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What are some things that are relatively less expensive to buy in UK than in the US or the rest of the world?

What are some things that are relatively less expensive to buy in UK than in the US or the rest of the world?

robot_nobot

Healthcare 🤣


robot_nobot

Jk jk but honestly I don't know , I saw a post early an US food looked well expensive


SideProjectPal

Yeah fresh fruit & veg is way cheaper in this country


DarkNinjaPenguin

*Good* food is far more expensive in the US. Even their cheap fast food is garbage compared to ours. Their bread is full of sugar, and fresh vegetables and fruit are expensive.


Terrible_Tackle2923

Oh ya, cant miss that 😄


Aspirationalcacti

Food is significantly cheaper than in the usa or Europe, though obviously you probably aren't going to send them groceries but maybe some nice cheeses or chocolates


thepurplescope

Yeah, food is crazy cheap in the UK.


HadHerses

Ive said this before on Reddit and people always jump in with "What planet do you live on/there's kids starving here" type comments. But i can absolutely say food is incredibly cheap in the UK compared to other western counties, *and* say we have food poverty. Just because it's cheaper than other countries doesn't mean that everyone can afford it still.


thepurplescope

Of course, and it’s not accessible to everyone easily, and marketing, time constraints, make it hard. And money is money. Saying that, food is so so cheap in the UK as to be almost an outlier in Western Developed countries.


helic0n3

There are also food deserts, if the only place you are near is a local Spar or petrol station then even basics can be expensive. These places do tend to align with lots of people in poverty to start with.


[deleted]

Why is it so cheap ? I hadn’t noticed as when in (southern) Europe prices are similar


thepurplescope

It didn’t used to be but basic food prices are absurdly cheap. It’s the outcome of supermarkets competing with each other to such a degree that they changed farming techniques and global supply chains.


Mabenue

Subsidies and massive supermarket competition to drive down prices. It’s even more stark if you look at food prices outside of Europe.


Adamsoski

It is relatively cheaper than in southern Europe too since salaries are noticeably higher in the UK - [for instance the UK minimum wage is 1,780.4 USD pm, in Spain it's 1,360.0 USD pm, and in Portugal it's 9520.0 USD pm](https://countryeconomy.com/national-minimum-wage).


McCretin

I've heard data plans in the US are ridiculously expensive compared to here


Haribo_Lecter

*Australia has entered the chat*


yeetalkshite

Yep- big countries with fewer people need a lot more infrastructure per subscriber so it’s not a surprise


Patmarker

I keep seeing American youtubers sponsored by a new phone company raving about the cheap rates. I’m getting the same provision as their top tier contract, for less than the price of their bottom tier.


Tuna_Surprise

I pay £35 a month for unlimited data on my UK mobile and $45 a month for my US mobile. Seems roughly similar to me.


InternationalRide5

But you can get unlimited data (SIM-only) for £20 a month in the UK if you shop around.


matiyarosz

£15 here - and even managed to get a free 4G router if I wanted to use it instead.


nifflersvault

Who with? I can finally change my provider next month and this is cheaper than I'm getting 4gb/month for


matiyarosz

It was with Three, there was a trick where you could trick them into thinking you were an existing customer and purchase one of their broadband packages for £15p/m (on a 24month contract mind you). When you get it, it's the exact same plan and card they use for their mobile packages so I've just put it in my phone and transferred the number across. That particular offer looks to be gone though and the cheapest they seem to have at the moment is £18 p/m. But quite frankly I would strongly recommend checking Three's coverage in your area first as they can send you a free PAYG card. It's okay where I live, but I've seen some horror stories here on reddit (especially from /r/London) and on Twitter


Tuna_Surprise

Yeah, you can get plans on the providers like giffgaff or smarty for £20. You can get unlimited SIMs in the US on providers like mint for $30. So still roughly similar. And a pretty far cry from “ridiculously expensive” like the OP claims. My plans are both with major carriers which is why I pay a bit more.


walgman

Doesn’t even need to be those. I’m on unlimited 5G EE with Apple Music for £25 and I’m getting half gigabit speeds in London. Sometimes.


Tuna_Surprise

My rates are both “pay as you go” not a contract rate. EE doesn’t offer an unlimited data SIM on pay as you go. Cheapest contract price for unlimited is currently £40 https://shop.ee.co.uk/sim-only/pay-monthly-phones?search=%3A%3AsimoPlanData%3AUnlimited%20Data%3AsimoContractLength%3A24%20Months&CTTag=CT_Sal_SHOPHP_H2_SSSIMO_Q2_2021_1&expandFilter=true


Zak369

What phones are included with those contracts? Phones are a bit cheaper in the US even including tax so that might have an effecting?


Tuna_Surprise

Both prices (US and U.K.) are for services only. I own both phones outright and both are month to month prices. In today’s exchange $45 is about £33. So nearly identical prices depending on the exchange rate


Zak369

There’s your issue then, you’re vastly overpaying the UK contract. You can get unlimited everything for about £16-17 per month. Unless you’re a super heavy user you could even opt for a huge allowance instead of unlimited and drop the price further (I’m seeing 30 GB for £10, 100 GB for £15, etc). I don’t know what your situation is if you have both a UK and a US but I’d definitely swap. Have a look round a site like [this](https://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/compare/sim_only_deals/)


Tuna_Surprise

Nope. I’m on an “unlimited data/no contract” for both SIMs. If you look around that site, you can see only one offer lower. But as I’ve explained elsewhere, I pay higher rates in both the US and UK to use a major carrier. I do appreciate people coming into the comments to tell me my reality is wrong. I literally split time 50/50 between the US and UK. I basically know nothing, except the differences in prices between the two places.


Zak369

I can see 3 deals for unlimited with no contract(£19, £20, £24.95) but the contracts just become rolling contracts after the minimum so you only need the month notice. It’s your money, if paying extra for certain things gives you peace of mind then it’s worth paying. The point here being you’re paying a premium to be contract free. The actual data is less than half the price which is what the guy was saying.


Tuna_Surprise

Right. But in the US, you get similar discounts for similar things. So overall, the like for like product comparison comes up with the same price or a very similar price. Which is the point I’m making, because it contradicts the OPs claim that prices in the US are much higher. It’s just not true.


Zak369

I’m looking at US comparison sites and I’m not seeing it. Minty 4GB $15 p/m - Vodafone 4GB £6 p/m Tello 1GB $10p/m - Lebara 1GB £3.95 p/m Visible Unlimited $40 p/m - Three unlimited £16 p/m All I’m seeing is like for like a big difference and more hidden terms in the US deals (I haven’t even considered if tax is included in some of these deals). Perhaps it’s the same price for your specific needs, but in general it’s cheaper in the UK.


AcceptableBell7352

you're paying double what you should be in the UK. Renegotiate your contract, they will half it with one call. Its like paying full price for broadband, only mugs and OAPs do it.


Tuna_Surprise

Neither the US or U.K. phones are on contracts. Both prices reflect that fact.


AlterEdward

Cheese. Decent, specialist cheese is everywhere in the UK (and Europe).


thepurplescope

This always makes me laugh on US subs. Yes, you can get very good cheese in the US as well, it’s a rich, dairy producing country. But my god, the cost for the quality equivalent is madness. Something £20 per kilo in the UK would be £80/$100 a kilo over there. Once you get to £40 a kilo here it gets outrageous in the US.


AlterEdward

Why is that? Is there just less demand for it? Did the techniques or cattle breeds required just not make it over there? Seems counter intuitive that the US, of all places, wouldn't enjoy a wide variety of food that is mostly fat.


thepurplescope

UK food is just incredibly cheap. The demands from supermarkets has meant quality and food has been driven down in price to an almost absurd degree. The US isn’t such an outlier (except maybe cheese) but food in the UK is just cheap. The real answer is the intensity of the supermarket wars from the mid 90s to today has led to world leading innovation and bloody cut throatness.


InternationalRide5

We're also a comparatively small country with efficient freight distribution networks by road and rail and even sea freight to most areas.


FrenzalStark

Careful though cause some of our cheese is illegal in the US.


[deleted]

My sister lived in Australia for a while and reported that food in general (out of a supermarket) was of a poorer quality, more expensive and less variety than in the U.K. she really missed the variety of choice of food and supermarkets in the U.K. and it was among the things she was excited to come home to.


nearlydeadasababy

It's similar in Irleand, food is more expensive (most of it is imported) and the choice is very limited. I have a large Tesco near me, same size as a large one in the UK but despite the same floor space it's just more of the same limited number of items.


[deleted]

Really? I lived in Ireland a while and can’t say I noticed that. It was a bit more expensive but I assumed that was because the eurozone does feel a bit more expensive compared to the pound


nearlydeadasababy

I said mega but changed it to more, but yes have certainly found that personally. A quick comparison on [Tesco.ie](https://Tesco.ie) and [Tesco.com](https://Tesco.com) seems to suggest about 20-25% more on most items. Depends of course, beef, milk and potatoes are cheaper.


ClassroomPast6178

Domestic internet service is ridiculously expensive in the US due to lack of competition according to my American friends. No way to give it as a gift though.


Haribo_Lecter

Innovative jams.


neverdoug

I’m a bit behind the times on my jams, any new cutting edge preserves I should know about?


malamorcannai

I'm pretty sure I saw bacon jam somewhere before.


xanthophore

Chilli jam has become more popular recently, and is absolutely lovely!


wordsfromlee

Ribena


dinobug77

Apparently they don’t have blackberries in America. TIL


wordsfromlee

Nor Blackcurrants too.


xanthophore

Growing blackcurrants was made illegal in the US in 1911 as it was found to be a carrier of a fungus called white pine blister rust, which threatened timber stocks.


okeydokeydude

we have lots of blackberries, i have a blackberry bush in my back yard. they’re in any grocery store


[deleted]

Blackcurrants


psycho-mouse

Deodorant and other basic shit like shampoo is really expensive in the US. Fresh fruit and meat is also quite dear in the USA. The UK has some of the lowest prices of off the shelf medication in the world. A 20p pack of paracetamol here could cost you $/€10 in the US or Europe.


ClassroomPast6178

> The UK has some of the lowest prices of off the shelf medication in the world. A 20p pack of paracetamol here could cost you $/€10 in the US or Europe. Check the pack sizes, I just had a look and 100 generic Paracetamol 500mg tablets could be bought from a US chemists for $6.99 (7c/tab or 5p/tab), compared to 16 generic 500mg tablets for £0.50 (3p/tab or 4c/tab). So whilst the UK is cheaper, it’s not *that* much cheaper, no where near your claim. Might be different for other drugs though, like antihistamines and decongestants (which have weird anti-meth cooking restrictions).


northernlight102

Buying my allergy meds in the US horrifies me every time I go to pick up a pack. I paid $20 for a pack of 45 cetrizine hydrochloride and I’m sure I could have paid less than £8 in the UK.


Username_LOLZ

I buy my hayfever meds in bulk at the start of the year. I paid £4.79 for 180 Cetirizine tablets.


ClassroomPast6178

Shopping around and buying in bulk pays off!


Username_LOLZ

Online pharmacies tend to have all this generic stuff pretty cheap. Even Boots own stuff is stupid proces. Where I got mine this sells a pack of 30 for 79p. [https://www.pharmacyfirst.co.uk/cetirizine-10mg-tablets-30-tablets-zirtek-substitute-cetl115.html](https://www.pharmacyfirst.co.uk/cetirizine-10mg-tablets-30-tablets-zirtek-substitute-cetl115.html) You'll find much of what you get on these websites is exactly what you'd get if you were prescribed something that was also available without prescription.


ClassroomPast6178

Yeah, I was comparing Boots to Walgreens, which I thought was a fair comparison until I dug around and noticed the $1/tablet shit that Walgreens was also doing with its own brand stuff.


ClassroomPast6178

> Buying my allergy meds in the US horrifies me every time I go to pick up a pack. I paid $20 for a pack of 45 cetrizine hydrochloride and I’m sure I could have paid less than £8 in the UK. Cetirizine hydrochloride (generic) £3.69 for 14 tablets. (Boots, first link in a google search). So at 26p/tablet in the UK, 45 would cost £11.80 or $16.15. So again, cheaper but not by much. Edit: fuck me, I just went and looked at a US pharmacy website and they’re selling their own brand Cetirizine for $1/tablet, right beside other cheaper packs, what complete dicks! Generic own brand too.


Tuna_Surprise

Walmart sells them for $0.12 per tablet. Costco sells for $0.04


_whopper_

Generic medicines are cheap in America. 70 cetirizne for $9 here https://www.kroger.com/p/kroger-all-day-allergy-antihistamine-tablets-10mg/0004126000406 Boots own brand is £14 for 90. Can be even cheaper from no-brand places too.


Tuna_Surprise

Costco sells them for $0.04 per tablet https://www.costco.com/kirkland-signature-aller-tec%2C-365-tablets.product.11312465.html


sosurrey

Cheers didn’t know this, I’m going to pick up a couple boxes before I move :)


GoliathsBigBrother

3p per tab is 40% cheaper than 5p per tab. What exactly is your threshold for "much cheaper"?


ClassroomPast6178

It was a reply to someone claiming a 20p box of paracetamol would be $10 in the US, notice the emphasis on the word “that”.


_whopper_

Yes but for that $10 you get 1,000 tablets. https://www.kroger.com/p/kroger-extra-strength-500-mg-acetaminophen-caplets-twin-pack/0004126033019


Icy-Memory2546

Insulin. And also Cadbury. Possibly related.


SideProjectPal

Following on fresh fruit/veg, there’s gotta be UK/European foods that you can’t get in other continents that are good presents, both sweet (biscuits/shortbread in cute tins like they have in M&S, kinder eggs (lol), French macaroons? Etc) and savoury (Spanish ham, marmite, etc) Obvs you can’t send that stuff to Australia but it’s a start


malamorcannai

Mobile phone plans. I know a girl in America who's paying 200 dollars a month.


[deleted]

Wtf


northernlight102

Birkenstock sandals, cost a lot more in the US compared to the UK. I guess it’s the import costs!


DenDen9911

Aren’t used cars in the uk quite cheap?


Remarkable_Anybody20

Meh this is a weird one, while it may seem like there are some cheap vehicles available here, compared to many states in the US, we have a pretty strict annual inspection of the vehicles (MOT) so older vehicles become uneconomical a lot earlier. Couple this with smaller engines, meaning generally they are worked harder for a comparable amount of work, weather conditions meaning a lot of salt on the roads in the winter and significant amounts of vehicles being in costal areas etc meaning corrosion is a problem, and the general road types we have make for a harder life for a veh (there are very few places in the UK that your just sat at highway speeds for significant amounts of time unlike the US) All these things combined, make our used car prices less. One other side note, there's a massive benefit system here that basically gives people an option of a free vehicle instead of money due to disabilities, which adds a significant amount of well maintained 3 year old vehicles into the market.


Ambitious-Room-2363

Fresh vegetable + fruit prices have skyrocketed in north America, I'm so thankful for Lidl's prices. I can still eat healthy everyday and not be financially penalized for it.


Killingwkindness

Irn bru


Phil_82

Prescriptions, good chocolate and free healthcare 👍


nobelprize4shopping

Car insurance. Not much of a gift though.


MacDonaldKe

I've always found fruit and veg to be expensive in the US compared to UK


entersandmum143

Fruit and veg - does vary by state, but I've seen some shocking prices


Special-Vegetable138

Strawberries


Whulad

Think our banking and Financial Services are cheaper than elsewhere. Free banking is not that common elsewhere


mfncl

Beer in a bar/pub. $7 for a decent craft pint in most places, and it’s only 16 fl oz (473ml instead of 568ml in the UK). Beer in supermarkets is a bit cheaper though in the US as there’s a lot less booze tax.


Towsey-

Politicians…. Just