Home Depot Salt Pellet Deal Shrivels Under Scrutiny

Whether it’s a signage error or a stacking error, this pile of salt pellets is not what it seems at first blush.

Reader Joe sent this in from at a Home Depot in the Minneapolis area.

The big sign says “50 lbs for the price of 40 lbs.” However, when you look at the stack, only some of the bags say 50 lbs. Many of them say 40 lbs.

Always good to double-check the unit weight and volume to make sure it lives up the the hype!


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  1. Remmy75 says:

    Talk about pouring salt in your wounds!

  2. Bluth_Cornballer says:

    Good thing the salt pellets were being purchased by a well seasoned consumer.

  3. MrMagoo is usually sarcastic says:

    So you should be able to take 5 bags to the front and just pay for 4.

    • NashuaConsumerist says:

      Brilliant. That is exactly what I would do because you’d be following their signage. Then I may contemplate returning 4 bags if I didn’t need that many…

  4. shepd says:

    Best is the 50 lbs ones are at the bottom. You’d get quite the workout trying to get the deal!

  5. Coffee says:

    You clearly have to cut the last bag into quarters and take one. I don’t see the problem here.

  6. dolemite says:

    The other side of the pallet reads: “40 LB FOR THE PRICE OF 50 LBS!”

  7. pop top says:

    I find a lot of things shrivel under enough scrutiny; they’ll even go flaccid.

  8. oloranya says:

    Nice. Some idiot probably moved the wrong pallet when they ran low.

  9. Cat says:

    I buy whatever brand of softener is cheapest. Currently it’s Walmart for about $3+ a bag for generic crystals.

    Because 99.9% pure salt is 99.9% pure salt, period.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Pretty much – and at the rate our softener goes through the stuff it wno’t matter until next year anyway.

    • Tunnen says:

      But that other 0.1% could be important…. What if it was 0.1% lead, mercury, arsenic, as opposed to something that is non or less toxic. =P

    • Thorzdad says:

      True. But, in my experience, that .1% seems to actually matter. I used the cheaper house-brand salt in my softener for a few years, only to have the softener stop softening over time. I discovered that there was a thick, solid slug of salt accumulated at the bottom of the brine well, plugging-up the works and stopping the system from recharging.

      Ever since switching back to the Morton salt, I’ve not had the accumulation problem.

      YMMV, of course.

  10. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Hey, the person who made the sign is dyslexic. Should we really be making fun of them like this? It’s clearly meant to say 40lbs for the price of 50lbs.

  11. MyTQuinn says:

    The enlarged part of the photo says “40b”, not “40 lb”. I don’t know what “40b” means.

    • AngryK9 says:

      Yes but you can see some bags labeled “50lb” and in the same place on the bag, the “40b” shows up on other bags. Seems logical to conclude that it means it’s a 40 lb bag.

  12. Prof. Torg says:

    We bought kitchen appliances expecting free delivery. No free delivery. It was something like you pay $50 and they give you a gift card. Every time I saw their free delivery commercials I was irked!

  13. IGNORE says:

    Simple. 40b means one more than 39b. Problem solved.


  14. Big Dave says:

    I find you always have to take Home Depot sales with a … wait for it …


    I win.

  15. BongoBilly says:

    We don’t know whether there are additional 5 or 10 lb bags piled up out of camera frame. This story is incomplete.