Forget about being world-famous, it’s hard enough just getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence.” — Doug Coupland
P R E P A C K A G I N G D O E S W O R K
From time to time we are all guilty of squeezing and fondling food in the grocery store: checking out the bread to see if it is fresh; testing out the firmness of the melons and tomatoes in the display racks; examining the physical state of the dozen eggs we need to purchase.
There are shoppers out there who want to cut their own deals and the concepts of packaging and fair play does not relate to them.
Last week while in the veggie section of the supermarket I noticed two women ( a mother and daughter combo I assumed) loitering around a packaged grape display.
I pretended to not stare at them but eventually the mother and daughter tag team emptied one of the prepackaged plastic grape bags on the display area and then began to ad lib their ideal bag of grapes.
They worked in perfect unison as they chose this grape and that for their “specially selected bag”.
From time to time they both tasted the wares and eventually with their shopping prowess finally created their perfect purchase item. It appears that they had done this before .
They apportioned the rejected grapes into bags that were not as inviting as the one they had meticulously created
After they left I spoke with one of the produce clerks and related this story to him. He did not act surprised.
“Happens all the time these days” he stated in a matter of fact tone of voice.
Have you ever noticed such overt “market manipulation” while you are out shopping? – gc