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Top 25 Things that are Cheaper in the UK
Everyone wants a good deal.
Nobody likes spending more money than they have to for the products they want or need.
When you travel or have access to stores in different countries, you can see just how much tariffs, overhead and shipping charges can affect pricing on certain items.
The more goods are handled, processed, shipped and moved from place to place, the more the price of those goods goes up. Likewise, when there is a limited selection of items available or the item is hard to get in your own country, you can expect to pay a premium.
It’s worth it to shop around.
That doesn’t just mean check out the store on the corner versus the one down the street. Thanks to the internet we can shop online for thousands of deals across hundreds of websites and even dozens of countries.
Where you choose to buy isn’t limited to your physical location – especially if you have the means to take advantage of great shipping rates in the UK.
Don’t forget that you are not limited to just what you can buy online when using MyUKMailbox. We also offer supermarket shopping! This service allows you to shop virtually at grocery stores and have the British items shipped directly to your UK mailbox where we can consolidate and send them along to you.
Looking for great deals? Check out the products we’ve found that are cheaper in the UK.
Whittard is one of the most popular tea shops in England, and London has its own shop dedicated to the brand. These are premium teas available in both hot and iced versions with a wide selection from around the globe. There is also a large selection of coffee and hot chocolate available – all of which makes terrific gifts or a great way to stock up on the flavors of the UK.
British Chocolate isn’t available in every corner of the world. The United States, for example, has restrictions on some of Cadbury’s most popular items. But when you shop in England, you can buy and enjoy the original, delicious chocolate from Cadbury, Dairy Milk or Whispa.
London has beautiful museums. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city, you can enjoy any of the museums in London without paying for any admission as all museums are free. The unique and interesting items in the gift shops aren’t free, of course, but they are often commissioned as special pieces or as carefully curated as the museum itself. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to browse through the gift shop in person, you can often check out a museum gift shop online as well.
Union Jack Items
The Union Jack is everywhere in London. Where it might show up occasionally in other countries as a fun design, you can’t turn a corner in London without seeing the iconic flag on something, somewhere. This means that getting a unique gift or a fun piece for your home that is decorated with the Union Jack is easier and much less expensive in England that it would be anywhere else in the world.
Did you know that super popular brand Lush is actually British? If you’re looking for the premium brand for bath bombs, lotions and other fun shower and bath items, why not buy them from the actual source? Skip the expensive storefronts in other countries, and order your luxury bath items from the original source – the UK store.
Another famous and high end beauty brand, Crabtree & Evelyn makes wonderful creams and lotions. The hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn is thought to be among the best in the world, and it is founded and created in England. Whether you’re shopping in a British store or ordering online, you’re going to find a much better deal in England than you would anywhere else in the world.
British fashion is iconic. Warehouse, TopShop and Dorothy Perkins are just a few British brands that are also sold overseas and around the world. The prices for these designer goods moves up the further you move from England, so skip the global expansion and buy directly from the London or British shops for these popular brands and you’ll be saving quite a bit, especially if you are able to score discounted or free shipping as well.
Love a UK sports team? You’ll get your football gear for much, much less by buying it directly from England (or Manchester). Football jerseys, pennants, socks and jackets are all readily available for every British team while you’re in Britain, but you’ll have a harder time finding deals once you leave the home country. It’s not football gear you’ll find for less in the UK, other sports clothing brands like SuperDry can be found for far less inside Britain versus what you’ll pay in other countries.
British Dress Shoes
Nothing says luxury, high-end footwear like a pair of hand tooled leather dress shoes. The British dress shoes are extraordinary and the price point certainly shows that the further you go from England. But if you are longing for beautifully tooled leather in classic, conservative lines, shop directly from shoemakers like Loake or Clarkes online and you can get amazing deals on British quality.
Specialty Foods and Drinks
Finally, there is nothing like the taste of home. If you are looking for British specialties like Sipsmith gin, Marmite or Branston pickles, you can find them throughout the UK, but you’re going to have a much harder time locating them as you leave the borders. Fortunately, you can buy specialty food items in their prepackaged versions online and have them shipped directly to you for far less than you might think.
There is no replacement for a good skincare regime. Unfortunately, high quality skincare creams and lotions can be prohibitively expensive, especially if you are paying for them outside of the United Kingdom. Buy skincare items in London and you will pay far less than you would elsewhere.
There are countless devices you need in your kitchen to make it as functional as possible. Buying all of those mixing bowls, stand mixers, and other kitchen accessories can add up quickly. Why pay extra taxes and inflated prices? Buy them for less in the UK.
It’s a small item but a necessary one. If you’re looking to update your phone, bring a new phone online or restore an old phone for a new user, you’re going to need a new SIM card. Fortunately you can arrange for a new one for substantially less buying it in London.
Is there a replacement for British cider? Not really! If nothing but the original cider will do, you can order it from London and have it shipped to you just about anywhere in the world. That is probably far less than you’d pay if you found it on the shelf in a specialty shop.
Nothing tastes like home as much as your favorite ale, but finding the specific ale you’ve been looking for outside of London can be a challenge – hard, if not impossible. But when you’re ready to have a sip of home, why not buy it for less in London and send it on directly.
Bathmats and towels
A home essential that is far more affordable in the big city than anywhere else. You can find bathmats, towels, and other washroom essentials in London for far less than you’d expect to pay in other countries, even in other big cities outside of the UK.
Nothing can beat the original brand in the original location. H&M clothing lines are always affordable and stylish, but they are even more affordable when you buy them closer to the company’s home stores in London. Use online discounts and savings to add even more of a discount to your order.
Love the feeling of high quality linens? Don’t want to pay exorbitant prices? You can arrange for high quality, high thread count linens to be shipped directly to you from the top of the line linens shop in London.
If you enjoy the art of cooking, you know how important it is to have a high quality saucepan. But you can’t always find the type of high end pan you’re looking for outside of the premier shops in a city like London. If you’re ready to take your culinary crafts up a notch, order the equipment you’ll need and save over pricey boutiques elsewhere.
Right in there with saucepans, a good chef is going to need a good set of knives. You can buy a set of knives in a specialty shop in some towns, but you are paying a premium price for shipping and availability. Shopping online will help you find the same knives in London for far less.
Wine is available in just about every country in the world, but the price point can be far different depending on location. Buy a bottle of wine in London and you’ll pay far less for a well-known brand than you would if you are living outside of a major metropolis.
You can’t say enough about having a basic tool kit for projects around the house. You want to be able to put your hands on a good hammer or saw when you need one, but often you wind up paying extra to buy one at a local shop rather than buying them in London where you’d pay far less.
Need more than just a good hammer? You can buy all sorts of tools in London, branching far beyond the basic drill or circular saw. But no matter what tool you’re looking to buy, you can be assured that the price point for the power tools will be less in London than it would be elsewhere.
An everyday essential for many of us, chapstick or lip balm can be found in most corner stores and shops. But it’s not always as affordable in those stores as it is in shops in London. Along with other beauty products, chapstick and lip balms are hugely affordable in London and make an easy item to add to your existing orders.
Perfect for your home or for a gift, a good bottle of Scottish whiskey can set you back a bit of cash. You can impress your friends or hosts with a very good bottle of scotch without spending an arm and leg, however. Buy your scotch from London and enjoy having a handy supply of a favorite when you need it most.
It feels great to save money. The hunt for a great deal can be just as fun as having that new item arrive at your home. Don’t feel constrained by the prices available in your own country. Take your search for value and quality online, and your options will expand exponentially.
If you’re trying to figure out how to pay for these cheap items in the UK, we break it down for you in our payment FAQ section. You can read more about how to pay for your purchased items in the UK.
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