We all have many reasons to appreciate the possibility to shop online. It’s fast, easy, hassle-free. You can “go shopping” anytime you want, regardless of weather outside and time of day. But, at the same time, we can’t deny the special atmosphere, the magic and unique experience of “hunt”. Say, you want a rare book. You go from bookshop to bookshop, looking for it, asking staff, browsing the shelves full of other fascinating titles. Admit it – you like shopping online but you also love shopping in high street stores. So, can you have your cake and eat it? Well, confectionery is not a speciality of Hive, but you can definitely count on them when it comes to joining the ease of online and the pleasure of real-life shopping.
Hive is a British online retailer of books, stationery, music, DVDs and Blu-ray. It was founded in 2011 with an aim to provide customers with thousands of possibilities while, at the same time, supporting local bookshops. This support is done two-ways. First, Hive co-operates with many independent high street stores giving them online exposure. Second, after buying something from Hive, you can choose a bookshop to support and it will receive a percentage of your order’s payment.
What’s in store?
Books. Thousands of them. Various authors, various genres, various subjects. And three different formats – you can buy paper books, e-books or audiobooks – whichever you prefer. Apart from books, you will find a wide selection of music on CDs and... vinyls (yes, how cool is that!?), films and shows available on DVDs and Blu-ray, as well as many gift ideas, such as soft toys, T-shirts, mugs, calendars and so on. You can search for a certain titles, entering the name or ISBN/EAN into the search box on the top of the page or browse the categories for inspiration on what to buy.
How does this whole concept work?
Hive is a website where you can find over million products at attractive prices. The Hive Network includes hundreds of small and not-so-small, independent bookshops, music and DVDs retailers. Every high street store that doesn’t operate through the Internet can become a part of the Network gaining online exposure and, obviously, money from products it sells through Hive. As for your own bit of supporting local bookshops, it’s utterly simple. Visit the Hive website and find some products you want to buy. Place an order and choose a bookshop you want to support. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to have your order delivered to your doorstep or to one of the bookshops in your area – the chosen bookshop will receive a percentage of your payment. Hive gives a cut from every single order to one of the bookshops from the Network. If you want to read more about it, visit Hive blog and learn about the whole idea. You can find articles by various authors about books, music and films, useful guides, information about bestsellers and new arrivals and many more interesting things. Visit Hive’s YouTube channel and Pinterest to look for inspiration and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all great events, competitions and offers.
How to buy?
Choose a product you want to buy and add it to your basket.
Go to your basket view – you will find a place for entering a discount code.
Visit Picodi website to get a code. Click on “Reveal the Code” button and copy the code that will appear.
Go back to Hive and enter the code. Click on “Apply”. Proceed to checkout.
Log in or create an account. Yes, there is no other option, if you want to support your local bookshops. But don’t worry – it’s fast and easy.
Enter your delivery and payment details. Choose whether you want to have your products collected in store or delivered to your home.
Once you’ve gone through checkout, choose the shop you want to support.
Now, wait for your products to be delivered. As for in-store collection, you may find information about opening hours for every shop from the Network on the Hive website.
If you worry that the Hive’s policy to share their profit with local bookshops will result in higher prices – don’t. People from Hive are book-lovers just like you, they’re passionate about their job and strongly believe in their cause. The last thing you could expect from them is ripping you off. Quite the contrary – they do what they can to make sure that you will have the lowest prices and the best deals. Check out Offers section for discounted products and save even up to 50% on your shopping. Keep an eye for competitions and seasonal sales that will help you to save even more. And of course, remember to visit Picodi often to find new discount codes and information about ongoing promotions.