I did find the supermarkets in Paxos more expensive than at home, for everything! I always go self catering and, over the years, have 'learnt' what's better value than in the UK and what you have to pay more for. This year, I couldn't find anything less expensive than at home which meant for a more costly holiday. On an island like Paxos, you do expect to pay more but it wasn't by a few cents......good way to diet, though, at least you don't feel so hungry when in the sun....but you do get more thirsty!!!!
In the good old days the freebies and the largest measures were commonplace as a way of rewarding and encouraging regular/return visitors.
That is still true today, but with the far wider choice of taverna/restaurant there is a tendency to "shop around" whilst you're on holiday rather than keep frequenting the same place, so the incentives offered are not experienced as much!
As for rounding up, I agree that IF this is the case it is inevitably going to adversely affect trade. However, I don't think this is happening everywhere. Certainly in the places I frequent (when I can afford any of them) the rounding tends to be in 10c units not euros.
Trying to put a positive slant on all this... If you're not drinking quite so much your liver will hopefully remain healthy for longer and you'll be able to enjoy more holidays... Oh, and if that's not sufficient incentive, last winter we discovered that Ouzo also makes excellent paint stripper (honestly - and it's cheaper than white spirit).
Message posted by paleogirl on 02 July 2008 at 2:40pm - IP Logged
You know loyalty pays off.....There are tourist prices and there are local prices...if you are loyal to a particular bar etc you will soon see your bill reduce.
Message posted by angela_h on 02 July 2008 at 2:43pm - IP Logged
Very true Karen, our little bar we go to always tried to charge us less, last year I called the waiter back and went thru what we actually had and it was a bit more, its so cheap as it is I feel offended not paying for what I have had.
Message posted by Trace (Profile Location Assistant) on 02 July 2008 at 2:51pm - IP Logged
Those of you who have "regular" haunts are fortunate if you get reduced prices.....but spare a thought for 1st time visitors to the island......they don't have that luxury, and may be surprised by how expensive some places can be.
Many places try to cut costs by using two litre bottles of mixers instead of small bottle or cans, unfortunately, unless the bar etc is pretty busy, the mixers go flat an syrupy quite quickly.....that's something that we've found more and more commonplace all over Greece.
We arrived back yesterday after our month long stay.We paid in the village kafeonan 3euros for a Bacardi and diet coke,poured from a large bottle,(no ice wanted) and a slice of lemon and an Ouzo and sprite plus a glass of water.In San Stef for the same drinks we paid 5euros (albeit the owners knew us)In Roda we paid 7 euros for the same drinks,no water with the Ouzo!and rather small glasses,unless I'm getting to be a hardened drinker In Avliotes we paid 19 euros for pork chop and proper chips,Mousakka and chips bread half a ltr of wine,and then a small carafe of wine for me and an Ouzo and sprite for Mr M on the house,and then some sweeties,mmmmmmmmmmm!
On San Stef beach,two prawn saganakkis,a little starter with bread a small beer and half a carafe of wine cost 16 euros, no complaints what soever,just shop around
I suppose it all depends on whether you think increased prices are some diabolical plot ie. GREEDY!! or the result of a genuine hike in costs!
The other factor has to be the downturn in tourist numbers. Clearly business owners have fixed costs which have to be covered. Bit of a vicious circle I'm afraid because that may deter even more people from visiting.
I've just spent three days in Lynton and Lynmouth on the North Devon coast. Beautiful area - frightening prices!! Plus the increased cost of getting there.
I don't think there's such a thing as a 'cheap' holiday anymore. I think you've got to be prepared to pay out more and perhaps trim back a bit - as Trace says - to keep within a budget.
I still think Corfu is reasonably-priced compared to many other places which is why I will be back for three weeks in September/October!!
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 02 July 2008 at 4:51pm - IP Logged
We also came back from Mexico on Saturday..( I know its not Corfu)But have to say the price of our hotel has gone up from £750 that we paid last year to £1300 for the same time next year(The cost of fuel do dowt)...yes it was (All inclusive) and dam good value for mony...Was booking to go to Sri Lanka and on to the Maldives for next year..But have kick it in the head as we are now taking one of the grand daughters with us as she is thirteen be for we go at to pay full price for her...So will benefit for putting some of our stuff in her case(lol)....
The girl that was taking our booking for next year had said the amount of people now booking for long haul holidays for the all inclusive is just uninmagnable...She was saying the amount of people that have been on already on holiday in Greece Spain and even Turkey have now turn there backs on Europe as they said as to the cost of eating out and for the drinks they are having to pay is just getting to much for the family and the all inclusive is ideal for the children to eat and drink all they like...
Have to fit in another late holiday back to the Greek island next September...But sorry to say not Corfu going back to Paros....For our fix...
Took my sister and brother in law to the airport Tuesday morning as they had booked with Kosmar Now part of Excel i belive...They should have been flying from East midlands but got diverted to Manchester to there beloved Crete island..
Got a phone call from them this morning telling us they arrive safely and how prices have shot up from the year be for from the supermarket(as they are S/C) and also of there local tavern that they use so offten...But they expected the hike and had allowed for it....There usual meal that they have had had gone up by some seven euros compared to last year....
One tip if you fly with first choice holidays...As we was a group of nine some of the cases was over by some three kilos...Is to tell them to average the wight out by nine other wise you have to take stuff out of one case and put to another...as it came to under 180 kilos...This they will do...Chris
Message posted by Buxworth on 02 July 2008 at 5:41pm - IP Logged
Maybe some of you should try the south of the island. We have a house near Petriti and my wife and I have just come back from a weekend there, three days and three nights, we ate out twice a day had plenty to drink with friends in the afternoons and evenings and spent a total of 200 euro between us including transfer to and from the airport
Message posted by Mrs Mushypea on 02 July 2008 at 5:45pm - IP Logged
I agree with Chris about a drop in bookings - I was also advised that long haul is becoming increasingly popular although I have also seen a massive hike in prices for next year too and there are 9 of us going!!!! but with the weak $ you are getting real value for money, although I still need my Corfu fix too!!!
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