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jespear Offline
#1 Posted:
Joined: 03-19-2004
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So, the other day, my wife and I go out to the supermarket (GIANT) to pick up a few things.
The 80/20 ground beef that was on sale for $2.99lb was on our list.
When we get to the meat bin, all the packages were "family size" (6 - 8 lbs). We weren't looking to buy that much, so my wife says, "Go look on the other side. Sometimes they have smaller packages there."
I walk around to the other side of the meat bin, and sure enough, there's about a dozen or so packages half the size of the "family packs". I start sorting thru them, searching for the one that suits our needs, and I come across a 3.69lb package marked $1.11 . OBVIOUSLY a misprint, but hey . . . they HAVE to sell it to me at the price on the label, right ?
I looked thru the remaining packages and found another 3.69lb package marked exactly the same, $1.11 . In the cart they both go. When we get to the checkout, (we used self checkout to avoid any possible confrontation with a cashier), and when we scan them, there is an additional electronic coupon that drops the price down from $1.11 to $0.90 !
Bottom line . . . 7.39 lbs of 80/20 ground beef for $1.80 !

Every once in a while, you are in the right place at the right time. ThumpUp
Abrignac Offline
#2 Posted:
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jespear wrote:
So, the other day, my wife and I go out to the supermarket (GIANT) to pick up a few things.
The 80/20 ground beef that was on sale for $2.99lb was on our list.
When we get to the meat bin, all the packages were "family size" (6 - 8 lbs). We weren't looking to buy that much, so my wife says, "Go look on the other side. Sometimes they have smaller packages there."
I walk around to the other side of the meat bin, and sure enough, there's about a dozen or so packages half the size of the "family packs". I start sorting thru them, searching for the one that suits our needs, and I come across a 3.69lb package marked $1.11 . OBVIOUSLY a misprint, but hey . . . they HAVE to sell it to me at the price on the label, right ?
I looked thru the remaining packages and found another 3.69lb package marked exactly the same, $1.11 . In the cart they both go. When we get to the checkout, (we used self checkout to avoid any possible confrontation with a cashier), and when we scan them, there is an additional electronic coupon that drops the price down from $1.11 to $0.90 !
Bottom line . . . 7.39 lbs of 80/20 ground beef for $1.80 !

Every once in a while, you are in the right place at the right time. ThumpUp


Horse meat?
opelmanta1900 Offline
#3 Posted:
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es carne de burro...
JadeRose Offline
#4 Posted:
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You should have checked the price on their Key Lime water. You could have gotten the TW price drop trifecta!
jespear Offline
#5 Posted:
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Abrignac wrote:
Horse meat?


Nah . . . I don't have a horse, but i might feed some to my dog.
frankj1 Offline
#6 Posted:
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jespear wrote:
Nah . . . I don't have a horse, but i might feed some to my dog.

well played, sir.
NapalmMan67 Offline
#7 Posted:
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Mmmmm... meat. Nice score Mr. Spear!
USNGunner Offline
#8 Posted:
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Nice. Never look a gift burro in the mouth.

Also, never sniff a gift fish.
Ram27 Offline
#9 Posted:
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BRAVO...Applause
clintCigar Offline
#10 Posted:
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You should check out their dumpster. No tellin what you could find.
Buckwheat Offline
#11 Posted:
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Several years ago when ammo was still expensive I was in Dicks Sporting Goods to buy some boxes of 9mm rounds for plinking. They had them for around $20/50. So I picked up a brick of the boxes in a cardboard shipping box. When I was paying for them they range up the brink of 10 boxes for $20. I explained to the cashier that there were 10 boxes of 50 in the brick and that they weren't charging me enough. The cashier started to argue with me so I walked out with 500 rounds of Remington UMC 9mm Luger 115-Grain for $20.
Sometimes people just can't get out of their own way. Beer
I wish that person still worked there. fog
victor809 Offline
#12 Posted:
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I'm pretty sure in the past posters here have been heavily chastised for taking advantage of similar errors.

The cbid morality police are fickle.
tonygraz Offline
#13 Posted:
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clintCigar wrote:
You should check out their dumpster. No tellin what you could find.


We already have a dumpster diving member. Maybe more ?
clintCigar Offline
#14 Posted:
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tonygraz wrote:
We already have a dumpster diving member. Maybe more ?

Figured I would suggest it since he may be on to something. Eh?
Palama Online
#15 Posted:
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victor809 wrote:
I'm pretty sure in the past posters here have been heavily chastised for taking advantage of similar errors.

The cbid morality police are fickle.


John is retired now so he’s on a fixed income. I’m sure he welcomed the Senior Citizen “discount”. Whistle
victor809 Offline
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Ram27 Offline
#17 Posted:
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Well done victor Herfing
grmcooper Offline
#18 Posted:
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Hamburger? I dont eat that pink sludge. I'm an elitist.
m j toal Offline
#19 Posted:
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jespear wrote:
So, the other day, my wife and I go out to the supermarket (GIANT) to pick up a few things.
The 80/20 ground beef that was on sale for $2.99lb was on our list.
When we get to the meat bin, all the packages were "family size" (6 - 8 lbs). We weren't looking to buy that much, so my wife says, "Go look on the other side. Sometimes they have smaller packages there."
I walk around to the other side of the meat bin, and sure enough, there's about a dozen or so packages half the size of the "family packs". I start sorting thru them, searching for the one that suits our needs, and I come across a 3.69lb package marked $1.11 . OBVIOUSLY a misprint, but hey . . . they HAVE to sell it to me at the price on the label, right ?
I looked thru the remaining packages and found another 3.69lb package marked exactly the same, $1.11 . In the cart they both go. When we get to the checkout, (we used self checkout to avoid any possible confrontation with a cashier), and when we scan them, there is an additional electronic coupon that drops the price down from $1.11 to $0.90 !
Bottom line . . . 7.39 lbs of 80/20 ground beef for $1.80 !

Every once in a while, you are in the right place at the right time. ThumpUp


So tell me again what this has to do with the 2016 elections?
tailgater Offline
#20 Posted:
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So a family pack of 6 to 8 pounds is "too much" meat, yet you ended up buying 9 pounds?







tailgater Offline
#21 Posted:
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1000 years ago when I was a young kid, I remember going to a local department store.
In the front foyer was a gumball machine.
It was very obviously broken, because it would give a gumball whenever you turned the dial even without a coin.

A young sister and brother, maybe 6 years old or so, were the lucky recipients. One even went in to get a bag from the clerk to collect their winnings.
Then word got to the manager and he came out to take the candy back.
So the mother comes out from the store and I got to see and hear an epic shouting match.

the manager told them it was akin to stealing, and he would allow them to take "one handful" of gumballs even though it's usually a single per turn.
The mother told him no way. Her kids "deserved" the candy because "how were they to know it was broken"?

Never mind that they were laughing and telling everyone while they were filling a bag with the contraband.

Point is, or rather the question is: At what point does it become stealing?

Is 20 gumballs OK?
200?
2,000?

9 pounds of hamburg?

Not judging.
Just asking.
For a friend.




tonygraz Offline
#22 Posted:
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The Price was right.
jespear Offline
#23 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
So a family pack of 6 to 8 pounds is "too much" meat, yet you ended up buying 9 pounds?









No Tail . . . the PRICE of an 8lb package @$2.99lb was more MONEY than I had budgeted for ground beef.
The price of two 3.69lb bags @$0.30lb fit nicely into my budget.

YES . . . the packages were obviously mislabeled.
YES . . . I paid the price on the label.
YES . . . It is store policy to charge what is on the label.
NO . . . . I do not feel guilty about doing so.

And for the record . . . I HAVE, in the past, returned to stores on MORE than one occasion, after getting home and realizing that I was NOT charged for something, and PAID for said item.
tailgater Offline
#24 Posted:
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I'm just bustin ballz here.

But supermarkets are a low profit, high volume business.

Even if you assume a 5% markup (it's actually lower), then the $27 of hamburg purchased for a buck will require the market to recoup the $26.

How many loaves of bread or cans of soup at 5% profit will that be?

hint: it's $520 worth. Just to break even.


tailgater Offline
#25 Posted:
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jespear wrote:
No Tail . . . the PRICE of an 8lb package @$2.99lb was more MONEY than I had budgeted ground beef.
The price of two 3.69lb bags @$0.30lb fit nicely into my budget.

YES . . . the packages were obviously mislabeled.
YES . . . I paid the price on the label.
YES . . . It is store policy to charge what is on the label.
NO . . . . I do not feel guilty about doing so.

And for the record . . . I HAVE, in the past, returned to stores on MORE than one occasion, after getting home and realizing that I was NOT charged for something, and PAID for said item.



If I found the error after I got home it's a safe bet I wouldn't return to the store and correct it. So I'm honestly not perching myself on any moral high ground.
And although I've never opened a key lime water prior to purchasing, I do regularly eat the cherries or grapes prior to checkout.
It's my way of sticking it to the man.




jespear Offline
#26 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
I'm just bustin ballz here.

But supermarkets are a low profit, high volume business.

Even if you assume a 5% markup (it's actually lower), then the $27 of hamburg purchased for a buck will require the market to recoup the $26.

How many loaves of bread or cans of soup at 5% profit will that be?

hint: it's $520 worth. Just to break even.




Yeah, well . . . TBH, I won't be losing any sleep over this.

tailgater wrote:
If I found the error after I got home it's a safe bet I wouldn't return to the store and correct it. So I'm honestly not perching myself on any moral high ground.
And although I've never opened a key lime water prior to purchasing, I do regularly eat the cherries or grapes prior to checkout.
It's my way of sticking it to the man.






Are you saying that if you noticed the mistake in the store, that you would have brought it to the store's attention so that they could take it off the shelf ?
tailgater Offline
#27 Posted:
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jespear wrote:
Yeah, well . . . TBH, I won't be losing any sleep over this.


You shouldn't. You didn't go looking for it. It was a reaction, not a plan.
My posts probably sound more harsh than intended.
Again. Just bustin ya.
Sunoverbeach Offline
#28 Posted:
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9lbs may not be necessary, but a phenomenal deal absolutely is.

Karmically I'd say it's balanced against times when beef was priced high, or gas, or premium cigars.....
jespear Offline
#29 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
You shouldn't. You didn't go looking for it. It was a reaction, not a plan.
Exactly.
My posts probably sound more harsh than intended.
Maybe, just a bit.
Again. Just bustin ya.
No problem, Tail.
jespear Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
well played, sir.


You HAVE had an influence on me in more than one way, Frankie T.
USNGunner Offline
#31 Posted:
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I did accidentally do a drive off at a gas station once. I always pay at the pump, but the scanner was down. OK. No biggy. Except by the time I got done I had to whiz, so I ran in the store, used the head, and hit the road. I was 10 miles down the interstate when it hit me.

I turned around and went back. Lost time, but a. cashiers get stuck for those in a lot of cases, and b. Not worth the worry. Come to find out when I went back and paid the lady, they didn't have cameras, but she would have taken a hit. She was very grateful I came back.

That made it worthwhile. Angel

In this case, price marked is the price. That's the law. So I would have been fine with it.

And you solved their problem by disposing of the mis-marked product. Damned charitable of you in my opinion.

So what's the drama over? BigGrin
ZRX1200 Offline
#32 Posted:
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I’m glad someone got their judgmental virtue signally in.

Jon I’d say something about how it’s stealing and they’re low mark up high volume (all true) but many times I’ve caught them (same places every time) not charging what was marked.

I always shop the local place unless I can’t because of time (super busy places owned by a very honorable family). If I can’t I’ll go to the “shady” places and watch things, if I see stuff marked there like that I will grab it on purpose.
Sunoverbeach Offline
#33 Posted:
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I did the same thing at a gas station once.

Unfortunately I paid in advance and was far enough away I wasn't going to make it back
grmcooper Offline
#34 Posted:
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Deal on meat = Bad meat.
jespear Offline
#35 Posted:
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grmcooper wrote:
Deal on meat = Bad meat.


$2.99lb marked down to $0.30lb ?
Not even the BADDEST of meats would get THAT big of a reduction, Coop.

MISPRINT/MISLABELED !
Whistlebritches Offline
#36 Posted:
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grmcooper wrote:
Deal on meat = Bad meat.



That's what your wife said...…...I see Dawn hung in there anyways
USNGunner Offline
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Whistlebritches wrote:
That's what your wife said...…...I see Dawn hung in there anyways


Man, I walked away from that one. LOL. whip
Whistlebritches Offline
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USNGunner wrote:
Man, I walked away from that one. LOL. whip



Seriously Cooper once told me his wife said he had bad meat...…...I think she meant limp meat,that'd be my guess anyway
MACS Offline
#39 Posted:
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tailgater wrote:
I'm just bustin ballz here.

But supermarkets are a low profit, high volume business.

Even if you assume a 5% markup (it's actually lower), then the $27 of hamburg purchased for a buck will require the market to recoup the $26.

How many loaves of bread or cans of soup at 5% profit will that be?

hint: it's $520 worth. Just to break even.




I disagree, sir. Having shopped in the commissary, where everything is sold at cost and a 5% surcharge is added to your total to keep the lights on, I know that grocery stores mark things up as much as 100% and more, depending on the item.

For example... family size box of cereal for $2 in the commissary... $4.50 at the local grocery store for the same exact box.

Meats? 25-50% more. Dairy, produce and such wasn't as bad, but it is obvious to me grocery stores price gouge on a lot of stuff.
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USNGunner wrote:
Nice. Never look a gift burro in the mouth.

Also, never sniff a gift fish.


Or a dirty bung hole.
Sunoverbeach Offline
#41 Posted:
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But clean bung holes are a go? How does one determine pre-sniff, assuming (hopefully) a lack of visible evidence? Think
tonygraz Offline
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Costs at privately own grocery stores are much higher than a government owned commissary. More personnel, advertising costs, cost of buildings and property, taxes.
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I once stopped in a gas station on a road trip and the clerk switched credit cards accidentally with another customer. I used the card for months without realizing it. Dont know if other guy was as oblivious.

Then, to my surprise, one day the card was confiscated at a station. Not sure how all the charges were corrected in the end. I think there ended up some free gas in the deal because there was a month without a bill.
MACS Offline
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tonygraz wrote:
Costs at privately own grocery stores are much higher than a government owned commissary. More personnel, advertising costs, cost of buildings and property, taxes.


That may well be true... but they're buying their goods from the same places and charging much higher prices than "cost". I see the same things in Stater Bros and Albertson's. The latter is higher priced for everything... and they are the same goods bought from the same vendors.
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#45 Posted:
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Local, privately owned grocery store? I'll be honest and point out obviously mis-priced items. Most of the time they'll give it to you for that price anyway. Large chain? Fuq em. Short of out right theft, I'll stick it to them every time. If that makes me a bad person, so be it.
Abrignac Offline
#46 Posted:
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MACS wrote:
That may well be true... but they're buying their goods from the same places and charging much higher prices than "cost". I see the same things in Stater Bros and Albertson's. The latter is higher priced for everything... and they are the same goods bought from the same vendors.


That’s one way to see things. But, that’s a purely consumer side opinion. However, there is a much different perspective for the buisness owner. It takes a tremendous amount of capital to open a grocery store. I’d be willing to bet that a small Mom & Pop grocery store with 13 50’ aisles has a minimum of 50,000 individual items (4 items per foot x 6 items deep x 50 feet per aisle x 2 because each aisle has items on 2 sides x 50 feet x 13 aisles + 360 (1 set of candy per checkout x 5 checkouts x 6 feet of display x 1.25 candy box of candy bars per foot x 4 shelves x 2 because there a 2 sides of items per checkout = 360) + produce section + raw meat counter + deli counter = $50,000 give or take not to mention $$ required to prepare a grocery store to stock those items. Then there’s the initial workman’s comp insurance premium due about a month before you open the doors to cover those workers who will work to set up shelves, stock those shelves rent @ $8 per foot per month x 10,000 minimum square feet, etc... in all I’d bet one would need a minimum of $250,000 in capital required to open the doors. If one erects the building because a suitable one doesn’t exist which is the mostly option figure at least $500k for the property and $800k for building construction, another $50k in dirt work before the first concrete for is set and another $150k for the parking lot.

One could easily put that capital into a well managed mutual and earn 8-12% per year plus a commiserate salary for a grocery store manager. So WTF would someone work 16 hours a day 365 days a year (there won’t be a vacation for 5 or more years) while risking losing it all of the concern goes belly up if they can’t double or triple what the could make lying on the couch eating bonbons while watching Jerry Spinger reruns in a pair of boxer shorts?

On the other hand I’m guessing theirs is next to no risk if one simply manages a store made possible with government capital that includes union related job security even if the venture loses money ever day?

Why the f**k would I work my ass into the ground and starve when I can lay on my couch and starve and not endure any of the stress I’d experience owning a grocery store?

BTW the national average profit for a grocery store is 1-2%. Sure they may mark items up 100% or more, but their monthly carrying cost and wages eat up damn near 99% of the gross margin. That said those exorbitant markups are really very paltry.
Abrignac Offline
#47 Posted:
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Should have included this above.

The average annual sales for a Mom & Pop grocery store is about $14,000,000 which translates into around $230,000 net profit for the buisness owner. At face value that may seem excessive, but the owner will put in about 5800 hours a year with zero paid vacation/sick days or about 2.9 times the 2000 hours a year most employees work before receiving overtime, double time, shift differential pay and any bonuses none of which a buisness owner gets since those benefits come directly from his own wallet.
frankj1 Offline
#48 Posted:
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jes only wanted to make a patty melt.
victor809 Offline
#49 Posted:
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frankj1 wrote:
jes only wanted to make a patty melt.


Oh yeah? Well he made anthony cry, that's what he made.
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It’s not just store policy, in most (all?) places, it’s the law.
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