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Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which is placed by a website within a computer or device through your web browser; the cookie is subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser.

Cookies are designed to assist your computer or device to remember something the user has done within that website e.g. remembering that the user has logged in, or which buttons have been clicked.

There are specific cookies related to knowing a user is logged in or not. These are known as authentication cookies. Authentication cookies are important for the website to know what information to show you, or if it needs to ask you to log in.

If you wish to find out more about cookies, we find this website quite helpful www.aboutcookies.org

By using this website, you are agreeing to our Privacy and Cookie policies and consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies by us and our carefully selected third party partners as described in these policies. If you do not agree to such use, please see the Managing Your Cookies section for details on how to adjust your settings.

Cookie terminology

Session cookies – only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website. Your web browser would normally delete these when you close the browser.

Persistent cookies – these last longer than the browser session e.g. if you log into a website and then return to the website some days later, the website knows who you are and displays a welcome message to you. Persistent cookies enable this to happen.

First party cookies – these are set by the domain (or sub-domain) in the web browser e.g. at Argos, our first party cookies are set by Argos.co.uk sub-domains.

Third party cookies – these are set by a different domain to the one on the website you are looking at. Third party cookies are used for a variety of reasons. These are outlined in the third party cookie section.

2. Cookies – Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies and similar technologies to facilitate reservations and home delivery orders, and to recognise customers and understand and facilitate the customer browsing and shopping behaviour. This enables us to understand what elements of our site work well, and which ones don’t. We use this information to improve our website to offer the best shopping experience for you, our customers. Our website also employs cookies and similar technologies placed by our carefully selected third party partners to help provide you with relevant advertising and manage our commercial relationship with those partners.

Do I have to accept cookies?

To make full use of the website, cookies need to be enabled on your browser; certain features will not work if you reject cookies. Cookies are used to offer a personalised experience when browsing the website on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, and by using Apps.

If you choose not to allow cookies you will still be able to browse the site but your experience will not be as good as if you have cookies enabled. Without cookies you will not be able to place a home delivery order or make reservations as cookies are required for the ordering process to be completed.

If you are uncertain about whether you would like to change your cookie settings, please see our list of Argos cookies and how they improve your experience as a customer, to help you understand how and why we use cookies.

How long do you keep cookies for?

On the whole we only keep cookies for the duration of your visit except where indicated otherwise in the cookie list. Please see the Argos cookie list for more information. Cookies placed by our carefully selected third party partners may be retained for longer.
Do cookies contain my personal information?

No, cookies do not contain confidential information such as your home address, telephone number or credit card details. We not control what information is stored by third party cookies.

Our cookie list
To help you understand how we use cookies we are providing a list of the cookies in use on this website.

About this list
We will update this page as we gather more information and as any cookies change on our website. Whilst we intend to update this page regularly, there may occasionally be some cookies missing from the list.
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Third Party Cookies
We use a variety of carefully selected third parties to provide certain services to improve the service we offer to you. Some of these third parties use cookies. Third party cookies are those that are set by a domain different to the one that the user is visiting. Information about how we use third parties and what cookies they use and why, is given below.
We may also provides links to external third party websites and you may choose to click through to these sites. If you do so, these third party sites may send cookies to your browser. We do not control the setting of, and accept no liability in connection with, these cookies – please look at the cookies policies on the respective websites for more information about what they do with cookies and how you manage them.
About this list
This list includes cookies deployed by third parties on our websites. By using this website, you are agreeing to our Privacy and cookie policies and consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies by us and our carefully selected third party partners as described in these policies. If you do not agree to such use, please see the Managing Your Cookies section for details on how to adjust your settings.

Google Advertising [Please amend depending on cookies deployed]

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Purpose and functionality relying on the cookie Google uses cookies, like the PREF cookie, to help personalize ads on Google properties, like Google Search, particularly when you aren’t signed in to a Google account. We also use cookies for advertising we serve outside of Google. Our main advertising cookie on non-Google sites is called ‘id’ and it is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net. We use others with names such as drt, FLC, NID and exchange_uid. Sometimes a cookie may be set on the domain of the site you are visiting. In the case of our DoubleClick product, a cookie called ‘__gads’ may be set on the domain of the site you are visiting. Other Google properties, like YouTube, may also use the DoubleClick cookie to personalize ads. Find out more about ads and YouTube. Google also uses various conversion cookies to help advertisers determine how many times people who click on their ads end up purchasing their products. These cookies allow Google and the advertiser to tell that you clicked the ad and later visited the advertiser site. Conversion cookies are not used by Google for interest based ad targeting and persist for a limited time only. These cookies are generally set in the googleadservices.com domain, but may also be set in the google.com/ads domain. Conversion cookie data may also be used in combination with your Google account to link conversion events across different devices you use. Only anonymous conversion cookie data is shared with advertisers. Some of our advertising products allow other companies to send their own cookies to your browser. For example, when you visit a page that uses DoubleClick, you may find that cookies are sent to your browser by Google and also by other parties. Each publisher and advertiser may work with various technology and service providers and each of these parties may set its own cookies, though each cookie can only be read by the domain that sets it. This means that several cookies may be sent to your browser by several companies in the time it takes a single web page to load. This is how most online advertising works.

Google Analytics

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Purpose and functionality relying on the cookie We use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers navigate to and through our website. These cookies enable the function of Google analytics. This service helps us understand how long customers spend visiting different pages and how often they return to our website. Google Analytics also helps our marketing colleagues to work out the effectiveness of our digital marketing campaigns which feeds into the commercial relationship held with Google.
You can find out how to opt out of these cookies here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout