Why do people shop at M&S?

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So expensive when there's Iceland, aldi, Lidl for the same thing. I went in today and a milk was £2.70 and for the same one in Tesco for a pound.
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So expensive when there's Iceland, aldi, Lidl for the same thing. I went in today and a milk was £2.70 and for the same one in Tesco for a pound.
A more pleasant shopping experience is offered in M and S, as the jobless, people with screaming kids and the lower classes are generally priced out of there.

Sorry for the abruptness but just saying it as it is.
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It has nice food that people are prepared to pay extra for. Some people have more money and less time. so they dont mind.
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It has nice food that people are prepared to pay extra for. Some people have more money and less time. so they dont mind.
the percy pigs
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So expensive when there's Iceland, aldi, Lidl for the same thing. I went in today and a milk was £2.70 and for the same one in Tesco for a pound.
Because some shops will deliver higher quality items which cost more to produce and try and give those producers a fair price whereas bigger, cheaper, stores will often use their buying power to extort farmers through low price contracts.
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A more pleasant shopping experience is offered in M and S, as the jobless, people with screaming kids and the lower classes are generally priced out of there.

Sorry for the abruptness but just saying it as it is.
love a bit of blatant classism! guess you're a tory?
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M&S are just another corporation, and their 'high-quality' products are a well-known unique selling point (USP). It's partly the reason why they are able to charge very high prices for their other products as well, like their suits/clothing for example. To put it simply, they will only stock the best-quality products, especially when it comes to food (speaking of which, are normally sourced fair trade as well). This creates a reputation for them being able to acceptably charge high prices for their products. Hence why the well known reputation for quality with their products keeps customers shopping there, and remains an integral part of the business.

Personally, I would never buy anything there really. It's just full of high-priced items, and the perceived illusion of being able to buy 'the-best-quality' items just isn't worth it for me. If I had to, it would simply be because of convenience. To keep food costs low I usually just buy from Lidls or Sainsburys, and avoid any small businesses selling the same products as the supermarkets do. That's for food only really. For other items, like clothes and random appliances (e.g. batteries), I will just buy them directly online - the reason being, because it is a highly competitive market (online retailing), so sellers will be in competition with each other constantly to offer the best price. This in turn gives me a much better price than any supermarket usually will.
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(Original post by Einsteinium*)
M&S are just another corporation, and their 'high-quality' products are a well-known unique selling point (USP). It's partly the reason why they are able to charge very high prices for their other products as well, like their suits/clothing for example. To put it simply, they will only stock the best-quality products, especially when it comes to food (speaking of which, are normally sourced fair trade as well). This creates a reputation for them being able to acceptably charge high prices for their products. Hence why the well known reputation for quality with their products keeps customers shopping there, and remains an integral part of the business.

Personally, I would never buy anything there really. It's just full of high-priced items, and the perceived illusion of being able to buy 'the-best-quality' items just isn't worth it for me. If I had to, it would simply be because of convenience. To keep food costs low I usually just buy from Lidls or Sainsburys, and avoid any small businesses selling the same products as the supermarkets do. That's for food only really. For other items, like clothes and random appliances (e.g. batteries), I will just buy them directly online - the reason being, because it is a highly competitive market (online retailing), so sellers will be in competition with each other constantly to offer the best price. This in turn gives me a much better price than any supermarket usually will.
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Some pf the food is better, but if you know your actually food then you should know where else offers a similar or superior product as well as where offer the same for less. I wouldnt be paying £2.70 for four pints of milk.
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Some pf the food is better, but if you know your actually food then you should know where else offers a similar or superior product as well as where offer the same for less. I wouldnt be paying £2.70 for four pints of milk.
Tell me about it.
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Some people can afford to pay for better quality food, if I had the money I would buy the best quality. I have no idea why people would care about a shopping experience though; I know one person who shops at Waitrose instead of Tesco because the staff are friendlier, to people like me, it is beyond me why you would want to pay more because of an "experience".
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I go into M&S at 7pm twice a week and buy all the yellow sticker items. I can get a week's worth of shopping for £10 and it lasts the whole week.
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Marks & Spencer tends to be a lot less crowded in my experience. Maybe not in shopping centres, that's a given, but in my town there's no long wait for queues and if there is, you can easily use one of the machine which typically has no queue at all compared to Sainsburys. That's another reason why people might go there just for the experience.

However, it does lack a bit of variety. Whereas in other supermarkets you could get whole bread aisles, in Marks & Spencer you get a few shelves at most. When I want to do baking I normally shop at Sainsburys - so many more ingredients, kits and tools there!
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I'd never do a weekly shop there but they have some nice things as a treat
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because the food is peng
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It is not my main source for groceries, I normally use Ocado or Waitrose, but it does have a superior grade of food compared to most.

Marks and Spencer, along with Waitrose, is a much better shopping experience. It is quiet, well laid out and to be honest, you tend to get a better grade of people. I went to an Asda store once and had to walk out, as the calibre of the people really but me off. I've never been in an Iceland, so I can't compare to that though.

You are right though that some things are just overpriced, if all I needed was milk I probably wouldn't go to Marks and Spencer.
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(Original post by ellentheweeb)
love a bit of blatant classism! guess you're a tory?
They make a reasonable point. Also I think you will find that class no longer matters when it comes to how people vote; working class people are pretty much as likely to vote Tory as any other class. Age is the key factor at play.
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A more pleasant shopping experience is offered in M and S, as the jobless, people with screaming kids and the lower classes are generally priced out of there.

Sorry for the abruptness but just saying it as it is.
Amen, nothing worse than having to shop amongst the riff-raff.
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They make a reasonable point. Also I think you will find that class no longer matters when it comes to how people vote; working class people are pretty much as likely to vote Tory as any other class. Age is the key factor at play.
hun, op just straight up said that they go to m&s because the 'lower classes' dont shop there. pretty classist if you ask me. a reasonable point if you're a middle class snob
and yes, im aware that the working class are not as left wing as before and older people tend to vote tory
as i said, the only good reason for shopping in m&s is the percy pigs or if you're in a train station and you're feeling like an extra fancy meal deal
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Usually where it's the only option *cough*addenbrookes*cough*train station*cough* if you just wanna buy a sandwich...
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