Soupspoon wrote:ThemePark wrote:Not just the UK. I tried looking up a Danish brand of bottled water. If you buy a .5L bottle, it's £2/L. If you buy a 1L bottle, it's £1/L.
Not being a frequent buyer of water myself, I had checked a random merchendiser and discovered that (with the exception of 'flavoured waters') even the most expensive brand was no more than £1/l. In fact 86p/l for a multibuy pack of low-volume bottles from a major brand seems to be the most expensive, and it was mostly much cheaper, the (outlier) lowest price being nine pence per litre...
It's all about economics. If you're out and about and need to buy a bottle of water from a newsagents, it's going to be the best part of £1 for a half litre bottle. In touristy locations or places like airports where there's a captive market, it could be up to £2. You can of course buy it more cheaply in bulk and from a supermarket, but you could be several km away from such a place. And if you're at home, ordering online, you have a tap producing drinking water in the next room so the price has to be lower to compete. You could argue that it's unfair to compare competitive fuel prices at petrol stations with inflated convenience store prices for water, but there's nowhere that charges £2.50/l for petrol because there's a captive market. I suppose it's because petrol tanks are big and cars can drive hundreds of miles looking for a better price.
Flumble wrote:Eebster the Great wrote:Holy shit your bottled water must be expensive. You really pay £2/L for water? On purpose?
That's still far too cheap. Bottled water should have over 9000% excise tax in countries where everyone has access to drinking water.
I absolutely agree, but only on condition that drinking water taps and fountains be provided ubiquitously in public places and that businesses be required to provide water free of charge or for a nominal cost without any other purchase necessary. I hate buying bottled water and will avoid it wherever possible, but sometimes I wasn't organised enough to carry enough for the whole day.