What's the smallest value purchase you've ever made?


#1

Yesterday on the way home from work I realised I needed a red onion for a meal I planned to cook (Mary Berry’s one-pan sausage and cider casserole), so I popped into a Tesco and bought one red onion. It cost me 13p, which I paid for with my contactless card at the self service till.

Anyone got lower than 13p?


#2

dunno - wouldn’t be surprised if I bought a single penny (or even 1/2 p) chew as a kid


#3

Probably. Hmm, I’d like to think it was something really cool as well. It will forever be my main purpose in life to buy something awesome for under 13p. I’ll report back.


#4

didn’t charge the 5p for a plastic bag but needed one, had no change, so did a second charge on my card for 5p :roll_eyes:


#5

deff bought loads of 10p things like wham bars when I was a youngster

or were you looking for stuff payed for on a card?


#6

Be honest, did you consider nicking it?


#7

Feel free to interpret as you see fit, it’s all jazz.

Though this reminds me, if stores are charged a fee for processing card transactions (is this the case?) is there a value of sale where they’re actually losing money?


#8

in which case this thread will be won hands down by the old men of DIS


#9

not really, was being served by someone on a till rather than self-service. thought they would just let me off but that’s society for you isn’t it


#10

Banana for 9p


#11

I spent 5p for a sip of juice from some enterprising traveller kids at a festival


#12

depends on the deal they have with mastercard etc I guess


#13

Definitely a penny sweet as a kid. But I guess although it says “ever made” I think we should take into account inflation etc and make it something a bit more recently.


#14

When I was a reporter and was at a gypsy camp one of the kids nicked my notebook, then said I could have it back if I beat him at noughts and crosses. I lost, but he gave it back out of pity.


#15

you’re not the boss of me!


#16

once bought the daily mail for a free dvd

it had literally NO VALUE.


#17

Smaller onion. 12p


#18

Definitely had some 10p sweet purchases as a kid.

However, at uni, there was a really good pub that wouldn’t take cards. There was no cash machine nearby, but there was a supermarket that would give you cashback with any purchase. So buying a cashback carrot (6p) was a fairly regular occurrence.

So my answer is 6p.


#19

Lovely little anecdote, thank you.


#20

I definitely bought a ha’penny gobstopper in a single transaction around 1983.