Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Moving news and last nights TV

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We've been puzzling about moving dates because the original plan was March 16th which would be when Col should be due for a blood test  on the day before his next 3 day stay in hospital for chemo. We didn't see how we could ask to move it to an earlier date because our buyers were waiting to get some of the money they needed and moving later would clash with Easter. So it was a lovely surprise this morning when the Estate Agent phoned to ask if we would like to do completion on the 9th as our buyers had been able to arrange for the money earlier. That will make life so much easier as Col would be feeling well for a week in the new home to help me get things sorted before disappearing off to hospital. The removal company can do the 9th so as long as both lots of solicitors can organise everything that should be the day.

 Did you see last nights episode of  Supershoppers? They were looking at some of the so called "artisan products" available. Packed in rustic brown paper packages with labels that look home produced but they turn out to be made by some of the biggest companies, Dorset Cereals were one example. They are packed in small boxes with a 'country look' packaging. BUT they are owned ABF - Associated British Foods who also make Jordans cereal, dozens of other products and own Primark. Another product they featured were Teapigs - which I hadn't heard of but they are very posh teabags and come in small packs looking as if they were made in someones kitchen. BUT they are owned by Tata - one of the biggest companies in the world (they also produce steel and cars). The presenters put some Heinz baked beans into dinky kilner-type storage jars, tied them up with string and a paper label and took them out on the streets to see what people would be willing to pay for "artisan beans".............the answer?...........anything up to £5!
I suppose you pay you money and you take your choice but a lot of people are paying much more  just because of the packaging or because they assume they are buying from a small local company.

Last week they were talking about Gluten Free Foods. They found that many products labeled as GF and  found on the "Free From" shelves at a high price are often exactly the same as the ordinary product on the normal shelves which are gluten free anyway.

Once upon a time shopping was simple!

Back Tomorrow
Sue

35 comments:

  1. Great news on the move date. I'm so glad I live simply and don't have any dietary ailments because labelling these days is over complicated. More expensive goods are placed at eye-line and cheaper goods nearer the floor. All tricks of the trade!

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    1. I'm sure shopping was easier when people had less choice

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  2. "Artisan" is used as an excuse to put a 300% price rise on formerly cheap things. £3.50 for a loaf in Brighton, I saw. Come on!!!!

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  3. Brilliant news about your moving date, I hope it all goes to plan. It's not often that fate steps in to make life easier ... but lovely when it does :-)

    I watched the programme last night with interest. It seems we are so gullible to brown paper packages and pretty jars with rustic string and labels!!

    Another thing that happens is that a small company sells out to a big name after getting their product right and being very successful, they then sell their product and it's name to a larger company for a good profit. A recent-ish one I know of is 'Debbie and Andrews' sausages, they sold out to a big company and then started afresh on their farm with a new label of sausages 'Heck', which are usually side by side with their old brand (their old packaging is much more eye-catching, a shame they had to lose it). So some products now owned by the 'big boys' did start out artisan, I wouldn't be surprised if the tea company was originally a small company that got swallowed up.

    I think we all have to re-educate ourselves and instead of going for the fancy packaging, buy the product that we want, be that a value product or an own label etc, regardless of it's packaging, and then decant it into nicer jars/boxes/tubs etc at home and then we will have the best of both worlds and beat the big companies at their own game.

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    1. I didn't see the programme you are talking about.. BUT.. we do do what you have suggested about decanting into nicer jars with a 'good' name. 'We' (the royal 'we' - my husband and I :-D) work in the kitchen of our village hall at each monthly market and offer tea/coffee and bacon butties. We use the cheaper coffee as it makes us more profit that goes towards the up keep of our hall. It has saved us quite a bit of money over the last 4 years.

      Good news on the moving date. About time that you had a bit of good luck.

      All the best. CMW

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    2. So many sell out, I can remember Body shop and Green and Blacks and there are probably lots more

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  4. Brilliant news about your move.
    Julie xxxxx

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  5. Best wishes, hope all goes well,xxx

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  6. We have that here in the U.S. as well, but mainly with "organic" foods (including boxed), "free range" meats and eggs, and dairy from "no growth hormone" cows. It's funny to see packages with "gluten free" in large print... things like lunch meats, cheese or produce which is, of course, ALWAYS gluten free. LOL! Good news that your move could be moved up! That will make it a bit less tricky.

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  7. Glad to hear your good news on the move Sue.
    Makes me laugh all this 'artisan' stuff in brown bags and wrappers. I remember going to the grocers in our village for my mother when I was a child and all the basics were weighed into brown bags....flour, sugar, tea etc. Now it's just a way to rip people off-x-

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  8. Good news re the moving date, that's a weight off your mind. I don't mind paying a little extra for true artisan foods, but not to the extent that the mark up is huge. I didn't see the programme, but wish I had.

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  9. I think some people have more money than sense , Its ridiculous the outrageous prices some of these artisan producers charge , Even if i could afford to pay the prices i wouldn't as i dont like being ripped off especially as its much healthier and cheaper to make it yourself as you know what is going into everything you make yourself , The bit about the t shirt was good to we will be off to Asda to buy my husband some desperately needed t shirts in the summer , Great news about the move xxx

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  10. Pleased for you regarding the moving date, that will make things easier.
    I am sure you are ready to get the move behind you now and look forward to new beginnings. Actually when the hard work of a move is over, I have always enjoyed the whole "newness" experience.
    Wishing you both all good things.
    Pam in TX xxx

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  11. Yes, as everyone else has said, good news about the move, Sue.
    How strange the world is, when if something was wrapped in plain brown paper years ago it would've been considered Very Bargain Basement, when today it's had "artisan" slapped on it, if not literally, then visually. Teapigs at around about a fiver a bag for just a few teabags is a right royal rip off. And they call the teabags tea "temples"! How pretentious is that?
    I wonder, too, if Manuka honey is all it's cracked up to be? I bought a jar once (go on, say it! More fool me!) but really, it tasted just like any other honey. I saw some jars of the stuff today in Waitrose (OK, I hold up my hands ... I shop in Waitrose but I also shop in Lidl's!) which were an eye-watering £12 to £14. Needless to say they remained on the shelf.
    Margaret P

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  12. Pleased about your good news x unfortunately I think a lot of people do think they're supporting small companies when we buy things that look a certain way.
    Could you contact me on motheroffivejoyce@googlemail.com. It's about your comment on knitting for your grandchild xx

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  13. great news about the move. And hurrah to Col being back home :O)
    I didn't see that programme, how shocking that the massive companies are behind the 'smaller' ones that we assume to be such. It's just all about the money.

    xx

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  14. Food supplying companies are crafty, they will add a fancy label to anything, out daughter id gluten free and we try and stay away from the special foods. As for Teapigs, worked with a woman who would only drink them, I did not enjoy any I tried. great news with the move

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  15. Fantastic news about the move especially as it will tie in with Col's next hospital stay.

    I didn't see the programme but the Lidl advert used to make me smile. It was the one where they'd set up all their stuff as though it was a farmer's market. Best bit of advertising I've seen for a while and it just shows how the majority of people fall for this type of thing. Myself included I hasten to add - on some occasions ;) xx

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  16. Good news about your moving date and that it now ties in with Cols hospital appointment. Hope all goes well for you both.

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  17. Good news on the move, I hope that the solicitors get a rustle on and do their thing! xx

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  18. So glad you have been able to move the moving date so it fits in better with Col and the hospital. One less worry for you.
    Speaking of Artisan products and such, I live in a city of 1.3 million people. We have 5 HUGE, indoor, year round farmers markets and 11 seasonal outdoor markets. We sometimes go to the year round markets, I love to look but rarely buy. Because the majority of the stuff is labelled artisan and/or organic the prices are outrageous. For me a farmers market should have goods from your province or maybe the neighbouring province. I now of nowhere in Canada that pineapples, bananas, mangoes, papayas, citrus fruit and a ton of other stuff are grown and yet they are at the farmers market for exorbitant prices. They have travelled many miles to get there, same as the supermarket, who charge half the price! I could go on and on, Artisan bread that is $9.00 a loaf, cupcakes that are $3.00 each----Ridiculous!! Sorry fot the rant.

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  19. How fantastic re the move! Great news!
    My HG is a sucker for packaging - fortunately I'm right behind him - voice of reason! Put it back!!!

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  20. So pleased about that moving date Sue - I do hope it all works out well for you.
    As for reading the packets - it all goes to show you can't necessarily believe what is written there.

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  21. Very interesting reading, so much so I did a little looking around and if you Google 'The food chain: how big business bought up the ethical market' you might be as shocked and surprised as myself. Amazing how we are all being manipulated. I think it is time we woke up - Tam

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  22. Good news on the moving date saga...now if only this awful wind would give us a break! x

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  23. We don't get that programme here, but that is very interesting! Products made to look "artisan" and people willing to pay for the packaging and the "story". That is good news for your move. -Jenn

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  24. Con artists don't only work internet scams, they're also in our supermarkets and high street stores.

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  25. Hope all goes well for your move its very stressful at the best of times. I didn't see that programme but it doesn't surprise me in the least. Sometimes I find myself getting drawn to something that looks homemade and full of good stuff only to be brought down to earth with a bump when I read the labels and find the main ingredients either palm oil or sugar. They are both poison.

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  26. Fingers crossed that everything goes well for your move.

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  27. Wishing you both much happiness in your new home. Thoughts to Col, hope all goes well. Xxx

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  28. Good news that you can move earlier, at a better time for both of you.

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