes and whenever I do pick up one…I don’t buy a thing! This is brilliant!

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  19. April 11, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Lol. Great post. I found it so funny but very true. I avoid shopping at Primark for these reasons.

  20. Roxie Watt
    April 14, 2016 / 11:35 am

    This is so true! Primark really stresses me out. I need to be in the right frame of mind otherwise the queues, floordrobe and lack of sizes stresses me out.

  21. April 14, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Omg, lol, so funny! Totally how our shopping goes when we’re in there! But you gotta love them bargains too!

  22. May 10, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    Any post that includes GIFs of Anchorman is a winner for me! This experience is so true!

  23. May 10, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    The Haribo and Pez are great as I can bribe my son to stop screaming at me after being on level 1 for an hour with finding only a T-shirt that I’m not sure I even like that much, but I have no clothes as the last lot of primark clothes I bought have shrunk in the wash as they never stay the size that they are. I tend to buy a size bigger then I need well 2 sizes I guess on their sizing scale. Love the post it is spot on.

  24. May 23, 2016 / 9:16 am

    LOL that was a fun read and made me laugh a lot.
    Although I avoid Primark at any cost – mainly for ethical reasons, I haven’t shopped in ti since 5 years, it’s fun to read about the struggle there ;))