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What products are cheaper in England?

  • 06-03-2023 4:08pm
    Registered Users Posts: 288 ✭✭

    Cars are the obvious one and that’s what’s stuck in my head.. but it also got me thinking if cars are so much more expensive over here compared to in the UK, surely there are other similar items that we are also getting the short end of the stick on.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,659 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    English flags:

    £4.80 in England for a lovely 5 foot by 3 foot.

    Same thing, €28.29 over here! You could get the flags of all the countries in the UK for that, and still have change for a small Cornwall one!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,073 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula

    Basically everything you can imagine.

    Even the people ( oooops cheeky face )

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,469 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Eating out, alcohol, groceries, public transport, rent all cheaper in uk.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,031 ✭✭✭coolbeans

    Wages are lower there though, especially in the public sector.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,252 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Not anymore, it use to be significantly cheaper in the UK, unless you go somewhere like Wetherspoons the cost of alcohol has got more expensive, food has gone up and the only public transport I use is the tram in manchester and it is about parred with here.

    Train prices can be horrendous.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    On the reverse of that, here you pay a maximum of €80 a month for all medications required by your entire family.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭walterking

    Public transport?

    When was the last time you were in the UK? Trains in particular are horrendously expensive.

    Most groceries are not cheaper but some are especially where an item might have 13.5% or 23% vat here and 0 over there. (Some biscuits and cakes)

    Eating out is definitely more expensive in the UK when equivalent places are compared, but there are many more cheap places like wetherspoons with very bland food.

    Alcohol is cheaper as the tax is lower.

    Rent is lower, but not by much and you have very high local taxes.

    Petrol and diesel is much higher there. Heating oil is cheaper. All due to tax differences

    Hotel breaks, especially outside the big cities, are cheaper there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,856 ✭✭✭✭Geuze

    It is a common misconception that the cause of higher beer prices here is tax.

    This is false.

    Excise duty on beer is fairly similiar in both places.

    The reason is much higher wholesale prices here, due to less competition.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,310 ✭✭✭✭murpho999

    The usual run Ireland down and grass greener on the other side.

    Whenever I go to the UK i don't find it cheap at all. Also if you go to London, prices for everything can be scary.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,469 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Ah yeah wondered who would be the first ah but shur London.

    There's a reason why companies call this place Treasure Island, can you think what it is?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭beachhead

    Transport by train a rip off-always has been.Travel cards are better value than here.Some bars put up prices by £1.50 a pint,others 25p since covid.Wetherspoons still reasonable and the food there is like pub grub anywhere-cheap and cheerful and "cooked" by your neighbours son or daughter. Takeaways cheaper especially,spirits.Restaurants in city/town centres gone expensive but you can find where locals eat for very reasonable rates with bigger portions.Fuel prices are equivalent sterling rates e.g.£1 a litre is e1. or £1.70 is e1.70 Shop in the markets for cheaper vegetables and discounted dry goods.Wages are increasing at a faster rate than here and chose your career carefully and you'll find you get paid more than here.Renting can be cheaper if you pick the right area.Council taxes are higher but based on 2003 valuations.House buying-again pick the right area and easier to get a loan.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭beachhead

    A bit like Dublin or Cork or Belfast(part of the Republic soon)then.Belfast prices on another planet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,118 ✭✭✭screamer

    Depends what part of the uk you go to. OTC medication cheaper. Was in London suburbs recently and the prices were eye watering. Hair cut, alcohol, meals out all more expensive much more. The hotel stay though was cheaper.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,607 ✭✭✭✭rob316

    Everything due to so much competition. In our industry there is 1 wholesaler in Ireland for our products there is closer to 100 in the UK. The 1 wholesaler in Ireland can charge what they want and dictates the market.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,453 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Food, drinks are noticeably cheaper especially up North… pub I frequent when in Sheffield, you’ll get the best all day breakfast in the Universe , and a pint for the equivalent of 12 / 13 euros…. Be 17 / 18 here…

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,208 ✭✭✭✭zell12

    Just prescription items. OTC items are horrendously expensive here

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,429 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    Depends where you are. Beer is way cheaper from corner shops here in London than in irish offos. You can buy cans of Tyskie etc. for a pound. Pints are generally the same or even more these days unless you go to some flat rooved pub in a dodgy estate where they sell carling.

    Eating out is really dear now I find unless you go for no frills ethnic food. Its all small plates and you spend crazy money.

    I find groceries more expensive than ireland in general too.

    GP is free and dentist cost me like 15 quid for an examination and xray recently.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,959 ✭✭✭blackbox


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,429 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,787 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    Ireland's GDP per capita is over twice that of the UK: $100k versus $46k, so pretty much everything would be cheaper otherwise they'd have a hard time to make ends meet. And that goes for most of Europe as well!

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,961 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    Onan hag Oll :-)

    Back to the subject. Something that no ones mentioned yet. There is so much more choice in the UK you can normally shop around and get a good deal on something you want even if its quite specialist. Here with so little choice there is no competition and prices are higher as a result.

    Of more readily available products I'd say any generic over the counter pharmaceuticals. Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen can be got for less than 50 pence a packet.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,252 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Cars, otc medication, alcohol for an off-license or supermarket, NHS free at point use, genuinely free education as in not paying for books and school banned from asking parents for a contribution, cocktail in the place like the slug and lettuce.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,120 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    Schools are not banned from asking for contributions. The NHS is free at the point of use, but that is not much consolation to the millions on hospital waiting lists. Or to the people who cannot get a GP appointment, or get on a GP list.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,593 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Strippers in flat-roofed pubs.

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    Way more fish and chip places over there who aren't trying to compete anymore with the likes of McDonalds etc. So 12-15 sterling for fresh cod/haddock, chips, sauce, and a can. Can sit in as well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,777 ✭✭✭gipi

    Sadly, it's not entirely true. Some prescription meds aren't on the Drug Payment Scheme list and have to be paid for separately. I found this out the hard way this month when 2 new meds on my prescription weren't covered and I had to pay 141 euro at the pharmacy (80 euro for the drugs that are on the list and 61 for those that aren't.

    Motorbike gear, especially helmets can be cheaper in UK,because it's considered safety equipment and is 0% vat rated. Here, vat is 23% on these items.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Ah well, London prices are not representative of the UK in general. Many jobs carry thus a " London allowance"