Friday, July 1, 2011

Overpriced just like house prices

Kirstie and Phil's House Hunter – consumer app of the week

Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer are best known for their property programmes Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. Allsopp had previously worked in magazines and interior design before launching a home search company in 1996, while Spencer founded a property search company in 1996, though it was subsequently hit by the downturn in the property market.

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18 thoughts on “Overpriced just like house prices

  • “I met Kirstie & Phil ahead of the app launching – under no obligation to write about it – and Kirstie told me: “It is a pricey app but my feeling is that, well, the contents of most women’s handbags are already at breaking point, so when you’re house hunting you don’t want a whole lot more shite in your bag” – nope and this is another piece of shite from the 2 shitemasters themselves – trading standards should have it down as a crap rather than an app.

    I’ll let Paul comment on this bit “Jointly developed and produced by BBC Worldwide and Raise The Roof Productions”

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    the contents of most women’s handbags are already at breaking point, so when you’re house hunting you don’t want a whole lot more shite in your bag
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    thats right…with iphone, ipad, kindle,anti terrorist spray and credit cards,where would I find space for anything else?

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  • drewster in comparison with other iphone apps it is way too high

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  • It’s like Kirstie herself – inflated

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    My wife asked for a new hand bag for her birthday, I asked her why, she already has a dozen of the things. She admitted that the others were no use any more as they were full of shi*te..

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  • …if you start looking at houses that are too expensive you’ll get an audible ticking off…

    That’ll be all of them then?

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  • mark wadsworth – what tax would be a cure for hanbags full of Sh1te?

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  • Rental John says:

    http://www.kirstieandphil.com/house-hunter-app/ and case you need more of the property porn duo… see: http://www.kirstieandphil.com

    Even though Krustie has an amazingly busy schedule, she still finds time to flog washing liguid…
    http://www.brandrepublic.com/news/article/1076398/kirstie-allsopp-fronts-persil-small-mighty-activity/

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  • Jack C – a Loius Vuitton Tax perhaps?

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  • i was in boots the other day buying some deodorant there was a girl behind me speaking loudly on her iphone she was holding a fake burberry bag, then she tried to push to front of line as if she was something special, how dumb are these wannabe wags

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  • rantnrave – top stuff LVT (Loius Vuitton Tax indeed)

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Jack C, LVT would sort out most economic problems which can be sorted out. It can’t perform miracles like teaching women how to read maps or anything.

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  • mark wadsworth – I hope your wife doesnt read this blog or you might get hit with several handbags full of sh1te

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Jack, I’m waiting for A Saver or Tennant Super to point out the childishness of my comment.

    On a personal note, my wife is incapable of saying “left” or “right” when she’s giving directions when I’m driving, she just points left or right with her hands, which as you can imagine is most distracting when I’m trying to concentrate on the road.

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  • Now now, enough with the WAG-bashing!

    Louis Vuitton Tax – or a supertax on luxury, positional goods – is a good idea in theory. Only the wealthy are affected – the poor don’t have to pay it. However, it’s very difficult to define what is or isn’t a “luxury” item. Fancy clothes yes, normal clothes no – let’s say a threshold of £100 for a pair of jeans – so LVMH brings out a special UK range priced at £99.99. Then there’s the iPad: it’s clearly just a positional good, no matter what you try to convince yourself, but it probably wouldn’t fall under any definition of “luxury”. One might even argue that grocery shopping at Waitrose or M&S is positional, since you could have shopped at Lidl instead.

    Property, beyond subsistence living*, is the ultimate positional good. Taxing it is economically very efficient indeed.

    (*Either Citizens’ Income or an LVT Personal Allowance would allow for untaxed subsistence housing.)

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Drewster, taxing “luxury goods” is madness, as you are still indirectly taxing the incomes of the people who produce those luxury goods.

    For example, if David Beckham wandered down the street and gave every tramp £50, he would be heralded as a man with a conscience. If he throws himself a £50,000 birthday party and pays the waiters £50 for an evening’s work, that counts as extravagance. I don’t really see the difference.

    If he buys himself a £500,000 Ferrari, that counts as extravagance, but if these show offs were to stop buying Ferraris, then the Ferrari factory would go bankrupt and all the Ferrari factory workers lose their jobs. So along comes Beckham and chips in £500,000 to a special fund to help the families of the ex-Ferrari workers who have lost their jobs and he’s heralded as a saint.

    However you slice it, taxing land values is easiest, because any land value above bare subsistence is by definition surplus and excess and a ‘positional good’.

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