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Old 06-25-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Oceania
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Whole Foods is overpriced?

Go to an auto parts store and price a quart of motor oil. Start with the store brand and work your way up to stuff like Royal Purple. Gas is damned near free at that point.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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I agree, for the most part, organic is hype and you are correct their organic selection is super expensive (6.99$/lb) for grapes.
But those things depend on the season and the vendor; the prices can fluctuate a lot on those factors. Just the other day I bought a bunch of cherries for $3.99/lbs at WF, yet publix was still selling them for $7.99/lbs and not even half as tasty.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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But those things depend on the season and the vendor; the prices can fluctuate a lot on those factors. Just the other day I bought a bunch of cherries for $3.99/lbs at WF, yet publix was still selling them for $7.99/lbs and not even half as tasty.
With the global market, people just don't get the concept of shopping and eating in season.

They want strawberries at Christmas time and are willing to pay $5-6 for them when the same strawberries are $2-3 during the peak of summer, when they're in season and abundant.

I often find great deals on in season fruit and veggies at WF.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Heck, Stew Leonard's was profiled in Tom Peter's "In Search of Excellence" and was nailed for short-weighting.

I'm going to suggest that this probably isn't all that uncommon as one might think. In WF's case, it seems most of the infractions weren't for groceries/produce but for "ready-to-eat" stuff where they didn't subtract the weight of the container/packaging. I've seen counterpeople tare the scales at the WF where I used to shop occasionally, so this might be a CA-only thing.
I was going to mention the Stew Leonards incident, what 20 years ago? That was their meat department right?

This isn't about WF overcharging on the items which are weighed in a factory, this is about the salads you might get from the deli being weighed for 1.5 pounds vs. 1.35. This is a systematic over charging of the customer.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:59 PM
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Location: Houston, TX
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Will you stop shopping there now?
I never shopped there in the first place. I'm so relieved at the money I saved
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:10 PM
 
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Would you please quote your source for this BS "fact".
Nah. Do some research
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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As far as I know, WF is the only store around me that sells grains and nuts in bulk. The prices seem fine. That is what I mainly get at WF.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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As far as I know, WF is the only store around me that sells grains and nuts in bulk. The prices seem fine. That is what I mainly get at WF.
Absolutely, and the tare issue noted in the linked article is easily avoided if you bring your own containers and stop at customer service to have them weighed before filling. I love WF, because I shop using my own jars, bottles, and bags, and the employees go out of their way to accommodate my family's efforts to reduce our consumption of single-use, disposable packaging. (Click on my user profile to see an example of how I shop.)

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Old 06-25-2014, 07:49 PM
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Absolutely, and the tare issue noted in the linked article is easily avoided if you bring your own containers and stop at customer service to have them weighed before filling. I love WF, because I shop using my own jars, bottles, and bags, and the employees go out of their way to accommodate my family's efforts to reduce our consumption of single-use, disposable packaging. (Click on my user profile to see an example of how I shop.)
I need to pickup some jars or some sort of container for those, I seem to be coming home with more plastic than I would like to.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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I was going to mention the Stew Leonards incident, what 20 years ago? That was their meat department right?

This isn't about WF overcharging on the items which are weighed in a factory, this is about the salads you might get from the deli being weighed for 1.5 pounds vs. 1.35. This is a systematic over charging of the customer.
Much of it was the same kind of thing at Stew's - stuff they packaged in-store where the container was part of the weight. Meat dept, salads, soups, etc.

Where I shop, you weigh your own stuff so you're responsible for taring the scale. Tare, weigh, print your label, done.
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