OK, call me naturally thrifty. l was brought up by depression mentality parents and retired very young. As a result l always search out things related to value to dollar. The other day went to a few cheese shops, including Dubois on Place Maubert and Barthelemy on Rue Grenelle off Avenue Raspail and compared pricing.
Here are some examples:
Roquefort from small batch producers, most shops 28 to 37 euros.kg; Barthelemy 52/kg.
Calcbitou, most shops 7.5 to 8.50: Barthelemy 12.50
Gaugry au lait cru Epoisses, most shops 7.50 to 8.90: Bathelemy 12.90
These prices differentials were noted on virtually every cheese in the shops that were the same. l admit the condition of Barthelemy's products were excellent, but so were Dubois and some other shops.
Thus why is the vast pricing difference supported by the public. Is it the service, l think not, the people in Barthelemy were unsmiling, and dour, other shops seemed happy to see you.
Bathelemy closes from 13:30 to 16:00 so less convenient, these facts with the 40-50% price premium makes me ask the question, why go there ?