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?

dishsoapage“I was reaching for the larger bottle thinking that it was the best deal, but I decided to check the math to make sure,” he wrote to us when he sent in this picture. “Suprisingly, the 38 OZ bottle came in at $0.1176 per OZ while the smaller bottle came in at $0.1096 per OZ. Not a big difference, but I still bought the smaller bottle!”

There’s probably some retail logic to this scheme: maybe the larger bottle is the more popular one because customers prefer to buy soap less often.

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  1. dullard8 says:

    Often two of the smaller size is cheaper due to the retailer being able to get a better deal from its supplier on the smaller size, thus allowing it to sell at a cheaper price.

  2. SirJanes says:

    You sometimes report here about a shortage of restocking persons at Walmart. Persons at our local store tell me that they often shelve a lessor bargain along side a better bargain because there is not personnel to reprice and reshelve. In this case the better bargain should be expected to sell out soon leaving the lesser bargain to be the regular priced product.

  3. SingleMaltGeek says:

    THIS is why I complain to the staff whenever the unit pricing is inconsistent. Unit pricing makes it very clear when a larger size or different brand is a better or worse deal…but not when they use different units!!