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Old Nov 9th 2014, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Howefamily View Post
I hear you on your point here in what you were trying to achieve but I just want to say that we grocery shop very differently here to the UK. Back there we used to get Tesco home delivery and for the most part buy the same things each week and roughly spend the same. Here we mostly just buy what's on sale and go to Costco too. So we don't buy a weeks food each week but stock up on what we like when it's on sale and get our fruit and veg. Therefore out freezer and cupboards are fuller than they were in the UK all the time and it's not odd to buy 10 tins of beans because they are on sale one week, or three slabs of cheese.
Doesn't answer the question why I can't pick up a 6 pack of beer with a can of soup like in the UK, plus buy a bottle gin in the NSLC store but they don't sell the tonic water to mix with it, barmy.
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Old Nov 9th 2014, 10:08 pm
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Doesn't answer the question why I can't pick up a 6 pack of beer with a can of soup like in the UK, plus buy a bottle gin in the NSLC store but they don't sell the tonic water to mix with it, barmy.
I noticed in the LCBO here in Ontario that a person under the age of 19 isn't even allowed to hold a can of beer/ bottle of wine in the store! They're allowed in the store though...now that is crazy!
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I noticed in the LCBO here in Ontario that a person under the age of 19 isn't even allowed to hold a can of beer/ bottle of wine in the store! They're allowed in the store though...now that is crazy!
This is Canada/Provence's and there antiquated liquor laws that benefit only those they allow to sell it-monopolies. It's called "keeping up appearances" to justify their existence. In the UK you HAVE to show ID where ever alcohol is sold if you appear under 25 years, you can drink at 18 but again ID required in any bar and it is enforced.
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Old Nov 9th 2014, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by graham the eggman View Post
This is Canada/Provence's and there antiquated liquor laws that benefit only those they allow to sell it-monopolies. It's called "keeping up appearances" to justify their existence. In the UK you HAVE to show ID where ever alcohol is sold if you appear under 25 years, you can drink at 18 but again ID required in any bar and it is enforced.
Agreed, it's insane. My husband manages a resort here and has to purchase all alcohol through LCBO... they really have got a monopoly going on.
I personally don't care what happens with alcohol, I'm allergic to the stuff so can't drink anymore
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...I purposefully didn't look at those items on offer - so I could compare like for like on this as I priced the items in the uk while not on offer also
This is a major difference though. It's really not like for like.

A UK offer is not like a Canadian one. There are far more Canadian offers in any given week for things that are half to two-thirds normal price. Any comparable reduction in the UK appears to be a loss leader...just one or two bargains rather than the 20 or so in the Canadian supermarket.
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Agreed, it's insane. My husband manages a resort here and has to purchase all alcohol through LCBO... they really have got a monopoly going on.
I personally don't care what happens with alcohol, I'm allergic to the stuff so can't drink anymore
So when are you Canadians going to wake up to the racket Then start looking at the milk/cheese etc quote system where you pay 3 times the UK price, are you ripped off !!
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This is a major difference though. It's really not like for like.

A UK offer is not like a Canadian one. There are far more Canadian offers in any given week for things that are half to two-thirds normal price. Any comparable reduction in the UK appears to be a loss leader...just one or two bargains rather than the 20 or so in the Canadian supermarket.
Rubbish, first in NS there is a total lack of competition in many aspects. Why can I not buy liquor in a grocery store ????? Not a problem in the UK just another item that goes through the check out.
Milk/cheese/eggs etc are 3 times the price of the UK. Why, Canada still persists with the dairy quota system so old and out of date but cost the consumer big big bucks but they don't understand. I'll leave you with this, how can milk be 2 bucks a litre and gas $1.30, it's taxed milk is not.
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So when are you Canadians going to wake up to the racket Then start looking at the milk/cheese etc quote system where you pay 3 times the UK price, are you ripped off !!
I'm not sure what the answer is. As far as milk is concerned, I understand it even less. In Ontario 4 litres is $3.99 as opposed to $7.99 in NS. How much is milk in the UK now?

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Rubbish, first in NS there is a total lack of competition in many aspects. Why can I not buy liquor in a grocery store ????? Not a problem in the UK just another item that goes through the check out.
Milk/cheese/eggs etc are 3 times the price of the UK. Why, Canada still persists with the dairy quota system so old and out of date but cost the consumer big big bucks but they don't understand. I'll leave you with this, how can milk be 2 bucks a litre and gas $1.30, it's taxed milk is not.
You can't criticise a country just because it doesn't do things the way they are done in the UK. Some of this is just about dealing with change. We used the flyers all the time and stocked on offers every week. It's a way of life and how it is done here...
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I'm not sure what the answer is. As far as milk is concerned, I understand it even less. In Ontario 4 litres is $3.99 as opposed to $7.99 in NS. How much is milk in the UK now?



You can't criticise a country just because it doesn't do things the way they are done in the UK. Some of this is just about dealing with change. We used the flyers all the time and stocked on offers every week. It's a way of life and how it is done here...
Most Canadians-Nova Scotia I know don't understand the dairy quoter system which is why you pay so much. Then the NSLC just another BIG rip off you put up with. WHY ??
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Rubbish, first in NS there is a total lack of competition in many aspects. Why can I not buy liquor in a grocery store ?????
But you're trying to compare like with like. That one can't buy booze in Canada as conveniently as the UK shows it's not the same. You appear to be missing my point. I am not saying stuff is cheaper or more expensive.

I am saying that the flyers for Canadian supermarkets show very many items at two-thirds or half the normal cost. UK offers tend to be just one or two items with a decent reduction and other things with not much off.

As for no competition....rubbish. If that was true, please explain how one supermarket produces a flyer with an offer on a particular item and then the rival changes it's price to compete. Just coincidence?

And then there are the stores with price matching.

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But you're trying to compare like with like. That one can't buy booze in Canada as conveniently as the UK shows it's not the same. You appear to be missing my point. I am not saying stuff is cheaper or more expensive.

I am saying that the flyers for Canadian supermarkets show very many items at two-thirds or half the normal cost. UK offers tend to be just one or two items with a decent reduction and other things with not much off.

As for mo competition....rubbish. If that was true, please explain how one supermarket produces a flyer with an offer on a particular item and then the rival changes it's price to compete.
I admit buying alcohol from one store is a bit rubbish but it's not really the end of the world. You just get used to it! Or not as it appears
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
But you're trying to compare like with like. That one can't buy booze in Canada as conveniently as the UK shows it's not the same. You appear to be missing my point. I am not saying stuff is cheaper or more expensive.

I am saying that the flyers for Canadian supermarkets show very many items at two-thirds or half the normal cost. UK offers tend to be just one or two items with a decent reduction and other things with not much off.

As for no competition....rubbish. If that was true, please explain how one supermarket produces a flyer with an offer on a particular item and then the rival changes it's price to compete. Just coincidence?

And then there are the stores with price matching.
OK right, how many supermarkets have you ? Here in Bromsgrove UK, small town. We have Morrison/Sainsbury/Asda/Aldi and small shops plus 14 pubs who can buy from where they like hence beer is $4.50 a 20 ounce pint not the 18 so called Canadian pint which is illegal.
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Originally Posted by graham the eggman View Post
OK right, how many supermarkets have you ? Here in Bromsgrove UK, small town. We have Morrison/Sainsbury/Asda/Aldi and small shops plus 14 pubs who can buy from where they like hence beer is $4.50 a 20 ounce pint not the 18 so called Canadian pint which is illegal.
The liquor control boards are a crazy system. The unpleasant people work there will grudgingly shove a bottle of booze at you if it's not one of their many tea breaks, and they'll charge you an arm and a leg for it. The LCBO is as inefficient a distribution system as you could ask for and the equivalent is only found in a few counties in the deep south. It's shit. Or, as they say here, it's like todally, awesumly, shit.

However, even I only go to the liquor store once a week. It's a nasty business and I leave feeling cheated and sneered at but it's only 45 minutes of queuing at the cash register. It's not as bad as, for example, having to take a child to an iced hockey game and then wait for an hour and a half for the pratting around to end.

Canada is not a good place for people for whom drink is important, especially not for people who like good beer. Such people should move to America or not move at all. People should not be all about drink though, we need to step above that, and realise that, for all the trouble getting a bottle of Blue Nun, Canada offers other things. Snow, for example, you don't get snow like this at home.
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I lived for 15 years in France before I came to Canada, and during that period too I also commuted to Libya...one was 'dry' and one had excellent cheap wine at every pitstop....I cannot compare either country to Canada
I enjoy a glass of wine, but life cannot be judged on ones ability to buy a 'bottle' for cheap!

Special offers are important to those of us that live in Atlantic Canada as prices are a bit higher here....that isn't mitigated by the low cost of housing, that's a one off cost and HST is greater here than in the rest of Canada on a daily basis.

My life here is totally different. I don't know if it's better or worse? My son who is now 13 has been here 2 years and loves every second....he achieves and achieves and in his spare time he achieves! I don't know How...but he is!

I didn't come here for "the sake of the children" but it's been a wonderful payoff and not one I had expected.

Canada IS different, that's the joy of it! I'm a bit dodgy with the winter months, but that is probably my ingrained horror of cold....I can sand drive a Jeep through a desert without a backward glance, but get scared in snow. It is growing on me. I think it's a bit like most things, if you think you can, and want to, then you probably wiil...very best of luck
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