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    MSE Martin
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    Ugg Boots from £62 delivered
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    • 16th Aug 07, 2:42 PM
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    Ugg Boots from £62 delivered 16th Aug 07 at 2:42 PM
    Please also read the official MoneySavingExpert.com Daily Updated Guide on finding the Cheapest Uggs.


    9 October 2007

    What’s the deal with cheap Ugg Boots?

    While trendy sheepskin Ugg boots typically cost over £170 on the high street, it’s possible to save heaps by ordering from Australian websites which deliver to the UK.

    When is an Ugg not an Ugg?

    Having done some digging, it appears that in Australia, the word Ugg is a generic term for sheepskin boots. So just because a pair of Ugg Boots isn’t made by “UGGģ Australia” –the famous brand beloved by celebs such as Pammy Anderson – they aren’t necessarily fake.

    Aussie folks have been making Ugg-style sheepskin boots for over a century. Many MoneySavers have given feedback that alternative brands such as Kiwi Sheepskins and Snug Australia can be just as snug and comfy as UGG Australia. Kiwi Sheepskins start from £50 inc delivery and Snug Australia from £62; so if you’re not fussed about the posh brand, these can be a baa-gain (sorry!).

    How to check that boots are genuine UGG Australia

    The famous UGG Australia brand is made by Deckers corporation. If that's what you're after there are ways to spot imposters.
    • UGG Australia boots have a large middle G on the logo, as seen on the Office website
    • They have real sheepskin fur inside; fakes often use synthentic
    • They are made in New Zealand, Australia, and more recently, China
    • If you want to check that a retailer is legit, email Deckers at info@uggaustralia.com and ask that retailer is licensed to sell UGG Australias
    There's an interesting explanation of the history of the Ugg trademark on Wikipedia.

    The cheapest supplier of 'genuine' Uggs

    Update 17 December 07. Some MoneySavers have expressed concerns over the quality and legitimacy of Ugg Australia boots from one seller, Australia Direct. To investigate, we sent a pair of the suspected fake boots to Deckers, the company that owns Ugg Australia. They confirmed that they were indeed genuine, but were old stock from 2004.

    Two suppliers which have had good reports from MoneySavers are Kiwi website hartings.co.nz and American site rei.com. Yet please read up to date feedback from MoneySavers on this thread before choosing a retailer.

    How to pay

    Using the right piece of plastic is the cheapest way... but make sure it's the right plastic, read the Spending Overseas article for details.

    Credit cards are better than debit cards!

    Spend on your credit card and you have more rights than you do on a debit card. This is all about Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act which makes the card provider jointly liable with the retailer if anything should go pear-shaped.

    Up until recently this didn't apply to goods bought overseas but this was challenged so buy abroad and you are now protected. Pay for goods over £100 fully or partially on your credit card and if something goes wrong you can simply make a claim direct against the card provider without having to contact the retailer at all.

    Don't forget to factor in customs charges and delivery times

    If you're new to overseas shopping, remember that items can take longer to arrive than those bought in the UK; often two to three weeks. You’ll also have to pay customs duty on goods coming into the UK from non-EU countries. There a full explanation on customs charges in the Buy from the US article (while the article concentrates on the US, most of the info's still relevant when buying from any overseas website).

    New to MoneySavingExpert.com?

    This is an ad-free, free to use Consumer Revenge site all about saving money. The best way to keep in touch is with the free weekly e-mail which includes scores of bargains and top deals (and which this Ugg Boot note came from)


    Martin

    PS This post has been added to the discussion to give some a more detailed researched summary. Thank you very much to MoneySaver me4bargains for starting it off (see below).


    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 28-01-2009 at 12:25 PM.
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
    Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.

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