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The OTR Xmas shopping special

The queue for the Youth Lagoon album was getting out of hand It’s that time of year. Of course, it has been “that time of year” for a few weeks now – a few months if you’re one of the …

Wed, Dec 14, 2011, 09:27

   


The queue for the Youth Lagoon album was getting out of hand

It’s that time of year. Of course, it has been “that time of year” for a few weeks now – a few months if you’re one of the poor saps who has to work in one of those shops where the Christmas decorations went up in September – but we only realised it was “that time of year” and that we’d yet to put up this post yesterday.

Anyway…. over the next 10 days or so, most of you will be out on those mean streets looking for presents for folks and keeping eyes peeled for bargains and deals. This post is where you, the clued-in shopper, can tip off your fellow readers about where to go to get the best prices on box-sets, DVDs, books and other entertainment yokes and pieces of kit which will pop up on various lists.

We’re particularly keen to hear about good deals and finds in local independent shops because this is the Christmas when those shops do need our support as campaigns like Irish Indie Xmas demonstrate. While you’ll probably find most items cheaper online, if you do come across an Irish store who deserve a mention, please let everyone else know. OTR’s Xmas 2011 find: the shop in the Science Gallery in Dublin, a tiny treasure trove of really excellent stocking fillers. And the flipside also applies – feel free to point out any glaring price discrepancies which you might come across as well.

The bargains, the deals and the ones to avoid: the floor is yours.