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Sales! Sales! SALES!!!

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posted on May, 23 2012 @ 06:58 AM
Month ago I was going to write this thread but alas I was far too lazy.

Here I am asking you.
Notice any increase in quantity of sales, reduced items or crazy deals?

Maybe its me but nearly everything seems to be being thrown at the consumer at supermarkets with insane deals.

What made me notice this were mars bars and snickers etc.$1ea..

Usually at least $2<

That was months ago...

Still theyre on sale and more things throughout other shops...

Anyone got some input?

All im saying is watch the sales.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 07:10 AM
theres always sales being advertised here on tv and news papers.
pack of 4 or 5 snickers, mars, twix have been on sale for £1 here for years.
i havent noticed an increase in special offers and sales but im a focused shopper.
get in, get what i need and get out. that is the best way to shop, ignore all the big writting unless it's written on what you're buying.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 07:16 AM
reply to post by SageBeno

Maybe its me but nearly everything seems to be being thrown at the consumer at supermarkets with insane deals.

Well it sounds like your local supermarkets have enough of a mark-up on their items that they can "afford" to lower the prices ( and still turn a profit ) in order to draw in more customers and sell more merchandise.

Sounds pretty normal to me.

Why is this in the Gray Area forum?

edit on 5/23/2012 by Chamberf=6 because: confessions, disclosures, and related extraordinary personal experiences. Like the highly speculative Skunk Works forum, The Gray Area will tolerate topics that may be unusually hypothetical or unproven for the purpose of vetting the stories of thread-starters

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 07:53 AM
It's the crap like: candy bars, potato chips, frozen pizzas,cookies,paper plates, ice cream,bottled water and sodas
in the Publix supermarket ad

Potted flowers, lawn ornaments,bagged mulch,roundup, weed&feed, gas grills, power tools,
lawn tools (weed wackers, shrub trimmers ect.) in the Home depot ad

All non essential superfulous unnecessary stuff that is offered to us to get us more addicted to
our role as the "American Consumer" and reaffirm our role as wage slave.
Fat from on sale junk food, obsessing over a weed in our "show lawn" fertilized and posioned
and mowed, trimmed and polished to perfection. A perfect show place for our stainless steel
behemoth grill,lawn furniture, lawn ornmanents, landscaping lights and ornamental petunias.

No thank you

*I pulled the publix and home depot supplements out of the recycling bin for reference
sears, bealls or other fashion ads *and Target? IMO the unltimate crapfest?

I didnt bother.

Go natural, grow local wildflowers in you front yard dont use posions and watch the bees and
butterflies enjoy you efforts
makes me happy everytime I step outside

edit on 23-5-2012 by grubblesnert because: refinement

edit on 23-5-2012 by grubblesnert because: 'spellin

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:04 AM
I was an inventory control specialist at a walmart for a while. I had computer access to some interesting information. When i would lookup a upc code, it showed the markup percentage. We were selling campbells soup at a loss for quite a while around thanksgiving....on an end cap near frozen turkeys....

If i remember correctly they were paying 58 cents a can and selling for 50 cents a can.

This is apparently a very common thing. You'll leave walmart with more than soup...
edit on 23-5-2012 by phroziac because: inventory control specialist lol

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:15 AM
reply to post by SageBeno

Check the size of the product and/or the "New and improved" (i.e. downgraded and worse) ingredient list. Any time some college graduate yuppie looks at a way to save money it usually ends badly for the consumer. I haven't eaten Hostess products in years (cupcakes, sno-balls, etc) and a few months ago when I looked at them on at the market I lol at the size of the things now. They were probably twice as big, or so it seemed. Could be this is one reason some products see a price cut - although the price of chocolate, executive salaries, and advertising budgets have something to do with it too.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:15 AM
This kind of thing happens because a smart retailer will sell at a loss to be rid of an albatross. An item that does not sell but takes up shelf space quickly becomes more costly than its actual value.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:24 AM
the only 'sales' that are going on are 'junk food'
real food prices are going up where i live!

bread - $2.89
milk - $4.89 - $ 6.29
ground beef - $3.99/lb.
tomatoes - $1.99/lb.
organic veggies - unaffordable!
2 chicken legs - $5.99
steak - out of the question!

potatoe chips - buy one get one free
chocolate bars - buy one get the next one for $0.50
2 litre bottle of coke $0.99
slushi - $0.99
McDonalds meal - $1.99
McDonalds - any size soft drink $0.99

kinda makes you wonder about stuff eh!
ive seen too many doc. about how poor people say its cheaper to eat fast food every day than it is to eat 'real' food.
sad state of affairs indeed!!!

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:29 AM
sure sign of people waking up and realizing the economy is crap and they have been lied to. people are also waking up to the fact that a lot of processed foods and junk foods are unhealthy. so you take joe consumer who has a smaller budget and tell him the junk food is killing him and viola, real food goes up in price while crap food is being offered cheaper because sales are declining.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 08:35 AM
reply to post by grubblesnert

my friend,i would love you to be my neighbor!!! i am in full agreement with you!
good to see like minded people out there!!!

i do keep my lawn looking 'presentable' for my quiet street(it is a nice place to live
)but my garden is full of local wild flowers,they need very little maintenance! my veggie garden is organic,being 'fed' with home made compost.
i really don't feel the need to keep up with the 'joneses'.
i live a very humble life,but i do it with pride!
and my property looks good for me and know one else.
i dont fall for all the 'trappings' home depot has to offer.
i didnt have to buy a tree fort for my kids,we built one from scratch.the kids loved helping,and i think it helped them learn some critical thinking,planning,and logic!
much better than pre planned instructions telling you to put 'slot A into groove B!!!'
let the sheeple be,we will forge ahead!!!


posted on May, 23 2012 @ 09:28 AM
Here's an interesting fact, Coles and woolworths don't make any money off coca cola products, they sell them at a loss purely as people generally buy coke, and accompanying condiments, this is why they have purchase limits per customer.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:07 AM
reply to post by reficul
Thank you!! You and I sound alot alike. I used to be the oddball on the block. But lately I've seen a change in attitude. One neihbor asked for some starts off my beach daisy runners, one neihbor has started 2 rather large box style veggie planters in the middle of what used to be a Floratam/St Augustine high matainence lawn and another is keeping 3 laying hen which a letout during the day. (the local cats leave them alone :up

Right here in middle class suburbia!

PS my neihbors one each side of me still have weekly lawn mowing service also bi-weekly fertilizer and bug/fungus posion applications. they are always havimg there sprinkler systems repaired ($$) and have the little signs stuck in their grass "keep pets and children off grass" after the posion applications
Plus this stuff all runs off into the inter-coastal wetlands behind our houses.

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posted on May, 23 2012 @ 11:33 AM
reply to post by AlanQaida


as people generally buy coke, and accompanying condiments, this is why they have purchase limits per customer.

That disturbs me to think people add "condiments" to their sodas.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 12:07 PM
reply to post by Chamberf=6

Jar of Jiff PNB went from 5.29 to 7.99 last september.
Potato chips went up 3.99 to 4.29 with 2 ounces less in the bag.
Gas prices go down and prices go up. Bunch of BS.

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 03:25 PM
Well, you know, times is tough, profits are down so lets just go crazy with the loss-leaders,

A business strategy in which a business offers a product or service at a price that is not profitable for the sake of offering another product/service at a greater profit or to attract new customers.

I've seen some post 2008 studies about how the 'downturn' has affected people's spending habits and in the UK, items that have increased in sales have included chocolate bars and cosmetics. This has been interpreted as people continuing to spend on 'luxury' items and treating themselves but reducing the overall cost of the treat.

So, if people just want a 'treat', something to cheer them up and help them forget their fiscal worries and woes, the shops (and I notice that so far, only large multi-national corps have been mentioned in the Thread), have kindly stepped up! 'Luxury' items are now loss-leaders! All the better to entice you into their lovely stores!

posted on May, 23 2012 @ 03:57 PM
The only decent shop in my town is having a closing down with a 70% on clothing. I was like a vulture picking off the scraps the other day. sad to see another shop close in our town. I swear the people who run this town are a bunch of inbred morons.

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