Before I accuse supermarkets of a deceitful practice, let me give them the benefit of a very minute doubt. Maybe a customer was careless in replacing a bottle of salad dressing to its rightful place on the shelf. But the more and more I think about it, the more that doubt shrinks. OK, here’s what happened.
As usual I consulted my supermarket’s weekly flyer and made my list. It’s not easy but sometimes I manage to buy only things that are on sale. Wishbone salad dressing happened to be one.
Since I tend to shop late in the day and at the end of the sale period, items are often sold out. But I was in luck . A few bottles were still on the shelf. I checked the price on the shelf and brought it home.
Now I don’t always go into a detailed review of my cash register receipt, usually settling for a fast eyeballing of it before I leave the store. But on Saturday I brought it home and went over it.
Wishbone Blue Cheese, $3.99 what the fugazi? That’s a long way from $1.49!!!!
I looked at the bottle and saw what had happened. I had bought the 24 oz bottle instead of the 16 oz that was on sale.
Okay I should have been more careful, but the sign right below it had said On Sale $1.49. Still the burden of making sure falls on me. But, you know this isn’t the first time I’ve come across the wrong size, or even a different brand being “in the wrong place.”….and not just in this store.
I see it everywhere. So much that I can’t help but wonder if it’s intentional. In fact I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while so I’d already been gathering evidence as I came across it.
So listen, when you’re out there in the aisles, be careful – don’t grab just anything off the shelf.
Meanwhile, guess what’s in this bag I’ll be bringing back to the store on Saturday?