Wegmans And Walmart Deploy Target Math To Sell OJ, Mouthwash

Wegmans And Walmart Deploy Target Math To Sell OJ, Mouthwash

Buying in bulk to save money seems like a good idea, but in practice it doesn’t work so well. Want proof? Check out these examples of unit prices that go up the more you buy. We call it Target Math, since the phenomenon happens often in Target stores. Not exclusively in Target stores, though, as you will see. [More]

Everyone Knows Why Milk Is In The Back Of The Grocery Store

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It’s an extremely minor inconvenience when you need to pick up some milk and have to walk all the way to the back of the grocery store to get it? Everyone knows that it’s because stores want to make customers walk through the entire store so they’ll pick up some non-milk items. Why even post about this? [More]

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Woman Convicted Of Putting Pins And Needles In Food Sues Grocer For $8 Million

This story has the appearance of a wacky news story, but is just sad all around. Back in 2009, a grocery co-op in Calgary banned a woman from the premises for shoplifting. Authorities say that the following year, she began a campaign of malicious food adulteration, planting needles, pins, and nails in the store’s products. Now she’s suing the store for defamation. [More]

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Peanut Butter Cup Oreos And Oreo-Filled Chips Ahoy Are Now Real Things

Readers of this site might think that Consumerist staff eat a lot of junk food and fast food. That’s not true at all: maybe the amount of time that we spend reading about new permutations of food-like substances wears down our interest. For example, there are two new weirdly tempting hybrids of existing snacks available in stores now or very soon: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos and Oreo-filled Chips Ahoy cookies. Why? [More]

Save 801¢ With Seasoning Packet Sale At Winn-Dixie

Save 801¢ With Seasoning Packet Sale At Winn-Dixie

Alyson snapped this picture quickly at Winn-Dixie to evade detection, which is why it’s blurry. I’m not sure that things would be better if it were in focus. It wouldn’t make any more sense than it does now. [More]

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You Can Make Your Own Greek Yogurt At Home

If you like the texture and protein content of Greek yogurt, but don’t like the prices and want to avoid products thickened with milk powder, there’s another option that is often cheaper: make your own at home. No, we don’t mean fermenting your own yogurt from scratch, though that isn’t very hard either. Start with plain regular yogurt and strain it yourself, which somehow still costs less per ounce than buying a whole container of Greek yogurt. [More]

All Squash Weighs Four Ounces At Stop & Shop, Regardless Of Size

All Squash Weighs Four Ounces At Stop & Shop, Regardless Of Size

We all learned in elementary school that an object’s mass and its size are different things. A pound of cotton candy is much larger than a pound of, say, raisins, because raisins are so much denser. Yet this package of squash that reader Adam spotted at Stop & Shop would have us believe that some of the same vegetable are twice as dense as others. [More]

Coffee “Price Drop” At Meijer Means You Pay 10 Cents More

Coffee “Price Drop” At Meijer Means You Pay 10 Cents More

“Walmart and Target aren’t the only ones with weird ‘value’ pricing,” a reader pointed out to us in an e-mail over the weekend. Indeed, wherever there are price tags, sales, and workers who are not encouraged to use common sense, you will find fuzzy math. [More]

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Shoppers At Trader Joe’s Pick Up Granola, Cookie Butter, Potentially Measles

Shoppers at the Trader Joe’s store in Framingham, Massachusetts may have picked up more than green olive tapenade during the long President’s Day weekend. The state Department of Public Health reported that a customer who visited the grocery store and a nearby restaurant has a confirmed diagnosis of measles, and people who were there around the same time have been warned to watch for symptoms of the disease in themselves or their families. [More]

Bag Of Frozen Spinach Comes With Free Bird Head

Bag Of Frozen Spinach Comes With Free Bird Head

Poultry and spinach go well together, but that doesn’t mean that a Florida woman was happy to see that her frozen spinach came with some free meat. Mostly because it came in the form of the tiny skull (eyes included…well, one eye) of an unidentified bird. [More]

These May Be The Finest Spare Ribs In All The Land

These May Be The Finest Spare Ribs In All The Land

We aren’t experts on meat or anything, but we’re surprised to see what is obviously a very, very fine gourmet product just sitting around in some random Price-Rite store. Reader Rachel spotted this sign while shopping. At almost $2 million per pound according to the unit pricing, these spare ribs must have come from a very famous and delicious pig. We’re guessing that talking one that is (was?) the GEICO mascot. [More]

Discount Grocer Good Cents Offers Discount Of Zero Cents

Discount Grocer Good Cents Offers Discount Of Zero Cents

Lisa was shopping at the discount grocer Good Cents, but noticed some discount signs that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to her. They didn’t make a great case for the whole “discount grocery” concept, telling customers that Good Cents was charging the same prices as everyone else. Or maybe it was a typo. Multiple typos. [More]

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Mystery Man Visits Grocery, Confesses To Armed Robbery, Pays Store Back $400

It was kind of weird: a visitor to an Asian grocery/sandwich shop had an envelope in his hand that he would only give to the store’s owner. When the owner’s son hesitated, the mystery courier set the envelope down on the counter and left. The envelope contained $400 and a note, which confessed to an armed robbery of the shop a dozen years ago. [More]

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Would A Shopping Cart Mirror Showing Your Fat Face Make You Buy More Vegetables?

Could you look yourself in the eye, then load your grocery cart up with root beer and ice cream bars? No, literally. Stakeholders ranging from from physicians to grocers want Americans to buy (and eat) more fresh produce and less junk food, but how can they do that without a complete overhaul of the food system? With gentle nudges. [More]

(Adam)

Fuzzy Math At The Amusement Park And The Grocery Store

Look, Six Flags, it’s summer vacation. We’re here to eat terrible food and be hurled around at high speeds on rides. We’re not here to do math, and we’re really not here to figure out why your “family meal deal” for 4 costs a few cents more than four chicken dinners purchased separately. [More]

QFC Applies Target Math, Rewards Customers For Buying Less Sour Cream

QFC Applies Target Math, Rewards Customers For Buying Less Sour Cream

Sarah tried. Really, she did. She wanted to save money and packaging by purchasing a larger quantity of her preferred brand of sour cream, Alpenrose but her local grocer and their Target math stood in her way. What’s Target math? That’s when it costs you more per unit to buy something when you buy a larger quantity, despite the normal rules of commerce. [More]

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Trader Joe’s Sues Owner Of Store In Canada That Sells Only Trader Joe’s Items

Trader Joe’s has made it known that they want one of their best customers to stay away. That’s because he isn’t buying thousands of dollars’ worth of gluten-free granola and chocolate-covered potato chips for his household in Canada: he’s hauling them across the border to sell at his own shop, called Pirate Joe’s, at higher prices. [More]

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How Harris Teeter Paid Me To Eat Ribeye Steaks

“The adage you get what you pay for holds true with Harris Teeter,” notes reader Gunnar. Yes, he says, they charge more than their grocery competition, but their stores are pleasant, their employees competent, and their selection of merchandise is good. What he didn’t know is that they also have a generous return policy when the butcher cuts your steaks up badly. [More]