Small household appliances are significantly more expensive in France this year compared to last year due to the rise in production costs.
Price increases have affected coffee machines the most, with devices 17.2% more expensive on average this year compared to last year, TF1 reports. This means that a product purchased for €70 last year would cost €82 this year.
Toasters are 13.7% more expensive on average, while printer prices are up 9.8%, the outlet said.
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Henry Grimaud, head of the household appliances section of tech and gadget outlet Les Numériques, said the rises were due to rising raw material costs.
“For a kettle, what goes up will be the price of glass, the price of aluminum and small components,” he said.
The availability of these materials was significantly affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, with the two countries being Europe’s main suppliers of raw materials.
Another element of cost is transportation.
“Many of these products were made in China in factories on the other side of the world, which explains why they are increasingly expensive because the cost of transport has increased considerably in recent years,” said Mr. Grimaud. .
It costs around €10,000 to transport a shipping container of electrical appliances from China this year, compared to around €1,500 last year.
This can be explained by the fact that supply chains have been overwhelmed over the past year, due to pent-up demand created when international borders were closed at the height of the Covid pandemic.
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Rising prices have led many French people to turn to second-hand goods or repair shops.
Jean-Claude Crétien, a repairer, says he had 30% more business this year.
“Now we realize that it may be better to buy slightly more expensive products made in Europe or in France to be able to repair them later,” he said.
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