ALTHOUGH I FEEL a little guilty, I have become a Tesco tourist. Like many living in the Republic of Ireland, I'm planning routine monthly shopping expeditions into Northern Ireland. And like those who have gone before, I've contributed an estimated half a billion euro into Tesco's coffers over the last 12 months. Some of those profits came through my wallet--and in the process eFlow in Ireland lopped off a few euro from my current account, billed directly through the little white number at left.
Last week Tesco announced record profits, helping to offset the idle cash tills at Tesco Cashel, a 10-minute walk from my front door. But my local Tesco charges 30% to 200% more for products we use regularly. Up north, children's clothing is half the price we pay in Cashel or Clonmel. Northern nappies come in at least 30% cheaper. And the red Chilean wine costing €15 locally is €7 in Banbridge or Newry. So we're either doing Tesco Tourism this Bank Holiday Weekend or giving County Louth friends £100 to partially fill a boot with nappies, baby formula, cat food and wine.
Sent mail2blog from my Nokia E90 using O2-Typepad service on Suir Island, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.