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'The MSE Mother in Law knows her stuff' blog discussion

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This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.
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  • willihamwilliham Forumite
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    Poundland always try and slip things in so you don't realise and think you're getting a deal.. 3 packs of paracetamol for £1... or 15p a pack in Morrisons (almost 7 packs for £1).
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin MoneySaving Expert
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    That's how poundland operates some things should be more than a pound some less - getting a bargain is a case of beating the averaging - we've done a hunt on it in the past :)
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  • Premier_2Premier_2 Forumite
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    You should try the 99p store ;)

    a) because they are always going to be cheaper than Poundland

    and

    b) Co-founders Nadir Lalani & Hussein Lalani claim that unlike their main competitor not all products in their stores are priced at 99p. Where they can reduce the price further they will e.g to 79p ... it's just nothing in his stores will cost over 99p.

    Even so, they claim to make 40% margin on the produce they sell.
    http://www.thegrocer.co.uk/articles.aspx?page=articles&ID=109147
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  • Old_WrinklyOld_Wrinkly Forumite
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    premier wrote: »
    Co-founders Nadir Lalani ...

    A rather unfortunate name, that, in terms of it's English usage (and yes, I know that it doesn't mean the same in Arabic).
  • Old_WrinklyOld_Wrinkly Forumite
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    Stores of this type often sell 'end-of-line' or goods that don't have the latest packaging (which the supermarkets can dislike). I often see savvy students (yes there are some :D) and others stocking up with dozens (or many dozens) of a particular item, which seems to be the main purpose of the visit.
    With prices given online for many outlets nowadays, I suppose it is possible to call up comparative info about items on your mobile whilst in the shop.
  • My local Poundland has Winalot Dog food 5 for £2, yet still has the signs everywhere saying "everything's a pound" . Isn't that a breach of Trade Descriptions act?
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  • lilykimlilykim Forumite
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    I always check out Wilkinsons before I go into Poundland, lots of stuff for 97p, in fact got 2 Colgate toothpaste for a total of 97p (bogof), the other week, also paracetemol, ibrufen cheaper too. Pays to shop around
    Growing old disgracefully!
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