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withabix Mar 14th 2017 8:12 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12204614)
Maple Syrup. Council Tax.

Real good quality maple syrup (as against fake 'table syrup') actually appears to be the same price or less in the UK.

As for 'Council Tax', at my last house in the UK it was a fraction of the $6000 that I pay here in a 'standard' single family home.

The highest Band H Council Tax in the UK anywhere is less than $6000 in today's money. Even for a huge mega-mansion.

cheeky_monkey Mar 14th 2017 8:18 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Howefamily (Post 12204725)
Do they have caramel macciattos in the UK? I wonder what it costs? I pay about $4.95 plus tax here for one, so $5.69. For it to be cheaper it would have to be less than £3.55

i have no idea i only ever have a venti latte at Starbucks which is $5 here and approx $4.30 in the UK

beckiwoo Mar 14th 2017 8:25 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by cheeky_monkey (Post 12204705)
Starbucks is cheaper in the UK

Really? I always thought Starbucks worked out the same or cheaper out here

dbd33 Mar 14th 2017 8:28 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by withabix (Post 12204740)
Real good quality maple syrup (as against fake 'table syrup') actually appears to be the same price or less in the UK.

I'm surprised it's even made in the UK, I wouldn't have thought it was reliably cold enough.

withabix Mar 15th 2017 1:58 am

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12204753)
I'm surprised it's even made in the UK, I wouldn't have thought it was reliably cold enough.

:p the Canadian stuff is cheaper in the U.K....

DandNHill Mar 15th 2017 2:09 am

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12204023)
Mine's been falling steadily, it's under $500/month now. It's still my largest automotive cost though. The commuter car goes 30,000 miles a year. That's $100/week in petrol, $100/week in servicing and whatnot + the insurance.

Mine now costs me $0 as I'm working from home. The insurance premiums are eye watering though and I can't wait to get out of the L6 postal code area

dbd33 Mar 15th 2017 2:09 am

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by withabix (Post 12204894)
:p the Canadian stuff is cheaper in the U.K....

They don't export the real, sold on the side of the road by weird religionists, stuff. It's got no preservatives, no lot control, no verifiable manufacturing history. It just sits there next to the "$3/pint, no Sunday sale" sign. It'd have to be a factory version to be sold abroad.

Shakyuk Mar 15th 2017 11:28 am

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12204897)
They don't export the real, sold on the side of the road by weird religionists, stuff. It's got no preservatives, no lot control, no verifiable manufacturing history. It just sits there next to the "$3/pint, no Sunday sale" sign. It'd have to be a factory version to be sold abroad.


Do they insist you try it at the side of the road, then you wake up 3 hours later with your hands tied together with banjo strings and your pants around your ankles with no weird religionists in sight...


Or was that just my experience..?

dbd33 Mar 15th 2017 2:05 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Shakyuk (Post 12205106)
Do they insist

I've never dithered long enough to find out if they'd insist.

bgpz Mar 15th 2017 4:24 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12204592)
I'm having some camembert right now and just nibbled on some goat gouda. I just don't get the complaint about the supply of cheese; what cheese can you not get?

That wasn't my question. I've highlighted the bit you seemed to have skimmed over in bold below :)

A more on-topic question: how long will it take for TTIP to feed through to getting decent cheese at an affordable price?

I can certainly get some fine cheeses here - but they are outrageously expensive, and as I understand it, that's to do with protectionist tariffs which I wonder may have to be reviewed as part of TTIP. Wasn't this one of the sticking points for Quebec? (IIRC, it's their domestic cheese makers that were getting particularly antsy about this).

Howefamily Mar 15th 2017 4:31 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by bgpz (Post 12205345)
That wasn't my question. I've highlighted the bit you seemed to have skimmed over in bold below :)

A more on-topic question: how long will it take for TTIP to feed through to getting decent cheese at an affordable price?

I can certainly get some fine cheeses here - but they are outrageously expensive, and as I understand it, that's to do with protectionist tariffs which I wonder may have to be reviewed as part of TTIP. Wasn't this one of the sticking points for Quebec? (IIRC, it's their domestic cheese makers that were getting particularly antsy about this).

could it be though that dairy products (I am specifically referring to milk and cheese here) are so much cheaper in the UK because the farmers are being screwed?
I have a few friends who were in the dairy industry and have had to either change completely the use of their land or supplement their income some other way due to the big supermarkets grinding the prices down to an unsustainable level for them. One told me that a gallon of milk was bought from the farmer for a mere 15p, reducing their income to not be able to cover costs...

JonboyE Mar 15th 2017 4:41 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 
TTIP? CETA surely?

dbd33 Mar 15th 2017 4:43 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by bgpz (Post 12205345)
That wasn't my question. I've highlighted the bit you seemed to have skimmed over in bold below :)

A more on-topic question: how long will it take for TTIP to feed through to getting decent cheese at an affordable price?

I can certainly get some fine cheeses here - but they are outrageously expensive, and as I understand it, that's to do with protectionist tariffs which I wonder may have to be reviewed as part of TTIP. Wasn't this one of the sticking points for Quebec? (IIRC, it's their domestic cheese makers that were getting particularly antsy about this).

It may be that I've assimilated but fifty bucks a fortnight doesn't seem an awful lot to spend on cheese and that gets a pound and a half of raclette, two 4" camemberts, a pound of seven year white cheddar, a piece of whatever looks interesting this week and lots of PC or Balderson's extra old cheddar for cooking with. That's less than half what it costs to have a glass of plonk a couple of nights a week.

The cheese problem, as I see it, is not the cost but that there's only the St Lawrence market at which to buy it. I do pass a cheese shop on the way there but, for the difference in price on the few cheeses they have, I could take a limo to the market and back. If you're not able to go to the market, obviously not a problem from Hamilton, but certainly one from Manitoba or Saskatchewan, you're buggered.

Aviator Mar 15th 2017 4:55 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by bgpz (Post 12205345)
A more on-topic question: how long will it take for TTIP to feed through to getting decent cheese at an affordable price?

Everything is affordable, if you can afford it. Depends on an individuals priorities.

Agriculture (commodities that are not the smoking type) is a capital intensive, low return industry. Many folks seem to believe, ag products should be cheap. Often those who have no clue what goes into producing the food they expect to find in the grocery store.

Think you'll be in for a long wait for TTIP to impact Canada!

DandNHill Mar 15th 2017 7:03 pm

Re: Things that are cheaper in the UK vs Canada?
 

Originally Posted by dbd33 (Post 12205373)
It may be that I've assimilated but fifty bucks a fortnight doesn't seem an awful lot to spend on cheese and that gets a pound and a half of raclette, two 4" camemberts, a pound of seven year white cheddar, a piece of whatever looks interesting this week and lots of PC or Balderson's extra old cheddar for cooking with. That's less than half what it costs to have a glass of plonk a couple of nights a week.

The cheese problem, as I see it, is not the cost but that there's only the St Lawrence market at which to buy it. I do pass a cheese shop on the way there but, for the difference in price on the few cheeses they have, I could take a limo to the market and back. If you're not able to go to the market, obviously not a problem from Hamilton, but certainly one from Manitoba or Saskatchewan, you're buggered.

I found raclette at the Yummy Market on Maj Mac in Vaughan the other day. Similar in price to St Lawrence market but easier to get to. They had quite a selection of other cheeses too.


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