Which Is Cheapest?
I Wanted To Buy Something From Amazon
I wanted ground almonds. These are quite expensive, so I was looking for the best value but of course, the item had to be a good taste and quality too. I have bought a number of 1 Kilogramme packets (2.2 pounds weight) recently and it looks like it will be regularly in use in our household for the foreseeable future, so I wanted to make a bulk buy.
I found a 1Kg pack of ground almonds from a particular buyer and it said "free postage if you spend over £20". The pack was about £14 (about $18), so I thought I would buy 2 packs. But at that point, it added postage costs. I was confused by that. After checking the page for some time, I found that buying 2 single packs was still post free but buying one double pack (that included two single packs) got postage charged. I finally worked out that it was cheaper to buy the double pack and pay postage, than buy the two single packs and get free postage.
Even More Confusing
The page had various bulk buy offers. You could buy the ground almonds as a single 1Kg pack, as two packs (2 Kg), as 3 packs (3 Kg) and as 5 packs, (5 Kg). the cost of each pack reduced as you bought a greater bulk. BUT, the cost of postage stayed the same and was charged per pack, so if you bought the 5Kg pack (5 packets) you were charge 5 lots of postage! The only place where you were charged the single postage cost was for the double pack - 2Kg, where you were charged a single postage cost.
It ended up easier to create a spreadsheet to work out the best value. It turned out that the 2 pack, with one postage cost was the best value, even beating out buying the 5 pack bulk buy. And I can still get 5 Kg cheaper, by buying two packs of the 2 Kg plus a single 1Kg pack at a total cost of £79.50 (about $104) compared with £87.10 ($113) - it seems ridiculous. Of course, I now would not need to buy 5Kg at a time, because I can just keep buying 2Kg packets more often, with no added cost.
Check The Prices on Your Next Bulk Buy
The picture shows an almond nut with dates because we are buying a lot of these too for my husband's special diet. He can't eat whole almonds, too hard for his teeth, but is now eating a lot of ground almonds in the form of almond and honey muffins - delicious.
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