Grocery Stores and their tactics to get you to buy

United States
September 11, 2019 6:38pm CST
I was enjoying a nice stroll across the grocery store (the second of the day) when I came across a freezer with ice cream. One had a banana pudding flavor and I wanted to see what the sugar content was and what kind of sugar was used in the making of it. I looked and found that the sugar content was much too high and so I wanted to put it back in. The freezer was suctioned closed. Both doors were, actually. Ha! I thought A tactic to get me to buy! well I did not buy it. However, my former position as a grocery store employee had me going around the store to put the ice cream in with other ice creams instead of leaving it in the dairy coolers (which were across from me) or even bothering the two employees who were doing inventory. I realized how silly I was being, how it wasn't my job to put the ice cream in a proper freezer, but I did it anyway. Old habits die hard.
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@NJChicaa (65494)
• United States
11 Sep
I don't think they are intentionally suctioning it closed. . . because then how would other buyers get to the product?
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• United States
11 Sep
I don't think they were intentionally doing it either. I figured it was some sort of pressure thing and would probably work itself out. I was only saying that as a joke.
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@kareng (18193)
• United States
12 Sep
@ScribbledAdNauseum The forces were against you. lol
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@Poppylicious (10786)
12 Sep
I've never even worked in a supermarket and I would still do this! I get very irked by folk who just leave things in odd places. Doughnuts in the toiletries aisle, cheese in the freezer and frozen peas amongst the underwear ... *sigh*
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@LadyDuck (240308)
• Switzerland
12 Sep
Same as you Elizabeth, I hate when people do not place back things where they got them. Not to mention when I see frozen food on the counters, it has to be thrown, they should be fined.
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@LadyDuck (240308)
• Switzerland
12 Sep
I would do this for a simple form of good manner, I place back things where I have taken them and I would not let an ice cream spoil outside a freezer.
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• United States
12 Sep
I practice this myself, and not just at grocery stores. I return my cart whether I be at a grocers or at another retail spot. I know that the majority of Europe have the carts that you must return to retrieve your token or coin, but that's not yet been implemented here. The only stores that do that here are Aldi, and I think perhaps Lidl as well.
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@LadyDuck (240308)
• Switzerland
13 Sep
@ScribbledAdNauseum We pay in Europe, so people return their carts. Some people abandon frozen food on the top of the counters, this is unacceptable. The food must be thrown and of course ALL pay more to cover those wasted food. People should think about this and immediately bring the food to an employee.
• United States
13 Sep
@LadyDuck Having worked for a grocery store, I can tell you that the employee may not return it to the cold case right away. If you give it to a front end employee (a cashier, customer service person, door greeter etc) then they are less likely to return it to it's proper place as they are busy up front tending to the customers. If I don't put it back myself, then I will usually try to find someone stocking shelves, especially if they work in the cold case areas. They are more likely to put it back because they see firsthand how much cold product has to be returned to the warehouse as damaged.
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Sep
These days I wouldn't be surprised! But maybe it was just an issue with the doors....hopefully it got resolved!
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• United States
12 Sep
Oh, I was just making a joke. I am sure it was just an issue with the doors. The stores actually get you to buy more by strategically placed items, and not by the malfunction of their storage facilities.
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• Rupert, Idaho
12 Sep
@ScribbledAdNauseum I figured you were, but saying these days you never know!
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@jstory07 (81219)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Sep
The place the stores want to get you to buy is by the cash registers.
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• United States
12 Sep
Ah, you mean the "impulse aisle". Yep, that's one place they do it. Those cardboard displays of items, though, that's another. Like a cardboard display of cookies next to the milk.
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@infatuatedbby (104793)
• United States
15 Sep
Oh yes, now a days it's important to check the sugar content because it's crazy how some products have tons of sugar in it!
• United States
15 Sep
I don't like getting anything above 12 grams of sugar if I can help it, and even that is a lot of sugar.
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• United States
15 Sep
@ScribbledAdNauseum Or if its something I enjoy, I will just eat lesser amounts.
@RasmaSandra (30699)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
12 Sep
Just something strange that happened but glad you put that ice cream back where it wouldn't melt.
• United States
12 Sep
Oh, I know it was just a coincidence. I figured I was doing my duty placing it back in the right area. This store already has some more pricier items, no reason to give them more reason to hike the prices (loss prevention).
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