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Hamper King: Are They Value For Money?

written by Shelley Marsh 15/12/2013
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Ok I will admit it!  I am a little bit obsessed!  But after being horrified that Chrisco charges 28% more than Woolworths for the same hamper of goods (click here to see the post) I wondered whether Hamper King would be better value.  So I decided to do the numbers on Hamper King and find out.

I chose the ‘Traditional Feast’ Hamper with Hamper King (click here to see what it includes), which was the closest comparable I could find to the hamper I used for Chrisco.  The ‘Traditional Feast’ hamper is valued by Hamper King at $348 or $7.57 per week.  The methodology I used was exactly the same too.  I found out from the Hamper King website what was included in the hamper then simply went on to the Woolworths internet shopping site (which could have just as easily been the Coles site) and found out the value of each product in the hamper.  If I could not find an exact match for the product I chose another brand with the same size or for some things I found the same brand but a different size (these are all annotated in my spreadsheet, us finance geeks love a good spreadsheet!)

So what did I find out?  I was blown away to find out that Hamper King actually is worse value than Chrisco on the hamper that I looked at!!!!!  The hamper I examined at had products in it to the value of $204 according to Woolworths compared to the $348 that Hamper King were charging.  A whopping 41% difference!  Horrifying!!!  Yes I know their prices include delivery but Hamper King would be getting the goods for the hamper at wholesale rates so I cannot see how such a difference can be justified.  Not to mention they are earning interest on the money they collect from you during the year before they pay the suppliers at Christmas!

I also have no doubt that you could easily do better than the hamper cost I came up with by using sales and buying from a combination of Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.

A further look around their website shows more price differences.  Hamper King sells regular vouchers to places like Flight Centre or Target or Kmart with a 10% mark up.  So for a voucher worth $100, you pay $110 or a voucher worth $500 you pay $550.  These vouchers can be brought for their exact worth directly from the store or for example a Flight Centre voucher can be brought on the internet for it’s face value plus $7.95 for postage.   So a $500 voucher would cost you $507.95 rather than $550 through Hamper King.

Easy Save Holidays is affiliated with Hamper King

It really does pay to do your numbers on these sorts of hampers and it is so quickly and easily done using the internet shopping sites of the likes of Woolworths and Coles.  I would urge anyone considering getting one of these hampers to check the value first and then to have a look at other ways to save the money for themselves.  From the hampers that I have looked at it certainly seems you will get far more bang for your Christmas buck doing it yourself.

If you would like to check out my spreadsheet with the calculations please click here.

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15 comments

Bec | Mumma Tells 17/12/2013 at 7:40 am

Urgh. Unfortunately I’m not surprised. I’ve never ventured down the hamper route myself, but have some close friends who are bitterly disappointed with their purchase from one of the companies you mentioned above. I think forwarding this information to them would be another kick in the guts! Pays to do the research – literally!

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Eleise 17/12/2013 at 8:10 am

I love your comparisons, they really are a waste of money and you get products you don’t need. I love the idea of a Christmas account or buying gift voucher each month through the year to fund the festive season. Love the spreadsheet!

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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset 17/12/2013 at 9:13 am

Wow, that is a huge price difference! But there’d be SO MANY people who wouldn’t even think about it, they’d just do the hamper king or chrisco thing because it’s “easier” than having to order everything yourself, I guess! And that is crazy, why would you pay 10% more than the value of a gift voucher?! Crazy that they can even stay in business! -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

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Bec @ The Plumbette 17/12/2013 at 4:32 pm

Wow! That’s a big difference! Sadly, the people that sign up to get these hampers are the ones trying to save money! And they could be getting more bang for their buck by buying it themselves. Great post Shelley. 🙂

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Mums Take Five 17/12/2013 at 6:37 pm

you are a bit of a band wagon huh. good to know they are all the same as expected. crazy isnt it.

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EssentiallyJess 17/12/2013 at 10:14 pm

Someone I was speaking to the other day was saying how easy Christmas was this year because they had Chrisco, and I had to bite my tongue. They were so excited, I just couldn’t bare to say ‘i read this blog, and you wouldn’t believe the mark up!
So glad it’s not something I have ever done. Thanks so much for this.

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Toni @ Finding Myself Young 18/12/2013 at 10:52 am

I swear people who get hampers this way are either too lazy to go to the shops or have no idea about money – I guess they are the people these hamper companies love though. Its amazing how much people will pay for convenience.

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Ellen 18/12/2013 at 12:27 pm

It saddens me that it is likely to be the lower income families who are actually conned into buying these things – and they are the very people who need the extra cash, especially at Christmas….

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Elise @mummy hearts money 18/12/2013 at 9:07 pm

41% is disgusting, I have no idea how they think they can justify such a markup, and shocked that they take such advantage of lower income families.

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me 18/12/2013 at 11:03 pm

I agree – I reckon I could WHIP up a hamper for a lot less if I had the time. I would LOVE a hamper chosen just for me, although it would probably just have grog and a pillow in it!!! xxxx Merry Christmas lovely

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Trevor 23/08/2014 at 12:31 pm

To get most of the benefits and a good saving, put aside weekly/fprtnightly amounts to reach your spending goal by beginning of December then simply order online at Coles or Woolies according to which seems cheaper. Of course if you’re prepared to make more effort to save more money, make a trip to Aldi starting first week of December and making a trip each week to control how much you have to handle and perishables.

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Shelley Marsh 25/08/2014 at 6:23 am

Hi Trevor! Great advice! Thanks for commenting, it is appreciated!

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Angel 07/11/2016 at 10:29 am

as a young mum who couldn’t save, both chrisco and hamper king were the only way I could shop for xmas, they also had this membership deal back then and I would earn over $1000 for bring more customers to them, once this stopped I got a bit put off, now I live remote where we don’t have the option of going to 3 different supermarkets, I still use them. a little less each year I admit though.

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Sharron Thompson 06/02/2017 at 1:08 am

Hi i would like some feedback on Hamper King if someone could please as i am thinking of getting the $1000 Woolworths WISH eGift Card to Create Your Hamper plus they will charge me $60 for fees.I came across this tonight but have been a Chrisco buyer for many years but need and want a change.I have left a comment on Shelley’s Chrisco Hampers: Are They Good Value?.Thankyou Sharron

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