Bargain school uniform deals revealedSchool uniform price wars help to push costs down
17 August 2010
Kitting out your child in school uniform is cheaper than ever, according to new research - so Which? has been taking a look at what back to school uniform bargains are available in the shops this week.
Retail research organisation Verdict claims the average price of a standard school uniform has fallen by almost 21% since 2004 - largely due to supermarkets and other high street stores offering rock-bottom prices on skirts, shirts, blazers and school trousers.
Cheap prices have helped supermarkets increase school uniform market share from 13% in 2004 to 26% today, while many independent shops have lost sales, according to the figures.
Take a look at our back to school guide to help you get your children prepared for the new school term.
School uniform prices
We went online window shopping to see how cheap we could find school uniform staples at some of the big school uniform sellers, including Asda, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.
Many are already offering extra discounts on school uniforms, as well as free online delivery - with prices on some items in smaller sizes starting at just £2.
|The cost of school uniform|
|Pleated skirt||£3 - £4||£4 - £12||£4.80 - £12|
|£3.50- £9.50||£4-£6||£3.50- £4.50|
|Trousers||£3 - £5||£3.50 - £14||£4.80 - £12|
|£3 - £9.50||£4 - £9|
|£3 - £5|
|V-neck jumper||£2 - £4||£5 - £12||£1.60-£6.40||£2 - £8||£2 - £5||£2 - £4|
|Shirt||£2 - £4|
|£3 - £9|
|£2.40 - £6|
|£4 - £10|
|£3 - £5.25|
|White polo shirt||£2 - £3|
|£3 - £9|
|£3 - £9|
|£2 - £5|
|Blazer jacket||£10||£12 - £17.60||£12 - £15.20||£15 - £24||n/a||£10|
|Online delivery costs||Free (over £10) - use code 'school2'||Free - use code 'BTSFREE'||Free - use code 'SHM9'||Free - use code 'SCHOOL10'||In store only||Free|
Prices displayed are correct online at 10am, 17 August - check with store for very latest prices and offers.
School uniform: price over quality?
Verdict's Neil Saunders said the quality of school uniforms was lower than it was 10 years ago, but added that 'as long as they last, parents are not too concerned'.
In 2008 Which? carried out tests on cheap school uniforms to see if they would withstand months of wear and tear. Overall we were impressed with how most of the high street or supermarket own-brand uniforms performed.
Verdict also said parents who have to buy non-standard items from specialist uniform stockists should - unsurprisingly - expect to pay more.
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