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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-20-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Water Prices

Now that I've recovered from my southern-French holiday, I just realised something about the price of water there. I bought a bottle of water that was 750ml today, and it cost 1.25 (the US unit conversions aren't too important for comparison). But back there a couple of weeks ago, I was able to buy a cool 1.5 litre bottle and it cost 1 (approximately 79 pence). Pretty weird, but when I thought about it further it seemed even stranger.

Quite often, in hotter countries, you can't drink the tap water particularly safely. So it would make sense that the bottled-water companies would charge a lot more for bottled water, because they've got no other option if they want water. But oddly enough it costs less over there. And it was better quality water too, which when you consider the amount of time it takes to get water to that quality, can be confusing. And over there they add a price for refrigeration in the shops, so an unrefrigerated bottle would cost even less. But they don't even bother to cool it at all over here.

So in short, back in mainland Europe they say, "We'll give you water, cooled for your refreshment, painstakingly filtered to be at the best quality possible, all for a low price."
But back in Scotland, it's "Ah fuck it, give it to the shops warm and overcharge them for it, the heroin won't buy itself."

As I sit here and drink my foul-tasting, lukewarm, overpriced water, I think to myself, "Fuck this country."
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Re: Water Prices

Funny because I actually got into a mini-argument with my stepmum just yesterday, who claimed that her hometown of Kirkcaldy's water far exceeded that of Dunfermline's water, through taste and hygiene. She's one of those types that usually has about a couple dozen bottles of it on hand at our house, regardless of the weather.

But yeah, you make a fair point about pricing, though remember that recent changes in the exchange rate could be related to that, perhaps.


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We don't pay for water over here.

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Now that I've recovered from my southern-French holiday, I just realised something about the price of water there. I bought a bottle of water that was 750ml today, and it cost 1.25 (the US unit conversions aren't too important for comparison). But back there a couple of weeks ago, I was able to buy a cool 1.5 litre bottle and it cost 1€ (approximately 79 pence). Pretty weird, but when I thought about it further it seemed even stranger.

Quite often, in hotter countries, you can't drink the tap water particularly safely. So it would make sense that the bottled-water companies would charge a lot more for bottled water, because they've got no other option if they want water. But oddly enough it costs less over there. And it was better quality water too, which when you consider the amount of time it takes to get water to that quality, can be confusing. And over there they add a price for refrigeration in the shops, so an unrefrigerated bottle would cost even less. But they don't even bother to cool it at all over here.

So in short, back in mainland Europe they say, "We'll give you water, cooled for your refreshment, painstakingly filtered to be at the best quality possible, all for a low price."
But back in Scotland, it's "Ah fuck it, give it to the shops warm and overcharge them for it, the heroin won't buy itself."

As I sit here and drink my foul-tasting, lukewarm, overpriced water, I think to myself, "Fuck this country."
France, one of them 'countries you can't drink the tap water particularly safely'? France, one of the most cultured of all the European countries, and you think you can't drink the tap water particularly safely? You haven't been on holiday to Greece, I take it.

In all seriousness though, I actually live in France (have done for nearly two months now) and the place is fucking great. Beer is more expensive or at least similar in bars etc, but is practically half price in shops and supermarkets compared to London, where I'm from. And tobacco is a lot cheaper too, and they have loads more varieties of rolling baccy. They even have Marlboro Red and Lucky Strike rolling baccy here.

And the cheese. Oh my gosh, do not get me started on the cheese.

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Re: Water Prices

Shit, a typical bottle of water over here in the U.S cost about $1.50, Cigarettes over here cost between $3.44 - $7.00
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Re: Water Prices

We're fortunate in Scotland than we can have water straight out our taps, I by water if I don't have any already used bottles and I'm going out, but apart from that you don't need to. We're famous for water, haha.

EDIT: No country is exempt from bad shop fridges.
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Shit, a typical bottle of water over here in the U.S cost about $1.50, Cigarettes over here cost between $3.44 - $7.00

Cigs here are $10, it's ridiculous.
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Re: Water Prices

Not as bad as Tesco & Asda charging 17p for 2 litre bottles of...tap water.
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Re: Water Prices

It's at least $18-$19 for a 20 pack of Marlboro's here in Australia.

About $3-$3.50 for a bottle of water.

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