Cape Town – Retail group Cotton On sent South Africans into a frenzy when they revealed they are selling a basic enamel coffee mug for a whopping R199.
The mug has caused a stir on social media, with many comically pointing out that anyone purchasing this mug was getting “mugged” themselves.
Radio talkshow host Anele Mdoda was one of those outraged at Cotton On’s latest marketing campaign.
She simply said: “Cotton On… we need to talk. ANELE and The Club… tomorrow”
Cotton On… we need to talk.
ANELE and The Club… tomorrow pic.twitter.com/72aaf46emB
— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) May 23, 2023
According to The South African, the same mug costs just R10.90 at West Pack and only R9.99 at Shoprite.
The products appeared to have later been removed from Cotton On’s website. The company has not yet released a statement in response to the outcry over the prices. Any update will be included once received, TimesLIVE reported.
The outrage at the price of the mugs had many people in shock. Many others replied to the initial tweet and took it as an opportunity to poke fun at Cotton On’s newest product.
Vintage cup that was used by Jesus‘s mother , Mary honey!!! otherwise there’s no way for this price . Every time you drink on this cup you get born again .
— Bongiwe Indlovukazi 🌕 (@BIndlovukazi) May 23, 2023
For that price it should refill with Woolies filter coffee by itself each time it’s empty!!!
— Amanda (Taylor’s version) (@Pink_Panther_38) May 23, 2023
We’re being mugged in broad daylight. Quite frankly this is not my cup of tea
— Ronald Phiri (@RonaldPhiri01) May 23, 2023
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen