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Coronavirus profiteering

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Natara, Mar 26, 2020 at 12:33 PM.

  1. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    Just paid £3 for a cauliflower in Hove East Sussex. Either that or join the cue at Tescos 50 to 60 people strong.
    I did that a few days ago only to find bare shelves.
  2. Natara

    Natara pfm Member

    I expect to pay a bit of a premium at smaller ‘corner shop’ grocers and the owners are providing a really valuable service but that’s one thing and then there is out right taking the piss.
  3. Del monaco

    Del monaco pfm Member

    Even the supermarkets did this at the beginning, capitalising on the Governments uncertainty/ slow start.
  4. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    The fella who runs my village shop told me that when his suppliers presented him with his bill for his last veg order it gone from the previous £650 up to £1100. Apparently this was explained as being down to 'market forces'. He now has to explain to his customers (many of whom are elderly and he delivers to) that their veg boxes have increased in price by 40%.
  5. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Prices are going to go up. There is a severe shortage of labour out on the farms!
  6. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    That's nearly 70%.
  7. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    CEX put up the prices of their Xboxes and PlayStations by £50 last week, in anticipation of parents not being arsed to homeschool their kids properly and wanting a way to keep them occupied. They’re flying out of their shops/warehouse.
  8. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    Yes, a big increase. The overall cost to the punters has gone up by a lesser amount as part of that is the delivery charge, which he hasn't put up.
  9. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    Sports Direct raised prices on a lot of 'in the house' items like dartboards, dumbbells etc a few days ago. Why am I surprised - it's just being used to backfill the lack of funds now they have had to begrudgingly accept the instruction to close.
  10. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    Cor, what ****ing scumbags....or am I just being naive?
  11. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    Bit of both I suppose, those kinds of stores will always charge what the market will stand.
  12. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    I am not sure what you would expect a shop selling for profit to do? Last time I was in there I asked if there was really still a market for DVDs and he said they did 70 million trades of them last year. Couldnt believe that.

    But yes, ultimately if everyone suddenly wants Xboxes the price will go up, its inevitable.
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  13. Alex S

    Alex S carbon based lifeform

    I really hope Sports Direct and Wetherspoons are named and shamed. For ever.
    domfjbrown likes this.
  14. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    Well everyone wants Xboxes at Christmas and all the stores compete using low prices to pull in customers. I'm not having demand being a driver, unless supply is a real issue, which for the likes of Cex isn't an issue.
  15. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    I think they'll be marked for what they are in the same way that The Sun is regarded in Liverpool. Or so I hope.
    Weekender, koi, Rob998 and 1 other person like this.
  16. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    I hope they disappear.
    Weekender likes this.
  17. Ibbots

    Ibbots pfm Member

    I was thinking of profiteering by buying all the E45 cream I can find. There's going to a plague of dry skin and eczema what with all the extra hand washing. That'll show all those goons that jumped on the bogroll and sanitiser bandwagon.
    guydarryl, Alex S and TheDecameron like this.
  18. richgilb

    richgilb Admonishtrator

    How much was the cauliflower in a Hove independent shop before? £2.50?
    matt j likes this.
  19. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Yeah but for £2.50 in Hove you get an organic, artisinal chou-fleur.
    Weekender likes this.
  20. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    I am still waiting for Jez to have one of his rants...and rant about his beloved 'Spoons.

    He has been strangely silent about them.
    Wilson likes this.

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