This category contains mainly sites whose primary focus is to allow UK consumers to select and obtain goods and services from their own home.
Common examples include:

  • Integrated online shopping-cart systems that allow the user to order directly over the Web
  • Systems that allow the user to generate an order form to be sent to the merchant via fax or mail.
  • Simple directories of products and prices that the user can order via mail or phone.

The key is that the site contains three elements:

  1. Lists of products for sale,
  2. Prices in £ Sterling [GBP] and
  3. Information on how the consumer can obtain the product from his or her own home.

This category also lists chains of stores (major retailers) which have a real, physical presence, and which have branches throughout the United Kingdom.
Please suggest sites for such businesses to the most appropriate topical subcategory, or, where they sell many different products, to the  General Merchandise category.

Following these guidelines will allow us to add your website to the directory as quickly as possible.

  • Find the single most appropriate category for your site.  With few exceptions, sites are listed in the directory in one category only
  • Suggest your site using your main URL.  With few exceptions, we do not deep-link sites in UK Shopping.
  • Use your site's actual title.
  • Create a brief description, under 25 words, listing the current content of your site (not the future content), including your company's real-world location.
  • Do not use first person verbiage (we, our, us).
  • Don't use marketing verbiage. (We're the best!, Most awesome site, Check it Out!, the UK's first) Marketing verbiage is removed.
  • Sites which are mirrors of other sites or that redirect to another site will not be listed. Only the main site will be listed.
  • Sites that are affiliates or lists of affiliate links that do not contain original content will not be listed.
  • Sites which are gateways or splash pages to affiliate sites will not be added.
  • Sites which are not particularly relevant to the UK will not be listed.
  • Sites which are mainly advertising for a local store and that do not offer on-line shopping should be submitted to the appropriate Localities category.
  • All sites are reviewed periodically. Sites in the directory are subject to changes in placement, description and possible removal from the directory, based on this review.

All sites submitted are reviewed by the directory's editors.  Websites are listed by the business's actual title, followed by a brief description, including the company's real-world location as listed on the site.  This description will be based on the information you provide and the review of the website.  Sites will be placed in the single most applicable and highest category based on our review.  Sites which are continually submitted to the directory, using either a main URL, mirrors or sub-pages, will be banned.

'Alternative' in this context includes topics such as paranormal, esoteric, occult, new age, alternative science or alternative politics. This category is for sites selling, whether through online ordering or through mail order of some kind, books, gifts or other goods on these topics.
Please only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions.

If it doesn''t, please submit to your locality (eg Arundel).

Failure to comply is likely to cause lengthy delays in listing your site.

This category should lead to websites for UK auctions, including on-line auctions, real-world auction houses and e-mail auctions.

For sites selling products geared toward UK children.
This category is for general sites selling products geared toward children in the UK.

Sites selling children''s clothing are listed under Childrenswear.

Children''s toys, games and video games are listed under Toys and Games.

Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions. If it doesn''t and you are a shop, please submit to your locality. If you are a trade only manufacturer or distributor, please submit here. Failure to comply wastes your time and ours and causes lengthy delays.
This category is for sites that sell consumer electronics, such as televisions and audio and video equipment, in the UK.
Sites which sell consumer electronics in the UK are listed here.

Sites which sell white goods only are listed under Appliances. Sites which primarily sell computers are listed under Computers. Sites which primarily sell office equipment are listed under Office Products. Sites which primarily sell personal care appliances like shavers and toothbrushes are listed under Health and Beauty.

This category should lead to websites which are directories for a wide range of UK on-line shopping-related sites.
Directories categorise their listings and users generally drill down through categories
from general to specific to find the shopping sites they are looking for.
On-line malls which host a variety of shops may also be listed here.
Directories and malls which cover UK on-line shopping and a wide range of product categories belong in one of the Directories categories.
Shopping directories which cover specific topics in depth should be listed under the relevant sub-category.
The following sites will not be considered for addition:
  • Any collection of "Sponsor" or paid links.  These include: click- trade, UK-affiliates, etc  Sites must have primarily original content/legitimate links.
  • Sites that use "Jump.cgi" or "Out.cgi" scripts or similar, redirect urls, forwarding pages, full page ads and similar to deter the determination of sponsor use and original content.
  • Sites with numerous popups or redirects through large ads.
  • Banner farms.
  • Doorway or affiliate sites.
    This category is for UK-based "studio" sites that sell merchandise, sites that sell professional equipment, and sites that sell recordings (audio, video, and/or DVD). Web-based stores that sell a combination of these products (as well as other entertainment items as games and books) will be listed here; those selling in just one area will be listed in the appropriate subcategory. Affiliate stores which do not offer unique content (the vast majority of such sites) will not be listed.
    Sites selling flowers and cut-flower products on-line in the UK are listed in this category.
    Sites selling flowers and flower products on-line in the UK only.
    Only one site will be listed per florist in this category.
    * Please do not submit the same site repeatedly.
    * Please do not submit the same site under different domains, or several entries to your site each with a different domain.
    Our editors are not stupid. They will notice!

    If in doubt, email and ask.

    If your site does not have an online flower shop selling its own unique products, it cannot be listed here. Florist sites from companies that do not offer on-line sales, or that offer sales only through Interflora, Teleflorist, or Flowergram are listed under their Localities.
    WEB DESIGNERS Please do not submit a whole group of sites which do not belong here. Find the right category for each one, or listing of your sites *will* be delayed.

    Sites selling live plants and gardening products, including indoor gardening products, are listed under Gardening.

    To request a change to your site''s title or description please use the Update URL form.

    Sites whose primary focus is to allow UK consumers to select and obtain food and drink from their own homes.
    PLEASE SUBMIT TO THE APPROPRIATE SUBCATEGORY IF ONE EXISTS.
    Only merchants who sell pretty much all food and drink types will generally be listed at this level. Submitting to the incorrect category may considerably delay the time it takes us to process your submission.

    WHAT BELONGS HERE

    Site should be based in the UK and sell food and drink to the UK or worldwide.

    In order to qualify for listing, a customer should be able to order from the site via one of the following mechanisms:
    + Integrated online shopping-cart systems that allow the user to order directly over the Web.
    + Systems that allow the user to generate an order form to be sent to the merchant via fax or mail.
    + Simple directories of products and prices that the user can order via mail or phone.

    WHAT DOESN''T BELONG HERE

    Businesses that sell ONLY to other businesses.
    These should be listed under: Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Business_and_Economy/Industries/Food_and_Beverage

    Local shops (that do not accept orders to deliver nationwide), restaurants and pubs.
    These should be listed within the appropriate County/Region category.

    This category is for UK sites which sell a variety of items that cannot be categorised in any other topical area in the UK shopping category.
    Sites under single ownership which have multiple departments spanning several UK Shopping categories and which offer on-line shopping in the UK are listed in this category.

    Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions. If it doesn''t and you are a shop, please submit to your locality. If you are a trade only manufacturer or distributor, please submit here. Failure to comply wastes your time and ours and causes lengthy delays.

    This category contains UK online retailers who sell a variety of gift-related products. Sites that sell a single product line, such as tableware or teddy bears, are listed under an appropriate topical category, even if the product is considered a gift item.
    This category contains UK online retailers who sell a variety of gift-related products. Please submit your site to the appropriate sub-category - such as Balloons, Cards, Gift Baskets. Sites that sells a variety of products which might be considered gift items are listed in the General Merchandise category. Sites that sell a single product line, such as tableware or teddy bears, are listed under an appropriate topical category, even if the product is considered a gift item.
    For sites selling health and beauty products on-line in the UK. Submitting websites that are not based in the UK to this category may cause a long delay in the reviewing of your website. Please do not submit mirror or affiliate websites to this category. Sites selling keep-fit products and fitness equipment are listed under Fitness.
    This category contains UK sites selling seasonal items such as Christmas trees and Easter eggs.
    To be added to this category a site must contain three elements: (1) a list of seasonal products for sale, (2) prices and (3) information on how the consumer can obtain the product from their own home.

    Sites selling holidays can be found within Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Travel_and_Tourism/ and sites selling items for use while on holiday can be found within Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Business_and_Economy/Shopping/Travel/

    Sites that sell general bedroom related furnishings and furniture.
    This category is for sites selling jewellery and jewellery products at retail prices to the general public in the UK.

    Please note related category links for jewellery manufacturers, jewellery wholesalers and non-shopping jewellery sites.

    Please see overall Shopping category guidelines .

    Please find the most appropriate sub-category for the site. Submitting it to the proper sub-category (e.g. a site selling watches should be submitted to Shopping/Jewellery/Watches) will speed the review process. Find the single most appropriate category for the site. With few exceptions, sites will only be listed once in the directory.

    Submit the site using the main URL. Use the legal name of the company as the site title.

    Create a brief description describing what the site offers for sale. This should be the current content of the site (not the future content). Marketing verbiage will be removed.

    Retailers of music and music-related products, from instruments and equipment to sheet music.
    This category is for sites selling DVDs and videos on-line in the UK.
    For sites selling office products, equipment and services on-line in the UK.

    Sites which primarily sell computers and peripherals are listed under Computers.
    Sites which primarily sell consumer electronics are listed under Consumer Electronics.
    Sites which offer information about office products but do not sell them online or display a product catalogue on their site are listed under Office Supplies

    This category tree should lead to websites that provide online sales and delivery any where on the UK mainland,
    specialising and related only to Pets.

    Before suggesting your website to this category, or its sub-categories,
    besides selling items related specially to Pets,
    PLEASE ensure it complies with the requirements of any website listed in
    The UK Topical Shopping tree <=Click!  
    If your website does not comply, please consider suggesting it to the Business and Economy category
    of the nearest UK: Locality <=Click!
     
    Before doing so, you are advised to ensure the website includes the full address of the business,
    either in the contact details, or in the Terms and Conditions

    Please submit digital image processing such as film and photo scanning and digital image printing service providers in the United Kingdom to this category. If providing services internationally, please submit your site to the appropriate category under Shopping/Photography/Services/Digital

    This category contains mainly sites whose primary focus is to allow UK consumers to select and obtain goods and services from their own home. Common examples include:

    Integrated online shopping-cart systems that allow the user to order directly over the Web.
    Systems that allow the user to generate an order form to be sent to the merchant via fax or snail-mail.
    Simple directories of products and prices that the user can order via mail or phone.

    The key is that the site contains three elements: (1) lists of products for sale, (2) prices and (3) information on how the consumer can obtain the product from their own home.

    Sites whose primary focus is for UK consumers to select and obtain publications over the Web. For example:
    1. Online shopping-cart systems that allow the user to order directly over the Web
    2. Systems that allow the user to generate an order form to be sent to the merchant via fax or snail-mail
    3. Simple directories of products and prices that the user can order via mail or phone.
    The key is that the site contains three elements: (1) lists of products for sale, (2) prices and (3) information on how the consumer can obtain the product from their own home.
    Following these guidelines will allow us to add your site to the directory as quickly as possible.
    1. Find the single most appropriate category for your site. Sites are usually listed in one category only.
    2. Submit your site using your main URL. We do not normally deep-link sites in UK Shopping.
    3. Use your site''s actual title.
    4. Create a brief description, under 25 words, listing the current content of your site (not the future content), including your company''s real-world location.
    5. DO NOT SUBMIT A LIST OF KEY WORDS
    6. Do not use first person verbiage (we, our, us). Avoid superlatives. (We''re the best!, Most awesome site) Marketing verbiage will be removed.
    7. Sites which are mirrors of other sites or that redirect to another site will not be listed. Only the main site will be listed.
    8. Sites that are affiliates or lists of affiliate links that do not contain unique content will not be listed.
    9. Sites which are gateways or splash pages to affiliate sites will not be added.
    10. Sites which are not particularly relevant to the UK will not be listed.
    11. Sites which do not offer on-line shopping should be submitted to the appropriate Localities category.

    All sites are reviewed periodically. Sites in the directory are subject to changes in placement, description and possible removal from the directory, based on this review.

    All sites submitted are reviewed by the directory''s editors. Sites are listed by the site''s actual title, followed by a brief description, including the company''s real-world location as listed on the site. This description will be based on the information you provide and the review of the Website.

    Sites will be placed in the single most applicable and highest category based on our review. Sites which are continually submitted to the directory, using either a main URL, mirrors or sub-pages, will NOT be included.

    Sites offering substances illegal under UK law will not be listed anywhere in ODP.

    This category contains two types of website:

    1. Sites for retail chains who do not offer distance shopping but have bricks and mortar shops in more than one UK country, eg. England and Scotland.
    2. Stores offering a wide range of goods which do not fit into one sub-category within UK Shopping and allow shoppers to buy online, by mail, by phone, or by some other form of distance shopping.

    Retail Chains with no distance shopping facilities:

    Please suggest websites to this category if it is for a retail chain with branches in more than one UK country,
    eg Scotland and England.
    If a retail chain has multiple branches throughout only one UK country eg. England 
    the website should be suggested to the correct Shopping category for that country.
    If a retail chain of shops has branches in a more limited area of a country, eg South East England or London,
    the website should be suggested to the Business and Economy of that at region or county.
    If the bricks and mortar shop or shops are in one town or location, please suggest the website
    to the Business and Economy category of the nearest UK: Locality <=Click!
     

    Retail Chains with distance shopping facilities and other distance shopping sites:

    Please only suggest websites to this category ONLY if the website offers
    • a wide range of goods that span more than one sub-category within UK Shopping AND
    • allows people to buy from a distance by online sales, mail order, telephone sales or similar.
    Websites that do offer distance shopping facilities, but sell a more restricted range of goods
    that will fit into one of the sub-categories should be suggested to that category.
    For sites selling pneumatic, electric and/or hand tools and machinery and related hardware on-line or via mail order in the UK.
    Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions.

    If it doesn''t and you are a shop, please submit to your locality.

    Industrial machinery and tools should be submitted here.

    Failure to comply can cause lengthy delays.

    UK on-line children's toy and game retailers.

    This category is for sites selling children''s toys and games in the UK. Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions.

    Sites selling other products geared toward children are listed under Children.

    Sites selling gadgets, gizmos and ''executive'' toys are listed under Gadgets and Gizmos.

    Sites providing information from toy and game manufacturers which do not sell on-line are listed under Manufacturers.

    Failure to comply may lead to long delays.

    This category is for luggage that can be purchased on line. Travel agents etc can be found within Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Business_and_Economy/Travel_Services/
    This category is for luggage that can be purchased on line. Travel agents etc can be found within Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Business_and_Economy/Travel_Services/

    Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions.

    If it doesn''t, please submit to your locality.

    If you are a gallery, you may also submit here.

    Failure to comply is likely to cause lengthy delays.

    This category is for sites which sell wedding products or services on-line in the UK.

    Only submit here if you are based in the UK, offer delivery within the entire UK and your site contains a catalogue, prices and ordering instructions.

    If it doesn''t and you are a shop or home based business, please submit to your locality.

    Failure to comply is likely to cause lengthy delays.

    Please note:

    Do not submit mirror sites that contain identical content, but have altogether different URLs.

    Do not submit URLs that contain the same or similar content as other sites you may have listed in the directory.

    Failure to adhere to this policy may lead to your original listed being REMOVED from the directory. Please see http://www.dmoz.com/add.html for further detail before submitting your site.