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Buy one get both free!!
I appreciate this is France and therefore quite frequently not everything seems all that logical. Lovely people and a great country but sometimes neither are easy to understand.
Take this for example. Our local DIY store, a major, national enterprise with
infinitely more choice of building materials and tools available than any similar operation
in the UK, are offering Bosch 14.4 volt 1.5 AH Ni-Cd battery powered drills for sale
at 99 Euros each, complete with two batteries and a nice carry case to keep the whole
lot in. On display next to these drills are additional loose 14.4 volt 1.5 AH Ni-Cd
batteries for sale as spares.
At 114 Euros each!
The same store is selling 5 kg bags of plaster at 6 Euros each. Beside these is exactly the same stuff from the same maker in 15 kg bags at 26 Euros each. Knowing (as I do and donít ask) what this groupís margins are I have reasoned that I could buy both Bosch cordless drills with twin batteries plus bags of plaster from them, repack them and sell them back to the store at a reasonable trade price and still turn in a profit!
The real whammy though is common or garden pure salt. The store sells 25 kg sacks of salt that is compressed and formed into convenient walnut sized tablets for ease of handling when you wish to decant them. It is pure salt. 100% sodium chloride with nothing added and nothing taken away. It says so on the packaging.
If you buy these salt tablets for use in a swimming pool that is operating a dilute saline solution and which is designed to convert some of the salt content into chlorine through electrolysis, then it costs 36 Euros for a 25 kg sack. If you buy exactly the same stuff from the same producers but marked on the sack for use in water softeners then it costs just 5 Euros for a 25 kg sack. Less than a seventh of the price!
Iíve finished salt trading now.
For the day anyway.