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Shopping is something of a vexed issue in my hometown of Dundalk, which though in the Eurozone, lies close to the border with Northern Ireland, where Sterling is still used. Like border towns everywhere, its fortunes
are linked with the exchange rate. At the moment, the Euro is strong, so shoppers flock to cities like Newry and Belfast in search of bargains. Alcohol is a big attraction as there is a huge gap in the excise duties north and south, but so too are groceries, clothes and electrical goods.
. According to a recent survey 250,000 Irish households are now doing their shopping in Northern Ireland on a regular basis, with a loss of over 400,000 euro to the Irish exchequer this year. In the run-up to Christmas there will be mile long queues of cars on the approach to Newry as southern shoppers (known to the stressed out locals as 'Mexicans') travel in search of cheap groceries, toys, nappies and most of all booze. The Newry branch of Sainsburys is the company's best performing store across the UK and last year it had to close it doors at times as the staff couldn't cope with the sheer volume of customers.
I have to confess that I am among those travelling across the Border to shop. I feel guilty about it as I know the impact it has on local shops and businesses but like everyone else, I am trying to make my money stretch. However many of the large UK based multiples are to blame as they charge higher prices for goods here, despite the stronger Euro. It's also a case of swings and roundabouts, as shoppers from Northern Ireland come here when Sterling is stronger.

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Marisa D.L.03-Nov-2009 16:26
I like this meaningful and well composed still life, with an excellent use of light.
I like your photography style in the whole, I must say...
Neal Nye02-Nov-2009 12:57
An excellent still life so nicely lighted and well arranged. And a very interesting story too!
Linda Willets01-Nov-2009 05:07
Interesting information and well captured
slhoornstra01-Nov-2009 01:59
A striking composition and what an interesting story. I am impressed by your ability to make a beautiful composition using everyday objects. V
Cindi Smith31-Oct-2009 14:33
I understand your words all too well. Hopefully, it will get better sooner than later!
Yvonne31-Oct-2009 12:05
What very attractive coins you have, and what an interesting story!
Mieke WA Minkjan31-Oct-2009 07:08
interesting shot of all these Euri's and pennies. I prefer the Euro.
Wonderful capture and interpretation of shopping
borisalex31-Oct-2009 06:18
Great story and of course your photograph too. Didn´t know and I´m sorry for the impact on small businesses!
Sheila31-Oct-2009 05:26
Very interesting commentary and a nice image to show the point.
Laryl31-Oct-2009 05:16
I would be so confused!! wonderful entry, info and image
Flo Hendry31-Oct-2009 04:29
At least you still got a bit of change left from shopping, very good idea.
January Grey31-Oct-2009 03:54
A very appealing still life composition, Mairead, and your commentary rings true. V~
lou_rozensteins31-Oct-2009 02:48
An interesting story, and a great still life! Well done.
Dave Perez31-Oct-2009 00:58
Your work is always outstanding! This is another great example.
Inga Morozoff31-Oct-2009 00:49
Classy touch adding the glove to this shot.
lisamidi30-Oct-2009 23:27
Strong image! And very interesting to read your comment!
Colin Storey30-Oct-2009 22:34
Great shot and story, I work for a supermarket and our NI branches near the border have the highest sales per square foot of any stores.
monica memoli30-Oct-2009 22:22
Great compo and colors. v
Keith O'Brien30-Oct-2009 22:21
Yep, the root of all evil! So do we call you "amigo" from now on? ;-) +V
Doug Cruden30-Oct-2009 21:46
Great commentary, Mairead - but it's so sad to see local shops and concerns come under the kosh of multi-nationals like Sainsbury's and Boot's, and end up going out of business...let's just hope the worst is over...
pkocinski30-Oct-2009 21:36
Nicely done image.
LynnH30-Oct-2009 21:12
It's all about the money... great narrative today. I also thought your photo was very well done!!!
Phillip Normanton30-Oct-2009 20:43
Well, as they say - you pays your money.... :o)
laine30-Oct-2009 20:18
As my elders always all boils down to money !!
Johnny JAG30-Oct-2009 19:59
Just like big businesses to cash in!
Máire Uí Mhaicín30-Oct-2009 19:39
I see your judicious mix of sterling and euro to tell this story. A tricky time for all: consumers and business concerna alike.
Kevin Chester30-Oct-2009 19:08
The sooner this Credit crunch is over the better. Lets hope they arn't too many loosers.
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