Cookie Policy

Last updated: 24th May 2018

Summary

This cookie policy explains what cookies are and how Star Bargains ("we," "us" or "our") uses them on www.starbargains.co.uk (our "site"). We encourage you to read the policy in full so that you can understand what information we collect using cookies and how that information is used. By using Star Bargains site you are agreeing that we can use cookies in accordance with this Cookie Policy.

At Star Bargains we do use cookies, but we use them sensitively. Our cookies are there to help us understand and save your preferences for future visits.

We also use them to get a better view of how people are using our website (and how often) all with the aim of making the Star Bargains experience smoother and easier. Sometimes, we’ll ask an external company to help us review our data too. But rest assured, these service providers aren’t allowed to use any of the information that we’ve collected in any other way than to help us improve how we do things.

What happens if I disable cookies?

This depends on which cookies you disable, but in general our Site will not operate properly if cookies are off. In particular, note that you may be prevented from making purchases of Products if cookies are disabled.

What are cookies

Cookies are small files that a website saves to your device.

Their purpose is to hold small pieces of information in order to personalise and improve your web experience. A typical use of cookies may be to save items that you’ve added to your basket so you can get back to them later without having to add them all back in. A cookie can be used to show your recently viewed items so you can easily find them again. Cookies also help to map out how customers move about a company’s website – something that helps us to understand the customer journey and how we can make it better.

What are cookies used for

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like helping us understand how our website is being used, letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.

What types of cookies are used by Star Bargains

The types of cookies used on our site can generally be put into one of the following categories: strictly necessary – analytics – functionality – advertising - social media.

You can find out more about each of the cookie categories below.

- Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential to make our website work. They enable you to move around the site and use its features. Without these cookies, services that are necessary for you to be able to use our site such as accessing secure areas cannot be provided.

- Analytics Cookies

These cookies collect information about how people are using our website, for example which pages are visited the most often, how people are moving from one link to another and if they get error messages from certain pages. These cookies don't gather information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is grouped together with information from other people’s use of our site on an anonymous basis. Overall, these cookies provide us with analytical information about how our site is performing and how we can improve it.

We have implemented Google Analytics features based on Display Advertising  ( Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting). You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings. To opt-out use the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on to disable tracking by Google Analytics. We will use the data provided by Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to develop the site and content around our users’ interests. We also use Google User ID  to associate engagement data from multiple devices and different sessions with unique IDs.  This data is non-personally identifiable and used to analyse user interaction between devices.

- Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow us to remember choices you make and tailor our site to provide enhanced features and content to you. For example, these cookies can be used to remember your user name, language choice or country selection, they can also be used to remember changes you've made to text size, font and other parts of pages that you can customise.

- Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to deliver advertisements that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They remember that you have visited a website and this information may be shared with other organisations such as advertising partners. This means after you have been to our site you may see some advertisements about our services elsewhere on the Internet.

- Social Media Cookies

In order to enhance your internet experience and to make the sharing of content easier, some of the pages on our website may contain tools or applications that are linked to third party social media service providers such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Through these tools or applications the social media service provider may set its own cookies on your device. We do not control these cookies and you should check the social media service provider’s website for further details about how they use cookies.

You can see a list of some of the specific cookies which are most frequently used by us in Cookies Used by Star Bargains.

How long will cookies stay on my browsing device

The length of time a cookie will stay on your browsing device depends on whether it is a "persistent" or "session" cookie.

Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing.

Persistent cookies stay on your browsing device after you have finished browsing until they expire or are deleted. Details of "persistent" and "session" cookies set through our website can be found on page Cookies used by Star Bargains.

6. First and third party cookies

"First party cookies" are cookies that belong to us and that we place on your device. "Third-party cookies" are cookies that another party places on your browsing device when you visit our site. Third parties setting cookies from our website will be providing a service to us or a function of the site but we do not always control how third party cookies are used. You should check the third party’s website for more information about how they use cookies. Details of third parties that set cookies through our website can be found on page "Cookies Used by Star Bargains".

7. How to manage cookies from this website

You can usually use the browser that you are viewing this website through to enable, disable or delete cookies. To do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser which is usually located within the "Help", "Tools" or "Edit" settings.

Note that if you set your browser to disable cookies then you may not be able to access secure areas of the website and other parts of the website may also not work properly.

You can find out more information about how to change your browser cookie settings at http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies.

Some third parties may use Advertising Cookies to help gather information about your browsing activity so that they can deliver website advertising to you that is relevant to your interests. The advertising industries in EU have developed schemes to help you opt-out of receiving cookies used for these purposes. You can find out more about the EU scheme from www.youronlinechoices.eu.

8. Changes

Information about the cookies used by us may be updated from time to time, so please check back on a regular basis for any changes. The last modification date of this document is shown at the top of this page.

9. Questions?

If you have any questions about this Cookie Policy, please contact us by email at cs@starbargains.co.uk

Cookies used by Star Bargains

The following tables and information set out the cookies which are used on our website.

Cookie Name Purpose Duration
r-session Used to link a user to a session so that information about their visit, such as their basket, can be stored as they move from one page to the next. Session
r-token Used to link a user to a session so that information about their visit, such as their basket, can be stored as they move from one page to the next. Session
r-refresh-token Used to link a user to a session so that information about their visit, such as their basket, can be stored as they move from one page to the next. Session
affiliate_id Track which affiliate network sent you to the website. When you order, this is re-used to award the affiliate for referring you. Now +30 days

Other 3rd Party Cookies we may use

When you visit our website, you may notice some cookies that are collecting information for other websites. We do not control the setting of these cookies and we recommend you visit the third party websites for more information.

Service Purpose
Stripe Payment & Fraud prevention
Google Analytics Used for analytics and service improvement Cookie Opt Out
Google Adwords Allows us to match the right people with the right products.
Paid on Results Paid On Results is an online performance marketing company Cookie Opt Out

Managing Cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Here’s how to do it:

For information on how to manage cookies via other browsers, please consult your documentation or online help files.

Further Reading

You can find more information about 3rd party cookies via the following links: