The Naughties: The Decade of Premium Product Culture?

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Found 5th Oct 2009
Further to a post I've just made in a deal for Girafe restaurants. The naughties seem to be the decade of "premium product culture". A lot of places have been spriging up over the last few years with vastly inflated prices.

It largely seems to be in the food and drink industry, places like Girafe, Subway, GBK, Costa Coffee / Starbucks etc but I'm sure there's other areas too.

Ten years ago I would have laughed at the thought of paying £5 for a buttie or £7 for a coffee but today it has become the norm in a lot of places. My girlfriend complains about Tecco's cafe becoming a Costa Coffee and pricing her out of the market!

The strategy of these places seems to go along the lines of letting the people with arguably more money than sense pay the full whack while having a constant flow of offers and vouchers ensures the more money concious of us aren't excluded either.

Maybe it's just a natural prgression, decade upon decade, or maybe people just generally have more money these days I'm not sure.

Does anyone agree with me here?

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where have you been for the last ten years?

spending has increased
borrowing money we dont have
living beyond ones means
generation after generation of kids have become slower and dumber
paying for xbox live when it should be free for example
another example of silly spending

anyway why do you think we are in the credit crunch?????????

Supermod

As much as I would like to agree with you, I dont. These things happen. 60 years ago you could buy a house for £600. Everything increases.

If you cant afford the luxuries in life, you dont experience them. If you can, enjoy them.

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£7 for a coffee? Even starbucks most expensive up here is only about £4 I think!

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colinsunderland;6491979

£7 for a coffee? Even starbucks most expensive up here is only about £4 I … £7 for a coffee? Even starbucks most expensive up here is only about £4 I think!



actually...£7 for a coffee?
you must be so gullible if youre getting charged that much!
even harrods dont charge £7!
its £6.99 in therr! lol joke

Original Poster

Admittedly I've only ever been to Startbuck's the once. It was a woman from work who told me she'd had a rather extravagant coffee in one of these places and paid something like £7 for it.

Jay when you say everything increases, obviously I'm aware of that. I'm not just talking about general price increases. I can buy the same pack of pre made butties from the likes of Boot's or BHS that were available in the 80's or 90's and it releative terms they cost the same as they did back then.

But what I'm talking about is a higher level of product that has been added to the existing range like Phillpots and Subway.

Supermod

Taksim_Red;6492180

Admittedly I've only ever been to Startbuck's the once. It was a woman … Admittedly I've only ever been to Startbuck's the once. It was a woman from work who told me she'd had a rather extravagant coffee in one of these places and paid something like £7 for it.Jay when you say everything increases, obviously I'm aware of that. I'm not just talking about general price increases. I can buy the same pack of pre made butties from the likes of Boot's or BHS that were available in the 80's or 90's and it releative terms they cost the same as they did back then.But what I'm talking about is a higher level of product that has been added to the existing range like Phillpots and Subway.



...sub of the day...£1.99?

It's the ugly side of capitalism as wages just haven't kept up with the increase in living costs

dudea729

It's the ugly side of capitalism as wages just haven't kept up with the … It's the ugly side of capitalism as wages just haven't kept up with the increase in living costs


I don't think the OP cares anymore, it's been 4 years. Time to move on.

Taksim_Red

Admittedly I've only ever been to Startbuck's the once. It was a woman … Admittedly I've only ever been to Startbuck's the once. It was a woman from work who told me she'd had a rather extravagant coffee in one of these places and paid something like £7 for it.Jay when you say everything increases, obviously I'm aware of that. I'm not just talking about general price increases. I can buy the same pack of pre made butties from the likes of Boot's or BHS that were available in the 80's or 90's and it releative terms they cost the same as they did back then.But what I'm talking about is a higher level of product that has been added to the existing range like Phillpots and Subway.


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