The new winter coats that boys can buy online or in garages across the UK are usually cheaper than the ones they buy in the stores, according to new research.
The research, carried out by Consumer Affairs, looked at the price of a boy’s winter coat in six major cities across the country and found that boys in England were paying about £10 cheaper for the same coat than boys in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The findings suggest that the cost of boys’ winter coats is increasing and could result in a rise in the number of boys using their parents’ spare time for outdoor activities in the future.
The study also found that the average price of the coat in London rose from £15 to £16.
It is estimated that boys’ coats cost about £3.50 to make, whereas boys’ mittens cost about $4.50.
The analysis also found there were signs of a growing trend of boys choosing to buy the coats online, with an average price for boys’ new coats now approaching the cost that they would pay for a full set of mittens.
“This is a good indication that boys are increasingly willing to buy these winter coats in stores, but also that they are spending more on their mittens,” said Dr Chris Boulton, lead author of the study.
“There is a huge opportunity to reduce the cost for boys and their families by using their own money, instead of buying expensive mittens.”
In the past, the cost per coat was often £2 to £3, but the new study suggests that the price for boy’s coats in 2017 was up to £10 more than the average for boys in 2017.
It also suggests that prices are rising faster than inflation.
“The cost of buying the new coat has been going up rapidly since 2016, but now it’s probably going to continue to rise.
This means that if the price keeps going up, the number who are able to afford it will also keep going up,” Dr Boulon said.
Dr Boulson said there are three major reasons why boys are opting to buy their coats online.
“Firstly, there is a lack of supply, and the cost is often cheaper than buying the coat at a store,” he said.
The study found that one in five boys said they were using the internet to shop for coats online in 2017, compared to about one in 10 boys who said they used a store to buy coats. “
And thirdly, the online retailers are very good at getting you the cheapest price.”
The study found that one in five boys said they were using the internet to shop for coats online in 2017, compared to about one in 10 boys who said they used a store to buy coats.
However, it is still a relatively small proportion of boys who are choosing to shop online.
The researchers found that in 2018, the average time spent online was 15 minutes and the average cost of coats online was £11.70.
However in 2017 it was up by just under $2 to about £12.50, with the average online cost being £15.30.
In 2018, more than half of boys said that they were going online to shop to buy a coat online, compared with just under one in three boys who were buying from a store.
The cost of online shopping is likely to increase in the years to come, as the price increases will lead to more boys choosing the option of buying coats online to avoid the hassle of waiting in store.
“We think that the growing use of the internet is likely due to the increased number of options available online.
So it’s possible that there will be an increasing number of people opting to shop in stores,” Dr Chris said.
This is why Dr Boulos thinks the cost in terms of boys getting their coats will continue to increase, because boys will be able to shop from a wider range of online stores.
“It’s a bit like the cost increases in terms a kids shoes or an iPhone 5s or an iPad Air,” he added.
The full research is available online here.