Since I’ve become “Retirement Man”, I do more of the food shopping around 27th Street and while I’m not the smartest shopper around, eventually some things sink in, such as: THE PRICE OF COFFEE MAKES NO SENSE. At home we drink your basic drip grind coffee that comes in big tubs from our local No-Frills. Today they have a huge display, proud to advertise the tubs at $7.97.
Fine, except 2 weeks ago it was $6.97 and the week before that it was a whopping $14.97 and the week before that it was at $5.97. It comes around at $5.97 every few weeks and when it does I buy 3 or 4, and stick them with the paper towels in the netherworld above the kitchen cupboards. Sometimes they keep it at $14.97 for a couple weeks. That’s over twice the lowest price. Does anyone actually buy coffee at that price?
The other item I’ve noticed with very uneven pricing is tins of sardines. Now I don’t like tinned sardines and neither does Tuffy P. However, the Partners – Ruby and George – love some fish mixed in with their kibble and I believe the fish oils can only be as good for them as they are for us. When I see them at $0.99 for a can, I stock up. They’ve been at $1.49 for some time now.
I can better understand more seasonal items like blueberries, but my local Loblaws had them on at one point this winter for $7.00 for a pint. The produce manager was out on the floor and I said to him, geez I’d better buy some of these before you start selling them by the berry. He shot me the look that said, I’ve had a bad day and I don’t need another smart-ass, but he actually said, “we don’t make the prices, sir.”
As my brother the trout once said to me, “Eugene you’re not as stupid as you look….you couldn’t be”.