Last year I fell and broke my watch. Earlier this year I did it again, one of the strap bar thingies broke when I tripped over a bollard at the Thrupp water point. A short while after I fell again and broke both the little strap thingies. The watch was consigned to the draw until I could get round to having it fixed. That was some six months ago.
Well while it was in the drawer the battery went flat. Today I took it with me to get the strap fixed and a new battery. A CR2016. I went to a nationally known High Street Jewellers in Corn Market Oxford.
“No problem Sir,” said the man, “£1 each for the pins and that’s a high power battery 850.”
Well I don’t know about you but I thought it was a 2016 not an 850 and so it was a 2016, 850 was the price, £8.50. I was stunned because we used to buy these batteries in Saudi markets for 50p a strip of ten. However we are not in Saudi any more and one has to accept a price the
robbers err sorry, Jewellers think you will pay.
This evening I was surfing, as you do, and thought to enter the battery number into Google. Now I didn’t know there was a batteries4youdirect but therein I found cards of 12 Panasonic CR2016 batteries for £5.25 per card/45p each. Sold on for £8.50 each that’s £102, a mark up of 1950%.
Were I a big nationally known High Street Jewellers I could afford to buy lots and the price would reduce to £4.25 per card. That’s 35p each. Then I could make £8.15 profit for everyone sold, that’s a 2400% mark up.
There are words we use for this sort of
skulduggery business ‘highway robbery’, ‘profiteering’, Corporate mugging immediately come to mind, even Sharkery (OK so I made that one up). This should be against the law. That’s the last time I go to a nationally known High Street Jewellers.
They are nothing better than crooks.
Addendum . . . the two pins and the battery came to £10.50 I told him I would give him a tenner which he accepted.