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Sometimes the cheapest option isn't the right one. I fondly remember my neighbours going to a well-known catalogue-based store and buying the cheapest lawnmower they stocked. How we laughed as they realised it had non-rotating wheels and died when presented with grass. Tell us about times you or others have been let down by being a cheapskate.

(, Tue 24 Jun 2014, 12:42)
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Beans, beans, they're good for your heart
In my association with an odd organisation running children's holiday, I had to deal with some odd notions of economy. I've posted the story of the idiot who saved less than two quid in postage by sending train tickets second class at a cost of £400 in replacements. Two more spring to mind ...

1, Tesco value instant coffee. Only the words "Tesco" and "instant" in that name bear any relation whatsoever to reality. When I took over at a holiday site I used to chuck the stuff in the bin and bring out the freshly ground stuff, shamelessly buying staff loyalty.

2. Tesco value baked beans. I was scolded for buying expensive baked beans instead of Tesco value ones at 12p per tin. So I opened a tin, poured the contents into a sieve and washed the juice away. Result: one not-quite heaped desert spoonful of beans. The economics look a bit different when you realise that you can get three or four kid's portions out of a tin of Heinz as opposed to two tins per kid with the crap.

tl;dr: Tesco value.
(, Thu 3 Jul 2014, 12:56, Reply)

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