I received an email from Superquinn yesterday.
They are offering specials on French wines. Hah!
We did a little shopping today, but I decided to forgo Superquinn’s offer, as I doubt they deliver here.
I bought some Royal Gala apples.
Superquinn are charging €0.49 each. To be fair, I looked at Tescos – €0.43 each. Here in France? €0.21, and they are lovely, crisp sweet, juicy, big ones too.
I thought about some wine.
A nice bottle of Rose d’Anjou will set you back €9.55 in Superquinn. Tescos charge €7.79, which doesn’t say much for Superquinn’s sale? French price? Wait for it…… €1.89. Hah!
Ah, but be fair, says you. Isn’t France a wine producer? That’s true, but it is still one hell of a mark-up, at four to five times the price. And Ireland is quite capable of growing its own apples so there should be little or no difference there?
OK, so. Ireland is a dairy farming country. How about milk?
Tecos – €1.14 a litre. Superquinn – €1.15 a litre. France? €0.78 a litre.
In fairness there were one or two items that were slightly more expensive here.
Tescos and Superquinn both charge €0.85 for their cheapest sugars, whereas in France I paid €1.42. But then the French tend to buy in bulk and I probably could have come nearer the Irish price if I had bought one of their more usual sacks that look like they should be delivered to a building site.
On average prices varied from equal to around a half of Irish prices. Some [like sugar] are higher but they are a rarity.
One price difference I find quite horrifying is pipe tobacco.
I will be honest and say I don’t know how much a pouch is in Ireland, because I tend to buy in bulk, and anyway they keep fucking around with the price [always upwards, of course]. It is somewhere around €6 to €7, if not more. The price here? €6.20. And before any of you say ‘so what?’ – the pouches here are twice the size of the Irish ones. And the tobacco is imported, so you can’t use that excuse.
The only thing that used to be expensive here was petrol. Last year it was around 50% higher. Irish petrol prices have been up and down like a whore’s knickers recently, but petrol here is around €0.10 a litre dearer which isn’t too bad.
And I dare say our forthcoming budget will sort that!