by Ian Brookes
I was at the Emirates Cup this weekend with my 2 sons and has been the recent tradition, I treated them to a new shirt for the season. Of the 3 on offer both opted for the Home kit in short sleeve with Lacazette and number 9 on the back.
The cost of this is £61, (£45 for the shirt, £16 for the name and number) you can add badges to the shirt (Premier or Europa League) at an extra cost of £4 each. Being as badges are worn on both arms this would be an extra £8.
I noticed that a standard adult shirt (short sleeved, with no name or number) was £55. Living in the UK we have VAT which is not applied to children’s clothing. This therefore means that the nett price of the adult shirt is £45.83 (to which 20% VAT is added) making the Junior shirt in real terms more expensive.
I decided to take a look to see if Arsenal are unique in this way and to compare us to the other top clubs however added in some others for balance (Bournemouth and Leicester).
Just to confirm the price comparison is based on this season’s home shirt, in short sleeve with no added, names, numbers or badges for either the Adult or Junior shirt. I have also shown the nett comparison in cost terms of the Junior compared to the Adult.
To also confirm these are the published prices on the official clubs websites with no offers or deals being taken in to consideration.
|Club||Adult Top||Adult Top Less VAT||Junior Top||Junior vs Adult||Junior discount|
To simplify the table the final column shows how much discount each club gives for its children’s shirt. Leicester comes out best with a 16% discount for children. Liverpool comes out worst by charging more for its children’s wear than its adult clothing when the VAT is taken into account.
Of all the teams shown the best value junior kit is Leicester’s at £35 which is £6.67 cheaper than the adult shirt when VAT is taken into consideration. Arsenals junior top is just 83p cheaper, Liverpool’s shirt for children is 33p more expensive.
Bournemouth offers the most competitive priced adult shirt at £45.
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Leicester and Bournemouth’s junior shirts are at £35 which is probably where I would have liked the Arsenal junior shirt to be.
I guess the greatest frustration is the fact that clearly the Junior shirts will contain much less material than an Adult shirt yet this is not reflected in the price for most of the football clubs shown.
Only other thing of note is that Tottenham, Man C and Chelsea kits are made by Nike, Man Us top is Adidas, Arsenal and Leicester are Puma, Liverpool New Balance and Bournemouth is Umbro making Nike and Adidas the most expensive Adult shirts at £60 each.
Footnote from Untold’s maths correspondent: taking a price that contains VAT and then getting the pre-VAT price is something that can cause confusion. The assumption can be made that one simply takes 20% off the price of the item including VAT, one gets the pre-VAT price, but this is not right. If one does this starting with an Arsenal shirt at £55 and knocking off 20% one gets £44. But if you take £44 and add on 20% you get £52.80 thus revealing the fact something is wrong with the maths.
To do these sums (just in case you find yourself ever having to do this), you have to consider the price paid in the shop as 120% of the base price, and therefore take the price in the shop, and divide by 120 and multiply by 100. Arsenal’s shirt is £55 including VAT. Divided by 120 and multiply by 100 and you get £45.83 as the pre-VAT price. To check this is right, multiply £45.83 by 120% to get the price including VAT and it is £54.9999. That gets rounded up to £55, which Arsenal pocketing the £0.0001p.
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