Looking back at Archie44’s Duracell Post set me thinking on how prices, and income of course, have risen over the 42 years since I had a small Sweets & Tobacconists in rural Yorkshire. So, after a thorough search of my cupboard I found the January 1975 edition of Shaw’s Guide to recommended fair prices.
Unfortunately I couldn’t answer Archie’s question but it did encourage me to have a nostalgic root through it. I’d say 95% of it’s contents we didn’t sell but looking through the cigarette section certainly shocked me. I stopped smoking before we bought the shop so I was never tempted to smoke away any profit.
e.g. 20 Senior Service- 39 1/2p
How our habits and what we eat have changed ; over 3 pages of biscuits, a full page of tea and only one column of coffee. I am rambling on a bit but it reading through it is certainly an eye opener.
Anyone wanting to know the price of a box of 16 Bile Beans, or anything else - you only have to ask ;o}}
Pine Man, I liked the Blackjacks but there was also Fruit Salad, a bit like Opal Fruits but without the tang.
I lived in Hull and can remember going into the Fishshop, when I was flush, and asking for a Fish'n'Four and a Patty- a fourpenny sized piece of fish, fourpennorth of chips and a Patty, with scraps of course - delish ;o}
Thanks,yes the corner shop was a weigh out shop I can remember the tubs of sweets on the wall hundreds of them,the only one I've seen that still has a large selection of old sweets and they're weighed out is in Shipley market Bradford,when I have occasion to go I'll buy lemon sherbet bon bons mmmm
My local sweetshop proprietor knew a thing or two about viral marketing, long before the phrase was ever heard. Whenever a new sweet variety arrived on his shelves, he would give us 'regulars' a free sample, saying 'see what you think about that then young lad'.
Long before drug dealers on the streets, he knew how to get us kids hooked. If we liked the sweet we would tell our friends, and he would reap the benefit of his small investment, come pocket money day.
Forum Editor, there was a craze for American bubblegums (disgusting stuff) which ran a series of stickers. I used to open a couple of different ones, stick the stickers on the counter, and give the bubblegums to the first couple of lads who came in on their way to school. On the way home from school my 'regulars' flocked in to buy the aforesaid mentioned, as well as their usual favourites. usual