Argos catalogue still available as ‘special’ version – but only in prisons

Argos printed catalogue still available – but only in prisons (Image: Getty)

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Argos may have stopped producing its famous Book of Dreams but a special version is still available… in PRISONS.

Cons were among the shoppers mourning the loss of the paper ­catalogue last year – so they have put together their own version so they can still order treats and gadgets.

The four-page Argos tribute in lags’ mag Inside Time features more than 125 items.

And the enterprising ­inmates ­behind the mag have promised to create more pages so prisoners can build their own Book of Dreams.

The Argos catalogue – once the most printed publication in Europe – was replaced with an electronic version last year.

Argos stopped producing their catalogue
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But prisoners, who have no online access, were left fuming by the ­decision as they used to get friends and family to bring in catalogues so they could order goodies from their cells.

The latest issue of Inside Time states: “Welcome to the first issue of the Argos listings – our new service to help our readers buy items they need.

“Argos announced over the summer that it has stopped publishing its printed catalogue, which prisoners previously used to place orders.

“At Inside Time we knew this would cause difficulties and ­wanted to help.

Holly Willoughby has graced the pages of the Argos catalogue
(Image: Argos)

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"So with great support from HM Prison and Probation Service, we have identified the items most purchased by customers in prison, from electrical goods to personal care and sport equipment.”

The magazine says that lags will have to go through their jail’s ­“normal procedure” for buying items from the catalogue – which usually involves filling out an order form complete with catalogue number and price.

It also asks prisoners to “bear in mind” that not all products will be allowed in prisons before signing off with the phrase: “Happy Shopping!”

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The Argos catalogue first launched in the 1970s and over the years a number of famous faces graced its pages including This Morning’s Holly Willoughby, Strictly host Tess Daly and Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

In 2018, comedian Alan Carr ­famously picked the catalogue as his book of choice on Radio 4’s programme, Desert Island Discs.

Argos did not want to comment on the prison mag’s tribute.

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