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Something I noticed while at the grocery store...

 
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A couple of times a week, I just go to the local super market, get a cart, and just walk around and make myself a sandwich or two.

Eat it in the store, and then leave.

But that's just me.
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Great thread OP.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
pretty soon you will have to suck some grocery clerk cock just ot get those last cans of herrings in tomato sauce for 39.99 each
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You may be right about that...and it's not going to be that far down the road either!
Kinda scarey for people that completly depend on them for their food supply...
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pretty soon you will have to suck some grocery clerk cock just ot get those last cans of herrings in tomato sauce for 39.99 each
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scrump iz dat u?
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Anyone else notice something like this happening in their area lately?


Actually, no. I've been surprised to see that the affluent people are still spending as foolishly luxurious as they always have. Then again, so am I.
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Same, the rich are back to buying Hummers that they had sold when the gas prices were too high. Even the illegals are buying items I cannot afford.
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I haven't noticed that in my stores and also shop in affluent areas.

I own a store in a very wealthy area people are still spending, but are very cautious. I never used to hear how they have to watch how they spend, they used to just spend.

I have heard how many of my customers lost lots, and lots of money in the market collapse. One of my customers had his complete life savings invested in Lehman Bros.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 880044


I'm happy your area is still spending...at least there are still 'pockets' that haven't been hit so hard yet...
What part of the Country are you in?
I'm in KY..just outside of Louisville...16th largest city in the US.
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Along same lines, but a little off topic of stores, we take things to the local dump occasionally, and there they have a section for 'Donations', where folks deposit usable items of all manner of things. It is almost depressing to note that for the past year, there are crowds of people waiting for you to drive up and take something out of your car. They all dive onto it the minute you take it outta the car. In fact there are times when we have free time where we will say, 'hey let's find something around here to take to the donation drop off', just to enjoy the satisfaction of making someone happy....sad, I know.
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Along same lines, but a little off topic of stores, we take things to the local dump occasionally, and there they have a section for 'Donations', where folks deposit usable items of all manner of things. It is almost depressing to note that for the past year, there are crowds of people waiting for you to drive up and take something out of your car. They all dive onto it the minute you take it outta the car. In fact there are times when we have free time where we will say, 'hey let's find something around here to take to the donation drop off', just to enjoy the satisfaction of making someone happy....sad, I know.
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save the trip. put it out at the end of your driveway. it lasts about an hour here.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
pretty soon you will have to suck some grocery clerk cock just ot get those last cans of herrings in tomato sauce for 39.99 each


You may be right about that...and it's not going to be that far down the road either!
Kinda scarey for people that completly depend on them for their food supply...
 Quoting: Woodsprite


scarey ? hardly its fucking a comedy gold , that not only do they not have anything but some 5 day old chinese take out and some soy sauce packets in the fridge. they are living check to check and couldnt afford to stock up if they wanted too cause their credit is gone too. so fuck em
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
I'm happy your area is still spending...at least there are still 'pockets' that haven't been hit so hard yet...
What part of the Country are you in?
I'm in KY..just outside of Louisville...16th largest city in the US.
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Suburban Detroit.
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I live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and the stores here are poorly stocked, and many brands have been discontinued. There are constantly empty shelves. As for the marked down section, the competition is fierce, to say the least. The stuff goes as soon as it is put out.
You are right about Aldis. People that would never dream of shopping there, are shopping there now.
The food pantries in the area are begging for donations. Many have run out of food, and are turning people away. Our church used to donate many bags of groceries weekly, to the food pantries. I think I might have had to drop off maybe a dozen bags from my church so far this whole year. We are certainly not in a recession, we are in a depression.
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... It's also astounding that most people today, don't know the basic "food groups', and what their proportions are supposed to be. ...
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It's not surprising that people eat in the wrong proportions, because the USDA "Food Pyramid" said they should eat mostly grains! The USDA got the proportions wrong, and this was curriculum in schools!

I live in the NYC suburbs and things are still OK here. Real estate has taken a hit but things seem to have leveled out. Costco has a lot of inventory. Maybe analogous to your experience with "meat markdown", it seems to me that Whole Foods doesn't have as many cuts on sale as they used to.

Had a neat experience in the Costco parking lot the other day. A brand new yellow Lamborghini Gallardo parked next to me and I talked to the very ordinary looking owners, they seemed just like regular folks (but apparently with quite a bit more money), wife had bought it for husband for his birthday.
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Whilst I have not noticed any shortages in the stores, I have noticed that many of them are carrying less stock. Items that once filled a full shelf now only take up half. Many, many stores in my area have "rearranged" the shelves. They are not just clearing the store for the Christmas stock.

I have noticed that there are far fewer clearance items and that they have not reduced them as generously as in previous years.

For the last ten years I have been able to buy all the seeds and garden "consumables" that I needed for the following year in the reduced bin. There have been no reduced seeds at all this year. Good job I collect my own seeds!
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Walmart bought out Massmart for $4.25 BILLION yesterday and NOBODY noticed! South Africa has more consumer purchasing power than the U.S.!

Thread: Walmart to Buy Massmart...4.25 BILLION!
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Just goes to show that governments today are only window dressing for the people to make them think they have a choice, but of course the reality is that the global corporations have all of the real power and control over the people. The oligarchs that control all of these corporations are the new royalty class and the rest of us are just their serfs.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
Along same lines, but a little off topic of stores, we take things to the local dump occasionally, and there they have a section for 'Donations', where folks deposit usable items of all manner of things. It is almost depressing to note that for the past year, there are crowds of people waiting for you to drive up and take something out of your car. They all dive onto it the minute you take it outta the car. In fact there are times when we have free time where we will say, 'hey let's find something around here to take to the donation drop off', just to enjoy the satisfaction of making someone happy....sad, I know.


save the trip. put it out at the end of your driveway. it lasts about an hour here.
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lmaoumm, not here, we are in the country with horse farms and some upper end sub divisions in the area.
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Listen to the first couple of minutes of this Keiser Report where they talk about the new customer trend at WalMart.
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Thanks for the video...:)

It's alarming to hear that!
But, I can see truth in it, even though I rarely ever shop there.
I have noticed more and more people with the 'food stamp' cards these days.
Never used to see those around here in my area.....but they are showing up now.
I had to wait inline behind a woman using 1 of those just the other day.

I know I had a very telling conversation with a check out guy a couple of months back...was complaining about how crowded it was. He told me I picked the wrong day to shop...because it is the day of the month that Seniors get their checks, and come in to shop on the 'Senior Discount Days"
So, old people are having to try and save as much as possible too...having to wait to shop, until the day the check is posted to their accounts, and they are being targeted by the stores....like a mini competition to see who can 'get their first of the month money '.
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You ever been to a yard sale? Those old bitches can get vicious. I was at one a couple of years ago, and they had a cardboard box full of old junk jewelry. Some old broad was muscling in like it was fucking gazelle meat still on the bone.

Remember that movie "Matinee"? It takes place during the Cuban Missile crisis, and a supermarket in the Florida Keys is swamped with panicked shoppers, fighting over the last box of shredded wheat.

I heard from people who lived during that era that shit like that actually happened, and that was over nothing! Can you imagine what it's going to be like when it really does hit the fan? Fucking mass murder in the streets over tins of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee!
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I haven't noticed this so much at the local store where I regularly shop [since it's a smaller, non-chain grocery where I know the owners]. HOWEVER: the last time I was shopping at ALDI'S [where I've been a customer for over 15 years] I noticed a subtle shift in their customer base. No longer peopled by shoppers in simple housedresses and bluejeans their clientele now numbers quite a few sporting trendy designer duds and a I'm-richer-than-you-are attitude as they paw the same discounted merchandise as I.

Perhaps they think they've "discovered" something the rest of us knew all along... that a spiffy label on any product doesn't necessarily mean it's better or worth a higher price?

ALDI'S has consistently offered quality food items [including an amazing array of European imports] for a lower price since those two German brothers founded it decades ago. This change in people's economic status only levels the playing field a little bit more, and maybe - just maybe, those "haves" will start to understand what it's like to be a "have-not."
 Quoting: gsbltd


Thanks for sharing this....I believe it's a very good indicator of what I was talking about.
I do think there are many that have never had to 'economize' before, that are learning that they have to find ways to do it....and to them, it is a new discovery.
Hopefully, if nothing else, it will help them in 'understanding' , like you said...maybe they will become more compassionate because of it.
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Remember that movie "Matinee"? It takes place during the Cuban Missile crisis, and a supermarket in the Florida Keys is swamped with panicked shoppers, fighting over the last box of shredded wheat.


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Interesting movie,will have to check that out.

Although most people think the Cuban Missile Crisis was actually real.

It was just theater for the masses, as always.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
Walmart bought out Massmart for $4.25 BILLION yesterday and NOBODY noticed! South Africa has more consumer purchasing power than the U.S.!

Thread: Walmart to Buy Massmart...4.25 BILLION!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1109769


Interesting....and you are right..no one noticed.
I didn't, and I'm a 'news junkie'.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
Been a stay at home mom for years so had to be thrifty.Let me tell you the Escalades and Navigator moms are taking all my stuff from Goodwill and yard sales!The very same people who turned their noses up at me and my kids a few years ago are snatchin and grabbin at the thrift store sales like there is no tomorrow.I think they are worse off than we are cause they have such an expensive lifestyle to try and maintain.
 Quoting: Curious Housewife 907170


Thanks for your contribution to the thread...:)

Yep! I've noticed this too...because I've always prefered to buy 'second hand' than new.
Used to be you could go to any thrift store and find what you needed, at a very reasonable price.
The last time I stopped in a Goodwill, or DAV, looking for a waffle iron...I was shocked to see how expensive the Thrift Stores have become!
Used to pay a couple of bucks for a waffle iron...now they are wanting almost as much for a used one, as a new 1 costs!

I agree with you about them being worse off...
They have never had to 'stoop so low' as to have to do these things before....many egos won't handle the 'fall' so well, because they have always believed they were 'better than' those that did these things by choice.
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... It's also astounding that most people today, don't know the basic "food groups', and what their proportions are supposed to be. ...
It's not surprising that people eat in the wrong proportions, because the USDA "Food Pyramid" said they should eat mostly grains! The USDA got the proportions wrong, and this was curriculum in schools!

I live in the NYC suburbs and things are still OK here. Real estate has taken a hit but things seem to have leveled out. Costco has a lot of inventory. Maybe analogous to your experience with "meat markdown", it seems to me that Whole Foods doesn't have as many cuts on sale as they used to.

Had a neat experience in the Costco parking lot the other day. A brand new yellow Lamborghini Gallardo parked next to me and I talked to the very ordinary looking owners, they seemed just like regular folks (but apparently with quite a bit more money), wife had bought it for husband for his birthday.
 Quoting: oniongrass



I think that is the problem we are seeing that the middle class is going down!!!We have people fighting for the discounted meats and we have people buying Lamborghinis nothing in between will be dangerous."When the rich become too rich and the poor become too poor there will always be revolution" Pearl S.Buck
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Along same lines, but a little off topic of stores, we take things to the local dump occasionally, and there they have a section for 'Donations', where folks deposit usable items of all manner of things. It is almost depressing to note that for the past year, there are crowds of people waiting for you to drive up and take something out of your car. They all dive onto it the minute you take it outta the car. In fact there are times when we have free time where we will say, 'hey let's find something around here to take to the donation drop off', just to enjoy the satisfaction of making someone happy....sad, I know.
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Hey, one man's trash...
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Whilst I have not noticed any shortages in the stores, I have noticed that many of them are carrying less stock. Items that once filled a full shelf now only take up half. Many, many stores in my area have "rearranged" the shelves. They are not just clearing the store for the Christmas stock.

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ohyeah
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
they arrange stuff on the shevles to make them look fuller now


Yes! I've noticed that more now than ever. In fact a large chain store near me recently reorganized to compensate for months of obviously empty shelves. They closed-off a huge area once occupied by inventory and reduced the size and spacing of the remaining shelves. Real-time downsizing?
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The Walmart, and K-Mart where I am, did this last year.
Completly reorganized the store, so you couldn't tell that there was less stuff.
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Everything is normal here.
I would advise some non-perishables and stock on H2O.
And toliet paper will be the gold standard.
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Re: Something I noticed while at the grocery store...
It's hard to believe that we're in a Depression.

It's certainly not evident when passing by the casino's, they are always FULL!
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Funny you mention the Casino's...
I go there regularly with my Dad.
We go at least twice a month when he gets his checks.
I have noticed a huge differance in the Casio.
People do not 'win' like they used to, even just a couple of years ago.
The Casino dosen't give you near the amount of 'free money' that they used to, or free stuff for coming and playing, like they used to do.
Because people aren't winning like they used to, and the Casino has stopped giving away the free stuff....there are less people there than used to be.
We used to have to go at a crazy hour of day, like 3 a.m., to avoid the crowds of people.
Not anymore.
We can pick any hour of the day , any day of the week, and it is not crowded like it was before.
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That is why the poorest communities are more obese because junk food like hotdogs and frozen pizzas are so cheap compared to fresh fruit and veggies.Preparing for my first garden right now. I'm clueless but after paying $1.50 for one bellpepper this year I knew it was time to get real.
 Quoting: Curious Housewife 907170


You sound like a smart lady...;)
I think a home garden is a great idea!

You're right about the food quality/nutrition thing too.

It's been that way for a while...but now there are so many that are trying to stretch dollars to feed families, the 'trend' has grown even more.
They grab those foods, because they are cheap...never knowing that they are so cheap, because they are so 'unhealthy' for us.
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Listen to the first couple of minutes of this Keiser Report where they talk about the new customer trend at WalMart.


Thanks for the video...:)

It's alarming to hear that!
But, I can see truth in it, even though I rarely ever shop there.
I have noticed more and more people with the 'food stamp' cards these days.
Never used to see those around here in my area.....but they are showing up now.
I had to wait inline behind a woman using 1 of those just the other day.

I know I had a very telling conversation with a check out guy a couple of months back...was complaining about how crowded it was. He told me I picked the wrong day to shop...because it is the day of the month that Seniors get their checks, and come in to shop on the 'Senior Discount Days"
So, old people are having to try and save as much as possible too...having to wait to shop, until the day the check is posted to their accounts, and they are being targeted by the stores....like a mini competition to see who can 'get their first of the month money '.
 Quoting: Woodsprite


Used to work in a grocery store in Northern Ohio about 15 years ago when in high school and the first of the month traffic back then was unbearable. Then I was disgusted to see the people who always had one full cart of food to purchase with their food stamps and another full cart of beer and other garbage that they of course had the cash to pay for but could not purchase with food stamps. Always had a couple of kids wearing expensive clothes and we had to help carry their stuff to their cars that were of course new and more expensive than what my parents could afford because they refused to ever live off the system.

I imagine today it is a different story and there are plenty of people who are really only surviving off the system. Just as was indicated by the story mentioned in the clip, the modern day bread lines are at the grocery stores at the first of the month. Generally best to avoid grocery stores and banks the first couple of days of month to avoid the hassle and the emotional drain of witnessing the real state of our country today both economically and socially.
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I spoke to the security guard at the local supermarket and he sez shoplifting is thru the roof....I also see alot more people pushing a cart around and eating the food off the shelves....empty packages tossed into corners and hidden behind displays....they used to have a "pay by the pound " hot food buffet, now it has a "helper" standing by to keep people from taking "samples"....

this is in a middle class supermarket that is surrounded by 200K+ condo buildings.....
 Quoting: dookie stain 907535

Wow!
Thanks for sharing what your keen eyes have been seeing with us!
I can believe it , what the Security guard told you....people do desperate things...when they 'feel desperate'.
I've known people to shoplift the very expensive stuff...then go out and sell it to someone else, so they can pay their rent.
Sounds like it's picking up speed these day...





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