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Old 09-23-2017, 06:25 AM
 
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I am not rich nor poor ... just happy middle class. yet I was raised very frugal and taught the value of money and saw my mom shopping using coupons and always looking for things onsale to make my fathers GM paycheck work for a family of 5 that included a stay at home mom ( gotta love the 60s )

fast forward to 2017 ...

I am SHOCKED when I peer the the glass inside my local grocery store ( Hagens - for those in the Seattle area ) It's not a 'designer' store like whole foods or other upscale grocers. But it is a step above the Safeways and Albertsons and Fred Meyers. Similar to a QFC

Anyway.... I always loved making subs - nice sandwiches from cold cut deli meats as a well made sandwich or sub constructed with great ingredients on fresh bread or a bun or roll is an amazing thing. Going all out with sliced onions or spicey brown mustard. I love the snap of fresh crispy iceberg lettuce and a dab of mayo on a turkey sandwich. or the richness of that bite into a roast beef sandwich stacked high with meat and alittle brown mustard on a fresh hoagie roll.

The cold cut sandwich is an American icon that myself and millions of other working class men jammed into a lunch box and marched off to work to 'Make America Great'

Yet here I am in shock in awe as I peer thru the glass at the small price markers placed ominously at the end of the rows of cold cuts that mirror tombstones. As they signal the end of an era.

I refuse to pay $13 per lb for decent cold cuts of roast beef or black forest ham. or I refuse to pay $11 per lb for sliced turkey breast etc etc ...

How did this happen ? Although I am a male I have always grocery shopped and have seen the evolution of price change and it was always quite subtle until the past 2-3 yrs

prices hovered around $6-7-8 lb for years here in the north Seattle area. same meats I listed

I always thought that was alittle steep, but begrudgingly paid as I loved my sandwichs. Then I started seeing the occasional. dreaded double digit $10lb and switched to waiting till it was on sale to purchase at the lower $8-9lb

It seems as if things price warped right by the $11-12 zone and landed at $13lb which is well beyond what I will pay for deli cold cuts.

yea I know I could purchase the big slabs the grocers do and slice my own to cut costs. but who is going to eat 10lbs of roast beef before it spoils ?

The whole point of the deli is to get the EXACT amount of fresh cold cuts you need to make the sandwichs you wish to build

is this just happening here in my area ?
yea I understand Seattle has a higher cost of living than a lot of places. But its all relative to price trends and what the same item cost just a few years ago

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sandwichless in Seattle
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I usually shop at Publix here, and they have expensive Boars Head, and they also have a Publix brand. I always order the store brand (for example the roast beef is $8.99) and I cannot see any difference.
Maybe your store has a good store brand, too, OP?
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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Simple economics. Increased demand will cause increase in prices until it reaches equilibrium. Because people are cooking, stores can charge more for deli meat.


It's cheaper to buy a roast or turkey and slice it up yourself. Or hit Subway.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Does your area have the HIGH minimum wage regulation?
IF so, that might explain the HIGH price - the customer always pays in the end.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Yep, blame the poor people. Everybody is doing it.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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Does your area have the HIGH minimum wage regulation?
IF so, that might explain the HIGH price - the customer always pays in the end.
Yes sadly Seattle is part of the: 'all these entitled dummys need to make $15 per hour movement'

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Yep, blame the poor people. Everybody is doing it.
Buckle up ... things just got interesting !
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Processed foods are bad health-wise. I'm not an organic-only type and my diet is not vegan or even all that healthy at times. But processed meats are one thing I avoid.
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:07 AM
 
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Processed foods are bad health-wise. I'm not an organic-only type and my diet is not vegan or even all that healthy at times. But processed meats are one thing I avoid.
Yea I know the nutritional value and high sodium etc and everything else about healthy foods and the marks against processed meats

Its not like I am making a sandwich daily. its a treat that I would enjoy every few weeks and make an awesome sub that I would chow down over the weekend or create a killer philly cheese steak or build an awesome club sandwich

Mostly my diet is far more healthy that most.

I just find it difficult to make a damn cold cut sandwich and pay more for the cold cuts than a nice steak would cost from the butcher section of the same store

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Old 09-23-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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Simple economics. Increased demand will cause increase in prices until it reaches equilibrium. Because people are cooking, stores can charge more for deli meat.


It's cheaper to buy a roast or turkey and slice it up yourself. Or hit Subway.
I no longer believe the supply and demand statement. I see it thrown out a lot, on a lot of different products. It seems in many cases what we see today is price goes up, demand goes down, price goes up even more. As business have gotten so large in comparison to purchase power of the typical customer, the old rules of supply and demand, and competition have broken and some new rule set has taken over. The individual purchase power is so low in comparision to corporate size that they don't have to provide competitive value -- more a case of "where you gonna go?"
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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StrkAliteN, where we live we were experiencing the same type of price hikes. We joined a local Warehouse club, (BJ's) and are saving at least 2.00 to 3.00 per lb, also on the cheeses.
Just that alone makes the cost of joining worth it. Where you are, I'm sure they have Costco, etc. Perhaps look into them?

tnff, I tend to agree with the statement you made as well. Prices keep going up up up, whether or not there is a supply and demand issue. At least I feel that way too.
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