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But first: Cookies - what are they?
For those who don't know a "cookie" is a small text file that is stored on your computer, tablet or phone when you visit a website.
Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies. Others remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies. We use a half way between the two, ones that are remembered for 30 minutes, so that if you close the wrong page in your browser and then come back to us, it remembers the information.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Alternatively, you can search the internet for other independent information on cookies.

Cookies - how we use them
We use cookies (and other similar technologies) to:

- Record what you are adding to your basket There are essentially three ways for online shop websites like ours to remember things when going from one page to another. One is to magically add all the details to every page link you visit, this ends up with some very long strings and if you bookmark a page or suggest a page to a friend then it will contain all the items in your basket. This long ago was thought to be a bad thing and no one has ever tried it since.
Secondly, we could store all the information on our server, that sounds great, but the only way we would be able to recognise that it is you, is by storing your IP address. I'm sure you'll agree this is a bad idea.
Thirdly, we can use cookies, to store your information on your computer. This makes sense to us and just about every online shop you visit will do this. As well as what is in your basket we also store any coupon code, this may have been included in the link that you send to come from another site to ours or in an email we sent you.

- Manage our marketing relationships
Our third party marketing partners, for example google adwords, may set cookies before you reach our site. This allows us and them to know how effective adverts are being. Without them there is no way to know the return on investment of an advertising campaign. However, if you wish to prevent this type of cookie (sometimes known as a 'third party' or 'analytical' cookie), you may do so through your device's browser security settings.

- Tracking website performance
We use Google analytics to help us understand how visitors use our online services and look for ways to improve them. They use cookies to allow us to see how people in general are using our website. This data is in anonymous form but it tells us for example what percentage of people are using which browser or screen resolution. This helps us to optimise our website for most people. For example with more and more people visiting our website using wide-screen monitors we've adapted our website accordingly, to make use of the extra space.
They also for example tell us how many people are using certain search phrases so we can again optimise our website for what people are looking for, and if enough people are looking for a certain game we might make it more prominent or get more stock in of it.

So what is the bottom line
Hopefully we have explained well enough why we use cookies, if you have any questions then please feel free to email us at contact@boardgameextras.co.uk.
As cookies that are essential for us to provide the online shopping environment, then I hope you are happy for us to store them on your computer, clicking here will take you back to the home page you can also use the back buton on your browser to take you to the previous page.
However, If you do not want us to store cookies, then I'm afraid our only option is to ask you to leave the website.
Incidentaly the only way we could actually know that you didn't want us to store cookies would be either to store a cookie on your computer saying so or to store your IP address on our databasee with a no by it. Neither of which we are going to do.