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    Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

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    Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 11:18 am

    WHETHER its the cost of childcare, technology or even a cup of coffee, consumers in the UK are paying significantly more than in other countries. Jasmine Birtles of The Daily Express investigates.

    Look at SEVEN different topics in this article HERE




    OK, I know that this is an old story, but as it has not got any better over the years this subject is worth examining again.

    I have to ask: Why do we stand for these "in your face" rip-offs ?


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    Post by zathrus on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 11:32 am

    Yeah, the words rip-off Britain are not used for fun.

    I think that we are our own worst enemies as far as being ripped off is concerned as we show our throats to just anybody that is planning to attack us.

    Not until the people get educated at beat them at their own game will we stop being ripped off so often.

    Quite simply we cannot depend on the watchdogs to do this job for us.
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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 11:33 am

    We should be sure that the watch-dogs DO protect us from rip-off prices for British consumers.

    While I say that, I also agree that we should be aware of the pitfalls and go about protecting ourselves too.


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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 24 Jun 2017, 11:09 am

    I think that the internet is educating people in ways that they could not be before.

    This, of course, does not allow for people who are not on the internet.

    I have found many ways to combat profiteers by simply shopping around.

    Many people still refuse, or are just too lazy to do this.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sun 25 Jun 2017, 11:19 am

    The best advice in your piece is to "shop around", as that never does you any harm if it is done right.


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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 10:38 am

    In a lot of cases it is because the public are mugs; obsessed with designer labels and the latest fad.

    If we refused to pay rip off prices they would soon fall.

    We would also do better to 'Make do and Mend', instead of turfing out perfectly good appliances in favour of new ones.

    For instance. Fridge/ freezers. These appliances only have a single compressor to run both fridge and freezer, so if it fails you lose all your food.

    I buy separates and stack them, so I don't lose it all in one go, and also have a chance to rescue some. I also keep a small chest freezer for emergencies.
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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 11:21 am

    That is a good way to protect yourself from one individual unit failing HG.

    The thing is that probably more than eighty percent of people always want the newest "thing" on the market and because of this we are our own worst enemies.


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    Post by Gandhi on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 11:03 am

    My Hoover fridge failed in the heatwave a couple of weeks ago - the freezer was still OK so not sure about your 'two compressors' theory HG. Worst bit was having to wait 6 hours while the fridge settled before i could switch it on - nearly lost some of the freezer contents as they took away my old fridge

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    PS Guess which Frdige I bought? The hotpoint f/f one as used in the Grenfell tower blaze. Should be fun.
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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 11:15 am

    Yes, some of the better fridge/freezers DO have two compressors, but if one of them fails you still have to get rid of that one, and as they are invariably attached to each other, both have to go. Of course this is unlike the individual units that HG is talking about.

    Buying a Hotpoint like the same make as triggered the conflagration in Grenfell Towers might not be so bad as long as it is not the flawed one with the plastic back.

    To find out which fridge was the banned one refer to this linkHERE


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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 12:02 pm

    Good point, Ghandi, but even with two compressers, you are left with a part which is not serving its purpose, which is why I buy stackables.

    At my age, I'm past worrying about appearances and fashion, I want stuff that works and is repairable. I won't have a tumble dryer any more, for instance, and I think the British have a love for things with extra bells and whistles and are often not used to full extent. Washing machines for instance often have far more programmes on them than necessary, mine has far more than I need, but getting a simple one with just three cycles is next to impossible.

    A simpler machine might be cheaper too.
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    Re: Rip-off Britain! Why are consumers paying more in the UK?

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 10:59 am

    You are right about that HG but the manufacturers deliberately make their machine, of all types, as complicated as possible so that they can sell them as "better functionality" and then the can get more money for them.

    You will find it very difficult now to get a machine that is repairable as the manufacturers also build in obsolescence so that at best any decent engineer has to buy modules in order to make the machine work again.


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