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to suggest a campaign using post its on supermarket shelves

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nippiesweetie Mon 29-Dec-14 10:51:14

Yesterday I was buying coffee for work in Tesco. The price per kilo was greater for a refill pack than it was for a jar but of course the weight differed so it was not obvious at a casual glance. That is, they are charging more for an item that is much cheaper to transport.

If I had had a post it pad I would have liked to leave a message - Look the pack costs more than the jar.

Would this be breaking any law? No damage, just information for other customers and if lots of people joined in...

What other pricing anomalies rip offs could be highlighted.

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 10:52:51

Some retail worker would ha e to go round removing them.... You know that right? Just an extra job to add on to the many other tasks

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 10:53:11


Alisvolatpropiis Mon 29-Dec-14 10:53:42

They would just get removed by staff hmm

usualsuspect333 Mon 29-Dec-14 10:55:12

I'm sure the staff would love having to remove them all.

justcallmethefixer Mon 29-Dec-14 10:55:17

That's what the small writing at the bottom of the shelf label tells you.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Mon 29-Dec-14 10:55:47

Maybe shop somewhere that shows you the £per100g or whatever. Trouble is they don't tend to do it on 3 for 2s etc. I find buying cheese the worst as there's no standard pack size.

ArgyMargy Mon 29-Dec-14 10:59:22

There are apps for anyone who is that bothered.

iklboo Mon 29-Dec-14 11:02:40

Caveat emptor, I'm afraid. You need to check the prices, consider if there's any saving at all. It's up to the individual customer to make the decision. It's not a new thing.

The staff would have to go round taking the post its off the shelves. They may even ask you to leave the store.

WooWooOwl Mon 29-Dec-14 11:03:24

I'd love to see a campaign like this, just to make it really obvious how much we are being ripped off by supermarkets. They have teams of people working on how to make as much profit as possible and how to advertise successfully so that we are persuaded to part with the most money, so why shouldn't something be done to counteract that?

I realise it's never going to happen, but I like the idea. All it would do is make it easier for consumers to make an informed choice.

StilleNachtCarolling Mon 29-Dec-14 11:07:59

We shop online for our food mainly and I always look at the price per kg/sheet/ml etc. Even when things are supposedly on 'special offer', it's quite surprising how many times these things are actually more expensive than comparative brands or products.

Nomama Mon 29-Dec-14 11:09:44


How very dare you?

I have been doing this for years. It's very PA, I'll admit, but I get some fun out of it. A couple of examples:

On separately wrapped veg, peppers are my pet hate: "Oh, please help me, I am suffocating" DM sad face

At a till, where the only 2 staff members were talking and totally ignoring me and 2 other customers: "Till will re-open when we have finished discussing our weekend"

On a car parked on a pavement: "Well, he did say he could see the kerb from here"

On one of those offers that are more expensive than normal price: "I thought my maths was bad, but this is ridiculous"

It is fun, it makes other people smile, raises awareness a little bit and helps diffuse a whole range of things that could raise my blood pressure!

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 11:11:28

Yeah you could always compare prices and shop elsewhere rather than littering shops with ineffective, non Sticky post it labels...... Now there's a thought,eh!?

Nomama Mon 29-Dec-14 11:11:52

Oh, my local Sainsburys has caught me doing this a few times. The security guard logs it in his book with silly comment and a smiley face, one of the managers logs it as a customer suggestion - she sends the notes up the food chain.

You can treat the staff as though they are human... they might find it amusing too!

Fairenuff Mon 29-Dec-14 11:15:06

This often happens. It's one of those anomalies that occurs when a batch of something is bought at an unusually low price for the product and the price reduction gets passed on to the customer.

Always check the price/weight ratio and you won't get caught out. I thought most shoppers already did this tbh.

Shockers Mon 29-Dec-14 11:17:43

I thought it was quite a good suggestion...

nippiesweetie Mon 29-Dec-14 11:19:01

Yes, I agree that its up to the customer to be attentive but when retailers deliberately mislead I think it would be good to point it out. If the campaign was big enough it would educate more people about these practices and be an embarrassment to the companies involved.

I find it quite depressing that the retailers see fit to do something so blatant and that so many people shrug their shoulders with the attitude that this is what we should expect.

Yes staff would be detailed to remove the messages but if it was a popular idea someone would replace it quite quickly.

I suppose I would simply get banned from the store. Perhaps I should just punch a cake instead.

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 11:23:31

So you think if it's deplaced quickly it's ok??? Staff members should keep going back to check and remove? They won't hire extra staff for this you know, it will fall on regular staff members to keep throwing them away

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 11:25:03

And op.... You like the idea of a campaign and the publicity with pics in the tabloids of you in a supermarket pointing to a shabby old post it with a sad face??

nippiesweetie Mon 29-Dec-14 11:27:04

And to those of you who are suggesting I check the small print and so on, well clearly I did, didn't I. Why post without taking account of what you are told.

My point is that we shouldn't have to be looking out for unreasonable pricing because the retailers shouldn't do it. I would have preferred to buy the foil pack if it hadn't been a rip off and initially looked at the price per kilo to find out how much cheaper it was - fool that I am.

mausmaus Mon 29-Dec-14 11:28:58

sometimes it's impossible to compare prices.
example a few weeks ago K wdnt to buy jaffa cakes.
the original was listed with price per 100g, own brand price per unit (nof mentioning what a 'unit' is), value brand price per cake but no mention how many on pack.

mausmaus Mon 29-Dec-14 11:30:13

I guess a sharpie would work better than a postit note.

iklboo Mon 29-Dec-14 11:33:19

'You' as in the customer in general. Not 'you' personally.

26Point2Miles Mon 29-Dec-14 11:36:52

Where could you write with a sharpie?

nippiesweetie Mon 29-Dec-14 11:40:11

Yeah 26Point2Miles why bother to raise an irritating issue that affects
us all. Let's never question anything big or small.

This is a forum where people throw out ideas. It does not mean that the poster is totally consumed or obsessed by what they are writing. It's chatting, passing the time, suggesting a 'what if?', finding out what other people think or feel. Why be so snippy over something so minor?

Do you realise that your suggestion that I am seeking tabloid fame is quite simply bats? Now, if I were of the tin foil hat persuasion I might suggest that you are employed by the big supermarkets to ridicule their online critics.

[Sits back and waits for someone to wilfully take that last sentence seriously.]

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