Snookered again!

February 16, 2010


They did it again. Shame on you, Wal*Mart. Shame, shame, shame. (finger waggle)

Well, looking back on the whole thing – shame on me. I know that they are not completely forthright with their ‘deals’. Lloyd said he was almost out of soap, so I stopped in to buy some. We usually buy the 8-bar pack for $4-something, but right beside it was a 7-bar pack for $3-something! I got out my phone, spent three minutes trying to find the calculator function, then another three trying to remember which number to divide into the other one (math is hard), and then triumphantly deduced that I would be paying 42 cents a bar for the 7-pack, but a whopping 55 cents for the 8-pack. Pleased with my real-life word problem success, I took it home.

Um, I am an idiot.

The old box is on the right.

These are tiny little bars!!!! 3.2 ounces as opposed to the 4.5 ounces in the 8-pack!! Grrrrrrrr….. I spent more on my ‘deal’. (14 cents an ounce as opposed to 11.)

Drat those evil masterminds at Wal*Mart and their unethical math wizardry. I’ll be returning my soap.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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17 Responses to “Snookered again!”

  1. Amy Said on:

    girr!!! that’s so evil!


  2. Brad Said on:

    I think it’s odd that I haven’t heard about this anywhere else. Have other people not noticed this trickery?


  3. Rae Said on:

    Doesn’t the shelf label give you price per unit/oz/etc? So that you can look at the overall cost and the individual cost and compare? I am no good at math and I even rely on Sam to remind me to look at the little tag thing.


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Is this Walmart’s weird way of following the “reduce” portion of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”?


  5. Mark Said on:

    We learned about this kind of profit strategy in my MBA program. Wal*Mart is the largest MNC in the world. They are SO big they can pressure companies into special production runs (like this 7-pack soap deal with its slightly different packaging) just for sale at Wal*Mart stores. I doubt you’ll ever see a 7-pack at your local grocery store or a Target.

    I think there ought to be a special blog or web site that exposes this kind of practice from Wal*Mart. You have enough evidence already to start a site, and could ask people to send in their own stories with photos. An educated consumer is a smart consumer. Lauren did the right thing (price per bar), but Wal*Mart knew she’d do it this way (hence the “7-bar Value Pack” claim) and not calculate price per weight.

    Other companies do it to. Take the time to read this article about Coke’s marvelous invention -- the Coke mini can, and note what Wal*Mart did when stocking it:


  6. Mark Said on:

    “Other companies do it TOO.” Sorry ’bout that.

    To, two, too…potato, po-tah-toe…lose, loose…there, their… What’s the difference?


  7. Annette Said on:

    Did Lloyd shower with soap this morning?


  8. Keren Lowell Said on:

    I actually hate Wal-Mart. I don’t shop there anymore. If there was a hybrid between a pirana and a pirate, that could be their corporate logo.


  9. Keren Lowell Said on:

    Sorry to sound so bitter there. Wal Mart is actually lovely. Really. Good prices. I know that being deprived of sunlight actually makes one kind of crazy and socially inept…


    • Lauren Said on:

      Oh, I was in agreement with you, and didn’t think you sounded bitter at all! It actually bugs me quite a lot that we do most of our grocery shopping there, and not our local stores, yet I do it anyway.

      I wish you had sunlight! The lack of it is doing a number on a lot of people, I know.

      Love you! 🙂


  10. Reynalda Krupa Said on:

    To the girl who left 3 strands of hair at the laundromat, I found them. They’re on my sock and shirt.


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