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|>>|| No. 414070
It's the first of December. It's that time of year again.
Open your advent calendar chocolates, listen to Andrew, put up your tree at the weekend, put off the present shopping for at least a fortnight, surviving the Christmas party at work, watching shit on telly.
You know the drill by now, lads.
|>>|| No. 414636
Instead of lamenting that water costs as much as a G&T, why not celebrate G&T being cheap as water?
|>>|| No. 414640
I went sale shopping today, as I only buy clothes for work at this time of year. It was extremely slim pickings; very small sale sections and the reductions weren't that brilliant.
I thought Brexit meant that people would be buying less due to having their incomes squeezed so shops would put larger reductions on their wares to keep customers coming in and the tills ringing?
|>>|| No. 414641
As I understand it, retailers were expecting a slow Christmas and bought stock accordingly, so they don't have much surplus stock that needs shifting during the January sales. They were also offering modest discounts before Christmas in Black Friday type sales, which helped them shift stock without having to slash prices to the bone after the Christmas rush.
|>>|| No. 414643
>As I understand it, retailers were expecting a slow Christmas and bought stock accordingly, so they don't have much surplus stock that needs shifting during the January sales.
Surplus stock always means selling your stuff at a loss with regards to what you paid for it. It is best avoided, and only helps you as a shop to get at least a little bit for your stuff so it's not a complete writeoff. The more surplus stock you are left with after Christmas or at the end of any other season, the less efficient your planning was. Ideally, you would have nothing left at all. And the effect of luring people into shops with big sales only to talk them into a newer better product at regular price is also overestimated. It happens, but it will not be enough to make up for your losses from the out of season items that you are now banging out at half price.
My local Asda had Christmas chocolates and sweets this week, up to 60 percent off. Which persuaded me to buy a sizeable assortment of chocolates and pralines. I mean, hey, they're going to be good for at least another three months, going by their expiration dates. Waste not, want not, and that.
|>>|| No. 414649
Sales are always shit. I feel like I could write a book on the weirdness of people who go to the sales and the whole bizarre nature of how they work.
|>>|| No. 414652
>Sales are always shit.
Not necessarily. I tend to do most of my brand name clothes shopping by going to shops during end of season sales. You can pick up perfectly good pairs of brand name jeans and short-sleeve T-shirts or long-sleeve sweaters at a 30 to 50 percent discount. Why not take that opportunity. It doesn't mean you're a tight git, it just means by and large that you know how to spend your money wisely.
|>>|| No. 414653
> It doesn't mean you're a tight git, it just means by and large that you know how to spend your money wisely.
I see the merit in it for sure - and I admire the discipline involved in saving all your money for the sales.
I once queued up in an overnight sale trying to get into a department store - a long time ago - talking to the people in the line and their expectations for the sale was more interesting than any other part of it. I ended up buying nothing.
|>>|| No. 414656
>I once queued up in an overnight sale trying to get into a department store
ok, this kind of thing is silly. It's the same as whenever a new iPhone or whatever newfangled gadget hits the markets for the first time. What value is there in camping out in front of a shop at night to be the first to get one the next morning after a night spent sleeping in a damp sleeping bag, when you can just as easily wait a few days or weeks and order the same item from the comfort of your own home, and very probably even at a discount compared to the first-day retail shop price.
Brand new items or marked down sale stuff, it's all the same. It's called resisting the hype.
|>>|| No. 414657
It's just a matter of being a savvy shopper. If a store has big signs up saying "HUGE SALE NOW ON", they're just trying to drum up business. Unless they're going bust, it's vanishingly unlikely that they really do have a large amount of stock that they're trying to unload in a hurry.
On the other hand, retailers do often have dribs and drabs of inventory that they just want rid of - discontinued lines, odd sizes, unpopular colours, last season's stock. If it's on the clearance rack, there's always a reason for it. You can pick up trainers for next to nothing if your feet are size 6 or size 14 and you don't mind garish colours. TVs get discounted more heavily than mobile phones, because they take up more shelf space. There's often a flurry of discounting in late September and early October to make room on the shelves for Christmas stock.
|>>|| No. 414658
>You can pick up perfectly good pairs of brand name
>know how to spend your money wisely.
I contend that buying brand name things isn't particularly wise spending.
|>>|| No. 414660
>I contend that buying brand name things isn't particularly wise spending
When you find unbranded cornflakes as good as Kellogg's or unbranded baked beans as good as Branston's let me know.
|>>|| No. 414661
>If a store has big signs up saying "HUGE SALE NOW ON", they're just trying to drum up business.
That sounds suspiciously illegal. Woolworths were only able to get away with it because you can't prosecute something that doesn't exist.
|>>|| No. 414662
They are just as good. Now, when you eat your clothes instead of paying for the privilege of being a walking advertisement, you let me know.
|>>|| No. 414664
They are not just as good - Heinz Baked Beans taste different from others. They may well be produced in the same manufacturing facility (as a lot of food products are) but they use a different recipe, you can blind-taste the difference.
|>>|| No. 414665
Sports Direct is an amazing business really - every time I visit I wonder who on earth shops there, but you only have to look at your average chav to see how they survive.
|>>|| No. 414666
>They are just as good.
No. They are not.
Most of the things I buy are unbranded, but the six things which are far superior to the branded versions are KP peanuts, Kellogg's cornflakes, Birdseye peas, Branston beans, Nestlé shredded wheat and Robinsons squash; for everything else the unbranded versions are fine but for these the unbranded ones are noticeably inferior.
As for clothing, it's easy to buy branded stuff without a great big fuck-off logo plastered across it. I'd rather pay £20 in the sale for work shoes from Clarks than similarly priced supermarket clods that aren't as durable. I'd rather spend £15/20 getting Skopes or Jeff Banks work shirts in the sale than buy unbranded versions which aren't as well fitted and noticeably lose quality over time.
There's nothing wrong with purchasing branded stuff. Stop being such a massive edgelord. Do you purchase a TV and then file away the bit that says 'Samsung' or 'Sony' on the front so that your living room isn't an advertising board for them?
|>>|| No. 414669
Sports Direct have quite a clever business model. They buy up vaguely-recognisable brands on the cheap from distressed sellers, allowing them to maintain the impression of being a multi-brand sports retailer while actually selling predominantly own-brand products. They can sell a pair of trainers for £15 or a t-shirt for £4 with a healthy margin, because they're completely vertically integrated.
Also they treat their staff like complete shit. You've all read the stories about their warehouse staff - what do you think the conditions are like in their garment factories? Fuck Mike Ashley.
|>>|| No. 414674
The only thing you need to add to beans is lumps of mature cheddar to make cheesy beano.
|>>|| No. 414680
IMO you either need to drain your beans or simmer them for a bit, otherwise whatever you're eating gets drenched in watery sauce.
A dash of Tabasco and some black pepper doesn't hurt either.
|>>|| No. 414682
DRAIN baked beans? I have never heard of such an awful suggestion.
I posit that the key to baked beans is not to overcook them - stewed beans are mushy and that way lies much farting and unpleasantness.
They are the food of the gods, especially when in conjunction with toast. Any suggestion to the contrary is a grave misjudgement.
|>>|| No. 414685
If you get a decent full English, the beans have been kept warm for a bit and the sauce has thickened. If you just nuke your beans for three minutes, you end up with a massive puddle of bean juice. You've got to maintain the structural integrity of your toast.
|>>|| No. 414686
>You've got to maintain the structural integrity of your toast.
I definitely appreciate your reassurance on this point but the bean juice is part of the meal. I am not suggesting that one "nukes" (I hesitate to use the word, microwave) the beans, but that one warms them gently, while stirring. Five minutes would be too much - the beans must also retain their integrity.
|>>|| No. 414693
If you get an 'all day breakfast' sandwich from Boots then the white bread has gone orange as it been flavoured with baked bean sauce.
|>>|| No. 414725
I knew I shouldn't have tried to out-google you - I have now inadvertently found this, clearly A Thing.
|>>|| No. 414726
I'm relieved that's just food. I advise you not to keep looking for boot crush material because it gets progressively worse.
|>>|| No. 414730
>it gets progressively worse
Nothing surprises me anymore, I knew that the minute the video started.
|>>|| No. 414732
There's a video on eFukt where a woman in heels stands on an erect cock. It pops and you see the blood pouring out whilst the penis deflates.
|>>|| No. 414745
I remember one doing the rounds a few years back of an oriental woman crushing an animal's head, either a cat or a rabbit (might have been both). That was grim to watch.
|>>|| No. 414748
I don't find it arousing honest, but I do love the imagery of boot crush fetishism. Not that food one, I decided to actually watch it and it was fucking rank. Food's not sexy at all.
This uses some boot crush imagery very effectively in my opinion.
|>>|| No. 414756
Wahey! Happy New Year lads and ladettes! Well surely it can't get much worse anyway.
|>>|| No. 414759
>surely it can't get much worse
Famous last words. Personally, I'm quite looking forward to armageddon.
|>>|| No. 414780
I'm feeling much better after my massive hangover shit.
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