Tuesday, April 20, 2010

About your shelf tags...

I have worn glasses since I was 11, and for good reason: I need them. Now at the age of 54, I wear trifocals for pretty much the same reason. Fact of the matter, if lenses were still made from glass, mine would be pretty thick.

Last night, I was returning two of my grandchildren home and my daughter asked me to go to the store and get her some Diet Coke. I won't mention the store, but it's two doors west of my favorite country music radio station. It also shares the name of the company that the Coyote buys his gadgets from when he wants to catch the Road Runner.

Anyway, Kathy and I walk into this locally owned store with overpriced merchandise(#1). Kathy needs to go to the restroom, so I stop by the soft drink aisle. I see Diet Coke 12 packs on the bottom shelves. Right above them is a shelf tag that had some small print on it, but the large print said "2 for $7.00" I assumed this meant that 12 packs of Coke products were all 2 for $7.00. So I picked up 2 twelve packs of Diet Coke and we took them to the register.

I was surprised when the pop rung up at $5.49 a pack and told the cashier that the shelf tag said that it was 2 for $7.00. She told me that there was no way that it was that, then went to the pop aisle, where I followed her. . I pointed out the tag to her. She told me if I looked closer, I would see that the tag said "Barq's Root Beer". That was above the Diet Coke. The next one said "Fanta". I never saw a shelf tag for Diet Coke, as it was on the bottom shelf. I bought a 20 pack of Diet coke, which was on sale for $5.99.

Now back to the shelf tag thing. As I stated at the begining of this post, I wear some pretty strong glasses, and at the time, they were dirty. I also don't know each stores protocol concerning their shelf tags, but it would be nice to be able to read them while standing up. And if you can bend over far enough to read a tag beneath Diet Coke on the bottom shelf, chances are you don't need Diet Coke.

And a note to the locally owned store with overpriced merchandise(#1): Tell your cashiers not to talk down to your customers, especially one who goes around telling cashiers "Thank you for working at______". And no, I didn't this time.


Busy Bee Suz said...

It is a challenge to figure out prices in the stores sometimes.
I quit soda a long time ago...so my soda price issue also stopped.

Margaret said...

I think they confuse us on purpose. I'm sure many people just say, whatever and buy it at the high price, not going back for a sale item.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane with your use of the word "pop". Takes me back to my Ohio days. Around Bawlmer, we say soda.

Tim Lones said...

I work in a locally owned grocery store..I'll just say this particular grocery chain only has stores in Stark County..I probably have to answer questions a couple of times a week about pop prices. It can be confusing. As a customer I dont care for pop sales for "diet only"..

Tracey Axnick said...

Isn't that irritating?! There is one clothing store my daughter LOVES to shop at and I am CONVINCED that they deliberately using confusing signage... almost every time I stand in line to buy something "on sale" it turns out it was "the item above it" or "only a select style"... talk about FRUSTRATING!!