James was doing some shopping at Walmart, when he came upon one of those handy signs advertising a price “Rollback” posted on a display of yogurt. But just because Walmart says something is a deal, it pays to do the math to make sure it actually is a bargain.
In this case, as James says, “I did the math, Walmart didn’t.” You could pay $0.58 for each yogurt, but Walmart is instead rolling prices “back,” which in this case means forward, and selling them at a rate of five for $3.00.
Calculator time, or just some simple brain power: At 58 cents each, five yogurts would normally cost $2.90. And hey, $2.90 is 10 cents less than $3.00! Check me out now, 7th grade math teacher who was always so disappointed in me!
James is also good at math, so he says he alerted a store employee to the odd “deal.” Unfortunately, this kind of thing is a pretty common story here at Consumerist.
I reported it to an assistant manager and she was amused until I pointed out I would probably be overcharged once I reached the register. Of course I was. Luckily I had this picture so we didn’t have to make the trip from the register to the back of the store to confirm the price.