Pringles ruled to not to be potato chips by UK High Court

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  1. Nutcrusher

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7490346.stm
     
  2. Bryan

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    I love this ruling. I don't know why, but I love it.
     
  3. Soundblaster1

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    It bothers me that anyone cared enough to bother with this trial.

    On that same note, I'm gonna go get some Extreme Cheddar Pringles to celebrate.
     
  4. Bryan

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    Shee-it, to save millions of dollars in taxes, I'd expect a company I held stock in to go for it.
     
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    Can't they be called half potato crisps?
     
  6. Nutcrusher

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    According to this, they're not even made from potatoes.
     
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    Yes, very likely.

    Yeah, right and monkeys might fly out of my ass.
     
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    Pringles Salt and Vinegar FTW!
     
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    What is a value added tax? Seems wierd that there is a tax on a more natural product, vs manuafactured product.
     
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    Hahahaha. This is making me wanted some sour cream and onion pringles.
     
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    VAT is where the tax on goods or services is paid on the value added at each transaction, as opposed to Sales Tax where its all paid at the end on the final retail price.

    From the viewpoint of Tax Authorities, VAT is better then Sales Tax because its allot harder to fraud and because its less transparent to the end consumer. The disadvantage is that it takes allot more effort to administer because there are tax transactions going on at every stage of the supply chain rather then just at the end.

    Most, if not all, countries that use VAT have a byzantine list of products and services that are exempt from it under certain conditions. In relavance to this case, bakery and biscuit type goods that arn't sold as part of a service are exempt wheras processed potato-based snack goods arn't. Hence P+G have successfully argued that Pringles should be exempt because they are made from dough and don't involve a great deal of potato, regurdless of the fact that the end product is highly similar to potato snacks.
     
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    I love when Safeway has them on sale for $1 a tube. I stock up then.
     
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    I think the courts have waaaaay too much time on their hands.
     
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    So... wait.

    Normal food is not subject to VAT. Potato chips/crisps ARE subject to VAT. Now Pringles are NOT subject to VAT because of the lower potato content and "not found in nature"-ness. Oy.

    So are Pringles actually food, or not? That's the real question. :p 

    I refuse to buy them unless they're $1 or less... which they usually are at W*M.

    I wish they had more flavors available in the less-fat variety -- especially Pizza and S&V. I don't understand why they don't make them ALL lower fat, since they obviously have the capability. I certainly have never noticed a taste difference between the regular and less-fat versions of a given flavor.
     
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    Pringles + wine are a deadly combination - especially when it's two bottles of wine and two big-ass tubes of Pringles, consumed within a couple of hours...

    ...when I went on benders, I did them in style.
     
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    So, if Pringles aren't potato chips, then just what are they?

    Other than delicious, of course.
     
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    The last time that was proclaimed, hilarity ensued.
     
  18. Snow Cat

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    Apparently they're Plutons.

    ;) 
     
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    They're made of soylent green!

    This VAT sounds like a more insidious version of Canada's GST. You guys need to go dump some potato chips in a harbor, to protest. ;) 
     
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    I love Pringles dearly, but I will never eat the Pizza flavored ones ever again. I got really sick from eating a whole tube with some shitty jellybeans.
     

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