Certified Legendary Thread Chrisco Hampers - who in their right mind buys them ?

bruceharmes

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As Christmas approaches and bogans all across the country await their hard earned chrisco christmas hamper it begs the question why ?

The hamper contains readily available products from any supermarket for at least 3 times the price and you run the risk of it not arriving.

Do you know anyone who purchases these "deals" and why would they ??
 

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I always thought people bouht them because they worked out cheaper. If the are more expensive, then I have no idea
The whole idea of it is to break it down into a weekly payment which sounds cheap, but when it's multiplied by 52 and administration fees etc are added in, it's actually much more expensive.
 

bruceharmes

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I always thought people bouht them because they worked out cheaper. If the are more expensive, then I have no idea
Definitely not cheaper - just browsed their excellent publication "The Catalogue" - 1 example is the 'beer sampler', whereby you pay $2 a week for 52 weeks - ie. $104 for 32 beers. Beers that dan murphys regularly sells for $30 a slab or $90 for 72 beers - great value that and the hassle of setting up a direct debit for $2 a week - WHY ???????????????
 

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Definitely not cheaper - just browsed their excellent publication "The Catalogue" - 1 example is the 'beer sampler', whereby you pay $2 a week for 52 weeks - ie. $104 for 32 beers. Beers that dan murphys regularly sells for $30 a slab or $90 for 72 beers - great value that and the hassle of setting up a direct debit for $2 a week - WHY ???????????????
This - if you put $2 in a jar every week for a year, you can head to the pub and buy a couple of premium slabs. As mentioned, Chrisco is no different from preditory rent to buy financing.
 

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My grandparents did it pretty much since it started until last year - midway through last year my granddad passed away and nanny moved into a nursing home with provided meals, so we ended up with their 8 giant boxes of stuff (mum had taken over the payments and gave nanny what she wanted etc.). I kid you not, we had 4 giant jars of vegemite and about 6 of smooth peanut butter, at least 20 boxes of cereal and just a bunch of stuff that we would never buy.

It's a terrible idea for people who are able to budget moderately well. People say it's convenient to just have automatic payments, but I don't see why they can't automatically transfer money to a separate account (or just save some cash each week) and then have the money to go and buy stuff that you actually want.
 

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Just another example of how idiotic Australian consumers hear the word "save" or "bargain" and waste their hard earned money on crap.
 

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My grandparents did it pretty much since it started until last year - midway through last year my granddad passed away and nanny moved into a nursing home with provided meals, so we ended up with their 8 giant boxes of stuff (mum had taken over the payments and gave nanny what she wanted etc.). I kid you not, we had 4 giant jars of vegemite and about 6 of smooth peanut butter, at least 20 boxes of cereal and just a bunch of stuff that we would never buy.
Insanity.
 

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It's a terrible idea for people who are able to budget moderately well. People say it's convenient to just have automatic payments, but I don't see why they can't automatically transfer money to a separate account (or just save some cash each week) and then have the money to go and buy stuff that you actually want.
Another alternative is some shops offer a Christmas Club where you put a few bucks away with them each week and at Christmas time you spend that money on what you need from their store. More flexible than Chrisco and you're not paying a massive markup on stuff.

Also, I think some banks offer Christmas Club-style accounts, which is even better for those budgeting.

Seriously, there are so many better options than Chriso/Hamper King etc if people actually did their research.
 

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