202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #272018 Thurston Garden
Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:06 pm

Oh, they are experts at manipulating us. Making us think we need stuff we don't.
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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #272023 GeorgeSalt
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:02 pm

Thurston Garden wrote:Although I avoid supermarkets personally when I can, I had first hand evidence that they do have their place. Shopping habits on the whole have changed significantly in the last couple of decades and no mater what we ishers think, the majority of the public choose to use supermarkets. A few in this thread have said that they don't have much option but to use them, but on the whole, supermarkets dont force people through their doors. People make a choice, and the majority choose to use them.


We have a local situation where the local market is struggling and between the council and the traders there's little agreement what needs to be done. The local paper interviewed a sample of the shoppers at the market and it's interesting to note that they only interviewed women, the youngest was 60-something and the oldest 80-something. If that's representative of the shooping population that attends the market I can immediately see the problem - their trade is dying because their customer base is literally dying.

Did I forget to mention that the market is held on a Tuesday morning for historic reasons? Certainly must be historic reasons, because it couldn't possibly be commercial. For the same historic reasons the very small Saturday market is also dying because it's traditional pitch is about the size of a handkerchief and stuck out on one end of town away from the main shopping area and well beyond the main carparks, whilst the Tuesday market has a couple of acres of open marketplace carpark to expand into.

There are not many working shoppers that can shop on a Tuesday morning. There are not many butchers, bakers or indeed candlestick makers that are open when you come off shift at 10pm or 6am (or on nights I decide I can't sleep so go and do the shopping at 2am). So supermarkets will have their place. And traditional shops and markets can no longer rely on the "we are here, they will come" approach to developing sales.

Oh, and the traditional market traders are up in arms because an independent group of market traders has negotiated all-week picthes in the middle of the main shopping centre and are doing very nicely. Sums it up really, traditional traders are going to have to think nontraditional thoughts to prosper.
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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #272038 Thomzo
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:54 pm

OK - I'll admit it. I use a supermarket through choice. Like many people, I work long hours. The thought of spending the whole of every Saturday morning driving into the centre of town, fighting for an expensive parking place, traipsing round from one shop to another, queueing in each, having to pay separately instead of just once before fighting my way back home, just to buy food - no thank you. There's a good-enough Co-op at the end of my street. I can walk there, buy as much food as I can carry and be back home within 25 minutes. For anything they don't stock, there's a Morrisons about 20 minutes' walk in a different direction.

The fact is that the supermarkets are here to stay. I don't think there's any point fighting the general concept of them - they're not going to go away. There are always places where they don't fit in and won't be wanted. Fight that by all means - I have done so. Otherwise, surely it's better to put energy into getting the supermarkets to do what's right? More of them are coming round to the idea that sustainable is better: better conditions for workers, more organic choice, less packaging, etc.

The supermarkets wield an awful lot of power down the supply chain, from the packaging manufacturers to intensive and organic agriculture. Convince them to do the right thing and a lot of the world's problems could be solved.

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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #273406 Skippy
Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:43 am

I came across this cautionary tale on another forum,
http://www.diynot.com/forums/general-di ... ob.362556/

By the way if Doofaloofa reads this, then in answer to your question about lack of abuse on the "ish" try popping over to diynot if it's abuse and arguments you want :dontknow:


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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #276099 daffodiltulip
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:01 pm

narmour wrote:They seem to prefer produce from half way round the world to our own home grown stuff


I don't understand that. Why IS is more expensive to buy something from here? Even if things are cheaper in other countries, there's still the storage, transport etc that they have to pay to get their stuff here in the first place. Also, why does it cost so much to buy a handful of berries, in the supermarkets anyway, when the same things can grow with minimum effort by even not-particularly-enthusiastic gardeners, or even hedgegrows and such places? We had good crops of raspberries that had come from our neighbour's garden when I was growing up and we did nothing to them, blackberries can be found easily growing successfully all by themselves, plums and apples can be found growing on towpaths, verges, etc., producing decent amounts of fruits, for the most part, without interference! Why SHOULD we pay more for British products just because they are British - it's not our job to support those businesses - we have meagre budgets and once our money is gone, it's gone - those producers should be pricing things accordingly and if they have genuine reasons why they can't, the Government should arrange it so that they can.

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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #276100 daffodiltulip
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:08 pm

P. S. This isn't a new dilemma. Saki wrote a short story entitled Quail Seed - I'm not familiar with this website, but I've found the story free to read on it - http://www.eastoftheweb.com/cgi-bin/ver ... Seed.shtml

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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #276468 AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:41 pm

daffodiltulip wrote:Also, why does it cost so much to buy a handful of berries, in the supermarkets anyway, when the same things can grow with minimum effort by even not-particularly-enthusiastic gardeners, or even hedgegrows and such places? We had good crops of raspberries that had come from our neighbour's garden when I was growing up and we did nothing to them, blackberries can be found easily growing successfully all by themselves, plums and apples can be found growing on towpaths, verges, etc., producing decent amounts of fruits, for the most part, without interference!


Serious answer about the berries: picking and handling and shipping them tends to make them go squish, which leads to lots of wastage, which means that they have to account for that. And then even the ones that don't get squished don't last more than a few days, so there's more wastage. You're basically paying for all those wasted berries as well as the ones you actually get. The perfect fruit for large-scale commercial distribution would be about 10cm across, solid, cube-shaped, unbruisable, and the same colour when ripe as unripe. None of these things are true of berries.

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Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Post: #276690 sda
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:52 pm

daffodiltulip wrote:P. S. This isn't a new dilemma. Saki wrote a short story entitled Quail Seed - I'm not familiar with this website, but I've found the story free to read on it - http://www.eastoftheweb.com/cgi-bin/ver ... Seed.shtml


There's another shopping one called the Sex That Doesn't Shop or Shops, which is quite funny if you know someone like that or even if you are like that!


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