I was at the local Target last Friday afternoon with a list of things I needed to pick up for the weekend. While I was shopping, I noticed there were a lot of new price tags overlapping older price tags on the shelves.
Out of curiosity, for every item I purchased, I took a moment to peel off the newer price tag to see what the original price was underneath.
I was hoping for some good news. What I got was nothing but bad.
First up was a trip down the pet isle. I needed indoor pads for our semi-outdoor dog. The price for one set of pads went up from $6.99 to $7.99.
Next up was some cat food for my two feral yardkeepers. That went up from $4.49 to $5.19.
A trip down the kids section of the medical isle was next. (I was putting together a little kit for my Godchild and niece since they’re both officially at the ouchie-boo-boo stage of home exploration.)
Neosporin was the first item I wanted to get. That went from $7.04 to $7.99.
I bought a little Hello Kitty first aid kit for my niece even though it had gone up from $9.99 to $10.49.
Finally, for my Godchild, an official plastic doctor-bag. That had jumped from $12.99 to $13.69.
Finally, I made a quick run to the food isle for some creamer and cheese. (What can I say? It was an eclectic Friday kind of shopping list.)
Coffee creamer? Went from $2.69 to $2.89.
Cheese? $2.99 to $3.24.
What really bothered me about this was that everything I went in to buy had been marked up. A close second was that I spent $4.30 more than I would have if I got these same items the week before.
Maybe this trip was nothing but coincidence, but if every shopping run is going to have price increases, $4 (or more) a run is going to add up real quick.
I have a hot wife that’s younger than I am. That’s the good great news.
The bad news? Because I have a hot younger wife, I have started using skin care products for men to keep myself from looking like I’m too old to be with her.
Honestly? It’s an incredibly awesome mixed blessing.
To my younger self, though, using skincare products at all would be blasphemous. I never touched this kind of stuff in my twenties. John Wayne? Never used that crap! Humphrey Bogart? Never used that crap! Why should I use it? If I ever want a “harsh exfoliant”, I’ll use the highway asphalt! HA!
Come to think of it, that attitude of my younger self explains a few things now.
ANYWAY, the point of this post is to show something I found about Shiseido Men’s Deep Wrinkle Corrector. This is some highly expensive stuff that comes in a tube about six quarters high that my wife recently bought for me to try out.
So there I was, putting this highly expensive stuff on my face, when I heard the dreaded “PHOOT! PHOOT!” of an empty pump.
I took the top off to see if there was anything I could save when I saw the pump had a short “straw”.
Looking at the bottle, I thought the straw-thing that pulls the product from the big bottle must have fallen down the tube.
I didn’t see a way to pull off any more of the top, but I did see a seam on the bottom.
To my surprise, it came off with just a slight twist.
Looking up into the tube of this highly expensive stuff, I expected to find something holding more of the product that I could pull out and get the “straw” re-attached to the pump with. Instead? I saw this.
This giant bottle, this giant very expensive bottle, was only one quarter length deep!
My Leatherman was still on my belt, so I got the pliers and reached in to pull out the plastic container.
That’s it. That’s the whole damn thing. About one quarter in size.
Looking in the container, I saw that even though it was mostly empty, only about half of it was actual product! The rest was plastic!
Looking at the side, you can see the product reservoir only goes a DIME’S LENGTH down! That seam near the bottom where the color changes? Solid plastic.
All this. All this waste. For a dime’s worth of actual content.
If somebody at Shiseido ever makes it to this blog, you should really take a look at “going green”. This packaging is just full-speed stupid.
So there I was at the local Walgreen’s waiting for the Pharmacists to decipher my doctor’s secret hieroglyphic messages when I saw this little pricing gem in the food isle.
Sooo…. the cans are marked from the factory 3 for $5. That’s about $1.67 each. But Walgreen’s has them on CLEARANCE at 2 for $5 which is $2.50 each! An .83 cent increase on clearance prices?
Oh, and if you look at the itty bitty print on the CLEARANCE tag, Walgreen’s was originally selling them for 2 for $6, which, according to Walgreen’s math, works out to $3.19 each and not $3 each like I calculated.
This must be some of that new math I’ve been hearing about.
Trivia : A long time ago, I used to work as the IT guy for some major advertising agencies in Dallas. I’m talking multiple Clio awards on the creative director’s shelf kind of ad agencies. I was the proverbial “fly on the wall” for the most part, just fixing the busted computers while the creative geniuses got into arguments with the account execs and project managers about visions, production deadlines and where to have lunch.
Some of the things the agencies came up with for a product were completely off the wall nuts. Some ideas would never get in-house approval. Some ideas were torn apart by a ruthless client. But overall, I would say 90% of the ideas the agencies came up with were groundbreaking. Amazing ideas that would make you wonder what exactly was in those lunch orders they had delivered.
So from my completely inexperienced “fly on the wall” perspective, it makes me sad to see products like this that actually make it all the way to the store shelves. Hefty trashbags in this particular case.
Allow me to present exhibit A…
Soooo the latest Hefty flagship product… “keeps your garbage in the dark”? Really? That’s the best tagline to put on the box? I mean, isn’t trash always in the dark?
Maybe the other side of the box has something better.
No. Seriously. You’re kidding. Please. “Hides Garbage And Spills Inside the Can?” Comparing a black trash bag to a white trash bag? Black trashbags are now “only from Hefty”? Just no. Hell no.
Here’s what I think. Somebody in the Hefty company said “Hey! I have a computer! I won a blue ribbon in 5th grade for my coat hanger diorama project! I will design our product packaging! We don’t need no stinking ad agency! Look! Look! I can do it! Look!”
Aaaaand this is the crap that made it out the door.
“Hides the mess. Hides the Garbage. Hides the Smell.”
Hefty? Get an ad agency. Or get your old ad agency back. Seriously. This is beyond pathetic.
UPDATE: That large tomato splat and debris on the floor was from the previous trashbag. And yes, I seem to have forgot the coupon at checkout. Observant!!
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