Chocolate lovers beware the 424% Christmas novelty treat markup

Kelly Emmerton   |   13 Dec 2017

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If you’ve got a chocolate-lover in your life, you might have been eyeing off the chocolate baubles, boots and santas filling grocery store shelves this month.

But while we hate to be the Christmas grinch, Mozo has done some research into these festive treats and found that markups as high as 424% are being applied to silly season chocolates.

Lindt was the worst offender, with its Santa Boot priced at more than four times the cost of a regular block of Lindt chocolate per 100 grams, and it’s Chocolate Balls Gift Box marked up by 169%.

“Christmas treats often come with extras - for example, the Lindt Santa Boot includes a flocked boot with pom poms and a fur trim - which could explain the markup. The question is, do you really want to pay extra for these novelties?” said Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

“I know that in my house, things like that are quickly forgotten and just become clutter that I later have to throw out.”

The Christmas Chocolate Naughty List

                            

The good news for those with a sweet tooth, is that there were also some treats that didn’t come with a skyhigh markup - and in fact, some Christmas novelties will even cost Aussies less than a normal chocolate this year.

“There are a number of options that get into the Christmas spirit, with barely any markup at all. Cadbury Favourites Star Tin actually even comes out slightly cheaper than a regular block of Dairy Milk,” said Lamont.

“So by choosing your festive treat wisely, it is possible to join in on the fun without breaking the bank.”

The Christmas Chocolate Nice List

                           

Adding some festive treats to your Christmas shopping list? Make sure you’re ready to pay for it by having your credit card at the ready. And if you don’t have one yet, check out our low rate credit card options below to get geared up for next year’s spending.

Low rate credit cards - December 2017 - rates updated daily

  • Australian Military Bank Low Rate Visa Credit Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 10.99% p.a.

    10.99% p.a.

    $49

    Fast assessment. Up to 55 days interest free on purchases. $0 additional cardholder fee.

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 10.99% p.a.

    • $49

    • 10.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • $4.50

    Details Close

  • ANZ Low Rate

    0% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.74% p.a.

    12.49% p.a.

    $58

    0.0% p.a. first 15 months on balance transfers (T&Cs apply)

    • 0% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.74% p.a.

    • $58

    • 12.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.74% p.a.

    • 2%

    Details Close

  • ME frank Credit Card

    No current offer

    11.99% p.a.

    $0

    Up to 55 days interest free on purchases - No Annual Fees

    • No current offer

    • $0

    • 11.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 11.99% p.a.

    • 2%, Min $4.00

    Details Close

  • Bankwest Breeze Mastercard

    0% p.a. for 13 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    0% p.a. for 13 months then 12.99% p.a.

    $79

    0% p.a. on balance transfers for 13 months (2% BT fee applies)

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $79

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months then 12.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 2%, Min $4.00

    Details Close

  • Coles Low Rate Mastercard

    0% p.a. for 6 months and then 19.99% p.a.

    0% p.a. for 15 months then 12.99% p.a.

    $58

    0% p.a. for 15 months on purchases when you apply by 31 December 2018. Collect flybuys points faster when you shop at Coles. Earn 0.5 flybuys points for every dollar spent on the card at Coles Supermarkets.

    • 0% p.a. for 6 months and then 19.99% p.a.

    • $58

    • 0% p.a. for 15 months then 12.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 3%, Min $1.95

    Details Close

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