Kroger Thinks You Might Want To Pay More For A 10-Pack Of Razors Than Two 5-Packs

Kroger Thinks You Might Want To Pay More For A 10-Pack Of Razors Than Two 5-Packs

Store aisles can be so confusing! Do I want a five-pack of razor cartridges for my Gillette Mach 3 razor or a 10-pack? This sign says both are at a low price, so that must be good. I’ll always want razors, so why not just stock up? So do I want the convenience of one 10-pack or two five-packs? Easy decision, points out Consumerist reader Jeremy via our tipster app, since Kroger didn’t really bother to do good math. [More]

At This Walmart, Three And A Half Pretty Much Equals Five

At This Walmart, Three And A Half Pretty Much Equals Five

I thought the idea behind having all of these computers around was that they were supposed to do the math for us. Correctly. A Reddit user snapped this picture of some fuzzy math at the self-checkout. Either the computer thinks that someone buying a pile of Lunchables and gum isn’t very quick on the uptake, or something is very wrong here. [More]

Hoses: Clearly Not Priced By The Foot

Hoses: Clearly Not Priced By The Foot

When it’s a 75-foot hose you’re after, that’s what you’re going to buy. And if you’re after a 100-foot hose, you’re not going to buy anything else. At least, that’s what this pricing scheme for Neverkink hoses makes clear, since the prices are the same for different lengths of hose. [More]

The Opposite Of Saving Money: More Fuzzy Math At Target

The Opposite Of Saving Money: More Fuzzy Math At Target

I really enjoy shopping at Target. I like its low prices, its quality store-brand items, its red prescription bottles with the drug name on the top, and the fact that you can buy bananas priced individually instead of by the pound. But above all, I love their absurdist pricing schemes that demonstrate a lack of math skills on the part of Target employees, Target customers, or both. [More]

Sale At CVS Means You Pay Double

Sale At CVS Means You Pay Double

Shopping at CVS, Ajay noticed this odd sale on a seasonal item (sandals). Okay, it’s fine to charge more for seasonal items during the season when they’re used: that’s basic retail. But there’s something terribly wrong when employees put up a sign doubling the price on a sale item without batting an eye. [More]

Here Is Why You Should Always Check The Sales Tax On Your Online Order

Here Is Why You Should Always Check The Sales Tax On Your Online Order

When you place an order online — especially through a large national chain — you might expect that your sales tax would be calculated accurately. But, as demonstrated by the Cold Stone Creamery store that charges 25% tax, that isn’t always the case. [More]

Best Buy ‘Bonus’ Means You Pay One Penny More

Best Buy ‘Bonus’ Means You Pay One Penny More

If you purchase this 55″ Panasonic plasma screen TV from Best Buy, they’ll throw in a home theater system for only only $150. This is an impressive deal, considering that the list price for that package is…$149.99. [More]

Save Two Whole Cents With This 'Smoking Hot' Frozen Pizza Deal

Save Two Whole Cents With This 'Smoking Hot' Frozen Pizza Deal

These Roman frozen pizzas normally cost all of $1.68. Who can afford that in this economy? That’s why Wisconsin chain Pick ‘n Save has them marked down to only $1.66 each. If you buy six, as recommended, you save twelve cents. And have a freezer full of cheap frozen pizza. Is that really where you wanted your life to end up? [More]

What Is The 'Original Price' After Kohl's Marks An Item Up?

What Is The 'Original Price' After Kohl's Marks An Item Up?

When Scott found socks on “buy one, get one half off” sale at Kohl’s, he picked up a few packages. The sale signage stipulated that the discount was off the original price…but was that the original price, or the original original price? Scott noticed that a sticker had been placed over the original tag, raising the price from $12 to $14. So what’s the original price?
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Groupon One-Ups Young Earth Creationism, Claims Earth Is 400 Years Old

Groupon One-Ups Young Earth Creationism, Claims Earth Is 400 Years Old

“Groupon is bad at math!” the subject line of Amber’s e-mail to Consumerist proclaimed. I expected to see a poorly-calculated coupon discount or something else related to actual deals. But the error is even weirder than that. Groupon’s Earth Day deals page trumpets that the company is celebrating the planet’s 400th birthday. They offer no explanation for where this number came from, or why it’s missing approximately seven zeroes. [More]

Why Does This Candy Bar Have Three Different Prices?

Why Does This Candy Bar Have Three Different Prices?

It’s time for yet another exciting installment of “No, seriously, how much does this item cost?”
In the case of these candy bars that Victor found at a Walgreens store, the shelf tags would actually make sense if it weren’t for that “2 for $1″ label on the product’s package. [More]

No, Really, How Much Does Yogurt Cost At This Kroger?

No, Really, How Much Does Yogurt Cost At This Kroger?

An anonymous and slightly confused tipster sent in this photo of a cooler filled with ambiguously priced yogurt at a Kroger store. The sign on the left says that yogurt cups are five for $10. The one on the right says that they’re 10 for $5. The latter is the more likely price for little six-ounce store brand yogurts, but we don’t want to rule anything out. [More]

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Buy Cat Food By The Case At Walmart, Pay More

Comparing prices between different brands of canned cat food, Gabe made a discovery at Walmart: it’s cheaper to buy individual cans of Friskies cat food than to buy a case of 24 cans. Buying in bulk is supposed to be cheaper for the consumer, but maybe Walmart has imposed a convenience charge for encasing all of those cat food cans in cardboard. [More]

Look Out Before Walmart Staples You In Its Pricing Trap

Look Out Before Walmart Staples You In Its Pricing Trap

If you need staples, you can go to Marty’s local Walmart. There, confusing economic forces have come together to make staples cost twice as much if you buy them in a larger box. No, really: when you buy three boxes containing five thousand staples each, the total cost is half as much as one box with fifteen thousand staples. And it’s not like the box is anything special. [More]

Watch Out For Petco's Fuzzy Kitty Litter Math

Watch Out For Petco's Fuzzy Kitty Litter Math

Just because something is on sale, even a sale only available to holders of a store’s discount card, that doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. Want a real-life example? Here, the sale price of a container of cat litter is higher than the sale price of a container that’s actually larger. Fuzzy math, or subtle bias against customers who aren’t able to carry a 31-pound box? [More]

Can You Pass Papa John's Math Test?

Can You Pass Papa John's Math Test?

When David went to the Papa John’s website to order up a pizza, three deals greeted him. This wasn’t a pizza-purchasing experience; it was a math test. Can you spot the best deal? [More]

Get Your Free Xbox 360 From Dell For Only $100

Get Your Free Xbox 360 From Dell For Only $100

It was probably a glitch and not a nefarious plot on Dell’s part, but Chris found it odd when he tried to take advantage of Microsoft’s back-to-school promo where a free Xbox comes with certain Windows laptops. Dell’s site kept showing that adding on the free Xbox promo made his total $100 higher than with just the computer. Huh? [More]

This LivingSocial Deal Comes With A Free Math Test

This LivingSocial Deal Comes With A Free Math Test

Mark sent along this deal that came up on group deal site LivingSocial for his area. You can get two tickets to a Camden, NJ Riversharks game for $10, or four for $26. While $26 is the normal price for two tickets, this makes sense. But it still doesn’t make very much sense. At least no one went for that deal, though, right? [More]