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To: blam
In the USA, Walmart has already announced a price hike of 5.8% on average for a 31-item basic basket for this Autumn.

Has Walmart ever preannounced price increases, especially a long time in advance? That sets off my BS detector for the who article.

Normally you just go into a store and see price were higher than the last time you went in. Sometimes they try to sneak in a big price increase like when a bag of chips goes from $3 to $4. They'll put up the new $4 sign, but say $1.11 off/now only $2.89.

16 posted on 08/31/2010 12:05:40 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Have you actually looked at the size of the package you are getting? Many products have been downsized without lowering the price.


25 posted on 08/31/2010 12:21:24 PM PDT by CajunConservative (0bama, your ass is the first one you need to kick.)
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To: KarlInOhio

I’m having guests this evening, so last night I did a quick, late shopping. I went to Walmart and to another local grocery store.

Many prices were up with the quantities down. Bacon was a sticker shock, about a 30% increase. At the start of the season, red peppers were nearly double what they were last winter! Dairy products, especially butter, cream cheese and cream, were high, as they have been for weeks. Meanwhile, my farmer friends and neighbors are barely receiving enough for their milk to continue in business, insuring a further drop in producers. Bread and grain products in general seemed unchanged. House brand paper products were about the same, as well.

So, today, I looked at commodity futures. All grains down several cents. Beef about the same, with pork, especially bellies, still high.

But, locally, our row crops look wonderful, the weather has been excellent and I know that pigs are prolific, farmers are opportunistic and I see that the commodity pork prices have slipped for later in the year. Many producers I know have switched to pigs for this year.

We are sort of a captive market here in my rural area. My husband tends to graze prices on various items at least once a week when he goes to work in a larger city and so, we tend to stay on an even keel, over time. But my little dinner party tonight set me back more than I expected. Add in some OTC items we both needed for minor issues and the total bill was quite high, considering.


28 posted on 08/31/2010 12:25:40 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: KarlInOhio
Pravda's never been big on accuracy, even when quoting another article. It appears in thisstudy of walmart food prices that they were only ten percent less than supermarket average, vs 16% before, giving the supposed 6% price increase. This wasn't a 'pre-announced' price increase, and it was most likely the result of price fluctuations as Walmart's deals for stocking up the SuperCenters start to lapse.

Krogers went down in the study by a percent, Safeway went up.

Interesting to note that some of our local dairies are bringing back the actual half gallon of ice cream, and selling it for the same price as before, bucking the trend of making 3 pint or smaller containers.

33 posted on 08/31/2010 12:33:50 PM PDT by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Has Walmart ever preannounced price increases, especially a long time in advance? That sets off my BS detector for the who article.

I gonna worry when they start selling their products for gold coins. Anyway, I have got enough on my plate trying to service the leftist congress and part time president. Oh, by the way, is he back from vacation yet?


34 posted on 08/31/2010 12:34:40 PM PDT by Bitsy
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