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Would you pay £34.00/Kg for a sheet of plastic?

  caccy 17:44 07 Nov 2018

This must be the most profitable item sold in shops.

I suddenly realized that this is what I was paying when I bought a piece of fish in a local supermarket and a very thin sheet of plastic was put on the scales the fish placed on top of it weighed then priced.

When I pointed this out to the shop assistant he said that "it didn't weigh anything"! I suspect this item that weighs "nothing" is purchased by the ton.

A very nice profit is made thank you.

  Aitchbee 18:22 07 Nov 2018

1p or 2p extra would not deter me from buying some fresh fish. I reckon you are a Piscean Artist.

  Aitchbee 18:31 07 Nov 2018

Although I do find it very annoying that one can't get fresh fish in 'microwavable' packaging anymore at my local bigname store.

  Quickbeam 18:42 07 Nov 2018

I'm intrigued to know what fish you bought @ £34 kilo...?

  john bunyan 19:07 07 Nov 2018

Turbot and Halibut would be even dearer but they are rarely in the usual supermarkets. Monk fish tails maybe? A man of epicurean taste , clearly.

  caccy 19:08 07 Nov 2018


Alaskan line caught salmon which I was only using as an example. The same applies to any product that you put into a bag before checking out.

  oresome 19:19 07 Nov 2018

My wife often asks the fishmonger to skin the fish.

Of course it's weighed and priced first and then 10% of it is thrown away.

(I'm happy to eat the fish off the skin but it's still paid for and gets discarded)

I think Morrisons still used microwavable packaging the last time we were there although we don't cook it this way and I've not noticed if the packaging gets weighed in with the fish.

  bumpkin 21:00 07 Nov 2018

I bet you pick the stems off your apples before weighing.

  wee eddie 21:03 07 Nov 2018

There was a study done on this, a few years ago, I can't remember the figures but it was something along lines that as there were several sheets to the gram. It was unlikely to seriously affect the cost of the product.

  wee eddie 21:33 07 Nov 2018

And I forgot to add. Most electronic Scales are only accurate to + or- 5 grams

  Forum Editor 22:45 07 Nov 2018

The thin sheet of plastic is a hygiene thing - it stops repeated weighings of wet fish causing a sticky residue build up on the scales.

It has nothing to do with profit, and everything to do with cleanliness.

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