So the burning question I am asking myself is why is Tide so much more money at Giant Eagle? This sparks from my recent shopping trip, I am a Walmart shopper tried and true but will go to giant eagle if I have several coupons that I can double up on and get a deal next to nothing but then again who wouldn’t?
So I am walking down the aisle and thought to myself I will get laundry soap while I am here. When I went to the cleaning isle and reached for the Tide, I was shocked to find that the box of Tide powder 95 oz. (68 loads) was $17.97. I was in shock. When I can get it from Walmart any day for $ 11.97. That is a $6.00 difference; saving $6.00 is a big deal when you have 2 kids.
Price gouging or NOT, that is the question? What is the definition of price gouging I have always thought it to be when a seller prices goods or commodities at a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. OK to whose standards is it fair or reasonable? So does Giant price gouge, are they even allowed to? I know that some stores are individually owned like Shop ‘n’ Save and they set their prices according to their store managers.
In doing some digging I have found that Giant Eagle stores are corporately owned and the prices are set at the corporate level so are the high paid corporates setting the prices to their own standards? If they are it that even fair to those who are scrape by paycheck to paycheck trying to get the best deal. So for me someone who does occasionally shop at Giant Eagle I want to know how that it possible.
How can we as consumers make sure we are getting the prices that are fair and not being charged to much? Ultimately the lessons here compare, compare, compare, and don’t ever buy on impulse because you may just end up paying too much for something because you were uninformed.
It is worth the extra effort to take that little bit of time that it takes to check the prices, with all the resources available on the internet and the smartphones and iPhone with apps there is no reason that we all can’t help each other in making sure pricing is fair and correct.
I invite all of you to add your comments and insights.