Specialist Shop Or Lidl With £50 Budget

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I appreciate similar questions have been asked before, but I'd like to get an insight.

I have a budget of around £50 - £60 each year for fireworks, and of all the local supermarkets I usually end up getting them from Lidl, as for that price it gives a better display than the likes of Tesco etc. Last year we had their selection box, a pack of shot tubes, a couple of barrage packs (name escapes me) and a Showstopper which was pretty good.

However I was wondering whether to try a local specialist shop this year for the same budget. I've picked up their brochure and have seen some of their barrages, ranging from around £13 to nearly £200, which is a little much to pay for one firework (in my opinion). Am I likely to get as good a display as those from Lidl last year (I do like my noisy fireworks so it's what I look for). Only other thing is that their brochure's 'noise factor' lists some of their barrages at around 6/10 - whereas the Lidl one is 5/5, hard to know how they calculate these.

Thanks for any advice.
 

gaz

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Hi Dezza welcome to the forum :).

When it comes to fireworks, it is always worth looking at your local, A little bit more information where you are based and the name of your local would be the first step so we can help more.

for the noise level, if only they made them easy, So what you have to do is measure the 5% at 10%, so you get a good indication on the noise level when comparing. If lidl is measuring at 5% and a firework shops is measuring the same fireworks maybe cheaper at 10% its means they are very loud.
 
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Hi Dezza welcome to the forum :).

When it comes to fireworks, it is always worth looking at your local, A little bit more information where you are based and the name of your local would be the first step so we can help more.

for the noise level, if only they made them easy, So what you have to do is measure the 5% at 10%, so you get a good indication on the noise level when comparing. If lidl is measuring at 5% and a firework shops is measuring the same fireworks maybe cheaper at 10% its means they are very loud.
I thought they just guess the noise levels :D
 
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@Dezza it depends where you are located, you could be near a good shop. If you are then it will probably beat Lidl by quite a bit, if you're not then Lidl will probably be your best option.
What is the specialist shop called?
 
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Thanks a lot for the replies :)
I'm in High Wycombe so looking at Total FX as our local shop.
Shame there's not a standard scale of noise across the board - suppose it'd be a bit much to have dB readings attached or something :rolleyes:
 

Somersetpyro

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Welcome along @Dezza :)
You're in a decent area there, as well as total, there's A40 off of J6 of the M40, Fantastic Fireworks off of J8, and there's a place in Aylesbury as well. all within 20 or so miles of you :)
 

Alexs21

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Hello Dezza and welcome :)
I'd go to one of those which @Somersetpyro said and probably go to the range for some stuff too like cakes. I would stay away from most supermarkets when you have those stores nearby:)
 
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, didn't realise there were so many independents in the area!
Will have to have a look at a couple at the weekend. I was looking at the Range but the closest is around 25 miles away - would be good to get everything in one place if possible but will certainly keep it in mind :)
 
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Not yet, haven't had the chance to go and have a look/pick anything up up til now. Will be in Aylesbury for the next few days so I intend to visit the independent in the retail park there.