Gatwick / Crawley shopping, my options?

Oct 6th, 2009, 05:10 AM
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Gatwick / Crawley shopping, my options?

I'm doing a daytrip to Gatwick tomorrow. From the airport without having a car, relying on the train, what are my options for shopping?

The ASDA and the County mall in Crawley? Is there something easier to reach with better choice? Where can I buy those "opal fruits" fruit chews made by Wrigleys for a good price. Any better option than ASDA?

I know, strange questions, but what do you expect from a stranger.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 05:19 AM
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You'll need a time machine to buy Opal Fruits, they were rebranded as "Starburst" years ago. ASDA will be hard to beat on price but they're so cheap anyway I wouldn't waste time (and money) travelling anywhere special. I'd be shocked if you don't find them in multiple locations in the airport.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 05:24 AM
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I need about 10 to 15 kilos, so that's why I'm looking for the best price.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 05:48 AM
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are you serious about 15 kilo that is over 330 packets of starburst. what on earth does anybody need that amount for.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 05:54 AM
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Aren't there any bigger (1 kilo) packs available? The bigger the pack, the better it is. Doesn't have to be in Crawley, if prices are better somewhere else. I know a few people who like them.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 06:21 AM
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I *think* the largest size commonly available is a 200g bag, I've seen 350g in the past but I'm pretty sure that was a special offer "extra free" type deal. The standard "tube" pack is only 40g.

Based on the assumption of an average 12 sweets in a 40g tube 15Kgs would come to about 4500 chews.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 07:09 AM
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I don't understand a day trip to Gatwick????
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Oct 6th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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The only serious alternative to Asda for mega-orders of Opal Fruits would be Cash & Carries - but they'll only serve you if you're a registered user, for which you need a VAT number ("We don't compete with you for your customers' business" they tell their small-store customers).

You might, if you look hard, find lower prices at an Aldi or Lidl (use their location finders on their .co.uk sites to see if there are any accessible by foot or public transport). Other food stores are going to be, if anything, a tad dearer than Asda unless they're currently doing specials (for which you might try browsing the Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons websites).

But almost all superstores will be difficult to get to without a car (though some have their own bus services), and the minibranches of Tesco and Sainsbury in town centres charge ripoff prices. There's an Asda opposite Clapham Junction station, and one a bracing mile walk from Brighton station, at Brighton Marina, both of which are more stimulating places to get to from Gatwick than creepy Crawley.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 08:33 AM
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almost all superstores will be difficult to get to without a car>

i took the train from Gatwick to Crawley - a few minute ride and right near the Crawley station was a huge hypermarche - Tesco or Sainsbury i can't remember but easy to reach from the airport without a car
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Oct 6th, 2009, 09:00 AM
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Shock, horror, it's true, Starbursts aren't available in Germany.

http://www.mars.com/Germany/en/Our+brands/Chocolate.htm

Not even as Opel Fruits.

You need to contact Herr Bittinger, logos.

http://www.mars.com/Germany/en/News+...ds+in+2009.htm
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Oct 6th, 2009, 02:15 PM
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Thanks, I'll try my luck at Tesco first! Next the ASDA store in Crawley. Brighton is already too far, it seems. I have a German cash and carries card and a German VAT (MWST) number, but I don't think they'll accept it. . I'll take it with me anyway.
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Oct 6th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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>I don't understand a day trip to Gatwick????
I know, no respect for the environment at all
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