Prisoners can order towels, Monopoly and Risk board games and their own £75 DRUM KITS from Argos in the retailer’s bi-monthly ‘catalag’

  • Prisoners can now order Monopoly, towels and drum kits from Argos catalogue
  • Special Argos catalogue published in lags’ mag Inside Time in February edition
  • Lags were left disappointed after the catalogue stopped being printed in 2020
  • However, retailer’s jail catalogue was launched last year offering range of items










Prisoners can order towels, Monopoly and Risk board games alongside a £75 drum kit from Argos in the retailer’s bi-monthly ‘catalag’.

The luxury items can be purchased from a special edition of the Argos catalogue published in the monthly national newspaper for prisoners and detainees Inside Time’s latest February edition.  

Among the items they can order include the electronic drum kit, which comes complete with in-built speakers, drumsticks, a hi-hat and a ‘kick trigger’, which you use to play the bass drum.

Prisoners, who don’t have online access, were left disappointed after the high street chain announced it will stop printing catalogues after almost 50 years in 2020, as many used to get friends and family to bring in the publication so they could browse and order goodies from their cells.

The first Argos jail catalogue was launched last year, with inmates getting a bi-monthly range of products they can snap up and build their own mini catalogues, dubbed ‘catalags’.

The blurb on the ‘catalag’ states that prisoners have to go through their jail’s ‘normal procedure’ for buying items – which involves filling out an order form complete with catalogue number and price.

The mag ask them to ‘bear in mind’ that not all products are allowed in all prisons – and that prices can change.

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

The blurb in the mag for the drum kit states: ‘Includes headphones, USB and MIDI input. Pedals to give realistic sound, kick trigger, hi-hat and three cymbals.’

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

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

‘The Bluetooth connectivity means you can play along to music and use the built-in stereo speakers.

‘Powered via rechargeable battery the accessories include headphones, USB and MIDI input and pedals to give you a realistic sound.’

The drum kit – which can reach around 80 decibels, equivalent to the sound of a food blender – also comes with a one year guarantee, just in case your cellmate doesn’t appreciated 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 & two plectrums) – £80
  • Riley two-piece snooker cue – £23
  • Phillips Boombox – £99
  • Monopoly – £20
  • Risk – £35
  • Breville toasted sandwich maker – £16
  • Habitat cosy shaggy rug – £40
  • Four-piece set of towels (sky blue, white or grey) – £7.09

The mag states: ‘We are grateful for the support of Argos while enables Inside Time to continue publishing bi-monthly, the details of a range of products important to people in prison.

‘Purchases will be directly from Argos via your prison’s standard procedure and you may need to fill out an order form showing the item reference number and price. Payment is from your spends account.

Prisoners, who don't have online access, were left disappointed after the high street chain announced it will stop printing catalogues after almost 50 years in 2020 (file image)

Prisoners, who don’t have online access, were left disappointed after the high street chain announced it will stop printing catalogues after almost 50 years in 2020 (file image)

‘All establishments will have different policies regarding what is permitted – prison staff will advise you.’

A prison source said: ‘It’s noisy enough on the wings without someone thinking they’re Ringo Starr or Keith Moon.’

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

They can even order rugs, fluffy towels, and a ‘pedestal mat’ to fit around in-cell loos.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘Governors can approve prisoners to purchase some electrical items in return for good behaviour.

‘Only if a governor thinks a musical instrument will benefit a prisoner’s rehabilitation would it be agreed.’ 

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