Monday, October 26, 2009

Funny the way things work...

It's interesting to me to notice how different companies are increasing their prices in different ways...

Kraft Mayonaise. The jar I used to pay $2 ($3-$4 regular price) is now always $5 and finding it on sale for $3 or $4 is unusual. And the coupons are now $1 on 2 in stead of $1 on 1. The other tactic they've done is introduced a smaller jar that they sell at the old price of $3. It's deceiving! Someone in marketing/production/whatever department they're in was trying to be pretty pretty deceptive.

Fisher-Price Loving Family Doll House. 2 years ago, it came with all of the furniture for $80-$100. Now the dollhouse is $70-$80, but only a table and 2 chairs. The house with all of the furniture is packaged differently for $160.

More and more the size of packaging is changing as are the size/timing of coupons and the prices of items.

When I get BJ's coupon book for the next month (and Costco's too), I can be pretty certain that many of the items that have coupons have just gone up on price. It's as if the manufacturers are trying to distract you from noticing that the price on the item you've always bought has jumped $1, $2, or even $3.

At least that's what I've been noticing lately...

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