Monday, July 19, 2010

Evil. Coles does more than merely sell cigarettes

Sunday Telegraph:

COLES is importing cigarettes from Germany and selling them at discount prices to lure low-income smokers into its supermarkets.

The grocery giant has priced the ``home-brand-style'' packs of 25 cigarettes at around $11 almost $4 a pack less than Australian-made Winfield and other leading brands.

They are believed to be the cheapest on the market since the federal Government raised cigarette taxes by 25 per cent in April...

``Coles has introduced a small number of branded cigarette lines sourced from overseas, available exclusively in our stores,'' a Coles spokesman said. He said the deal was established to offer more choice for customers, not to undermine the federal Government's cigarette tax.

But a Coles employee, who did not want to be named, said she had been told to ``push the overseas cigarettes'' to customers struggling with higher prices after the tax rise.

``When customers come in and complain that their usual cigarettes are too expensive we suggest they try one of the new ones, like Tradition,'' she said.

``I have been selling cigarettes for four years now. Lately I have noticed people just want the cheapest ones"...

I am able to chose where I shop.

Wesfarmers, which owns Coles, also owns Bunnings.

We need a leglislated minimum price for cigarettes, and also for alcohol.

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