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Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive?

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 18:07:16 (permalink)

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to be honest.....

have any of you tried the cursted lamb M&S sell at the moment? it's about 6 quid a pack, but lovely. Not only that, but I've never seen it in tesco's, sainsburys or asda.


No.

Pre-prepared ready-meals are muck, no matter who sells them.

Try making your own lamb-crust-herb thingy from scratch. Trust me, it'll be 20,000 times better.

probably so mate, but recently i've not been making anything myself.

i would say it's due to time...but it's not...i just can't be arsed and would prefer to work.

in terms of taste....the M&S stuff kicks ass

    
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 18:21:31 (permalink)
but can you go round M&S slapping peoples bums and explaining you were mocking the advert,

try it?! and i bet you do not get away with it
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 18:47:21 (permalink)
Partly status, sure, but also because they don't rape their suppliers in the way asda/tesco/sainsburys do.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 19:03:26 (permalink)
Partly status, sure, but also because they don't rape their suppliers in the way asda/tesco/sainsburys do.

i wondered why i was always sore after shopping

its all status, like that shop al fayed owns
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 19:41:51 (permalink)
Waitrose are worse than M&S for snobbery and high prices imo. I go into Waitrose occasionally and I always leave with nothing. Too dear and poor choices.

The have a very good Broadband service though, at least that's what I've heard.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 19:55:08 (permalink)
M&S stuff just tastes alot better and appears to be of much higher quality.

Given that it seems logical that they charge more. If its what you want then shop there, if its not then shop somewhere else i guess.

I like to buy some things from M&S and the rest from tesco. mix and match FTW.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 20:33:51 (permalink)
went to m&s just now for a sanwich, a trifle, tea bags and toilet paper (I wouldn't even wipe my ar$e on something from asda*)












* I do actually buy a fair bit of stuff from asda

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/01 20:36:00 (permalink)
i can tell the difference on certain items but not other items.

M&S often have more interesting products, but these product will scare the general public and not sell in asda.

i do feel asda extra special is very strong range at the moment having some far nicer stuff than MS.

things like unsmoked bacon bacon will pretty taste the same. it will depend on who is cooking it. but ready meals are easier to tell the difference.
Though i often find M&S are not the best as they often try to hard and fail to deliver.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/02 16:44:08 (permalink)
The odd mentaility of MTers:

They spend £££s every month on inane vitamin and mineral supplements, but would not even consider buying fesher fruit and veg which would have those micronutrients in them naturally.

It may be snobbery why people shop at M&S - but we should support them to be honest in order to force the other supermarkets to give us fresher more micronutrient rich foods.

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/02 16:50:45 (permalink)
Yes understand what you're saying James and after reading others comments - I hadn't really thought of it as their produce was fresher than other supermarkets.

I must say I was eyeing up the Honduran king prawns. CORRRRR! They were mighty expensive though - I might treat myself to some next week, because I'm worth it

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/02 17:03:25 (permalink)
i think alot of it is a class issue.

people like to think they are upper class by shopping there similar to waitrose

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/02 17:03:57 (permalink)
So why did I see grapes going brown in a M&S yesterday? Some of the baked "goods" looked as if they had been picked at - parts missing, icing looking as if fingers had gone through them.

It's like saying one pot of protein powder has better quality because the other one is cheaper.

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/02 17:05:56 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: James

The odd mentaility of MTers:

They spend £££s every month on diets , but would not even consider researching a diet for themselves.

It may be snobbery why people shop at M&S - but we should support them to be honest in order to force the other supermarkets to give us fresher more micronutrient rich foods.







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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 18:29:16 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: James

The odd mentaility of MTers:

They spend £££s every month on inane vitamin and mineral supplements, but would not even consider buying fesher fruit and veg which would have those micronutrients in them naturally.

It may be snobbery why people shop at M&S - but we should support them to be honest in order to force the other supermarkets to give us fresher more micronutrient rich foods.



I would guess that this will vary form product to product though.
as tesco has so much buying power and volume. they veg if caught at the right time will be fresh as they are just going through so much.

while on other ingredients they will be sold as fresh eg apples, but been sitting in a controlled atmosphere warehouse in france as they were grown in the summer.

tomatoes, pepper - in the winter they will come from spain while in the summer they can be locally sourced. thus in summer they will be fresher than winter.

so i would not say one supermarket is better than the others.
even the likes of pret who sell there food on the day they make it. even though sold then, it does not mean the ingredients they put in the product were picked that day etc.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 20:49:07 (permalink)
ASDA fruit is better than other supermarkets near me (Tesco/Sainsbury)
Never shoped in M&S

I went to college with a couple of Park Cakes managers, they bake everything for M&S.
The people they have working there can be idiots (so the managment tell me) but the company works in the right way, continuous quality improvment and efficiency methods so that is where they seem like they stay competative rather than cutting cost in the raw materials department.

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 21:19:03 (permalink)
because they want middle class people to shop there

aldi is cheap because thay dont care who shops there

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 21:36:21 (permalink)
I recall a member here saying he worked packing bananas or something and had to unload a whole order and re-pack it as M&S had an urgent order - so again same product.

And do you recall that Hummous recall last year thru some sort of contamination, happened in Tesco, ainsburys, Asda and yes... M&S. Why - same product.

Do M&S generally have fresher produce then?

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 21:41:08 (permalink)
Well I've got some strawberries and blueberries in the fridge, that I bought in there on Saturday. They look good and fresh still and just tasted both, very nice.

Now I know roughly how long it takes for these items to start deteriorating when I've bought them from Sainsburys and Asda etc... so let's see....

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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 21:45:42 (permalink)
M&S is more expensive because the food is better.
I remove fat from minced beef or lamb when I cook it.
M&S mince has much less fat than all other supermarkets.
The fruit lasts longer.
The ready made meals taste better.

Don't try to bring class into it.
Quality costs.
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RE: Why is Marks and Spencers so expensive? 2008/03/03 21:55:50 (permalink)
i agree with the above tbh and i dont see how anyone could dissagree if theyve tried the food.i agree its horrendously over priced tough
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