Colchester's top of the Panini World Cup stickers chart as men try to relive their youth

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COLCHESTER has gone World Cup crazy.

But it’s not to show support for unfancied England or even for love of the beautiful game.

More people in Colchester are buying the famous Panini World Cup stickers than anywhere else in the country, according to Tesco.

The supermarket giant has put a surge in sales of the adhesive stickers, which picture players from each of the World Cup nations, down to nostalgic men in their thirties trying to relive their youth.

Shops in Colchester, including superstores in the Hythe and in Highwoods as well as Tesco Express shops in Crouch Street and Bromley Road, have sold enough stickers so every resident in the town could have one.

Mark Ireland, Tesco magazines and newspapers buying manager, said: “Some habits in life are hard to give up and as information collected from our sales data reveals one of those is the thrill of collecting World Cup football stickers.

“This is the highest demand we have ever seen – quite possibly because everyone is still buzzing after the most exciting and open Premiership title races ever.”

Mr Ireland added: “We have no idea why sales are so strong in Colchester but we have sold enough packets in the town for everyone living there to have one sticker.”

Neighbouring Braintree came second in the survey.

Southport, York and Portsmouth made up the rest of the top five.

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1:35pm Wed 28 May 14

Boris says...

This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette.
Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price?
That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.
This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever. Boris
  • Score: 4

1:41pm Wed 28 May 14

Ethnic-Minority says...

Boris wrote:
This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette.
Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price?
That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.
oh well at least along with pasta and italian supercars, there is something you like about italy hey? but i suppose there is no accounting for being called spik, wop, itie, tomato, greaseball, in a period of over 50 years will account for it being racist. the amount of times ive been told that my car has 5 reverse gears and one forward beggars belief and ive lost count, if i had a pound for every time i was insulted, i could retire to portofino in some comfort.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.[/p][/quote]oh well at least along with pasta and italian supercars, there is something you like about italy hey? but i suppose there is no accounting for being called spik, wop, itie, tomato, greaseball, in a period of over 50 years will account for it being racist. the amount of times ive been told that my car has 5 reverse gears and one forward beggars belief and ive lost count, if i had a pound for every time i was insulted, i could retire to portofino in some comfort. Ethnic-Minority
  • Score: -7

2:11pm Wed 28 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris/////
Stick to worrying about the Busted Flush and the Jumbo auction.
SirBobalob will start warning about the dangers of private numberplates next-Oh he already has!
The town is sick of moralising Has-Been Liberals.
Good for Tescos.
Good for anything that puts the fun into Colchester.
Boris///// Stick to worrying about the Busted Flush and the Jumbo auction. SirBobalob will start warning about the dangers of private numberplates next-Oh he already has! The town is sick of moralising Has-Been Liberals. Good for Tescos. Good for anything that puts the fun into Colchester. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Wed 28 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

I blame Darren Mitchell
I blame Darren Mitchell oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 10

2:51pm Wed 28 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

Ethnic-Minority wrote:
Boris wrote: This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.
oh well at least along with pasta and italian supercars, there is something you like about italy hey? but i suppose there is no accounting for being called spik, wop, itie, tomato, greaseball, in a period of over 50 years will account for it being racist. the amount of times ive been told that my car has 5 reverse gears and one forward beggars belief and ive lost count, if i had a pound for every time i was insulted, i could retire to portofino in some comfort.
Are you simple?

What the bloody devil has Italy got to do with this?
[quote][p][bold]Ethnic-Minority[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.[/p][/quote]oh well at least along with pasta and italian supercars, there is something you like about italy hey? but i suppose there is no accounting for being called spik, wop, itie, tomato, greaseball, in a period of over 50 years will account for it being racist. the amount of times ive been told that my car has 5 reverse gears and one forward beggars belief and ive lost count, if i had a pound for every time i was insulted, i could retire to portofino in some comfort.[/p][/quote]Are you simple? What the bloody devil has Italy got to do with this? oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Wed 28 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

Boris wrote:
This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.
Killjoy
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.[/p][/quote]Killjoy oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -1

5:59pm Wed 28 May 14

common sense or not says...

With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's .
With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's . common sense or not
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Wed 28 May 14

Shrubendlad says...

I don't support the UKs but the Us are in my DNA!
I don't support the UKs but the Us are in my DNA! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 1

7:59pm Wed 28 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

common sense or not wrote:
With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's .
Yes because purchasing stickers is DEFINITELY the main cause of poverty in this town.

FANTASTIC logic there.

What's it, like £1 for a pack? (give or take)

So you're saying, collectively that if we all spend £1, we're all going to the food banks?

Stupid logic
[quote][p][bold]common sense or not[/bold] wrote: With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's .[/p][/quote]Yes because purchasing stickers is DEFINITELY the main cause of poverty in this town. FANTASTIC logic there. What's it, like £1 for a pack? (give or take) So you're saying, collectively that if we all spend £1, we're all going to the food banks? Stupid logic oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 1

8:07pm Wed 28 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

50p rather.

My friend told me.
50p rather. My friend told me. oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Wed 28 May 14

The-Professionals says...

oOI Daza IOo wrote:
common sense or not wrote:
With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's .
Yes because purchasing stickers is DEFINITELY the main cause of poverty in this town.

FANTASTIC logic there.

What's it, like £1 for a pack? (give or take)

So you're saying, collectively that if we all spend £1, we're all going to the food banks?

Stupid logic
I work with the poor Daza or was your grey matter left in the Gaza Strip?
£1 times 250,000 the populous or even 10,000 Panini collectors. Goes along way friend?

As you are so vocal on this issue sure you wont change your name to

oOI Gaga IOo ??
[quote][p][bold]oOI Daza IOo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]common sense or not[/bold] wrote: With so much spent on useless items it's no wonder the food banks are busy and other shops are closing and leaving Colchester. Is Colchester therefore a town with its priorities all wrong or are all the residents so wealthy they can afford to buy all these stickers. I don't think so. If they are such big football fans why don't they go to support the UK's .[/p][/quote]Yes because purchasing stickers is DEFINITELY the main cause of poverty in this town. FANTASTIC logic there. What's it, like £1 for a pack? (give or take) So you're saying, collectively that if we all spend £1, we're all going to the food banks? Stupid logic[/p][/quote]I work with the poor Daza or was your grey matter left in the Gaza Strip? £1 times 250,000 the populous or even 10,000 Panini collectors. Goes along way friend? As you are so vocal on this issue sure you wont change your name to oOI Gaga IOo ?? The-Professionals
  • Score: 0

9:03am Thu 29 May 14

common sense or not says...

Thank you the professionals - my point is not the price of a single pack it is the price of collecting them which is often done by families who cannot afford what often becomes an addition. Some schools ban them which does help but the publishers know that giving an album or pack in a tabloid creates huge demand. Colchester has been shown in the part to have a large tabloid readership which may explain why this is happening here.
Thank you the professionals - my point is not the price of a single pack it is the price of collecting them which is often done by families who cannot afford what often becomes an addition. Some schools ban them which does help but the publishers know that giving an album or pack in a tabloid creates huge demand. Colchester has been shown in the part to have a large tabloid readership which may explain why this is happening here. common sense or not
  • Score: 1

11:58am Thu 29 May 14

romantic says...

Amazing the responses that a little "filler story" like this can generate!

When I was a kid, these were things that you got from your pocket money. There may have been kids who pestered their parents to buy more packs, but it was accepted as just one of those things that some stickers were hard to find. If I'd known about marketing at the age of 11, it would have made a lot more sense! But I guess it teach us a certain amount about supply and demand, and trading the stickers.

I find it hard to believe that there are any families out there who are forced into food banks because they are spending all their money on Panini stickers! I am sure there are families where the kids would like more pocket money. I always wanted more! If kids have pocket money, the point of it is that they choose what to spend it on. Some kids get more and can use that to buy more stickers. That's the way life is sometimes. If their parents are rich enough and foolish enough to buy 100 packs because little Johnnie needs the last sticker for Japan, then it is their choice.

In any case, the report suggests this sales surge is being driven by 30-something men. That is, in its own way, incredibly sad, but it's unlikely to be a cause of poverty or drive them to food banks either. Maybe I've just never really got the point of collecting stuff, but it's their cash and they can choose to spend it on what they like.

To be honest, I hadn't even realised that Panini stickers still existed. I had assumed that, in this Internet era, they were a thing of the past, but clearly not. It seems e-bay has a thriving trade in them where you can find any missing ones.

All seems like harmless fun (if that's your thing), not the start of a descent into poverty and starvation!
Amazing the responses that a little "filler story" like this can generate! When I was a kid, these were things that you got from your pocket money. There may have been kids who pestered their parents to buy more packs, but it was accepted as just one of those things that some stickers were hard to find. If I'd known about marketing at the age of 11, it would have made a lot more sense! But I guess it teach us a certain amount about supply and demand, and trading the stickers. I find it hard to believe that there are any families out there who are forced into food banks because they are spending all their money on Panini stickers! I am sure there are families where the kids would like more pocket money. I always wanted more! If kids have pocket money, the point of it is that they choose what to spend it on. Some kids get more and can use that to buy more stickers. That's the way life is sometimes. If their parents are rich enough and foolish enough to buy 100 packs because little Johnnie needs the last sticker for Japan, then it is their choice. In any case, the report suggests this sales surge is being driven by 30-something men. That is, in its own way, incredibly sad, but it's unlikely to be a cause of poverty or drive them to food banks either. Maybe I've just never really got the point of collecting stuff, but it's their cash and they can choose to spend it on what they like. To be honest, I hadn't even realised that Panini stickers still existed. I had assumed that, in this Internet era, they were a thing of the past, but clearly not. It seems e-bay has a thriving trade in them where you can find any missing ones. All seems like harmless fun (if that's your thing), not the start of a descent into poverty and starvation! romantic
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Thu 29 May 14

whittle1 says...

Good to see that a chap called Lance Harrington has made it in to the paper today on this story. Obviously he's a big fan.
Good to see that a chap called Lance Harrington has made it in to the paper today on this story. Obviously he's a big fan. whittle1
  • Score: 3

4:24pm Thu 29 May 14

Daphne and Celeste says...

Was that Lance Harrington? He looked just like Chevy Chase!
Was that Lance Harrington? He looked just like Chevy Chase! Daphne and Celeste
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Fri 30 May 14

Plausible Deniability says...

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  • Score: 1

8:54pm Sat 31 May 14

redplague says...

Boris wrote:
This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette.
Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price?
That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.
Wrong! At the end of the sticker book is a service where you can order missing stickers.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: This is a blatant advert for Tesco, so I hope they have paid a decent fee to the Gazette. Panini stixckers are on sale in any supermarket. But why not support your neighbourhooid newsagent, who also sells them, at the same price? That's if you collect Panini stickers. But you will never complete your collection, because there are always a few which are printed in smaller quantities, to rip off collectors with plenty of spare money by encouraging them to keep on buying and buying, even if they end up with 80 or 100 stickers of the same player, Yaya Touré or whoever.[/p][/quote]Wrong! At the end of the sticker book is a service where you can order missing stickers. redplague
  • Score: 0

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