How much will that cost me? – Guest Post
December 17, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
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Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they would like to complain about. Leo Nevoli submitted the below-Guest Post. His complaint is pricing strategies at certain stores and restaurants. I think you’ll enjoy it. So without further adieu, here’s Leo.
Years ago when I was out with my friends who are Jewish, we were playing foosball at a bar. For a dollar you were to receive 11 balls and the machine would hold the ball after each score. Since it was in a bar, the table only had 4 balls that would come out when you put a dollar in, and it did not release the 4 balls until you put another dollar in. In order for us to keep playing and keep an accurate score, I shoved one of our windbreaker jackets in to the goal, and did the same to the other goal. This would prevent any balls from going down and being caught in the machine, while the balls would still land and stay on the jackets after they have entered the goal. It was after this night my Friends declared me an “Honorary Jew”. It might be this “Honorary Jew” side of me, or the fact that I am an Accountant with a family, that tries to save as much money as I can when I buy something. During this holiday season and any time I am out shopping, I see some things that I have to shake my head at.
For example, you can go to my local fast food restaurant and order a 6 piece chicken nuggets for $2.75. If you want an extra dipping sauce, they charge you $0.50, so before tax you would spend $3.25 for 6 nuggets and 2 sauces. If you take a look at their Dollar Menu, you can order two of the 4 piece nuggets and get 2 sauces for $2.00. Just so you follow me that was 6 nuggets and 2 sauces for $3.25 or 8 nuggets and 2 sauces for $2.00, all before sales tax. Oh, as for the price of their 10 piece nuggets and 2 sauces, it is posted as $3.55. They also come in the box of 20 with 4 sauces, which sells for $6.00. Quick reminder of multiplication 4 times 5 is 20, or in this case 5 orders of 4 piece nuggets, for a total $5.00 for 20 nuggets and 4 sauces.
A few weeks ago I had to order more print cartridges for my printer. The printer uses 5 individual color cartridges and 1 black one. At the store, if I go to Staples or Office Max, a single color ink cartridge would cost me $13.99. I looked at their official website, and found the ink cartridges cost me $10.44 each. I could also order the all in one set, of 5 color cartridges for $52.94. I am assuming this set comes in one very nice box. If you do the math of 5 individual different color ink cartridges at $10.44 this is $52.20. So let me get this straight, if I order 1 color of each cartridge at $10.44, I would be paying $0.74 less then what I would pay if I buy the special all 5 in one box. Now considering that I need the cartridges ASAP, I would have to pay the $16.95 for Overnight shipping if I buy the 5 cartridge set, or I can take advantage of the Buy 3 individual cartridges, and get Free Overnight shipping as part of my order. I am sure I am missing out on a nice box that the cartridges come in, but I will still pass on paying extra.
My Wife can’t stand it when I go grocery shopping with or without her. She goes, grabs what she wants and gets out. I go and price things out. For example, at our big name grocery store chain, you can buy an 8 pack of the generic paper towels, all packaged together for $5.29. Or you can spend $4.72 by purchasing 8 individually wrapped rolls at $0.59. For some people the extra $0.57 spent may not hurt their wallet, but for some people trying to live in a budget in this economy that $0.57 cents spent over time could add up, and mean the difference in buying a little extra food in the future.
As you holiday shop, take a look at the prices of things before you buy, you may find out it is cheaper purchasing something individually then as a whole. Enjoy the holiday season! I’m Leo Nevoli, and that’s my ponderings.