Yet Another Unit Pricing Example . . .

Last night we had a craving for Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches.  I did the run to the supermarket, and secured the needed items.  Once again, I got another example of unit pricing discrepancies . . .

The seven pack of Steak'ums was actually $2 cheaper by the unit, than the 16 pack.  One would think that the larger, economy size would be less expensive-- not so.  I am beginning to think this pricing scenario and others like it that  I have discovered, are by design.  A design that takes advantage of the public's "economy size is cheaper" perception.

Bottomline:  Watch out!  Always, always compare unit prices!


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  • 3/13/2009 4:24 PM Windy St. George wrote:
    I've noticed this too. First, it was cat food, where it was cheaper to buy two small bags rather than one big one. Next, it was cereal. You have to keep a close eye on the per unit price.Thhese days, the stores and manufacturers know people are looking for the best buy, and they going against their frugal instincts in their pricing.
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  • 3/15/2009 11:02 PM Atkins wrote:
    You need to be pretty swift at math, too. One item will tell you cents per pound while the other has it in dollars per gram. I really should carry a calculator around. The stores seem to make an effort to thwart unit price comparisons.
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