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  # 2009171 7-May-2018 12:46
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I assume we are referring to bulk bins where you shovel out loose material such as nuts into a bag and pay by weight? Strangely these often seem to come out *more* expensive than buying the same thing in a packet ???

 

 

Yes - I've seen that too.

 

But there's nothing strange about it - it's how the system works, and you'll often find that the cost per kg price of common products is quite a bit higher for larger pack sizes - it's cheaper to buy 2 x 1kg packs than it is to buy 1 x 2kg pack.  Countdown print the cost per kg or unit in small print on their shelf labels.  I actually doubt that most people bother to read them - even though all the arithmetic has been done - for example when it starts to get complicated when manufacturers obfuscate by packaging in odd sizes - take a look at "refill" plastic packs of coffee vs jars - there's less in the plastic refill than the jar, and it's often cheaper per kg to buy the jar, despite the sticker price being lower for the refill.


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  # 2009175 7-May-2018 12:48
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Fred99:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I assume we are referring to bulk bins where you shovel out loose material such as nuts into a bag and pay by weight? Strangely these often seem to come out *more* expensive than buying the same thing in a packet ???

 

 

Yes - I've seen that too.

 

But there's nothing strange about it - it's how the system works, and you'll often find that the cost per kg price of common products is quite a bit higher for larger pack sizes - it's cheaper to buy 2 x 1kg packs than it is to buy 1 x 2kg pack.  Countdown print the cost per kg or unit in small print on their shelf labels.  I actually doubt that most people bother to read them - even though all the arithmetic has been done - for example when it starts to get complicated when manufacturers obfuscate by packaging in odd sizes - take a look at "refill" plastic packs of coffee vs jars - there's less in the plastic refill than the jar, and it's often cheaper per kg to buy the jar, despite the sticker price being lower for the refill.

 

 

I would say it's strange as their costs would be lower for the bulk products - not only for the saving in packaging, but also storage and transport would be cheaper. I do understand that they price things for marketing reasons though, not just profit margin.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2009225 7-May-2018 14:07
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My watch strap. It's either too loose or too tight.


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  # 2009243 7-May-2018 14:27
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kryptonjohn:

 

I would say it's strange as their costs would be lower for the bulk products - not only for the saving in packaging, but also storage and transport would be cheaper. I do understand that they price things for marketing reasons though, not just profit margin.

 

 

There's a huge variation in margins (markup applied) for product on supermarket shelves, but as a simplification and rule of thumb, the faster it turns over, the lower the margin (and the lower the price).

 

That as a result the larger packs often end up costing more per unit measure is one problem.  Another one is that it makes it extremely difficult for new startup manufacturers to break in to the market.  It would be much better for NZ if there were more players than the present duopoly - as it gives more options to encourage (local) manufacture - if they can launch a product successfully in one chain, then they've done the hardest part - the other chain(s) will almost come begging, as it's been proven that the product sells in the market, and they want a piece of the action.


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  # 2009426 7-May-2018 17:54
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DarthKermit:

My watch strap. It's either too loose or too tight.



I have that problem. My daily wearer has a Titanium band. If I remove one more link, it is far too tight. If I do not, it is a bit too sloppy.

Seiko do not make half links for it, sadly.





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  # 2009435 7-May-2018 18:17
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there seems to be a trend to use language like "Reach Out" in email at the moment.  If i can help dont hesitate to "reach out"......i am happy to "reach out" to them.....

 

maybe its just me.


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  # 2009474 7-May-2018 19:15
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hsvhel:

 

there seems to be a trend to use language like "Reach Out" in email at the moment.  If i can help dont hesitate to "reach out"......i am happy to "reach out" to them.....

 

maybe its just me.

 

 

No it's not. It's a real phenomenon, and it's extremely annoying.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2009475 7-May-2018 19:15
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Rikkitic:

 

I have seen repeated claims from manufacturers that consumers demand this, but do they really? I certainly don't. I have always found excess packaging irritating and I try to avoid it as much as possible. I have never understood why most things cannot be sold from barrels like they were in the 19th century.

 

 

You are not their customer, the retailer is. The retailer wants packaging that makes theft harder, has places to embed security strips for the door beeper, nice display windows glued to glossy plastic coated cardboard etc. All of which make things non recyclable.





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  # 2009477 7-May-2018 19:18
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Fred99:

 

Yes - I've seen that too.

 

But there's nothing strange about it - it's how the system works, and you'll often find that the cost per kg price of common products is quite a bit higher for larger pack sizes - it's cheaper to buy 2 x 1kg packs than it is to buy 1 x 2kg pack.  Countdown print the cost per kg or unit in small print on their shelf labels.  I actually doubt that most people bother to read them - even though all the arithmetic has been done - for example when it starts to get complicated when manufacturers obfuscate by packaging in odd sizes - take a look at "refill" plastic packs of coffee vs jars - there's less in the plastic refill than the jar, and it's often cheaper per kg to buy the jar, despite the sticker price being lower for the refill.

 

 

I don't mind smaller ones being more expensive. I do that for most things. 1.5l coke zero so it stays fizzy to the end, get multiple 250g bacons rather than the giant pack so that they remain sealed for longer, same for sugar etc.

 

Nothing worse than getting a 3kg of sugar, dumping it into a large sistema and then it gets left out and loose and ants invade. Whereas lots of smaller bags and leave them sealed up till needed and its not a problem.

 

 





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  # 2009478 7-May-2018 19:19
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Geektastic: I have that problem. My daily wearer has a Titanium band. If I remove one more link, it is far too tight. If I do not, it is a bit too sloppy.

Seiko do not make half links for it, sadly.

 

That would be annoying. Thankfully Citizen have adjustment in the clasp system (three different model watches all have it), as well as removable links. Very helpful indeed!





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  # 2009500 7-May-2018 19:26
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My Casio watch has a strap. I can't make an intermediate hole between the too loose/too tight ones.


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  # 2009502 7-May-2018 19:27
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Geektastic:
DarthKermit:

 

My watch strap. It's either too loose or too tight.

 



I have that problem. My daily wearer has a Titanium band. If I remove one more link, it is far too tight. If I do not, it is a bit too sloppy.

Seiko do not make half links for it, sadly.

 

Nah! Your watchstrap is perfect. You just need to fatten yourself up a bit. Or lose some weight. You choose.

 

 


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  # 2009574 7-May-2018 20:04
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Geektastic:
DarthKermit:

 

My watch strap. It's either too loose or too tight.

 



I have that problem. My daily wearer has a Titanium band. If I remove one more link, it is far too tight. If I do not, it is a bit too sloppy.

Seiko do not make half links for it, sadly.

 

Nah! Your watchstrap is perfect. You just need to fatten yourself up a bit. Or lose some weight. You choose.

 

 

 

 

When I quit working for other people - about 20 years ago - I threw my last watch in the trash.

 

It annoys me that 20 years later I can still see the imprint in my left wrist of where I once wore a watch, there's still a slight indentation, the hairs don't grow as well, the skin is a bit paler.

 

 


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  # 2009629 7-May-2018 21:41
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Fred99:

hsvhel:


there seems to be a trend to use language like "Reach Out" in email at the moment.  If i can help dont hesitate to "reach out"......i am happy to "reach out" to them.....


maybe its just me.



No it's not. It's a real phenomenon, and it's extremely annoying.



Yes I hate it too - it’s PC corporate bull-speak meant to insinuate feelings of empathy, closeness and caring on the part of the reacher. It’s pure crap and the single and unemotive word ‘contact’ can usually be substituted for those two words.




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  # 2009718 8-May-2018 09:21
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eracode:
Fred99:

 

hsvhel:

 

there seems to be a trend to use language like "Reach Out" in email at the moment.  If i can help dont hesitate to "reach out"......i am happy to "reach out" to them.....

 

maybe its just me.

 

 

No it's not. It's a real phenomenon, and it's extremely annoying.

 



Yes I hate it too - it’s PC corporate bull-speak meant to insinuate feelings of empathy, closeness and caring on the part of the reacher. It’s pure crap and the single and unemotive word ‘contact’ can usually be substituted for those two words.

 

Probably starts with consultants from the usual culprit major firms.  The young bright-eyed and bushy-tailed creme de la creme.  Much of what they churn out looks it was created by taking last years report, running it through a word-processor to remove all the 2017 buzz-words and phrases and replace them with 2018 ones - and that's been going on for years in a huge money-making scam. There's probably some original document which proves this -buried in the archives - written in hieroglyphics on clay tablets. 


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