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what are cookies?
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how cookies may be used
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shopping and payments
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third party cookies
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site performance and security
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From time to time we may test new features and make changes to the way that the site is delivered. When testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience, while ensuring we understand which features our users appreciate the most.
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