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09-05-2020, 09:20 AM
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Anyone come across it? it can be quite hard to spot when your main grocery shop cost increases, but I did note this yesterday.
The Chip Shop in the next village do a delivery service where you can conveniently book a delivery slot during the day online, well, we have the paper menu from pre the crisis, when, we would have driven there as the norm, and collected, so I decided to check the online cost against the menu, and the online cost was substantially more. thinking the paper menu could be well out of date, I compared the online menu cost against the order cost and found this. If we had collected under normal circumstances the total bill for the food would have been 16.80, the online order for the food was 22.20 (5.40 more) then there was a 2.95 delivery charge for 3 miles, total bill 25.15 against 16.80 collected, the shop owner must be rolling in it!
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09-05-2020, 09:27 AM
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I looked on the website of a local farm shop who now deliver vegetables locally at 5 a time, I was shocked to see one cauliflower is now 3 and it isn't even organic...


Some people are definitely profiteering
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09-05-2020, 09:33 AM
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Surely the point is that they have to make things financially viable in order to operate? Given that their normal custom has decreased enormously, and for some cases their own suppliers will have increased their charges, it's no surprise that they have to bump prices up.

I think you're being a bit naive and harsh, if you don't mind me saying.
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09-05-2020, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by spitfire ->
Anyone come across it? it can be quite hard to spot when your main grocery shop cost increases, but I did note this yesterday.
The Chip Shop in the next village do a delivery service where you can conveniently book a delivery slot during the day online, well, we have the paper menu from pre the crisis, when, we would have driven there as the norm, and collected, so I decided to check the online cost against the menu, and the online cost was substantially more. thinking the paper menu could be well out of date, I compared the online menu cost against the order cost and found this. If we had collected under normal circumstances the total bill for the food would have been 16.80, the online order for the food was 22.20 (5.40 more) then there was a 2.95 delivery charge for 3 miles, total bill 25.15 against 16.80 collected, the shop owner must be rolling in it!
Think about it though. Even a three mile return trip will take about 15 mins of a driver's time so that three quid delivery charge will barely cover the drivers wage let alone other costs of employing the driver plus fuel costs and wear and tear on the vehicle.

There are other additional costs associated with packing the meal including materials for packing, someone to do the packing, the additional costs to administer the delivery service and so on. There are also the increase in costs that the shop faces because of shortages that have to be passed on.

All in all I think you're getting a very reasonable deal.
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09-05-2020, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Dextrous63 ->
Surely the point is that they have to make things financially viable in order to operate? Given that their normal custom has decreased enormously, and for some cases their own suppliers will have increased their charges, it's no surprise that they have to bump prices up.

I think you're being a bit naive and harsh, if you don't mind me saying.
I agree, they might have families to feed, bills and mortgages to pay and may not have done any business for weeks.
What would you do?
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09-05-2020, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by The Artful Todger ->
Think about it though. Even a three mile return trip will take about 15 mins of a driver's time so that three quid delivery charge will barely cover the drivers wage let alone other costs of employing the driver plus fuel costs and wear and tear on the vehicle.

There are other additional costs associated with packing the meal including materials for packing, someone to do the packing, the additional costs to administer the delivery service and so on. There are also the increase in costs that the shop faces because of shortages that have to be passed on.

All in all I think you're getting a very reasonable deal.
Agreed. Under normal circumstances, this would be mitigated by the profit via bulk of usual in-store purchases/collections, and companies can run deliveries as a near "loss leader". But not nowadays!!
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09-05-2020, 09:44 AM
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I'll put a face mask on and collect next time
The point being, if for what ever reason they load the prices for delivery, it should be made clear on the Website along with the justification for doing so.
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09-05-2020, 09:47 AM
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And, I hope ALL the 2.95 actually goes to the driver!!!
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09-05-2020, 09:49 AM
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I'll put a face mask on and collect next time
The point being, if for what ever reason they load the prices for delivery, it should be made clear on the Website along with the justification for doing so.
Is it not indicated on the checkout/pay now page? In any case, you have the option not to proceed.

As for "justifying it", surely the current situation makes this self explanatory.
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09-05-2020, 09:51 AM
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Bloody Capitalists.
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