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  • #16
    Sad to say, old exhippie chick that I am, I believe the fix is in. It's about supply and demand, not about a fixed profit margin. If you don't buy a product that goes up 60% in one month, you can bet that a lot of others won't either. Manufacturers have to find a sweet spot for their pricing. IOW, if an X% increase in price increases revenue even though a few buyers stop buying, that stands. However, if an X% increase actually decreases revenue because the number of buyers decreases enough to decrease revenue, the manufacturer will almost have to lower prices to get back those customers because closing shop is expensive.

    Remember the pink slime shit storm? The manufacturer of that stuff had to shut down (if I remember correctly) ~90% of his production facilities because even CW folks knew that cow assholes + ammonia wasn't good eats. I think the only customer who still proudly uses pink slime in their meat is (you guessed it) Malwart. Some others probably use it, but probably hide it.

    As always, money talks. I gave up mushrooms for years when they illogically went from $1.99/lb to $2.99/lb in a couple of months. It's over a decade later and I use them again, but they're still about $2.99/lb, and I consider that reasonable in a decade. (I love mushrooms, by the way.)

    Which is all a roundabout way of voicing my opinion that when it comes to consumer goods, don't let yourself fall so in love with a product that the maker of that product can screw you. That kind of loyalty should be reserved for family.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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    • #17
      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
      I noticed it with bacon a bunch of years ago. I mean I know I'm reeeeally old, but bacon used to be the shit meat you could buy for cheap. A few years ago it got expensive - prob'ly in reaction to "pork fat rules!"
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      I've noticed Bacon took a price hike just over the past couple months. Used to be that $3.50 was the standard weekly "sale" price (the Supermarkets rotate which brand gets the sales price on a weekly basis). Past couple months the sale price has risen 50 cents to $4.00 per 16 oz bag. Between the drought, the government's insane ethanol policy, and high potential for serious inflation, things are only going to get worse too.

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      • #18
        Yeah, the bacon my girlfriend gets went up. Used to be able to get 16oz for $6.99 now it's 12 oz for $6.99. Of course, she wanted to buy two of these (because there's only six slices in there...) and I had to talk her into getting a different type. Still cost me $12.00 but we got a pound and a half... :/ I think she's going to have to find something that's not applewood smoked bacon. (Or, y'know, get a job and pay for it herself...)
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        • #19
          Good lord, I'm a Libertarian and even I think it's the drought.

          And honestly, Libertarian philiosophy says they should be able to charge whatever they hell they want, and then people buy whatever the hell they want. If they don't think that's a good price, they won't buy it and the price will go down or the supplier will go out of business and be replaced with another supplier that will have a lower price or fail the same way until someone figures out how much people will pay for hot dogs.

          And it's just freaking hot dogs, not oxygen.
          Durp.

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          • #20
            One of our local stores was selling applewood natural bacon for 2.99 per pound for months until that article about the bacon shortage came out then they hiked it up to 5.99 and everyone united (small town) and we quit buying it for a few weeks and today it was on sale for 1.98 per pound so yes my freezer is full It is mostly supply and demand I think as I listen a lot to my dh and his work buddies talk (grocery business for 30 years)..

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            • #21
              Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
              Good lord, I'm a Libertarian and even I think it's the drought.

              And honestly, Libertarian philiosophy says they should be able to charge whatever they hell they want, and then people buy whatever the hell they want. If they don't think that's a good price, they won't buy it and the price will go down or the supplier will go out of business and be replaced with another supplier that will have a lower price or fail the same way until someone figures out how much people will pay for hot dogs.

              And it's just freaking hot dogs, not oxygen.
              If it's just hot dogs, then go out and buy a filet mignon instead.

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              • #22
                Also, a quick lesson on economics, as long as we have free trade, the meat can be sold to foreigners who are desperately trying to get rid of all the US dollars they have stockpiled over the years.

                You might think there is some way we could fix that using guns and violence and force, but there isn't.

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                • #23
                  I got a reply to an email I sent to Applegate:

                  The only Hot Dogs that have had an increase in price (a small one at that)
                  are our Stadium and Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs (Blue package). Regardless
                  the price should not have increased so significantly on the retail end. A
                  situation like this might be worth discussing with the store manager as
                  they ultimately set the selling price. Good luck and let us know if you
                  need additional help.

                  Sincerely,
                  Luca Sumberac
                  Think I WILL ask the meat department manager about this the next time I'm there...
                  Vegan from 1993 until Oct 16, 2010. "D'oh!!"

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by L8F View Post
                    I pay $8.99 for the applegate grass fed ones all the time at our local supermarket! WFs has them for a bit less, and I bought about 10 packs when they went on sale for 599!!!!
                    Stop & Shop in Branford has them for way less, if you're down that way ever, I haven't checked the S&S in 'Staven but I wouldn't be surprised if they have them too!

                    David
                    Height: 5' 10"
                    Starting Weight: 292
                    Starting Primal Weight: 275
                    Current weight: 224
                    Goal weight: 172
                    Body Fat 30.5

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