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Old 27th September 2010, 04:47 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andy.G.
the price of a second hand car in Spain is really expensive, that is why I was thinking of buying one in England and import it to Spain
On the grounds of a general lack of liquidity, the prices asked about used cars in Spain has traditionally always been higher when compared to that of the UK. This can be put down to two interacting factors that have long been at play

1: From brand-new, Spanish motorists have always tended to hang onto their cars longer than the British have done.
2: To some extent, such practices have been encouraged by, on one hand a reluctance (in Spain) and on the other, a willingness (in the UK) of retail arms of the motor trade to provide and promote trade-in facilities.

Hence the reason why, at any one time, there are more second-hand cars on the market in the UK than in Spain. Those 3-to-5-year old cars that have been traded in for more up-to-date models are what makes the UK used car market more liquid and as a result, more competitive than that of Spain.

Originally Posted by richardksa
Exactly. The crisis has made the shops introduce two for one, or second item at 70% off, offers.

Indeed. While Spanish supermarket chains have often been reluctant in the past to embrace the sort of buy-one-get-one-free and three-for-the-price-of-two marketing offers that British supermarket consumers have come to expect. I note of late that they are gradually beginning to see the benefit of adopting such pricing strategies as a means of encouraging sales.

Originally Posted by richardksa
That said, the cost of public transport in Madrid has doubled in five years.

That is a bit on the stiff side considering that likewise road and rail costs in and around Alicante have only seen something like a 50% rise over the corresponding five-year period.

Originally Posted by richardksa
Clothes are cheaper now, so long as you are not a victim of fashion and competition has meant technical stuff is much less than it used to be.

Somewhat fuelled by Alicantes Mediterranean location and its historical trading links with the Algerian ports of Alger and Oran. Over the past several years there has been a substantial growth in the number of regionally based wholesalers shipping in cheap clothing, shoes and electrical goods from the far-east. A fair amount of which tends to find its way across to Algeria and neighbouring countries due to the apparent lack of manufacturing capacity of such products throughout North Africa. With the result that the local retail cost gap between the top and bottom ends over a range of comparable items as steadily widened in favour of seemingly cheaper prices.

Furthermore, anecdotally speaking, over time I have become very friendly with a family who have for many years run a 40-roomed hostal in the city centre of Alicante. What they tell me is such clients they have lost in recent years are those associated with local commercial construction projects such as shopfitters, electricians, painters, plasterers and the like. However, they then go on to say that loss of takings has very much been balanced out by an increase in the number of Algerian based buyers regularly showing up in Alicante on stock buying trips. Mind you, being that France was once the colonial masters of Algeria, it does aid the cause of such repeat business that a couple of family members speak near fluent French, which is still widely spoken throughout Algeria.

While on the subject of clothing, I see that PRIMARK, the Dublin based low-cost clothing retailer with over 170 outlets throughout the UK and Ireland, is apparently targeting Spain as a likely area for expansion of its operations. Being that according to the PRIMARK website, it has currently established a presence of some 17 outlets in selected cities covering the Iberian Peninsular - of which 5 are Madrid based.

Which when I start to think about it, makes a fair amount of business sense to me. After all, even with the entrance of major UK supermarket chains into non-food areas of business, PRIMARK has been very successful at exploiting such price sensitive areas of the UK and Ireland clothing market not covered by Marks & Spencer and the like. Therefore, the same logic could well be at work when one considers the gaps in similar sectors of the Spanish clothing market below that of say, El Corte Ingles and Zara together with the general absence of Spanish supermarket chains from areas of non-food trade.
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