Savvy shoppers turn to humble 'granny trollies'

SHOPPING CHIC?: A wheeled shopping trolley with snazzy tartan material. Picture: Google

SHOPPING CHIC?: A wheeled shopping trolley with snazzy tartan material. Picture: Google

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Darlington)

THE cost of carrier bags has sparked a boom in the North-East of one of the most ridiculed high street accessories – the humble wheeled shopping trolley.

Argos says it has seen sales increase by almost 50 per cent since this time last year.

Discount food retailers who don’t supply free carrier bags and charges levied by other retailers, are believed to be behind the sudden surge in popularity of the wheeled shopping trolley.

With so much shopping to carry these days the shopping trolleys are one of the obvious answers to today’s value conscious shoppers buying in bulk.

Commonly associated with grannies, the shopping trolleys hit a popularity peak in the Seventies before the arrival of huge hypermarkets and disposable carrier bags.

Demand gradually declined with the growth of out of town shopping centres where a car was closer at hand and lifting and carrying was minimal.

Laurelin Sharp, Argos bags buyer said: “We first noticed a surge in the shopping trolley sales early last summer – which coincided with consumers moving towards discount food retailers and bulk buying.

“Trollies are really handy and versatile and we see them being snapped up by customers of all ages. The once dominant tartan design has been updated with modern materials and prints.”

 

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7:04pm Sat 12 Apr 14

pensioner2 says...

All this fuss over plastic shopping bags and the so called environment impact, yet we have jet planes in ever increasing numbers flying all over the place causing far more damage than any amount of plastic bags. Waste/used tyre storage facilities going up in smoke billowing ton upon ton of poison and carbons dioxide and monoxide into the air, which take days or weeks to extinguish, the damage to the land and the countryside and probably even property all legalised through the forth coming fracking proposals but the government are more concerned about plastic bags. is it because they do not get any back handers from plastic carrier bags whereas there are always ways to grease the palms of hands in the other damaging activities?
All this fuss over plastic shopping bags and the so called environment impact, yet we have jet planes in ever increasing numbers flying all over the place causing far more damage than any amount of plastic bags. Waste/used tyre storage facilities going up in smoke billowing ton upon ton of poison and carbons dioxide and monoxide into the air, which take days or weeks to extinguish, the damage to the land and the countryside and probably even property all legalised through the forth coming fracking proposals but the government are more concerned about plastic bags. is it because they do not get any back handers from plastic carrier bags whereas there are always ways to grease the palms of hands in the other damaging activities? pensioner2
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5:28am Sun 13 Apr 14

markdarlo says...

The cost of carrier bags? There's only a small amount of retailers who charge at the moment. We don't live in Wales. I guess it's more to do with the aging population or people are just getting lazier. Hardly a news story anyway is it?
The cost of carrier bags? There's only a small amount of retailers who charge at the moment. We don't live in Wales. I guess it's more to do with the aging population or people are just getting lazier. Hardly a news story anyway is it? markdarlo
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