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Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

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Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

Shocked Shocked Shocked
Yeah... I was shocked....  Shocked
My shoe laces are beginning to look a bit frayed... ( been like this a week or so, now)... so I have been looking in supermarkets and other "cheapo" shops for some new ones.... Not difficult you would think... however, after visiting about 7 or 8 premises, none seem to stock them... went to a local shopping centre... ( haven`t been there for a couple of months, ) and was amazed to see about 15 shops to let, which used to be thriving businesses...  cartridge world, and a local car accessory shop that has been there for the past 30 to 35 years. also a couple of ladies dress shops and a cafe... ( although a couple of other cafe`s seem to be still operating).. big newspaper/magazine shop  ( wh smith still there)... so went into TIMSONS shop... you know, specialists in key cutting and shoe mending... they would surely have them... true... they did... picked up a pack of two, and the guy behind the counter said... (I thought) ..  "that`ll be  seventy five please"...  at first i thought he said "Seventy Five , please"... so got out  75 p and handed it over...." NO ".. he said..." THREE pound Seventy Five."....... So I gave them back and said.... " No Way..  You must be joking... no wonder the local shops are closing down..... "...
anyway... went home and looked on Ebay.... 99p for one pair... Buy It Now.... get a second pair FREE... AND>......  Free postage...
In less time than it has taken to tell this story, I had ordered them paid for them, and received notifcation back that payment had been received and they had been despatched. !...
( yeah. I know.... no wonder the local shops are closing down ! Cry )
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Re: Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

I hope they have gold thread in them!  I go through quite a few laces (wearing shoes every day for work, and I'm well known for not being such a light touch!).  I usually get them from Tesco for 99p a pair.
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Re: Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

I Have bought shoelaces from e-bay, you can get them in various lengths and certainly far cheaper than local outlets.
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Re: Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

I read this and thought it was about the Shoe Laces (sweets)

Now I am actually a bit sad  Sad
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Re: Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

the clue is in this line.... ( carefully concealed in the middle of the text )........  >
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so went into TIMSONS shop... you know, specialists in key cutting and shoe mending.

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Re: Shoe Laces - Scandalous price !

The 99p/£1 shops sometimes have packets of a dozen or so in. Depends on length/colour you want.
IN a similar vein, SHMBO wanted some BLUE shoe polish - how about £6 for some - swivel I said.
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The 99p/£1 shops sometimes have packets of a dozen or so in

That sounds more like where the price point ought to be.  £3.75 is utterly inexplicable.
It's kinda like cables: I see things like USB in shops at like £5 and HDMI cables for £15 or more.  On ebay, they're like £1-£2 which is already expensive for something that can't cost more than a few pennies to produce.
Having said that, an ex worked in cosmetics and their price v cost is similarly mind boggling.  Colour cosmetics (basically, any slap) that typically retails for £s cost pennies - actually, sometimes fractions of a penny - to produce.  Including packaging.
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I Wonder if some people would stop using certain types of cosmetics if they knew the ingredients used to make them !
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I don't know - people still eat Turkey Twizzlers even after Jamie showed how they're made.  I believe sales actually went UP after his expose.
At the other extreme, I worked a couple of months in a sausage factory once.  I haven't eaten a sausage in 30 years.
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I Wonder if some people would stop using certain types of cosmetics if they knew the ingredients used to make them !

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My Mrs. nursed for a number of years in the London skin hospital. Since then she has been very anti cosmetics and hardly ever uses them.
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Someone once told me red lipstick was coloured with beetle blood.
Thankfully I only wear it on special occasions.
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Shoelaces arrived today... first class post !... and they are excellent...much higher quality than I expected.... and also much higher quality than TIMPSONS rip-off...
Oh, and yes.... I did get the second pair free .... as advertised... !... all in all,... not bad for 99p....
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Shoelaces arrived today... first class post !

Were they from a sole trader?

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Yep...a car boot sale. Embarrassed
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