Right now, I can't seem to buy white onions. Who cares - right?
Well, I like white onions. At Coles,Woolies and Franklins, we have plenty of brown and red onions, but no white onions. Asking the guy that looks after stacking the vegie trays in these places reveals that he doesn't know why, just get a blank stare and a comment that they haven't had them for ages.
Finding an independant fruit and vegie supplier reveals that the price of white onions has reached $18 a kilo, so they won't take the risk of buying them in for fear of not being able to sell them at the price they need to make a profit.
OK, so Coles, Woolworths and Franklins have decided that the onions are too expensive, so now we have lost access to them at any price.
If 90% of grocery items where not controlled by these 3 companies, then maybe I could just go "next door" and get my white onions.....
I think I must be a little strange, if only I could accept progress. What ever happened to that good old hamburger with the lot that used to dribble juices down your wrists - now replaced with with a massed produced Maccas's Big Mac or Quarter Pounder.
Finding a good pizza these days is getting harder, the SAO biscuit Pizza Hut or dull and boring Dominoes replacing the 1AM pizza on the way home from "Joe" or "Luigi" or what ever his name was is quite sad.
Hardware stores - Bunnings or it no longer exists!
Slowly but surely, fewer and fewer companies are taking control of everything we buy and for me, it's quite annoying.
I could go on for hours with my growing disappointment with Retail Consolidation, but would much prefer to hear from others with their views on whether this is good or bad..
How long before we have just one company or corporation that decides what is available for our consumption?