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Postby officergent01 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:09 pm

I was in Cyprus last week 18/11/17 and found food and clothing to be surprisingly expensive compared to the U.K.

Lidl supermarket prices seemed higher and Phillipos in Coral Bay even more so. A box of breakfast cereal, even local brands 4 euro, a frozen pizza 6 euro.
And what about clothing? visiting Paphos up in the old town, a pair of jeans close to 50 euro.
So where do you do your weekly shop? and where do you shop for clothing?
We want to move to the Island and live in Peyia, So suggestions would be appreciated thanks
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Re: Food shopping

Postby supporttheunderdog » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:17 pm

Nearly everything is more expensive in Cyprus, because so much has to be imported by sea, and transport and dockage costs add so much and with a limited market the margin has to be bigger to cover operating costs. If you think food and clothing is relatively expensive look at electricals and cars.

I tend to food-shop at Lidl, Alpha-Mega (who sell some Tesco own brand products - you risk ending up thinking as Tesco as being a quality imported brand) Sklavenitis, and occasionally one which might be local to Limassol, Pappantonio. Lidl are cheapest but have the smallest range both in terms of product numbers and brands, and the quality of some stuff is a bit iffy, then Sklavenetis, who have a very good range both in numbers of producrs and range of Brands, and who are highly competetive on price, with frequent good offers, and AlfaMega - again very good range.

Meat tends to come from the local Butchers and Fresh veggies also often come from smaller local stores.

Clothing tends to be M&S, or Debenham's, both operated under Franchise arrangements: we try to buy in the sales. We also use John Lewis, who will ship clothing to Cyprus at quite a modest price per order, or we buy when off-island.
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Re: Food shopping

Postby Get Real! » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:31 pm

:? Can’t agree with any of this bullshit… prices in London are way higher in pretty much everything.

Never seen a box of cereal for €4, more like €2.50, or pizza for €6 when frozen pizza sells between €3.50 and €5.50.

Did you foolishly go to a tourist super market by any chance and did you also account for the difference in currency?

Probably not… but then again miscalculating and getting it wrong is most people’s specialty!
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Re: Food shopping

Postby Sotos » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:36 pm

Never seen a box of cereal for €4, more like €2.50

More like €3-€3.50 for regular cereal ... the Muesli I buy can approach €6, depending on the brand. Cyprus is probably more expensive than UK for such things because of what stud said. Then again this ranking makes Cyprus cheaper: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings.jsp
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Re: Food shopping

Postby miltiades » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:48 pm

Having been here for just over 7 months I find that most food prices are higher in Cyprus from the UK.
Ok, if you like, as I do, koutchia me lahana , or other type of beans then they are cheap. On the whole Cyprus is not only more expensive than the UK but considerably so.
Cheeses, butter, milk, even bread are much higher.
I dont eat much meat, perhaps every couple of weeks or so, but I do know that chickens are considerably more.
In all one must avoid those supermarkets where the ....toffee
nose Cypriots shop.
Taking into account of course that STG against Euro is quite low.
I have noticed that there are more luxury cars in Limassol than in the entire city of .....Londonishtan !!!
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Re: Food shopping

Postby supporttheunderdog » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:03 pm

I am shopping later today - will trawl some prices....
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Re: Food shopping

Postby Get Real! » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:44 pm

Thanks to Sotos' link this argument is over:


Rank....City/Country...........................Index

1.......Zurich, Switzerland...........149.53

44......London, United Kingdom......89.34

290.....Nicosia, Cyprus.................65.45


Not only is Cyprus cheaper but by a mile! :roll:
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Re: Food shopping

Postby miltiades » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:49 pm

Mate we are talking about food prices, not utilities, rates, rents and such. Just food prices.
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Re: Food shopping

Postby Get Real! » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:50 pm

miltiades wrote:Mate we are talking about food prices, not utilities, rates, rents and such. Just food prices.

I’ll never forget the thieving Brits when I was there last… a packet of cigarettes ₤8.50 and a stupid little cold sandwich (that tasted like shit) £5.50!

Thieving CUNTS! :evil:
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Re: Food shopping

Postby miltiades » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:29 pm

Again!!! We are talking about food pricrs, not ...sex, or stale sandwiches probably at the ripoff airports or motorway con merchants. Food, general household items, soap, washing staff etc etc.
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