I know we have all heard about stuff like printer ink, perfume etc being way overpriced, but anyone else got anything they have seen recently that shocked them in terms of just how much they were charging?
I'll start with replacement heads for my Philips Sonicare tootbrush. These are the ones that fit my model
€44.99 for 4 plastic heads, probably made in China for a Euro. Shocking. And I'll not even get into the price for some of the toothbrushes themselves.
Secondly, the price of electric shavers for men.
Look at this one, €473 !! For a shaver!
Now I know that its a decent bit of kit, but its hardly costing Philips a fortune in R&D, as they have been more or less unchanged in technology in a few decades. You could buy a 2nd hand car for that money.
So what other prices make you do a double-take when you see them?
You'll always get overly expensive items, like a lamp for €3500 in Brown Thomas but there are reasonably priced items too. My electric razor does everything a razor needs to do and was €65.
We could be here all year listing expensive items. Look in the Gloss magazine any month for hundreds of suggestions.
Just buy a normal toothbrush and use elbow grease.
You see people paying 12k for a handbag in Brown Thomas....And you have to wonder a little
I find these kind of threads strange, as if all items which do the same thing should cost the same, everywhere. If there is a cheaper alternative which does the same thing, all you are paying extra for is either branding or possibly quality and reliability. But at the end of the day, nobody is forcing you op to buy the more expensive item.
Avocados a nd you have to watch them until they're ripe As well , and don't tell me they're "cheap in Lidl" ,mush pulp and cardboard in Lidl/Aldi.
Certain items are priced to be sold on promotion.
Electric shavers and electric toothbrushes would be classic examples - you will ALWAYS find a couple of models at "half price"
Within fmcg goods dishwasher tablets, laundry powders, conditioner, shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants etc are all "priced up" so that frequent "offers" can be made.
Electric toothbrushes are a classic case of a basic item that does a simple task which the marketing people have puffed up with totally useless 'features' in order to extract more money from mugs, it's similar to the pseudo-technical jargon they use to sell TVs.
I buy the basic Oral-B model which gives a little wiggle every 30 seconds and a longer alert after two minutes, every other feature I see on the box I know is basically BS to push the price up for no added benefit to me.
With electric shavers, the price goes up exponentially for models with a superthin foil, every extra 0.1mm they shave off costs you about €100. I have a cheap battery Philips model which cost me €20, it gets me by in an emergency.
I read there yesterday about a brand of vodka. It wasn't selling very well so they slimmed down the bottle and almost doubled the price and now it is a top seller! I can't remember the name but it looked familiar in the picture. Quite a risky marketing strategy but it worked. As for other things over priced- tea and coffee in cafes and restaurants. Way overpriced. The profit on these drinks must be massive.
Beer, either in supermarkets or pubs. It costs me less than 60c per pint to home-brew my own. Economies of scale suggest that it costs a fraction of that for a brewery to produce a pint.
Considerable tax is paid on the sale of alcohol and pubs have to cover their costs, but charging the guts of €6 for a pint of beer is crazy.
What type of person spends 12k on a handbag ?
Morally repugnant ... even if I were a millionaire I wouldn't be spending that much on a bag.
Of course, breweries don't brew in plastic buckets in back rooms
My last batch cost €0.53/500ml and had it been payable, duty would have been €0.67.
But then I don't have to pay for staff, a brewery, power, premesis, storage, shipping, retailer markup or apply VAT.
While the price of a pint in pubs (particularly for anything non-macro or bottled) can be daft, I can't quibble with an average of €3 for a bottle in the shops...
You can get 24 bottles from anywhere between 6 or 7 and 12 quid in many countries in Europe, probably cheaper still in some places