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.

Adan spotted this soda display at his local Walmart. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the regular Dr Pepper bottle on the left is a 1.5 liter bottle, and the on on the right is a 2-liter bottle.

Soda makers keep trying to bring the 1.5 liter bottle back, and somehow it’s never caught on. Maybe pricing shenanigans like this are the reason why.


Homer noticed this odd Dasani pricing and sent it along. “I noticed that Walmart really wants us to drink more water,” he writes. “I’m comforted by Walmart’s concern for my hydration.”


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  1. Cara says:

    Is this actually new? Pretty much all 20 oz bottles are in the $1.50 range. 2-liters are typically around $1 to $1.50. You generally pay for convenience when you grab a 20oz bottle – IE, on your way out of a store, and want a cold drink now.

    2-liters are typically the cheapest way to buy soda, beating out bottles of various sizes as well as cans. But 2-liters also go flat if you don’t drink them right away, so you may end up wasting more soda if it sits in your fridge for days or weeks.