Cookie Policy

Last updated: 18th April 2018

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

- 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.

5. 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 most frequently used on our website.

  1. Cookie

    • Name: r-session
    • Classification: Strictly necessary
    • Type: Session Cookie
    • Expires: At the end of session
    • Description: This cookie is used by our server code to link a user to a session so that information about their visit can be stored on the server as they move from one page to the next.
  2. Cookie

    • Name: r-token
    • Classification: Strictly necessary
    • Type: Authentication Cookie
    • Expires: At the end of session
    • Description: This cookie is used by our server code to link a user to a session so that information about their visit can be stored on the server as they move from one page to the next.
  3. Cookie

    • Name: r-refresh-token
    • Classification: Strictly necessary
    • Type: Authentication Cookie
    • Expires: At the end of session
    • Description: This cookie is used by our server code to link a user to a session so that information about their visit can be stored on the server as they move from one page to the next.
  4. Cookie

    • Name: affiliate_id
    • Classification: Analytics
    • Type: Affiliate Referrer
    • Expires: Now +30 days
    • Description: This cookie is used by code to track which affiliate network sent you to the website. When you order, this id re-used to award the affiliate for referring you.
  5. Cookie

    • Name: utma
    • Classification: Performance
    • Type: Google Analytics
    • Expires: Now + 2 years
    • Description: This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to our site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits our site, a new utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to our site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
  6. Cookie

    • Name: utmb
    • Classification: Performance
    • Type: Google Analytics
    • Expires: Now +30 Minutes
    • Description: This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with our site. When a user views a page on our site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on our site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on our site for longer than 30 minutes.
  7. Cookie

    • Name: utmc
    • Classification: Performance
    • Type: Google Analytics
    • Expires: On Exit
    • Description: This cookie operates in conjunction with the utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. In particular, this cookie is not provided with an expiration date, so it expires when the user exits the browser. Should a user visit our site, exit the browser and then return to your website within 30 minutes, the absence of the utmc cookie indicates that a new session needs to be established, despite the fact that the utmb cookie has not yet expired.
  8. Cookie

    • Name: utmz
    • Classification: Performance
    • Type: Google Analytics
    • Expires: Now + 6 months
    • Description: This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within our own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to our site.

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.