The Fruit of Greed

I did a little bit of shopping today, and as the soft fruit season is upon us, have recently been enjoying the occasional punnet of strawberries if the price is right.
Hubby treated me for our anniversary night away, so there I was like Lady Muck draped over the bed in my fluffy towel and little else, my skin as red as the strawberry I was eating after that luxurious bubble bath. OK, I admit I had the dimples cellulite too.
strawberriesBritish strawberries are the best, especially if you can pick your own, though that’s one for the tub and two for me as I go. We grew them ourselves for a couple of years, but then we moved away and our cottage garden veg plot couldn’t come with us. It still smarts that we left our fantastic crop of onions and a laden apple tree.

I had already noticed in one supermarket that 200g of British strawberries were £1.29 compared to 400g of Spanish ones for the same price. OK, we stuck with British as they looked nicer, and went very well with my granola yoghurt for dessert yesterday.
I was going to have some more today but was in a different supermarket where BREXIT has already hit produce prices and quite honestly I needed to sit down in a hurry.

I paid 41 pence for a single jacket potato today (we usually get 4 for 76p, but surprisingly they don’t do those packs anymore), and £1 for 100g of carrots/cauliflower/broccoli to go with it for our dinner.
Seedless grapes were £2 for 200g, mangoes £2 for 100g, and 100g of raspberries would set me back £1.86. Fresh pineapple pieces were priced at £2, though I could get a large tin for 37p, and if I wanted a squishy bit of honeydew melon, that was reduced to 99p.
But it was the strawberries that made me wince.
Only British were available, and for £1.68 I could purchase 7.
cashYes. Just SEVEN strawberries, equating to 24p each, which is almost five bob in old money. I’m so sad that I convert things back to pre decimal sterling when I’m in shock.
They weren’t particularly big, they certainly weren’t ripe, and most definitely did not look juicy.
I left them on the shelf along with the rows of other trays containing similar packets which no-one was buying.
I wonder why………………….. 😉

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13 Responses to The Fruit of Greed

  1. colinandray says:

    My! My! Those should have been incredible strawberries at that price! Perhaps the Euro connections are trying to establish the Spanish strawberries??? 😦

    • My guess is the cheaper ones had sold out (some come from Holland as well as Spain, depending on the supermarlet chain) and no-one was prepared to pay such an extortionate price for something that is basically home grown!

  2. It seems when I am hungry for something the price is up. When I’m not, it’s on sale.

  3. Capt Jill says:

    too bad you can’t grow your own any more. I have some in a small pot, they’ve been making lots of really sweet, good little berries. I am having a problem with some kind of bug getting into them.

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  5. colinandray says:

    My daughter did a marketing program after she had finished school, and the psychological and manipulating games that they play is nobody’s business!

    • I always do the sums on special offers, as sometimes their BOGOF is more expensive. Stock cubes were a classic. Pack of 12 £1.48, so BOGOF 24 for £1.48, two shelves down and to the lefta box of 24 (same brand/flavour) was £1.

      • colinandray says:

        Then there are the sales (?) which are products passed their prime; slow movers; discontinued items. Moving shelf locations so that you have to look through the whole store to find anything. Using specific lighting to bring out the colors of fruit/veggiess. Repackaging perishables to include a new “Best Before” date. Selling an item at a loss in order to market more expensive items; Compensating sale items with slightly over-priced items. Deceptive pricing (3 for $1.50….. which may well be a good price so you buy 3 even though you only usually buy 1! You could have bought just one at $0.50……and so the list goes on, and on and on!

      • It’s all a con isn’t it.

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