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Old 01-27-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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spend more money on junk food per visit than any other city. Twice as much as the next closest city and 5 times the national average.

The U.S. Cities That Spend the Most on Snack Foods | Moneyland | TIME.com

I'm not sure how they tabulated the results. I'm still trying to find their methodology but I'm not having much luck. I have trouble with the national average only being $3.79. That's the average so roughly half of the people spent more and half spent less. Who orders snacks over the Internet and only orders less than $4 bucks worth? Isn't the shipping alone going to make this a dumb purchase?

Anyway, I'm not buying the results.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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I recall seeing that Greenville has the most fast food outlets per capital in the country.

edit...never mind. blew through the text of OP and based my reply on thread title only; thought it referred to fast food restaurants.
I don't see where the article refers to online orders - I assume it's tracking grocery store and other B&M purchases.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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I don't see where the article refers to online orders - I assume it's tracking grocery store and other B&M purchases.
It says in the text that the results are gathered from purchases at Alice.com.

Online retailer Alice.com crunched the numbers to figure out which cities in America spent the most on snack foods throughout 2011. While the national average was $3.79 per order on its site
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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It says in the text that the results are gathered from purchases at Alice.com.

Online retailer Alice.com crunched the numbers to figure out which cities in America spent the most on snack foods throughout 2011. While the national average was $3.79 per order on its site
Oops...reading fail. lol
I'm not familiar with alice.com...thought was just tracking data.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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I've never heard of this Alice site either. Assuming many people haven't, there could be a person or two in Greenville with a penchant for junk food skewing the average.
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:00 PM
 
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Not sure why I care what "Alice" thinks. Being over 25% of the population is students, skews the results. Having such a large population of students skews all these results.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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^ what he said
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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Could be that a purchaser for a church, youth group, student activity group, etc. is using Alice to buy refreshments for meetings in bulk. The numbers would be greatly inflated over the typical homeowner's purchase.
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