More on Buying Irish

My post last Friday, Buying Irish requires a bit of work, generated a few comments on the merits or otherwise of focusing our purchasing considerations on only buying from Irish retailers and service providers.

I had wondered if it it could be possible for Irish consumers to support the country in its time of need by re-starting a Buy Irish campaign again by frequenting Irish retailers and service providers. I asked what the problems might be if we were to do that – questions brilliantly answered by the commenters.

One reader sent an e-mail over the weekend which showed exactly why we, as consumers, couldn’t possibly do ourselves justice by going hell for leather on such a Buy (from) Irish campaign.

What would you pay for 1.75l of Tropicana Smooth Orange Juice?

  • UK Retail Chain – Tesco Ireland Navan = €4.99
  • Irish Retail Chain – SuperValu Trim = €5.19
  • Local Corner Store – Gillan’s Summerhill = €6.75
  • Irish Retail Chain – Eurospar, Meakstown Dublin 11 = €7.99

As pointed out in a comment over the weekend, why would Irish consumer reward the uncompetitive Irish retailers when they could save up to €3 by going to a non-Irish retailer.

We in ValueIreland.com have always advocated that consumers must look after themselves by going after price and service. If an Irish retailer or service provider manages to beat the foreign competition on those aspects, then all the better. If not, they’ll at some point in time either wake up to the competition or close down for lack of business.

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4 Responses to More on Buying Irish

  1. Francis Mahon November 15, 2008 at 18:06 #

    I think, somehow, that to do a price comparison of this nature is to miss the point.

    Only an idiot would buy a 1.75L carton of a premium Orange Juice in their local Eurospar.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for the price conscious consumer to buy a standard or own brand product?

    I would also take issue with Eurospar being described as a ‘retail chain’ when it is in fact a franchised operation.

    Apart from that, any comparison of grocery prices in Ireland that doesn’t include the largest indigenous player, Dunnes Stores is pointless.

  2. valueireland November 16, 2008 at 21:26 #

    Many thanks for the comments Francis.

    Contrary to your point however, I think that the point here really is that because a Eurospar is selling juice at €7.99 they are getting customers who are actually buying it. Therefore, the price comparison that we’ve provided would show these “idiots” that they can find the juice cheaper elsewhere.

    I personally don’t buy into the whole “standard or own brand product” argument. These may not always be of similar quality, so I don’t see why I should sell myself short by buying an inferior quality product just because it costs less. In this scenario, if I do decide that I want Tropicana juice, then I’ve 4 options of where to go, where the cheapest will save me €3 over the most expensive.

    With regards to my Eurospar as a “retail chain” comment, you are of course correct. But I think that your distinction is irrelevant to most consumers. Most consumers (the “idiots” you refer to) will look at a Eurospar in Dublin vs a Eurospar in Cork the same way as they’d view a Dunnes in Dublin vs a Dunnes in Cork. They’re the same shop, just different cities – it matters little to consumers who actually owns the stores.

    And finally, the Tropicana product compared here is on sale in Dunnes Stores costs €4.99. Then again, given the consistent similarity in prices between Dunnes and Tesco, we probably could have guessed that.

  3. Alex Cleland July 1, 2009 at 20:16 #

    I am a retailer and just stumbled across this web site. I am impressed with some of the comments made by consumers. However I would like to inform all consumers your local supermarket can sometimes provide better value overall than available through Tesco’s and Dunnes. These supermarkets also provide much needed revenue for Irish companies, thus keeping down the level of unemployment. Unfortunately I hear on a daily basis from Irish suppliers that more staff are being made redundant due to the loss of business from Tesco.
    I think it is important to keep prices low but at what cost. At the moment it is forcing Irish companies to reduce staffing levels. This is also increasing the governments need to increase taxes. Is this what we want in Ireland. With the recent purchasing policy announced by Tesco we now have one of the largest supermarket chains in Ireland forcing Irish suppliers out of business. Tesco are sourcing their product from the UK. I never thought Irish people would be so obliging to help the British government through their recession by buying so much British produced goods in Ireland.
    This is Ireland, one of the greenest countries in the northern hemisphere and yet so many Irish people think it is okay to purchase goods which used to be produced in Ireland and now produced in the UK. This is the reason we have lost our manufacturing industry. This along with the Trade Unions desire and greed to push wage levels into the uncompetitive position we find ourselves.

    I will finish with only one comment for your readers to think about. Where would your community be today without the support of smaller retailers for local charities, schools, teams etc.?

  4. Alex Cleland September 2, 2009 at 22:57 #

    Tropicana 1Ltr in both smooth and original can be bought in my store in Abbeyleix for 2 for €4.50. I am also selling yoplait fruit yogurts at 2 for €1. I have hundreds of special low prices such as these. My store is called Clelands Costcutter Abbeyleix in county Laois. You do not have to shop in Tesco’s or Dunnes to get better value. It is possibly available on your own doorstep. I also provide a free delivery service in Abbeyleix. Other area in Laois will be considered depending on value of groceries purchased. I also provide a C.O.D service. Value starts here. P.S. My staff provide a friendly service not to be matched anywhere.

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