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**helen****helen** Mod malarkistDeactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
Here ya go guys - this is for my_name so let's help her out :thumb:


Hello. I am writing a paper on fair trade. I am conducting a survey about the availability and cost differences of fair trade and people's buying habits. Since fair trade is a much more popular in the UK and other European countries I thought this place would be a nice oppertunity to get feedback from real live British folk and compare that to the stores around here. First are a couple questions about you're grocery stores, the next are about your buying habits.

Think of one grocery store for the following questions:

Name?

Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)

Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?

Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)

In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?

Now for the consumer questions:

Do you conciously buy fair trade products?

How often?

Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you :)

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Name? Tesco

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade) No

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?
    There is a really small section of fair trade products next to the home baking bit for some reason.

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)
    yeah because they all have the fair trade sign on them and they are all together

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?
    I think there's a moderate price difference.

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you conciously buy fair trade products? No

    How often? Sometimes fair trade bananas but that is about it

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?
    Yeah, I think there is this assumption that fair trade is for wealthy people who can afford to be choosy.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Name?

    Sainsburys

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)
    No

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?

    They are usually not hard to find in store.

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)

    Yes

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?

    Moderate

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you consciously buy fair trade products?

    Sometimes

    How often?

    Less than once a month

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?

    If the price difference was smaller, I would be more inclined to buy more FairTrade goods.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    Name?

    Sainsburys

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)
    No

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?

    There's a complete section, but I usually buy online, so it doesn't really apply.

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)
    Yes, the have the mark on them

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?

    Moderate

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you conciously buy fair trade products?

    Yes - chocolate, various fruit and veg

    How often?

    Every few weeks

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?

    Yes
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Name?

    Tesco

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)
    No

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?

    I don't know where they are, so no.

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)
    If I knew where they were, I would be able to identify them easily.

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?

    Moderate

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you conciously buy fair trade products?

    Yes.

    How often?

    As often as I go shopping.

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?

    Yes
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thank you guys so very very very much! Means alot :D
    And thank you for putting it up, Helen, I say you get a raise ;)
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    *bump*
  • JsTJsT TheSite Graduate Posts: 18,267 Skive's The Limit
    Name? ASDA

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)? Some.

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products? Both!

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc) Loads of ads for them

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non? Large!

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you conciously buy fair trade products? No

    How often? Never

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference? Probably!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The whole concept of 'fair trade' is a farce, the fact that you have to have a special label to prove you didnt horribly exploit the people and place where the product came from is tragic in the extreme.

    Anyway, on with the questions

    Name?

    - Waitrose or Sainsburys

    Is it a fair trade grocery store? (Are most to all products fair trade)

    - No, not specifically, though Waitrose is generally good to its suppliers

    Are fair trade products easy to locate? Is there a complete section of the store designated to them, or are the products mixed in with other like products?

    - Yes, though I normally shop online because I hate driving

    Are they easily identifiable? (In-store advertising, large labels, etc)

    - Yes, although it depends what you mean by 'fair trade' bananas from the Windward Islands for example are always bought for a fair price, whether they have a label or not. So sometimes I will go for things like that which I know are fairly traded but not technically 'fair trade'.

    In general, is there a large, moderate or small price difference between fair trade and non?

    - A moderate one

    Now for the consumer questions:

    Do you conciously buy fair trade products?

    - It depends, I do avoid certain countries because of ethical concerns, and I do buy organic fair trade coffee among other items.

    How often?

    - I probably buy one fair trade item a week, sometimes more

    Would you be more inclined to buy them if there was little to no price difference?

    - Yes, although taste of course is the highest concern really (well within reason)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My town is now a fair trade town, how bizzare is that?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What do you mean?
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    Here you go my_name - fairtrade towns :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh wow, I hadn't seen that before, that will be a nice piece to add. Thank you!

    If anybody is curious, this is what I came up with from stores around here. My parents went to one in a small rural town. They had a couple things. They were all located in a "natural" section of the store. Only coffee and tea. They had the same brand in non fair trade in the main part of the store. The fair trade was a couple dollars more for a few ounces less.

    In the chicago suburbs, 2 of the 5 stores I went to had nothing. One is a major grocery store, the other was a fresh foods mart that specializes in fresh fruits and vegis. One of the grocery stores that had it was the "expensive" one. I'm sure you all have that one store that everything is more expensive than any other store. Well that store had a couple things. Just a couple coffee's and a couple tea's. I've yet to find any fruits/vegis or chocolate even. The other two that had them are what the boyfriend calls "hippy stores." They had a slightly larger selection, but still limited to just the coffee and tea. And on average, most of the items were a couple dollars more expensive.
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