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Started by TheVoiceOfReason on Feb 6, 2019 9:43:39 PM
CHEAPSKATE BRITAIN: Poundland sells 20,000 engagement rings a WEEK

Poundland has sold 20,000 of its engagement rings within a week of releasing the product in the run-up to Valentine's Day, the company has announced. In January, the budget retailer revealed that it had started selling dummy "engagement rings" to encourage couples to choose a permanent ring together after the proposal has taken place.

Journalist Owen Jones took to Twitter to say that AUSTERITY was to blame. “Thanks to the Torres and their vile policies, couples’ love is cheapened,” he fulminated.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/poundland-engagement-ring-proposal-sale-valentines-day-wedding-love-relationships-a8765441.html

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Stellata - 06 Feb 2019 21:54:48 (#1 of 91)

What’s the point of an engagement ring? Or if having one is important, why not wait until you can afford one that costs more than a pound before proposing? Or is it so you haven’t wasted £££ on a ring when they say no?

<rubs temples>

AlanII - 06 Feb 2019 21:57:17 (#2 of 91)

Or is it so you haven’t wasted £££ on a ring when they say no?

Or file for divorce six months after the wedding.

nolongerstumpy - 07 Feb 2019 01:50:50 (#3 of 91)

What’s the point of an engagement ring?

Some women really appreciate diamonds. It is customary.

Or if having one is important, why not wait until you can afford one that costs more than a pound before proposing?

Well, quite.

SatelliteOne - 07 Feb 2019 02:14:08 (#4 of 91)

Or is it so you haven’t wasted £££ on a ring when they say no?

You can take it back for a refund if you get turned down.

quattrobhoy - 07 Feb 2019 10:35:37 (#5 of 91)

Presumably only if obtained online. That might possibly also apply to any Russian/Thai/Philippino bride.

carterbrandon - 07 Feb 2019 11:04:49 (#6 of 91)

Wasn't the social 'rule' about how much was the polite amount to spend on engagement rings an invention of the De Beers marketing department?

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Feb 2019 11:07:03 (#7 of 91)

Yes. How many months salary is it meant to be? Three? That's £15,000. Absurd amount of money to spend on one item.

browserbutton - 07 Feb 2019 11:08:54 (#8 of 91)

You could get a nice truffle for that.

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Feb 2019 11:09:57 (#9 of 91)

Yes or you know buy a house.

browserbutton - 07 Feb 2019 11:11:26 (#10 of 91)

I've already got a house, with sturdy locks so that nobody can break in and steal my truffles.

Yersinia - 07 Feb 2019 11:12:11 (#11 of 91)

Always best to begin a long-term commitment with a ridiculous outlay on a trinket that will leave you in debt as a couple, eh?

SinnerBoy - 07 Feb 2019 11:13:45 (#12 of 91)

browserbutton -

I've already got a house, with sturdy locks so that nobody can break in and steal my truffles.

That's wet rot, not truffles.

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Feb 2019 11:14:32 (#13 of 91)

You know what in think is weird really? Often thousands of pounds is spent on a wedding dress for the bride that is properly fitted and often custom made, and the groom will be stuck in an off the peg suit hired for the day that probably has suspicious strains on the lapel.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Feb 2019 11:14:59 (#14 of 91)

Spending loads of money on weddings is a very weird thing to do, this idea of "happiest day of your life" is corrosive.

levelgaze - 07 Feb 2019 11:16:42 (#15 of 91)

A recent Mumsnet thread had a bride-to-be bewailing the fact that her fiance's planned ring budget (he was saving up over a few months to reach it) could never provide her with any engagement ring she might want. His budget was £1000.

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Feb 2019 11:16:51 (#16 of 91)

It's an industry isn't it. Thing is people do judge. And knowing that drives up the expense.

FrankieTeardrop - 07 Feb 2019 11:17:15 (#17 of 91)

"Thing is people do judge."

People think people judge. That's the real problem.

thisonehasalittlehat - 07 Feb 2019 11:18:09 (#18 of 91)

No they really do. Some people get very miffed of you skip favours for example. Which you obviously should do as they're absurd.

surferboogiewhatever - 07 Feb 2019 11:18:50 (#19 of 91)

My engagement ring cost £67 and it was exactly the one I wanted. We chose it together. I'd hate to be surprised with an engagement ring, especially if it was ludicrously expensive, which would make it harder to be honest if I really didn't like it.

mememe - 07 Feb 2019 11:20:29 (#20 of 91)

A recent Mumsnet thread had a bride-to-be bewailing the fact that her fiance's planned ring budget (he was saving up over a few months to reach it) could never provide her with any engagement ring she might want. His budget was £1000.

He needs to get the fuck out of that relationship ASAFP.

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