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We’re gonna get rich, we’re gonna get rich!

I guess that the Scotish returnable bottles will have their own barcode to prevent none-deposit bottles being returned.

Also hilariously, or predictably, the Scots Greens didn’t think of this either. So, if I’m a whole of UK producer, apply for my DRS bar code and just slap it in all of my products, obviously I will pay the deposit on the Scottish sold stuff but not for the rest of the UK. Those rUK empties could then be returned by individuals into the scheme, creating a thriving black market and bankrupting circularity Scotland. The whole shit show is one massively funny car crash.

From Harry Haddock’s Ghost.

So, we just load up the empties in Newcastle – make friends with a few bar owners etc – Carlisle or Berwick and drive across the border. Sure, we only get credit but 40 cases of beer bottles is £200 which is 10 bottles of gin at Aldi which is sold back to the bar owner who sells it at full mark up off the books. Nice little money spinner there.

Be plenty of Transits, um, transiting, no?

Actually, anyone want to hire a couple of us to make a TV show? The Boys From Bath Stuff? How To Rook The Scots? Summat like that?

8 thoughts on “We’re gonna get rich, we’re gonna get rich!”

  1. Why doesn’t this already happen on e.g. the Poland/Germany border? Or maybe it does, and we never hear about it. Perhaps a reader from the continent could shed some light?

  2. 20+ years ago when the family would head to Europe for Holiday we would load up the car with empty Beer bottles (European brands) to get the deposit back. It worked even though the bottles were brought in England.

    The bottles of beer in Switzerland have a 50 Rappe deposit now. Have been tempted to collect the Bavarian beer bottles and ship them back to get the deposit.

  3. This was a Seinfeld plot; Newman and Kramer hiring a u-haul and taking empties from NY to Illinois.

  4. In Finland the way it works is not bar codes but the shape and size of the bottles, must be because the bottles don,t necessarily have labels if they have been cooled in a lake. Bottle shapes are standardised though in order to enter the scheme. Many years ago Lidl bottles weren,t in the scheme and all hell broke loose.

  5. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    It doesn’t work Germany/Poland because glass bottles only have 15 pfennigs (8 cents) deposit. It might work with the 25 cent deposit on single use plastic bottles, if the Polish bottles have the same symbol on them. But you have to return your bottles intact, and many locations stick a limit (illegally) on the number of bottles you can return in one go.

    I suspect if you turned up at a petrol station in Frankfurt/Oder with 3000 plastic bottles you would arouse some interest. Relevant locations likely already aware of this issue.

    With Switzerland, the deposit has been an astonishing half a franc per reusable glass (Swiss) bottle for some time, but I’ve never bought German beer in Switzerland to take back to Germany, and no idea what Pfand they charge, or how the border arbitrage is nixed. There are an astonishing number of customs regulations one can theoretically fall afoul of regarding undeclared imports (even your laptop as a day business visitor).

    My typical Swiss beer experience BC (Before Corona) was to buy enough Appenzeller Hanfblüte at the nice offy at Basel SBB to last me the trip home. MY empty bottles were generously donated to Deutsche Bahn.

    Incidentally, collecting and returning discarded deposit bottles is essentially a profession for some, here in the Reich.

  6. Bloke in the Fourth Reich

    Incidentally, with the gin scam, in the olden days landlords didn’t have to hit stock targets by individual item. The breweries only cared if loss of inventory overall was within acceptable limits.

    One alcoholic landlord I worked for had all the staff collect the unfinished pints and halves after closing time and stick them in a bucket, one for lager, one for bitter.

    Inventory always showed lots of whisky missing, but vastly more beer sold than the pub had bought.

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