A recent Facebook post by Home Bargains about a star buy has divided people on social media.
The discount store took to the platform to inform customers that they can now purchase bottles of Fiji Water in store for just 19p each – instead of the usual price of £1.65.
They wrote: “We have Fiji water in stores at 19p!
“It gathers minerals and electrolytes from slowly being filtered by volcanic rock and this creates a smooth taste. Get yours now, only in stores.”
The post has garnered over 1,800 likes and been shared hundreds of times.
Thousands of people also took to the comments to share their thoughts, with some delighted the product was so cheap but others branding the sale of the water ‘unethical’.
More environmentally conscious shoppers hit out at Home Bargains, with one writing: “Why oh why are people still duped into thinking that water in (endlessly polluting and hardly ever recycled) plastic bottles transported thousands of miles is better for them than perfectly safe tap water? The mind boggles…”
Another said: “It’s water from Fiji. 19p yet it’s been flown thousands of miles here aye right pull the other one it’s got bells on I will stick to local water.”
A third proclaimed: “Omg what a massive carbon footprint all for 19p. That should be embarrassing instead of being promoted. Plenty of sparkling water in this country!!”
Someone else added: “This is so sad considering that many villages in Fiji don’t have access to clean drinking water.
“Times are even harder there than normal given that tourism has stopped and there is no help from the government no wage top-ups for the local people! And given the corrupt government, there are an elite few people making money from the sale of the countries water.”
However, not everyone was bothered about the water bottles.
A different user posted: “If you eat fish, and moan about plastic bottles, you really ought to better educate yourself.”
A second replied: “All bottled water comes in plastic bottles…doh don’t pick on Home Bargains because of there advert there are people in this country who may not be able to buy expensive water for their children and themselves… and as for drinking out of the tap yours obviously doesn’t taste of bleach I’m still waiting for a reply from united utilities about in the mean time I have to drink bottled water.”
Others thought it was a “fantastic deal” and vowed to go and stock up soon.