Bulk Buying.

wholesale_wedding_veilsNobody in his senses now wants to buy into bulk.  The trend all over the world is to cut down, to minimise and to do with less.  And that includes one’s own size!

There are however people who still insist on buying in wholesale under the false notion that it is economical. They will go to the wholesale markets to buy in bulk and by the time all of whatever has been bought is used up, quite a bit gets spoilt and has to be thrown away. Add that to the cost of transportation and I have always believed that buying retail from closeby grocers and others made more sense and also saved on space.

There are some groups, particularly from cooperative housing societies who pool together small orders from members to buy in wholesale once a week or something like that, to share among themselves and that makes sense when the members are of two income households where shopping becomes difficult. I have great admiration for this particular form of cooperation and encourage it wherever I can.

I personally do not buy anything is bulk as it is not necessary. Fresh produce is available at my doorstep and I will be foolish not to enjoy that facility to its fullest.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Loose Bloggers’ Consortium (LBC) endeavour to post on one single topic every Friday. Today’s topic has been suggested by Maria.  I hope that you enjoyed reading my contribution.

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30 Responses to Bulk Buying.

  1. kylie says:

    I buy some fruit and veg in bulk and you are right, some is wasted but I make sure that the cheaper price is low enough to account for the waste. I particularly like buying a whole box of bananas, it means i can eat as many as i want with the excuse that “they will go off soon”

    A lot of people seem to love getting bulk tissues and toilet paper but they are impossible to store and the saving is rarely enough to justify the storage problem.

    long live minimalism!

    • I live in a city and in a suburb where everything is available within hailing distance at retail. So, it makes more sense to buy small and fresh. I also get fresh vegetables and fruit delivered at my doorstep everyday by handcart vendors.

  2. We buy paper goods in bulk, but no more than we can comfortably store. Convenience means a lot to us nowadays.
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  3. Ursula says:

    I am all for bulk buying non perishables. Toilet paper (Kylie) and paper in general (Jean) have been mentioned. The day you won’t need toilet paper and kitchen tissue is the day you are dead. The day you don’t need to print something is the day you are (brain) dead.

    However, and here is this economist’s shrewd observation, you can only “afford” to bulk buy if your cashflow allows you to. That’s why it’s cheaper to be rich than to be poor.

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    • Absolutely. In India, particularly in cities where daily wage workers abound, everything in small quantities is available. For instance you can buy one stick of cigarette from one of thousands of shops!

  4. tammy j says:

    you know my thoughts on this without my even saying them here!
    ditto yours.
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  5. Gabbygeezer says:

    We make a once-a-month trip to a discounter with another family member to buy mostly nonperishables. We have ample storage space for them. Making the two-family trip saves on gas costs and also allows us to pay only one annual fee to use the store. We make the five-mile trip to the nearest supermarkets twice each week for everything else after consulting food ads from our newspaper to see if anything we need is on sale.
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  6. nick says:

    I vividly remember as a child a couple who bulk bought dozens of items, and their attic room was always stuffed to the rafters with it all. Whether they actually used it I couldn’t say. Personally, I’m with Tammy. I don’t want loads of clutter in my life and I prefer to buy things as and when I need them.
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  7. shackman says:

    We are almost on the same page. I buy certain non-perishable items in bulk – things like laundry soap, paper towels and yhe like but you cite the same reason as I for not buying perishables.

    • Our grocer is just across the road and I can telephone him to deliver whatever I want apart from getting fresh vegetables and fruit brought every day to our doorstep by pushcart vendors.

  8. Hi Ramana:
    Add to this the wholesale buying (into) of brainwashing by the media and society and we have no space left in our brain for the greater things in life !
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  9. We buy some items in bulk, 1) because we are an extended family, & 2) because we can get cut off from town. Also we don’t want to have to make the trip to the city every week just to purchase food.
    We also live in very uncertain times, & we feel more secure knowing that we have a good supply of food in case something hits the fan. We survived cyclone Tracey in 74, & we learnt lessons from that.
    We use what we purchase & keep it turning over, making sure to move old stocks forward & place newer stocks to the back. Many dry foods last for a long time if stored properly & never go to waste if you keep livestock.
    Regards, Keith.

  10. Looney says:

    Does India have Costco?
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    • No. We have big retailers more like your Walmart. They serve a niche market of young families whereas us oldies have our well oiled and set machine with the local grocer who delivers at home.

  11. wisewebwoman says:

    I do buy paper goods in bulk and coffee on sale but that’s it, everything else is minimized.


  12. Maxi says:

    Buy in bulk? No thanks. You have expressed my sentiments perfectly.
    blessings ~ maxi
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  13. Cathy in NZ says:

    Once I joined a fruit/veg co-op for the bulk savings but after a while I couldn’t keep up with it all..the waste became uneconimical…

    I do however buy bulk if need be for my crafts…it’s possible I maybe buying an object for one of my projects where I might need more than a 100 of them!

  14. Mother says:

    Well, I don’t think your depiction of buying bulk is quite accurate. I.E., I buy my spices (at our local co-op) in bulk because any herbs and spices that I can’t grow are fresher in the “bulk” area than bottled types. Also, I can put them in a small bag and re-fill old spice jars…thus saving packaging. This is true of honey, flours, teas, nuts, dried fruits, grains, etc. The list goes on and on. Many of these can be placed in my reusable small bags, thus saving on plastic. It isn’t necessary to buy a ton of something to buy it in bulk. It only means that it comes from a bin of some size (from apothecary type bottles in the spice section to large tins of honey) rather than being pre-packaged.
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    • Dried herbs and spices are also available here in small bottles off the shelf in many small retail shops. India is different that way as each street is likely to have more than a couple of such shops.

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