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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-01-17 22:11
Subject: Cheaper in bulk
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In our little local Tesco this evening, I was down at that end of an aisle where the spices are stacked. And I saw one of the most egregious examples I've ever seen of the fact that much of what you buy is not strictly priced by weight, but often by how much hassle it is getting it to you.

38g of Hot Chilli powder. £1.36
1000g of Hot Chilli powder. £2.99

Yes, for little more than twice the price, you can have over 25 times as much.

(I'm also not entirely sure why the place is selling Hot Chilli powder by the kilo. Perhaps they've heard that a P Morwood may visit one day.)
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Dr Plokta
User: drplokta
Date: 2006-01-17 22:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Last time I bought cumin seeds in Tesco, a 400g bag was cheaper than a 30g jar.
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Sue
User: frostfox
Date: 2006-01-17 22:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Our Tesco has a wholefood section, pumpkin, sunflower and pine kernels all cheaper than the neat little packs in the baking ingredients isle.

FF, likes her nutty bits.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-01-18 00:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One of customers, to whom we sell price integrity software, is the John Lewis Partnership - boast 'Never knowingly undersold'. Another of our customers is their supermarketing branch Waitrose.

We have extra special fun when they have a Waitrose branch actually within a JLP branch - because any items that both of them sell have to be at exactly the same price.

I can just imagine the fun they'd have with a wholefood section that decided to be cheaper than the baking section.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-01-18 00:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And, you know, you'll still buy the 30g one, because you don't want to buy the 400g one and waste half of it.
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Ross
User: crazyscot
Date: 2006-01-17 22:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
1kg?! Isn't that sort of quantity in violation of the Chemical Warfare Convention?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-01-18 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I could understand it up the road in Cambridge. There are people there who might well eat that amount of hot chilli powder in a sufficiently short period (curried catfood student special, anyone?).

Down here in Royston, there's barely an ethnic presence, and no student one. We're a small market town, not Southall or Perivale (the Hoover Building Tesco used to have quite a lot of interesting stuff, and I assume still does).
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Andrew Mobbs
User: mobbsy
Date: 2006-01-18 00:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think it's Tesco's latest effort to put small grocers out of business by attacking the local-wholesale type trade. The Nasreen Dar on Histon Road does an excellent line in large bags of spices herbs and pulses, huge tubs of Ghee, 25kg sacks of rice and so on. A while ago I noticed that the "Experimental" Newmarket Road Tesco had started a section doing wholesale volume Indian ingredients.

I assume that somewhere between the cost of shelf-space, the profit from sales and the indirect profit from driving local retailers out of another niche, it was deemed worthwhile to expand the scheme.
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Mitchy: Mitchy
User: mitchy
Date: 2006-01-18 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: *wavies*
Keyword:Mitchy
Umm, hi! I saw you posting on Diane Duane's LJ and thought I'd seen your name somewhere before. Seems our flists have rmc28 and bofhcam in common. Wonder if we've met in Cambridge at one party or another before? Anyway, the small world nature of LJ amused me and I wanted to say hello :)

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-01-18 10:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: *wavies*
We quite possibly have met, but please forgive me if I don't recognise the name. We seem to have long ago found out the names of those whose names we were ever destined to know, and everyone else is now just part of the matrix, people that we see at parties and gatherings, people to whom we may now without ever knowing.

(Part of it is being to embarrassed to ask for names at this late stage.)

And LJ is different, anyway. It's got to the stage that some of the Cambridge bunch whose LJs I actually read, I wouldn't necessarily recognise. But if you were to try to recognise me, well, if I'm outside, I wear a hat. And wear frameless glasses. And have a beard. Just like the icon.
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Mitchy
User: mitchy
Date: 2006-01-19 01:21 (UTC)
Subject: Re: *wavies*
If you have an email addy, I'll drop you a line with real names, locations and possible meeting places :)
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Kelvix
User: kelvix
Date: 2006-01-18 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I do still have some spices that I bought over 6 years ago, in a shop in Nottingham - where there is quite an ethnic community. I've kept them wrapped up tightly in a biscuit tin. They've proved to have fragrance and spice long after the ones in the Schwartz jars have (they lost all identifiable fragrance after about 6 months).

Of course, living near Slough, we have a local Tesco that has a whole large aisle devoted to Asian cuisine, a bulk-buy aisle that sells 2 for the price of one - one being a 10 kilo bag of rice, together with a shop downstairs in the Tesco complex that sells Halal meat, and another selling Indian special sweets.

My husband, the cloggie, thinks this is all too much. He regularly mentions "Goliath, from cradle to grave" when we go there...
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