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Oddbins

Oddbins is a chain store wine and alcohol merchant, its primary focus is on high quality, eclectic and diverse wine. It sells everyday wines that are affordable for all, to high end wines that are amongst the best in the world. Oddbins began back in 1963, and was initially set up by one man who sold oddbits of wine and bin-ends. It has since expanded and has won Wine Merchant of the Year on multiple occasions. The company has changed hands, but is now back in the family after the original owner's son bought the store in 2008.
Posted 02nd June 2009        
     

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Oddbins is a chain store wine and alcohol merchant, its primary focus is on high quality, eclectic and diverse wine. It sells everyday wines that are affordable for all, to high end wines that are amongst the best in the world. Oddbins began back in 1963, and was initially set up by one man who sold oddbits of wine and bin-ends. It has since expanded and has won Wine Merchant of the Year on multiple occasions. The company has changed hands, but is now back in the family after the original owner’s son bought the store in 2008.


Minimum Orders
You can now order online at Oddbins. Unlike many online wine stores Oddbins has no minimum order in either the UK or the 23 countries it serves across Europe. You can buy as little or as many bottles as you like.

Delivery Times and Costs
Delivery charges for Oddbins are in line with many other online wine merchants. If you are ordering between one and eleven bottles of wine, the delivery charge is £6.99, however, all orders have to be delivered to the same address. If you wish to purchase twelve or more bottles of wine, this attracts a single delivery charge but of £7.99. Again, bottles can only be delivered to one address.

Delivery is fairly swift, in most cases delivery takes up to four working days. It may take a little longer in the festive period, as will deliveries to certain postcodes. Orders with Oddbins are despatched and delivered only on working days. The delivery must also be signed for on delivery by an adult over 18 years of age.

Range of Products
Oddbins sell a range of items. This was traditionally their selling point with the public and it appears as though this still holds true. As well as wines they offer malts, Whiskies, ports, sherries, champagnes and fizzy wines. In terms of wines, Oddbins sells an impressive range of wines from all around the world, with a great selection of both old and new world wines. You are unlikely to find bland varieties in Oddbins, unlike supermarkets Oddbins has the power to buy unique and interesting wines to reflect diversity in taste. No matter what occasion you are celebrating or which food you wish to complement, there is a wine available for you. Oddbins also have their own brand of wine that is extremely affordable.

Types of Products and Price Range
Many wines at Oddbins are at the low price end of the market. There are plenty of wines to choose from around the £5.00 mark. However, it does also offer some more pricier bottles and pleasingly, plenty of midrange options. On the Oddbins website, there is a section entitled ‘Oddbins recommends’ here you can find top wines in most price ranges. Oddbins also provides you with the opportunity to buy gifts. For birthday, wedding or engagement presents you can buy some top wine accompanied by glasses in a set or Champagne and Chocolate gift sets. Oddbins also offer great deals on mixed cases of wine, so you could watch out for generous deals.

Style and Usability of Site
The style of the Oddbins site is fairly classic. It is a simply designed site meaning it is easy to navigate around and even the most computer naive individuals could give it a try. The font is easy to read and the page relatively bright and welcoming. It is also accompanied by just the right amount of pictures, enough to give you a look at the bottle, but not too many that your screen is crowded. The site has a handy wine finder option on the left hand side of the screen. Here you can type in your price range, the type of wine you require, and the site provides you with a handy list of available tipples. This saves you plenty of time and makes online shopping an enjoyable experience.

Purchasing
To purchase Oddbins wine online you must register for an account with the company. You can access a 30 day credit account, or you can choose to pay at the point of delivery. If you do not wish to sign up you can take a trip to your local Oddbins store. You can find the details of your nearest store on the store finder section on their site.

     

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