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Home improvement sites bottom of online shops survey

Published: 28 October 2011
B&Q has been named the worst online shop by the latest Which? customer survey, closely followed by Homebase.
Home improvement sites bottom of online shops survey
More than 11,000 Which? members rated 78 sites, looking at price, product range and delivery performance.

B&Q's transactional site was given the lowest customer score of 50, while received a score of 52, based on Which? members' overall satisfaction with the site and the likelihood of them recommending it to a friend.

In the home and garden category, John Lewis came out on top, followed by Lakeland and then Amazon. Screwfix, Sainsbury's and Ikea also managed to place above Homebase and B&Q.

11% of Which? members said they had problems with their last online home and garden purchase. Customers also said that delivery issues such as delays and over-packaging were the biggest bugbears when shopping online.

Skin and beauty label Liz Earle topped the overall list with a customer score of 94, followed by cycle shop with a score of 93. The only non-specialist site in the top five overall was, which came third with a score of 88.

Argos was found further up the chart than stablemate Homebase, in 57th place, while Wickes came in at joint 63rd place. Screwfix fared better than B&Q, at 13th place with a customer score of 83.


Published prior to March 2014
By Dave Smith
I agree with the unnamed employee above. B&Q and others can be a nightmare when searching for a particular item. Many sites do not let you search on things such as the EAN or model numbers. Sites like CAN help but in the end the purchase has to be made at the merchants site. Hope they can sort it out soon.
Published prior to March 2014
By Anon B&Q employee
I am not suprised that B&Q has been the lowest ranking. When more and more people are using the web to research atleast before commiting to buying. Its frustrating to find even basic search functions fr products come up blank !!
And it appears even with insider knowledge of what products we stock and which department they would normally be found in, it still takes me longer than getting in my car and driving to the store to find information online !!!
We have in the past won awards for how easy our online shopping site is to use, but it appears we are lagging behind. I do hope a revamp of atleast the search feature is planned !!???

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