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Low inflation I think not

i have noticed this year a big price increase in trays of small plants , last year £6.99 this year £8.99 for the same thing.

If not an increase a reduction in size, suet balls, can now fit 4 in the feeder, used to be 3 only,

every year I buy terracotta pots at £1 , I now have 4 different sizes all getting smaller.

do they really think we don't notice?


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,246
    Same with bars of chocolate AWB image
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • DorsetUKDorsetUK Posts: 441

    And I think with loaves of bread

  • This is how they get away with trumpeting low inflation rates. It might be low at a bank level, but if everyone puts prices up any, or makes changes to their products, its of no benefit to anyone.

  • OneofsevenOneofseven Posts: 338

    For several years now I have bought speedplugs costing 98p (or less) at 6 for £5.   This year they are all a flat £1, and no reduction for quantity.   Plus which the plugs are now contained in a paper sleeve instead of the previous very useful little plastic pot.   The same DIY store has discontinued their 24 plant trays in favour of 9 plants in 'tea bags'.   Much more expensive for the gardener.   I suppose they will justify the change by saying that 24 plants is too many for the small gardener, but just 9 little plants doesn't do much for me. image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847

    No price changes here for my usual spring supplies of perennials in 9cm pots.   They start at 2€45 for one , é€15 each if you buy 5 and 1€95 if you but 10 so they tend to leap into my trolley 20 at a time and I go once a week till they run out fo supplies which change each week.  Last week it was all hot colours - achillea, lychnis Vesuvius, potentillas and dandresomething.  This week I'm hoping for more hot colours but will be happy with cooler one when I pop in tomorrow.

    Good quality plants with good roots which I grow on in bigger pots so they transplant more happily into the borders in mid May.   Baby salads and cabbages start at about 25 cents a plug in trays of 6.   They fill in nicely till my own sowings of veggies and flowers are big enough to cope.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Move over Obelixx! We are all moving to France!

    ( That is where you are isn't it?)

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,739

    Belgium I believe Doris.


  • I have noticed that supermarkets say they have dropped prices but put other things up to recoup for the dropped prices.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847

    Naturally.  They are in the business for profit and will use low prices on one lot of goodies to get you in and tempt you to buy other stuff with a higher profit margin.

    I have been back to my spring goodies supplier and come away with 5 more lychnis Vesuvius, 5 coreopsis Badengold, 5 geum Mrs Bradshaw and 5 Lithodora diffusa Heavenly Blue which are new to me.  Could also have bought dwarf phlox and dianthus and hardy geraniums and saxifrage and achillea The Pearl and red lupins but I have all those already in sufficient quantiies.    

    I also picked up 12 beetroot plugs, 6 each of fennel, broccoli and kohl rabi plus some compost.    No more plant buying for awhile as I need to keep some pocket money for the spring plant fairs that start at the end of April and into May.....

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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