The One That Got Away.....

@p1kef1sh (45642)
December 29, 2010 2:00pm CST
I was trundling round a supermarket earlier when my greedy little eyes spied a whole salmon for £5 ($3.85). A quick mental calculation and I reckoned that I might get ten steaks off it. I heaved it around the store attracting slightly bemused glances from folk until at last I got to the Checkout. The wriggly fish lay on her scale and she said "That'll be £16.75 please". WHAT?????? I pointed at the label that said in large print £5. Then she showed me the tiny print under it that said "per kg"!!! There should be a law against it. The fish is back in the fish department - my bargain was not what it seemed. Have you ever been caught out like that. Blooming supermarket tricks!
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@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
29 Dec 10
It's not only with the supermarket tricks, it's with the banks too, with the rents too and every kind of contract in my country finish with the little words written in the end of the list. Here it's normal, this is why people read from the start to the end. Those who doesn't read are really screwed if it's for more money, because it doesn't worth. Every product here got it's own price. And every price, if the product is something which is not packaged but is bulk (you can take little or bigger part of it, up to you) has price for kilogram In my country, what is not packaged is cheaper. As example here we have packaged nuts and nuts which has not their own package, they are somewhere, where you can take only a part like 100 grams or more. If you buy from the bulk nuts it will be cheaper for you.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
It's the same here usually. In fact often there is more "small print" than price! Buying loose can indeed be a way to save.
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@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
29 Dec 10
I don't shop lately, i cook what i have in my home, usually we have potatoes and some other little things for longer, like tomatoes jars or green beans jar. I'm trying to cook what i have and if i can buy one thing for my daily dish it's the best. When we had more money, i could afford to shop for longer, but now is just impossible.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
I am much the same but for health reasons. I sometimes think that we have too much choice!
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
30 Dec 10
yeah that got me too with veggies most of the time but I guess if there is a law against it, they will come up with another trick
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
30 Dec 10
I expect so. Theye are selling these things off after Christmas and so are discounting them. I might try afain in a day or so as they might be down to rock bottom by then.
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@mdorki (125)
• Germany
29 Dec 10
I have never been surprised exactly like this. However, the opposite happened to me few times. I mean, when per kg price is far lower than what one package or piece of the product costs. Too many times I ignored groceries I like only because I though how expensive they are while the opposite was true. This happened because the big label said price per kg and not price of the actual package. Anyway, as for the cases like your, I saw some similar tricks in supermarkets here in Slovakia too. Luckily, these cases seem to be less numerous here.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
Generally I take care to read the label, but today I had visions of what I would be doing with the fish when I got it home. I am quite disappointed but also relieved.
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@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Dec 10
hi pikefish oh yes I found a package of fresh looking large shrimp one time and it said on the label $3.45 so I was thrilled as it was a goodly sized package of big shrimp but when the girl weighed it and asked for $16.40 or something in that line I almost collapsed, like yours it was over three dollars and forty five cents a pound and it was close to 4 pounds. like an idiot I did pay for it as it was my birthday and I just splurged for once. lol lol,at least they were fresh and I made shrimp scampi several times with them. Usually I would just have put it back. Stores should be made to label their fish so you know that the figure you read says per pound as that just not fair at all.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
I love shrimp - in fact all sea food. But isn't it annoying when they trick us this way? Makes me mad.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
13 Jan 11
Ha ha....no..not me. I might be dumb...but I like to read EVERYTHING...esp the small print! And my husband's the same. So, we've never been caught that way and if we did...we would return it just the way you did...lol
@p1kef1sh (45642)
13 Jan 11
I confess that they had me hook line and sinker - but they didn't land me!
@SViswan (12072)
• India
14 Jan 11
lol
• United States
29 Dec 10
Our main supermarket here does it all the time. They label all the deli items with a given price then the sticker label also has the same label but the per 1/2 lb in tiny print. I had to learn the hard way to not only look for the catch but ask also as they are very slick.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
I know what you mean. Stores here are improving generally - but this was a sly move! I wonder of I go back tomorrow if it will have come down in price again?
• United States
29 Dec 10
It is probable but you know what else will go down is the kg per price.
@BarBaraPrz (19590)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Dec 10
Seems like all the stores love to shout the numbers but whisper the units they refer to... they may as well be stating cattails per acre...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
True. I'm just trying to imagine an acre of cat tails!
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@BarBaraPrz (19590)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Dec 10
Bullrushes.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
31 Jan 11
Yep, the old price per kilo trick! They do that one here too. But I was a tad smarter than you when they first started doing it. I actually use those prices for the purpose that I am assuming they were intended. That is to compare the price of the product to one that is similar but maybe a different sized container. Sometimes, the smaller packets are actually cheaper even though we naturally assume that bulk is cheaper so we buy large packets or boxes.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
31 Jan 11
I do that too. Wspecially with things like dishwasher powder which are always on special offer yet cost more per kg.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
3 Jan 11
My sister was coming home from a European tour with the hubs. They were trying to use up their Euros and so lashed out with a bang up meal of prawns etc. The bill was horrifyingly large. They thought the prawn dish was 16Euros but the prawns were 16 Euros EACH!!I don't really understand the EUros but I think I got the story right...but how awful,those prawns could not go back!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
3 Jan 11
That's almost $21 (Aus) a prawn!!! I can buy two whole lobsters for that! European prawns and shrimp are not usually what Australians imagine them to be. Shrmp are tiny and prawns are a little larger. Your sister my well have had Langoutines (Dublin Bay prawns) which are like thin lobsters but half the size of a small one. Still a lot to pay though. I hope they enjoyed the meal!
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jan 11
sounds pretty fishy to me...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Jan 11
Got me all in a flap Dawn.
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• United States
31 Dec 10
Yes, I was in the supermarket and I saw a sign that read "Apple pie buy ONE get ONE FREE for $1.99 now that THAT'S A DEAL"! I said. And I proceeded to grab 4 and walk over to the checkout line. When the cashier totaled it up she said, "that'll be $10.50 please?" I pointed at the sign as she looked her shoulder and turned back an said, "that sale ended yesterday sir." So I looked her at her laughing and said, then it looks like I'm paying U ONLY $4.25 THEN?!" She then called the manager and told him what was going on and he said, "then that's ($4.25) is what he pays." YES! That those pies were good too!lol
@p1kef1sh (45642)
31 Dec 10
LOL and well done.
@reizende (16)
• United States
30 Dec 10
Yes, and often. I wish the stores would just price the total cost of the food, not per pound. If I have to buy per pound I end up telling the store how many pounds I want.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
30 Dec 10
This was a whole salmon and not sold by weight - except that it was when I got to the checkout. Grrr.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
30 Dec 10
Hello. Wow, you are lucky that you have a wriggly fish in your market. I haven't been a victim yet of such tricky treat, fortunately. I am aware that the fresh products are sold per kg or per its weight, whatever it was. So, I'm always checking the label very closely so as not get tricked. I'm glad that products like this are already pre packed according to their exact weight and price. So I don't have to worry about nor knowing how much it actually cost.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
30 Dec 10
Yes. Check those labels because if you don't you can pay more than you expected.
@pumpkinjam (5767)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec 10
I was caught out but not quite that badly. I usually check the small print if I see an offer like that. However, there was a time when I saw bags of grapes for 99p. So I picked some up, took them to the checkout and found that they were 99p per lb or whatever it was so it was just over £3 however, I bought them anyway as I did want them and they were nice! But, as you say, shops shouldn't be allowed to do such things. People like us, for example, might be willing to return things to the shelf but there are some who would be embarrassed to do so and would just pay up anyway. It's all very well trying to entice people but they ought to entice people by offering good quality, good value products rather than making you think you're getting a bargain when you're not.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
30 Dec 10
I agree completely Pumpkin. Perhaps the stores depend on our gullibility. If the salmon had been part of a "big shop" I might not have noticed and that's what they hope for I think.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
29 Dec 10
Hi P1ke that happened to me a few weeks back with Pork and I was not amused as you said there should be a law against that I did not put the Pork Roast back as it was I needed it so I got it and I did say that this is wrong what they are doing it should be specified very clearly
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
I agree Gabs. "every little helps' they say. Helps them I thInk!
@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
29 Dec 10
one thing I've learned in my life is: if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, and look for the fine print...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
Very true. As I said - I had greedy eyes! LOL.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
29 Dec 10
What a rip off! Our stores here also have small print and I've learned that if I find a good bargain I'd better verify it. I can't think how many times I've thought I had the right product at the right price then compared the numbers on the bar code and discovered it wasn't the right product at all, just placed on the wrong shelf! Keep alert, though. You might find a real bargain similar to the salmon but you won't know if you don't stay sharp!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
29 Dec 10
Very true. Yesterday they were selling small chickens for 10p (about 8 cents)!! I guess that it is the end of the Christmas food glut.