Go To Jail, Don’t Pass – Get A DVD Player! Prisoners can order Monopoly and Risk board games, sandwich machines and drum kits from the Argos ‘catalogue’ which are delivered to them every two months

  • Prisoners can now order Monopoly, towels and drum kits from the Argos catalog
  • Special Argos catalog published in the lags magazine Inside Time in the February edition
  • Delays disappointed after catalog printing stopped in 2020
  • However, the retailer’s prison catalog was launched last year, offering a range of items










Prisoners can order towels, Monopoly and Risk board games and a £75 drum kit from Argos from the retailer’s fortnightly ‘catalogue’.

Luxury items can be purchased from a special edition of the Argos catalog published in the latest February edition of the national monthly for prisoners and detainees Inside Time.

Some of the items they can order include the electronic drum kit, which comes with built-in speakers, sticks, a hi-hat and a “kick trigger”, which you use to play the bass drum. .

Prisoners, who do not have online access, were disappointed after the retail chain announced it would stop printing catalogs after almost 50 years in 2020, as many used to ask their friends and family to bring the publication so they can browse and order goodies from their cells.

Argos Prison’s first catalog was launched last year, with inmates receiving a fortnightly range of products which they can purchase and create their own mini-catalogues, called ‘catalogues’.

The blurb on the ‘catalogue’ says prisoners should follow their prison’s ‘normal procedure’ for buying items – which is to fill out an order form complete with catalog number and price.

The magazine asks them to “keep in mind” that not all products are allowed in all prisons – and prices may change.

Luxury items can be bought from a special edition of the Argos catalog published in the national monthly newspaper for prisoners and detainees February’s latest edition of Inside Time (pictured)

The magazine’s blurb for the drum kit reads: “Includes headphones, USB and MIDI input. Pedals to give realistic sound, bass drum trigger, hi-hat and three cymbals.

And on the Argos website – where people can buy the same drum kit for £70 – says: ‘Perfect for those who want to play drums but don’t have the space to keep them.

‘These roll-up drums give you five drums including a hi-hat and three cymbals.

“Bluetooth connectivity means you can play music and use the built-in stereo speakers.

“Powered by a rechargeable battery, accessories include headphones, USB and MIDI input and pedals to give you realistic sound.”

The battery – which can reach around 80 decibels, the sound equivalent of a blender – also comes with a one-year warranty, in case your cellmate doesn’t appreciate the din.

Other items in the latest four-page “catalogue” include;

  • Bush Portable DVD Player – €89.99
  • Casio Full Size Portable Keyboard – £85
  • Acoustic guitar (with stand, tuner, spare strings and two plectrums) – £80
  • Riley Two Piece Billiard Cue – £23
  • Phillips Boombox – £99
  • Monopoly – £20
  • Risk – £35
  • Breville Grilled Sandwich Maker – £16
  • Habitat cozy shaggy rug – 40€
  • Set of 4 towels (sky blue, white or grey) – €7.09

The magazine says: ‘We are grateful for Argos’ support while allowing Inside Time to continue to publish bi-monthly details of a range of products important to those in prison.

“Purchases will be made direct from Argos through your prison’s standard procedure and you may be required to complete an order form showing the reference number and price of the item. Payment is taken from your expense account.

Prisoners, who don't have online access, were disappointed after the retail chain announced it would stop printing catalogs after nearly 50 years in 2020 (file image)

Prisoners, who do not have online access, were disappointed after the retail chain announced it would stop printing catalogs after almost 50 years in 2020 (file image)

“All establishments will have different policies regarding what is allowed – prison staff will advise you.”

A prison source said: “It’s loud enough on the wings without anyone thinking it’s Ringo Starr or Keith Moon.”

Other items include HDMI cables, chess sets, ukulele, yoga mat, weightlifting gloves, table tennis set, puzzles and alarm clocks.

They can even order rugs, fluffy towels and a “pedestal mat” to fit the toilets in the cell.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘Governors may allow prisoners to purchase electrical appliances in return for good behavior.

“Only if a governor thinks a musical instrument will benefit a prisoner’s rehabilitation will it be accepted.”

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