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Make a date for completing your online christmas shopping

15 December 2009

www.shopsafe.co.uk, one of the UK’s largest online retail directories, is advising shoppers to get clicking and finish any Christmas e-tailing by the end of this weekend if they want to avoid festive disappointment.

Retailers on the directory, which has vetted 4,000 websites for safety and customer service prior to allowing them onto the site, are advising that the last recommended dates for shopping online falls between December 20 and 22.

www.shopsafe.co.uk is advising that Monday, December 21, is the last advisable online shopping date to avoid goods being delivered late.

Some retailers at www.shopsafe.co.uk, such as Next, are advising Sunday as the last date, while others including Prezzy Box, House of Fraser and Hamleys, are recommending a cut off date as late as Tuesday, December 22.

Simon Crisp, director of www.shopsafe.co.uk said: "We are advising shoppers not to leave it any later than the 21st before buying online. Shopping on the internet is very convenient and sites like www.shopsafe.co.uk allow people to take advantage of voucher code offers not available on the High Street, but buyers rely on the postal service or an alternative carrier to get the goods to them on time when there is a deadline such as Christmas approaching.

"The potential for disappointment if a present is late is too great a risk for many, so the best advice I can give is to not leave it any later than this weekend to get those last minute bargains."

ENDS

CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436

Notes to editors:

www.shopsafe.co.uk is a directory of safe and secure websites and a leader in online security. It provides consumers with access to a range of secure outlets to be able to purchase from. Retailers in its 4000-strong portfolio include Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Nike and Next.

Consumers can search the website by category, item or by retailer and use discounts only available through www.shopsafe.co.uk

www.shopsafe.co.uk measures a retail outlets security, by ranking it with a number of stars. In the event a retailer listed on www.shopsafe.co.uk experiences issues with online fraud, shopsafe.co.uk can alter the security status of the website on its site or delete the link and association entirely.

ENDS