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[Clearance] Bacon Lovers Seasoning Collection $8.50 + $6 Shipping or $3 Pickup @ Briscoes


On clearance, no idea what the original price was but you get 6 different jars/bottles of bacon infused spices that work out to just over $1.40 each and Countdown sells a 120g jar of Bacon Salt for $6.90

  • Bacon flavoured Himalayan pink salt 85g
  • Bacon flavoured Himalayan sea salt 85g
  • Bacon sugar 70g
  • Bacon basil salt 76g
  • Bacon rosemary salt 76g
  • Bacon chilli salt 75g

They have other spice and sauce gift sets on clearance as well but none of them involved bacon so I didn't care.

I wish they did free pickup

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  • +2

    At first glance I only read the words ‘Clearance’, ‘Bacon’ and ‘Briscoes’.
    Thought they had branched into grocery.
    Got my attention!
    Worth an upvote for that alone.

    • Good God the thought of them getting into the grocery game is enough to send shivers down my spine, then again can't be much worse than the grocery cartels we have to deal with at the moment. Went to Countdown in Dunedin the other day to grab some stuff to make a salad, 1 iceberg lettuce and 4 semi-ripe tomatoes cost over $10.

      • That is expensive.
        At least if Briscoes did move into grocery we could expect a birthday sale every week!

        • +4

          Yeah, Brabantia branded 1.5ltr bottles of Cola for $4 each down from $8. I've said this before, if Briscoes sold $1 lolly mixtures they'd be $4 during the week, $2 every 2nd weekend and $1 on Black Friday and Boxing Day.

      • +3

        Despite the recent media beat up's, the reason your lettuce and tomatoes were so expensive is not because the supermarkets are bad guys, it's primarily because of the wild weather (cough climate change cough) in December screwing up the crops. Consumer even wrote an article about it last week. https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/why-is-lettuce-so-expen...

        Supermarkets make money by selling LOTS of things quickly (the sector is called Fast Moving Consumer Goods), not by price gouging. Sure they are not always saints, but they are far from cartels and despite what you might read in the paper more competition isn't likely to cause any significant decrease in the prices consumers pay for things.

        Source: I worked at the head office of one half of the duopoly for a few years and a relative of mine worked at the competitions for a few decades.

        • Do you know why they have recently been getting much higher annual profits than usual? Because it was headlines about that which sparked recent public concern and also attention by the Commerce Commission.

          • +1

            @Slogan: One reason would likely be that the supermarkets were given special treatment by the current government through lockdowns.

            They could have said that anyone selling 'essential goods' could open providing they complied with a set of published requirements to 'be safe' but instead they said (roughly) only FoodStuffs and Woolworths could operate.

            Regardless of pricing, all the sales that would have gone through local butchers, bakers, and greengrocers (for example), was going through the duopoly instead.


        • +1

          We have a fresh produce store here in Dunedin called Veggie Boys. They have 2 locations in the city and are medium sized retailers. The thing is, Veggie Boys are often the same or cheaper in price as the supermarkets when it comes to fresh produce. Not everything is cheaper, but a lot of their fresh produce is. If I'd gone to them I'd have paid $4 for my iceberg lettuce instead of the $5.50 Countdown charged me and would have saved 50c/kg on the NZ tomatoes I bought.

          Now I'd expect a small business that doesn't have the buying power of the supermarkets and has to rely on higher margins rather than high volume of sales to make their money to be more expensive every time compared to the supermarkets, but they're not. Some of their cheap prices could be down to deals they've negotiated with local growers, and they do sometimes sell B grade produce for cheap that the supermarkets wouldn't touch, but most of it is the same as what you'd get in the supermarkets and I'm guessing it's purchased from the same markets where the supermarkets get theirs from yet somehow Veggie Boys can sell it for cheaper.

          Now I'm no expert but either Veggie Boys have been hemorrhaging money for the past 60 years and somehow still managed to stay in business or the supermarkets are gouging us a bit more than you make it out to be.

          • @HmmYepNah: Supermarkets "gouge" - end of story! I was talking to a local producer of blueberries here in the Waikato. He is struggling to make a living - because the local store he supplies (one of the big two) marks up his blueberries by 500%. Is that not price gouging? When I was a kid in the 60's my father would get excited if he made 50% markup on the fruit and veg he sold in his stores. Greed is out of control.

            • @nzer: So, your buddy is selling them for $1.00 per weightmeasure to Supermarkup.
              Supermarkup is selling them for $6.00 per weightmeasure (500% markup)

              Its a pity nobody else is willing to pay your buddy, say, 100% more ($2.00 per weightmeasure) and sell them for, say, only a 100% mark-up ($4.00 per weightmeasure).

              That clever person would be making a fortune you'd think, since who would pay $6 when they could get away with paying $4??

              What could we be missing?


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