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The Parks Shop

Unread post by rodsab » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:23 pm

Does the parks shop not realise how much income they loose by their exorbitant high prices. We just got back from eight nights in Kruger, our grocery and drinks bill before we left was about R4000. All the shopping was done before the time. If the parks shops were more reasonably priced, and well stocked, this shopping could have been done before the time. I'd gladly leave the cooler boxes at home.

Nkuhlu picnic place and Letaba restuarant deserve a pat on the back for wHat they are doing!

Am I the only person who feels that way?
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by wild at heart » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:01 am

Not only are the prices extremely high, but they differ from shop to shop. At satara I bought my kids a curio which cost R57.00. At Crocodile Bridge the same thing cost R41.00!! How do they justify this?

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:51 am

The only thing I take when I go to Kruger is meat and cheese (I keep Kosher, so can't buy these things there. This also means I am completely self-catering, I never eat at the restaurants). I also have not stayed in any of the non-main camps (yet). Truth be told, I've changed a booking from Malelane to Crocodile Bridge because of the shop issue.

Otherwise I've never had a problem getting what I wanted or working around it. To be honest I don't really pay attention to the prices and it makes my life easier to do the shopping there instead of worrying about it and planning beforehand (I do enough planning and worrying as it is).

I am continually impressed at the range stocked by the shops in the camps as well as the hours they're open (which might also contribute to higher prices?)
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by geraas » Thu Oct 08, 2009 2:59 pm

Its called monopoly...they can do what they want...our rands do not go as far as the dollars or pounds our friends from overseas bring with, but I still feel that all park shops should have "standardized" prices. Its still sad but as locals we still have the option to shop outside the park - so theoretically if we are lazy in doing this its our own fault for paying top dollar.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:48 pm

michaelpr wrote:A book about mammals cost R270 in Satara, but only R190 in the CNA...

That I'm not really surprised about. But I guess I have the opportunity to buy my books outside the park.
I rarely buy anything but groceries in the park
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by bert » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:19 am

Believe most books are aimed at the foreign market.
ID books are very expensive :shock:
Suspect each Saffie birder will have his/her ID book
ready and used :thumbs_up:
But you still find specials which can only be bought in Kruger.
Like Jannie Kriels book for eg.
And in the shops you do find a nice selection of some
great coffee table books.

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by rodsab » Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:05 pm

Micetta wrote:Try to examin the question a bit closer. All kind of commerce is tied together with competition and volume of sales. The shops of the park do not have any of the two. The traffic in the park varies a lot and in dull moments they cannot keep everything in stock as can a super market where people (the same people) go shopping regularly and thus have less merchandise on which to charge the expenses. a.s.o. I do not want to keep a lecture....... :whistle:


Sure its about commerce. but the no of visitors is an easily obtainable statistic. if you do the maths, a camp like satara accomodates lets say 400 people, if they like us spend an average of R100 per head per day, that comes to R40 000 per day only for basics, then the sweets , souveniers etc on top of that. I was Charged R53 for a 5kg bag of charcoal (not briquetes) at satara, something i buy at home for R18, and my local shop also makes a profit.

The other thing that one should consider is what the competitions board may have to say about the situation. Remember the staff are also forced to purchase thier groceries there. The competitions board fined Mittal steel many millions because he abused his monopoly.

And remember the more it costs people to go tp the parks the less feet there will be, which long term whill mean the death of the parks. something us park lovers :pray: never happens.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by gmlsmit » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:29 am

The money spent in the Park shops and restaurants - most definitely do not go towards developing KRUGER or Nature Conservation. The apay for a consession and the frofits made are theirs.

Last year I was looking for a Rogue belt, it cost R 300.00 in SKUKUZA, I paid R89.00 for the same in Vereeniging . . . . .

I remember many years ago, my children used to save up their pocket money for our visits, they used to spend hours sniffiling around in the shops and then come out with their shopping, all sorts of items, some which they still treasure even today. Today I am afraid this is not possible - the shops are just too expensive.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by bert » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:51 am

Being a real fan of Kruger, a fanatic forumite and mod its always difficult to criticise :wink:

But the prices in the shops are not realistic and even for a dutchie.
T-Shirts with prints are more expensive then in my country.
Also had a look at the Rogue buff shoes.
They leather must be extremely good for the price asked :whistle:
Prices of food were up since last year.

To me it looks like the shops are aiming at the daytrippers.
Saw a bus unloading and loading the daytrippers with some goodies

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by bert » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:15 am

Maps and basic food supplies are not to expensive :thumbs_up:
coffee table and ID books were always more expensive

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Weltenman » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:08 am

You do realize the concession owners for the shops are paying for conservation? Or are we under the impression that Sanparks are giving the concessions for the stores and the picnic sites away for nothing? If that is the case, I would like a concession for a store in the KNP.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by gmlsmit » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:39 am

The concession holder of course pay for the concession :o . But this does not justify the prices they are charging.
Please do not imagine that all funds paid to SANPARKS go towards conservation - a Miss. KRUGER PARK competition was consdered a while ago . . . . . .
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by joekin » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:15 pm

TheunsH wrote:The best place in the Parks Shop at Skukuza is the walk-in fridge where the beer is kept especially if it is 40+ outside!! :thumbs_up: Have you experienced this Arctic feeling as well? :hmz: In summer time I normally check out the beers for at least 5 minutes in there! :lol:

The worst place in the Parks Shop at Skukuza is at the till when you have to pay for this Arctic cooled beer!! :shock:


yeah that fridge is awesome...........

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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by terryc » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:24 pm

Whilst the prices for books and gifts / curios are very high, I have never really taken paticular notice of the prices of food being paticularly high. Must admit I only buy the odd thing I have run out of o what I have forgotten to bring from JHB.
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Re: The Parks Shop

Unread post by Stark » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:46 pm

Parks in the States do the same thing -- prices are high! Supply and demand.

You have a mix of people that are mostly a captive audience, that want to buy things in a park, are on vacation and expect to splurge, and some are foreigners that can and will afford to pay more. I was shocked at the costs of junk in the official Grand Canyon shop, or for foodstuffs in Custer State Park, or for lunch at Mt. Rushmore.

I was less shocked at the costs in Kruger (more shocked at the lack of quality...:/), because shoot I just spent thousands of dollars to just get to Kruger in the first place. :) This probably don't help the local South African. But, then again, locals have more opportunity to buy elsewhere. Its a never-ending cycle. :tongue:
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