Comparative shopping

OK, so Candice mentioned how surprising it was that buying the pram from Amazon was half to a third the price of buying it locally (for shame, wantitall). We did a bit of scouting around to check out nappy prices, since we expect to be going through about a thousand of them every day. I was expecting the usual: smaller retailers and speciality shops would be slightly expensive, with bigger shops cheaper until you get to Makro where bulk==cheap.

Still some legwork to be done, but we’ve found the exact reverse of what we expected. And a much higher variance. For the record, we compared the same size packs of the same brands – the pattern may not hold for others.

Local toy shop (Reggies) was the cheapest by some margin. Clicks and Pick n Pay ( pharmacy and large retail respectively ) on a par with each other, about 15-20% higher than Reggies. And Game, for all their claims of bulk packs and big savings, was the more expensive by about the same margin – about 25% more than the toy shop.

Big savings, eh? Scumbags, but they’re amateurs really. Watch and learn, Game…

To ship in a bulk order from Amazon, it’d cost just under the local price, assuming they’ll ship here (hey, if they can ship a PRAM, they can ship diapers, right?) and if there are shipping costs it might wipe out that saving. Call it even. But just for a giggle, I checked wantitall.co.za, which is basically just a local front-end to amazon.com: R2000 vs R360 on Amazon.com. Do people seriously fall for this shit? That, for reference, is more than 5x the price of the local toy store, per nappy.

Aside:

Last year I got the grand tour of a Nampak factory where they make, among other sanitary products, nappies. And a visit to the lab where they test…well…nappiness, I guess. Very interesting indeed. I remember that now because I haven’t really seen their brand of nappy (Cuddlers) anywhere in stores. Will post about the factory at some point: it was fascinating. According to the consumer journos on the tour, Cuddlers are perceived as low-end, but are vastly underrated. Having had the tour, I’d quite like to give them a live trial, but that’s kinda predicated on them being on shelves in the first place.

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