Some of you might be aware that Cyprus – the WHOLE island, but let’s leave that for another post – became part of Europe a couple of years back. Expectations were high that the price of consumer goods previously liable to import duty would, if not exactly plummet, then come into line with those in other EU countries. In a land where Greece and all things Greek are upheld as the epitome of perfection one could be forgiven for making this assumption because, as we all know, the Greeks invented logic. Yes they did. How depressing then, to find even hoarier human attributes rising to the top like scum in a stockpot!
Yesterday, I decided to do a little product research online, feeling in need of a shiny new digital camera. I had seen just the one for me advertised in the local press earlier in the week and having become something of a canny consumer of late after decades of knee-jerk (ok, i admit, gloriously therapeutic) excess wanted to check out prices, too.
Price on Amazon: C£144. Price from large shiny retailer of no doubt impeccable character and miniscule margins: C£220!