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Higher prices: the big trend for back-to-school
AP ^ | August 19, 2011 | Anne D'Innocenzio

Posted on 08/20/2011 8:10:05 AM PDT by bgill

Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall.

Some are using less fabric and calling it the new look. Others are adding cheap stitching and trumpeting it as a redesign. And the buttons on that blouse? Chances are you're not going to think it's worth paying several dollars more for the shirt just to have them.

Retailers are raising prices on merchandise an average of 10 percent across-the-board this fall in an effort to offset their rising costs for materials and labor. But merchants are worried that cash-strapped customers who are weighed down by economic woes will balk at price hikes. So, retailers are trying to raise prices without tipping off unsuspecting customers.

"Let the consumer trickery begin,"

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: consumer; economy
Why is the cost of labor going up if the unemployment rate is so high? Something smells.

Did your paycheck go up 15%? No. So who's did to cause this increase in price? Again, something smells.

This is along the same line as the ranchers in the drought stricken south have had to sell of their livestock at rock bottom prices but have you seen a decrease in the price of beef? No. Someone is getting rich and Mr. and Mrs. Average Consumer is getting the shaft.

1 posted on 08/20/2011 8:10:09 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Obama style inflation, worse than Jimmy Carter. At least with Carter, it was up front and open !


2 posted on 08/20/2011 8:12:12 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: bgill

3 posted on 08/20/2011 8:13:11 AM PDT by cranked
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Grocery store shopping is frightening here in Southwestern Pennsylvania..

several weeks ago, Birds eye veggies in a steam bag were 10 for $10.00 yesterday the very same item was 5 for $10.00...I didn't buy much when I shopped yesterday but when I checked out my bill came to $107.00 for very little...
and I use to LOVE to do the weekly grocery shopping...NOT ANY LONGER.

4 posted on 08/20/2011 9:08:58 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter

But...the government says that there is no significant inflation, and anything is just a “blip”...so this article is entirely wrong.

HAHAHAHAHA HA HAAAAHAAAHAAA


5 posted on 08/20/2011 9:46:54 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie
AP kisses obama butt...they are always supporting him..
I haven't and I won't...2012 can't come fast enough for this retired old lady...
6 posted on 08/20/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT by haircutter
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As one who rarely cooks, I did pick up a few basics. Two months ago it cost just over $50. This week it is over $75 for the same items which are mostly store brand. Hubby and I eat out a lot. Splitting meals used to be cost effective as related to cooking for two. It is costing more today. They are charging almost $3.00 for iced tea!!


7 posted on 08/20/2011 10:26:36 AM PDT by Semperfiwife (Baroke Obama -change you can't find in your sofa cushions)
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To: bgill

Simple solution to crappy made chinese clothes, Salvation Army!

Why would some one pay $40 for a pair of jeans that look like rags? Or cheap material that won’t make it past 3-4 washings?

Want the old worn look, buy used. But then again some of the clothes from the Salvation Army still have the brand name store price tags on them.


8 posted on 08/20/2011 11:24:11 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: bgill

Would you pay $28 bucks for these jeans? Brand NEW from JC Penny’s.

http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?Grptyp=PRD&ItemId=1c6f410&cmOrigId=1c6f42b&cmTypeFlag=RichRel&cmCatID=searchresults

I have old work pants in better shape than these, they just have paint on them.


9 posted on 08/20/2011 11:31:30 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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some of the clothes from the Salvation Army still have the brand name store price tags on them.

Exactly. Or Goodwill, thrift stores or garage sales. Goodwill is the place to shop for prom gowns = $12.95 with the store tag still on them. That saves a decimal point, at least. One prom gown I bought was the same dress as in a movie! When the kids were little, everything they had was garage sale finds (except shoes and underwear). Most little kids outgrow their clothes before they outwear them and again, many times they're brand new. I could outfit mine for $20 a year each with really nice stuff. If I found something a couple sizes too large, I just packed it back until the next growth spurt. Of course, now days you have to factor in the price of gas so combining errands and mapping it out is a must.

10 posted on 08/20/2011 11:54:09 AM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: haircutter

Get used to it.


11 posted on 08/20/2011 12:03:11 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: GailA

Ha, that’s $28 on sale and not counting shipping costs.

BTW, our houseguests are gone without so much as a thank you, kiss my behind or nothing. Now, to dig back out of the financial slump again and restock the pantry. Oh, well, chalking it up to a few brownie points and a good deed done.


12 posted on 08/20/2011 12:03:19 PM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: GailA
absolutely... i go three to four times a year to buy and bring back the stuff that i didn't wear that much from the last trip

and between Cornell, Ithaca College and Elmira College there's a LOT of good stuff that if not new, only worn once or twice

also Cornell has a Dump and Run sale every year from all the stuff left in the dorm rooms at the end of the year and THAT has some great stereo/hi-fi and refrigerators etc...

13 posted on 08/20/2011 12:18:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: haircutter
several weeks ago, Birds eye veggies in a steam bag were 10 for $10.00 yesterday the very same item was 5 for $10.00

Some here were complaining about canned tuna. I figured it out that the small cans have gone from 7 1/2 oz. to 5 oz. and there's less meat to liquid. Bottom line is canned tuna is now costing $4 lb. drained!!! I really try to keep meats down to around $2/lb (which isn't working out so well these days) so that's one old staple that's off my list. I'd let my supply get low thinking there'd be the usual Easter sales but nooooo. Have you noticed most all the old annual sales are no longer?

Coffee has gone up, too - the last Folgers 300+ cups container I bought was a dollar cheaper than the 200+ cups container I bought last week.

Something else that stinks is the price of beef. Ranchers in the drought stricken south are selling their cattle off at rock bottom prices but have you seen lower prices at the store? No. And you're not going to because someone along the line is pocketing big profits and the consumer is getting messed over again. ABC did a segment on China eating more beef so I'm wondering if all our cheap beef is being exported to them while our prices go through the roof.

It's been weeks/months since there's been any really good weekly grocery sales ads. Why are groceries still printing ads if they're not going to have any sales? They pass the price of circulars on to their customers so give us a break already!

14 posted on 08/20/2011 12:21:40 PM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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we have beef cattle right next door to us, the guy sent two to butcher and offered us 1/2 of one at $3.00 lb. but there is just the two of us and we have cut WAY back on beef due to Hubby's heart disease so we told him ‘no but thanks for the offer’
like another poster mentioned they go out to eat and we do or did also but when gas went to almost 4 dollars a gallon we even cut back on that..we live in the country and closest town is 17 miles one way and not much to offer for good dining other than Ruby Tuesday's or eat and park...and those are not really my cup of tea..but.............

we are struggling harder in retirement than when we had two kids in college at the same time..and last night Obama and his wifey ate out!!!first day of vacation guys aren't you tired, didn't you need a rest...I wonder if she even know how to boil water.
today I canned pickles and before my night end I will be freezing corn...we have had an excellent garden. I mainly shop Giant Eagle..hate walmart and the price difference is not much different..so sad for our young adult just starting out.

15 posted on 08/20/2011 12:47:05 PM PDT by haircutter
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oh my.. I had to chuckle about restocking after your house guests left...

living in Rural America is relaxing and the fresh country air is wonderful...we have neighbors from our former Ohio area who love to come and they always come in Sept. for just four days and we have enjoyed them, but last year the guy drained the beer frig. and the lady ate everything in site and even found choc. I had in a cupboard...
this year when the phone call comes in that they are ready for an R&R...hubby said to tell them were headed South to visit the kids...lol

16 posted on 08/20/2011 1:01:05 PM PDT by haircutter
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We used to have cattle so I grew up eating steak all the time. Ahh, the good old days.

Right when my garden was beginning to produce, it burned up in 105 temps. Every other day watering didn't help as it was just too hot so we didn't get anything in the freezer. I'd hoped to get in a fall garden but gave up on that, too. We're set to break the 1929 record this week with 70 days of 100+ temps.

I'm with you on eating out. It's 40 miles round trip to a restaurant. Not that we ate out much before, but it's rare now days - it's the lunchtime menu on birthdays and special occasions only.

17 posted on 08/20/2011 1:03:22 PM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: Chuckster

oh I will get use to it...
there is no other way...

but then we know how to adjust and do with out...having lived through some tough time...and as we have aged...THINGS no longer matter...
Its the young folks today WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ADJUST and that includes my two adult kids..

a RUDE awaking awaits many...


18 posted on 08/20/2011 1:06:36 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: bgill

In an inflationary economy wages lag

In many businesses, it is better to raise wages than endure the agony and expensive gamble on a new hire.

The best way to maintain a profitable albeit lower level of sales is to maintain the status quo. Some raises, same people.


19 posted on 08/20/2011 1:23:39 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: bgill

I was a single divorced mom with no child support, not gov’t support, for 10 years, I made to much @ $3.50 an hr in a wire harness plant to qualify for even food stamps.

So we lived off rummage sales for clothes, only new things I bought were on sale shoes, socks and underwear.

And of course the better stuff came off the minute they came home from school and play clothes went on. They slept in their under wear in the summer, and home made flannel pj’s in the winter.

And they had sack lunches of Pb & J, with a small bag of cheap chips...from a larger bag, and money paid weekly for a half pint of milk.

Mine are grown now, and grands are getting grooming aides that I bought for the Register Rewards, which I bought toilet paper with, or other items needed. None of the things cost more than a $1 or more with the use of coupons. But will amount up to a lot by the time Christmas rolls around, they may not like it, but the ones in their 20-30 age range will, as it will be less out of their pocket for those items.


20 posted on 08/21/2011 6:47:15 AM PDT by GailA (Any congress critter who fails to keep faith with the Military, will NOT keep faith with YOU!)
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To: GailA

Right there with ya.


21 posted on 08/21/2011 6:54:29 AM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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