So, an interesting little thought

Probably someone’s going to get here before us. However.

Advent calendars have all become rather more posh these days. Some of them have very much more in the value of the products (usually, to be sure, the “brand” composing much of that value) than the price of them.

And then, well, how many advent calendars get sold after the beginning of advent? And how many after Christmas?

So, there will be overstocks, somewhere, and what happens to them? At what price? And how do we find out? How do we buy them?

There are bourbon tasters, beer ones, wine, fizz etc. Some of which seem to be about £50 for perhaps £80 of booze. But overstocks? Would they get down to £10? For 500 pieces say? 10 people each in for £500, that’s doable isn’t it?

But would they get down to that price and if they did, where would they be for sale?

Hmm.

And, you see, I think it would be the booze ones which would fall furthest in prices. Because who is allowed to resell them is limited by law (no e-Bay, Poundland etc).

15 comments on “So, an interesting little thought

  1. Dunno about the underlying value. A lot of these advent calendars contain four doors of good stuff and twenty doors of crap that they couldn’t shift all year.

    My preferred booze one (Adnams of Southwold) sold out in early November, so there may not be that much overstock lying around.

  2. Also, alcohol duty puts a floor on the price. A beer calendar with 24x330ml drinks will incur duty of £7.55 alone, so a £10 firesale price seems unlikely.

  3. Booze has no ‘consume by’ date.

    When I was in Russia I was given approximately 8 seconds to consume whatever was in front of me, before the glass was refilled.

  4. I used to go to my local supermarket the day after Easter looking for cheap cocoa-based confectionary, but never found any.

  5. “I think beer does.”

    Beer definitely does. Some heavily dry hopped IPAs have a consume by date of a month. The beer won’t make you ill after that, but the character of the flavours will not be as the brewer intended.

    Imperial stouts on the other hand will have a date that is several years in the future.

  6. Beer definitely does. Some heavily dry hopped IPAs have a consume by date of a month.

    The whole point of an IPA is to produce a beer that would last the months at sea it took to transport to India.

  7. Yes, BiW is correct. IPA will last six months no problem. The main enemy of beer is sunlight so if you’ve bought bottled keep it in a cupboard or under the stairs.

    My mother used to buy Christmas cards and decorations in January. I think she’s got about a five year supply at the moment.

  8. The Royal Navy has (had?) Courage Sparkling Brew which was slightly stronger than normal Courage. Just so it kept when sloshed around the world’s oceans.

    Only seen it anywhere off a RN ship or boat in one pub in Bermuda.

  9. That was the original point in terms of the beer lasting and not ‘going off’. In the 18th century.

    The consume by date I was referring to was about the character delivered by the hops diminishing fairly rapidly in those type of styles. Craft brewers put serious amounts of effort into ensuring their customers get fresh beers.

  10. @Andrew M, December 2, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Dunno about the underlying value. A lot of these advent calendars contain four doors of good stuff and twenty doors of crap that they couldn’t shift all year.

    +1

    Contents worth £100 – valued by seller/brand. Only £63.33, save 1/3.

    Buyers are gullible twits.

    btw I looked at one yesterday (H/T DM) Argos are selling at “half-price” – inc ~10 full size nail polish, no doubt colours few bought. Excess stock hidden behind cardboard doors.

    Cudous to firms finding way to sell waste at inflated prices.

  11. We’ve sold advent calendars in the past.
    They sell after Christmas, they sell in March, they sell in June and sell in any month.
    They sell best in November and early December. We used to get new stocks delivered in July and put them for sale.
    And sold out of a couple usually by early November.

    Haven’t tried the booze ones yet. May try personally before I start selling, just to test the product on a commercial basis. Hic. Well, if can justify to accountant anyway. Hic.

    Got my eye on some new ones we want to stock, decent item in each door with pretty good margins. Just expensive to ship currently.

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