Target, Where Holiday Menu Specials Actually Cost You More Money

Target, Where Holiday Menu Specials Actually Cost You More Money

The jingle bells are jingling, the Santas are ho-hoing and it’s officially okay for everyone to be in the holiday spirit. But while it’s always nice of businesses to try to offer special deals for holiday shoppers, Target might need to rethink how it approaches the idea of a “deal.” [More]

How Much Does Soda Cost At Target? Target Has No Idea

How Much Does Soda Cost At Target? Target Has No Idea

How much does a 12-pack of fizzy high-fructose corn water cost at Target? We would like to say that this is not a trick question, except for how it’s a trick question. Rather than “Target math,” where it costs more to buy a larger quantity of the same item, this soda display uses Target’s sale logic. The same item has multiple prices simultaneously. [More]

The Fun Thing About Target Math? You Can Find It At Home Depot & Walmart, Too

The Fun Thing About Target Math? You Can Find It At Home Depot & Walmart, Too

Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can and can’t be, friends. The world is your oyster, the sky is the limit, the cliche is yours to abuse and the rules are made to be broken. So when you’re a retailer, don’t think the only store that can have Target math. [More]

Obviously, Walmart Doesn’t Want You To Drink 12 Budweiser Margaritas

Obviously, Walmart Doesn’t Want You To Drink 12 Budweiser Margaritas

If one can of Budweiser’s malt beverage margarita-like substance costs one dollar, how much should twelve cans cost? That’s right…$12.97. Wait, what? If this math sounds a little off to you, apparently you don’t work at Matthew’s local Walmart. [More]

Adding Decimal Places Does Not Mean These Tastykakes Are On Sale

Adding Decimal Places Does Not Mean These Tastykakes Are On Sale

When you add decimal points to a price, does that make it a different number? That is to say, is $1 different than $1.00? It’s more accurate, sure, but it’s not a discount. Unless you’re shopping at Dollar General with reader John. [More]

Target Promotion: $2 Gift Card When You Buy 5 Or $5 When You Buy 2

Target Promotion: $2 Gift Card When You Buy 5 Or $5 When You Buy 2

It’s not that we want to make fun of Target and their shelf tags stuffed with fuzzy math. We can’t help it. If only Target would try applying some logic to the signs it posts in its stores, we would stop posting those signs here on the site. [More]

Time For Another Visit To Deodorant Aisle Of Target’s Reality Vortex

Time For Another Visit To Deodorant Aisle Of Target’s Reality Vortex

Erika was shopping at Target when she took a step in the wrong direction and ended up in an alternate reality. Or maybe entering a Target store is an alternate reality, where the Doritos are chilled and numbers have no meaning. [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]

More Dish Soap Is A Worse Deal At Walmart

More Dish Soap Is A Worse Deal At Walmart

Larry has learned well here at Consumerist. When he was shopping at Walmart recently, he picked up some dish soap. Before assuming that the larger quantity was the better deal and tossing the 38-ounce bottle in his cart, he stopped to do some math. That’s when he learned that the math on these bottles was a little fuzzy. Sudsy? [More]

Personal Grooming Is Easy, But Math Is Difficult

Personal Grooming Is Easy, But Math Is Difficult

Usually, buying in bulk saves you money. Buying a larger container or multi-pack boosts sales numbers and lowers prices for consumers. This makes perfect sense…until it doesn’t. Just ask these readers, who had to give a few seconds of serious thought to the pricing of their personal care items while shopping recently. [More]

Walmart Fancy Feast Pricing Is Off Because Cats Can’t Do Math

Walmart Fancy Feast Pricing Is Off Because Cats Can’t Do Math

Can cats do math? Maybe they can do math, and simply choose not to. Whatever the case, reader LukeBaby noticed some pricing shenanigans in the pet food department at Walmart. [More]

Why Is Anyone Buying The 10-Pack Of Fruit Snacks At Target?

Why Is Anyone Buying The 10-Pack Of Fruit Snacks At Target?


Carly was shopping at Target and captured this example of the confusing math for which the retailer is known around here. Here, you can get two small boxes or one large box of the same snack food item for the same price. That’s where it stops making sense. [More]

We’ll Have Six Single Bagels, Please

We’ll Have Six Single Bagels, Please

Brian noticed something interesting on the menu at his local Dunkin’ Donuts. While customers can buy a single bagel for 99 cents, they’re slightly more expensive by the half dozen. [More]

Walmart Is Serious About Keeping Its Customers Hydrated

Walmart Is Serious About Keeping Its Customers Hydrated

The good news is that Walmart has set their prices to encourage customers to buy larger quantities of water. The bad news is that they’re also giving us price incentives to drink more Dr Pepper. Mmm, sugar water. [More]

Single Bodywash Bottle Trying Not To Be Jealous Of Bottle Couples Selling For Less On Same Shelf

Single Bodywash Bottle Trying Not To Be Jealous Of Bottle Couples Selling For Less On Same Shelf

Hear those woebegone sighs? They’re the lonely exhalations of a row of “Man-Sized” Old Spice bodywash bottles on the shelf at a Maryland Walmart. See, they’re sad because they know the discerning consumer will skip all 946ml of “Fiji” wash for $7.47 and head straight for the two-bottle value pack with the same amount of product for only $6.97. [More]

Target Still Doesn’t Understand Bulk Pricing, Or Maybe Charges For Boxes Now

Target Still Doesn’t Understand Bulk Pricing, Or Maybe Charges For Boxes Now

Target is one of my favorite stores. It’s where you can find all of life’s essentials at deeply confusing prices. You might as well just ignore the price tags, since unit prices are really the only thing that matters. [More]

Walmart Rollbacks: Rolling Forward, Standing Still

Walmart Rollbacks: Rolling Forward, Standing Still

What is a “rollback?” Walmart shoppers know that it’s when an item has decreased in price recently, and it’s something that the chain brags about on signs throughout the store. They even brag about rollbacks when prices stay the same…or go up. [More]

Egg Pricing At Target Doesn’t Even Pretend To Make Sense

Egg Pricing At Target Doesn’t Even Pretend To Make Sense

Reader Daniel sent us what looked like a straightforward case of fuzzy math. At his local Target, a half-dozen eggs cost 99¢, while a dozen of the same exact eggs cost $2.09. Or do they? [More]