You Can Save a Penny at Giant

Consumerist has this photo from a Giant grocery store. Would you go out of your way to save a penny?


9 Responses to “You Can Save a Penny at Giant”

  1. 1 James October 27, 2009 at 9:17 am

    The only question is will this sell enough bread to pay for the sign?? The grocery business is the most annoyingly penurious business in retailing. The greivance list is long: idiot membership cards, self-checkout, coupons, false and misleading “sales”, lost leaders, false product advertizing, essentially one thing after another seemingly purposely designed to insult the intelligence of the customer. I truly do not understand why the public puts up with this nonsense. How about a real loaf of bread for a reasonable price, checked out by a real person, and put in a bag so I can take it home. Seems relatively simple to me!

  2. 2 Alex October 27, 2009 at 9:57 am

    James – its called Trader Joe’s – check it out. Best. Grocery Store. EVER!!!!!!!!!

    • 3 James October 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

      I agree, I Love Trader Joe’s, checkout their frozen New York Cheese Cake.
      I do think there should be many more Trader Joes as stand alones located in neighborhoods.

  3. 4 CubicleDweller October 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    James’s comment hit the nail right on the head. As far as why the public puts up with it, I can only think of one thing…grocery store practices such as the ones he noted are so common place, that the public (myself included) just falls in-line like sheep to save the 1-cent on bread by swiping their “club” card with all that personal information on it because we feel as though we don’t have a choice. We have the “that’s-just-the-way-it-is-these-days” mentality. We have forgotten what it’s like to get customer service because it is so hard to find – especially in the region where I live. It’s not like we can do anything about it. If we need bread, we need bread; and the stores know that – so they keep us in line with promises of “good deals” and club memberships. It’s no wonder why there has been an increase of people growing their own vegetables and other foods.

  4. 5 TR October 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    +1 for Trader Joe’s!

  5. 6 NationalEnquirererererer October 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    A doctored photo, perhaps? The Giant side looks more blurry than the Wegman’s.

  6. 7 Nick October 28, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Alex is right — Trader Joe’s has all of the above. They’ll even pull an employee off stocking shelves to work the registers if the check-out lines start getting long.

  7. 8 SAM October 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Alex — you’re absolutely right. TJ’s is the best, and offers better value than their big-grocer competitors. During my 6-year exile in a TJ-less FL, whenever I would go home to CA (8 or 9 times per year) I would load up on TJ products that you just can’t get elsewhere, put them in a box and/or in a cooler with dry ice and FedEx them back to FL timed to meet me when I got back. Now I’m back home and doing half of my grocery shopping at TJ’s.

  8. 9 Alex October 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

    yay!! glad to know that other trader joe’s fans exist 🙂 agreed – im a huge fan of their products, their low-cost wines, affordable quality groceries, availability of healthy food, and most of all GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! in terms of strategic positioning, they are in a niche all to their own. On the high end Whole Foods is too expensive, and on the low end we have chain grocery stores – so everyone is very happy that we have great quality at a decent price, and TJ deserves all the awards and kudos and increase in traffic because of this!

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