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When Ardern made the rather unfathomable decision to deliver a monopoly to Foodstuffs and Countdown in the Lockdown 15 months ago I was gobsmacked as we have a butcher, a green grocer and a fish shop that deliver far and away better pricing, quality and freshness than any supermarket I am aware of.

Now having unleashed the Commerce Commission who would at best have a fleeting association to the reality of running the multi million businesses who deliver a commanding share of food to New Zealand homes, to pronounce a judgement on their pricing, are we to understand that they have suddenly become totally unfit to occupy the commercial dominance they enjoy and was augmented officially in the chaotic response to the Rona.

Remind us again how the much heralded investigation into fuel pricing went.

If you treasure your sanity I would respectfully suggest that you make no attempt to imagine just how a NZ Gum outlet would deliver a food supply and pricing fiasco. the queues alone would destroy any belief, let alone supplies and variety.

They have the commercial understanding of a ragdoll.

Written by Gravedodger

July 30, 2021 at 8:46 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. “They have the commercial understanding of a ragdoll”

    That’s not really fair on the Ragdoll.


    July 30, 2021 at 9:12 am

  2. Sounds a really feasible socialist venture to me using the following criteria:

    Low prices in store.
    High prices paid to all suppliers.
    Living wage to all lower tier staff.
    High management salaries and profit share.

    What could possibly go wrong.


    July 30, 2021 at 10:24 am

    • No no no… Let the state take over the planning, production, distribution and retailing of all food. The state knows best.

      You know it’s the best way. Just look at how well it worked for the Soviet Union then, and Cuba and North Korea now!

      John JohnO

      July 30, 2021 at 1:56 pm

  3. Pharmac seems to do quite a good job. Look at the costs of medication in NZ and compare to UK, US, Au, etc.

    Sir Loin

    July 30, 2021 at 5:08 pm

  4. Fine loin, now some analysis of range and availability, particularly say Kaytruda, then perhaps move along to the documented results for some generics that just do not deliver for pts forced to abandon the well understood out comes previously delivered by the original drugs, I do have some actual knowledge in such matters, you however seem to be merely dribbling, again.


    July 31, 2021 at 8:38 am

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