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Rigondeaux
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February 27th, 2017 at 10:09:00 AM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

That's funny I just bought Vlassic sauerkraut for the first time and it was the worst I ever had. It was the cheapest and I can see why. Reminded me of pickles. I always rinse sauerkraut, seems to taste better, and less salty. Sauerkraut is pretty easy to make, planning on trying one of these days, but don't really have a good container to make it. I paid $1.50 a 32 oz jar.

You're right about supply chain efficiency being a major risk. It scares me what would happen if the country lost electricity for 3 days. A few extra days backup would save lives, many lives. Those people with only condiments in their fridge will be lost.



Unless they have the ability to overpower their neighbors.

I'm kind of fascinated by preppers and, while they are mostly goofballs, it does seem to be the case that our society is a pretty delicate machine and there are some reasonable scenarios that would send it straight to hell.
EvenBob
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February 27th, 2017 at 10:42:38 AM permalink
Quote: standbymyman

Not true. How could everything that comes in go .



Don't tell me it's not true, why would I
lie about it. In every Walmart store in this
area they say the same thing, everything
gets put on the shelf as soon as possible.

The computer keeps track and when an
item gets low, it orders more. If there
is supposed to be 40 units on the shelf,
it orders 40, not 140. The 40 come in and
are put on the shelf. This is how I was told
it works.

There might be a days lag time, something
comes in on Monday and doesn't get put
out till Tuesday. But most of it gets put
out at night. Go into a Walmart at 1am
and they're stocking shelves on every
grocery aisle some nights.
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Mission146
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February 27th, 2017 at 2:40:31 PM permalink
EB,

Is it possible your local WM is s SuperCenter that wasn't always a SuperCenter?
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Ibeatyouraces
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February 27th, 2017 at 2:43:51 PM permalink
I've been in a couple of Wal-Mart's that are smaller than a CVS.
DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!
iamnomad
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February 27th, 2017 at 3:01:29 PM permalink
Everybody has opinions about Walmart, good and bad. But 11 years ago, Walmart took steps that has helped customers save hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drugs.

In September 2006, the chain announced it would lower prices on some 300 generics to as low as $4 for a 30 days supply. Yeah, I know they did it to drive traffic to their stores. But it forced every pharmacy to either match or beat their prices. Today I pay next to nothing for a 90 day supply of generic Zucor and generic Zantac.

I would argue the savings for consumers are greater than those from any gvt program put into place over the last 11 years...
RonC
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February 27th, 2017 at 3:40:00 PM permalink
Quote: Quote: RonC

I do compare prices because they use deceptive pricing tactics sometimes, but I doubt they are the only ones.



Quote: EvenBob

It's not deceptive.



Apples and oranges. Pricing by location makes sense because of different costs, what the marker will bear, etc.

The deceptive practice I am talking about has (I have not checked lately) been to use end caps with a large size product selling at .10 cents per unit for a large package and then to have a smaller size of the same product selling at .09 cents per unit in a smaller package. They are trying to trick people into buying a bigger size at a higher price. Since their customers base skews towards the lower income groups, that makes it look like they are trying to cheat poor people.

I've seen it myself and have seen reports on it.
Last edited by: RonC on Feb 27, 2017
Hullabaloo
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February 27th, 2017 at 4:44:32 PM permalink
That may not be malicious, or the pricing may be due to the manufacturer or distributor.

I've studied prices for quite some time and have seen some crazy things.

You see it with peanut butter all the time. The price per ounce is, (or at least was), almost always higher on the larger sizes, on sale or not and the big ones virtually never went on sale. I've seen this in just about every grocery I've looked at, (although it has been a while). And, as I recall, WM was one of the few that actually charged less per ounce on the larger ones.

It may have changed, (and I say that because I seem to recall seeing it in the last few weeks), but for the past year or so I've noticed that at Safeway you could buy a 12 oz box of check cereal for $4.95. And if you wanted the "family size" of 18 oz, it would cost you..... $4.95.

20 years ago you could walk into just about any grocery store and find a 3 stack pack of Ritz crackers for about $3 but if you bought the 4 pack standing right next to it, (same height, just one extra sleeve), it would be about 50 cents less.

As for WM, I get very little there anymore. The sale prices at traditional groceries, especially now with the electronic coupons, are usually much lower than at Walmart. The "every day" prices at Wally World are indeed lower, but I mostly buy things that are on sale and while I could price match at Walmart I'd rather keep the other guys in business because if Walmart is all that's left then I'm sure the prices won't stay very low.
onenickelmiracle
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February 27th, 2017 at 6:30:45 PM permalink
When I buy chicken, used to always buy the biggest package in the price range per pound. No more because the smallest packages have less bloody water. Turn it on the corner and compare. Seems the smaller packages, you don't see any extreme excess water leaking like a package almost a pound more.

Don't have a scale accurate in pounds and ounces, so can't really test a real difference. Chicken wings at aldi really seem to make a case for the smaller package purchase.
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Mission146
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February 27th, 2017 at 6:34:00 PM permalink
Quote: Hullabaloo



As for WM, I get very little there anymore. The sale prices at traditional groceries, especially now with the electronic coupons, are usually much lower than at Walmart. The "every day" prices at Wally World are indeed lower, but I mostly buy things that are on sale and while I could price match at Walmart I'd rather keep the other guys in business because if Walmart is all that's left then I'm sure the prices won't stay very low.



I agree with all of that 100%.

Mileage may also vary from location to location, but I also know that at least one Wal-Mart will not price match on the Buy Any 5 (of long list of items) and get one free (one item) or the one where you buy any five (of long list of items) and each one ends up being an extra $0.50 off. I think that may be why Kroger and the more local store runs those kinds of specials all the time.

Before the price match, what I always told people is that if you want name brands and just want to blindly pick a place, then WalMart is probably your best bet. On the other hand, if you are willing to combine other big chains, convenience stores, (deli stuff, mainly, some meats) local stores and discount stores such as Save-A-Lot or Aldi (just have to be careful with certain item types at those) and drug stores, then you would buy almost nothing at Wal-Mart.

You might wonder about the ad match guarantee for deli stuff or meat compared to convenience stores, (or other stores) but some WalMart locations may match generic-for-generic or just call a deli meat a deli meat and some won't. I've heard a bunch of different things, most of the employees don't really seem to know what they are supposed to be doing. I eventually gave up on it because you never knew if they would match an advertised Kroger brand price on a Great Value product, it seemed to depend on the cashier. Besides that, Kroger is my favorite place to shop (overall) anyway.

The only item type at WM that I could find lower there than anywhere else regardless of sales or anything was baby stuff. Not so much baby food, but the name brand diapers (the only kind that are any good, in my opinion) and the generic baby wipes (I don't think one brand differs dramatically from another on those) was lower at WM than anywhere else, and it wasn't close. Fortunately, the kids aren't in diapers anymore!
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terapined
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February 27th, 2017 at 6:40:50 PM permalink
I don't grocery shop at WM, do that at a higher end grocery store, Publix
I will go to WM for camping supplies
and every few years
sox , underwear, and cargo shorts.
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