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To be surprised that today a coffee costs more than a pair of trousers?

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pollyrosevelvet Thu 23-Jul-15 19:46:01

Aldi are today selling school uniform trousers for £1.50. A latte costs more than this virtually anywhere. I appreciate that a coffee out in a cafe/shop is a treat/luxury, and that school clothes are a basic need. However, I cannot help but imagine what my nana would have thought of this? Just an extreme example of how today things are cheap and services expensive?

dougieroseagain Thu 23-Jul-15 19:49:19

I agree with you. A coffee costs the company 8p to make so the margins are extortionate, even if you take off rates, bills, staff costs etc.

Aldi will still be making a profit. Think of the poor Bangladeshis in their sweat shops earning 2p a month.

Fairtrade is fair for a reason.

Roseforarose Thu 23-Jul-15 19:51:49

I think the same about the price of cigarrettes. thank goodness I don't smoke anymore but I remember when you could buy a packet with the bit of loose change in your purse. Now it's like a tenner a pack. You could practically get the whole uniform for that.

violetbunny Thu 23-Jul-15 20:03:58

A latte-style coffee made by a barista costs a lot more than 8p to make.

AuntyMag10 Thu 23-Jul-15 20:04:09

It's about the quality though. You could get a much cheaper coffee if you wanted.

trollkonor Thu 23-Jul-15 20:17:22

I imagine Aldi are making a loss, or no profit, on the trousers to get people through the door. Then will hopefully do an entire shop or be impressed enough to go back.

retrorobot Fri 24-Jul-15 02:34:53

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noisytoys Fri 24-Jul-15 07:58:18

I can't imagine a pair of £1.50 trousers will last very long. I buy uniform at a reasonable price and expect it to last a whole school year.

wannabestressfree Fri 24-Jul-15 08:00:22

That's a nice thing to say retro....

HuckleberryMishMash Fri 24-Jul-15 08:01:36

The element of this that is wrong is the price of the trousers not the price of the coffee.

Clothes that are that cheap can not be made available without someone in the production chain being severely underpaid and probably working in terrible conditions.

redshoeblueshoe Fri 24-Jul-15 08:13:52

I agree with Troll - the trousers will be sold at a loss to get new customers in store.

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