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I waited about a week to give time a chance for the one store within a chain. I went out today to the same store in a different area and witnessed the hyperinflation kicking in thus I am willing to disclose some details. I didn't want to do this with one just one store, in one city, as some kind of isolated incident.
Stater Bros, Riverside County.
In this other Stater Bros it didn't match the other totally. For instance its minced onion was at 6.37, chopped 6.99 but at the other the minced is 9.99 Durkee garlic powder same at 9.99 Spice Island Vanilla Extract 7.99.
Then one turns around and see's little cake mixes on a big sale so you're left with this bizarre sensation of sureality.
I didn't go up and down all the aisles. I didn't need to. I had seen enough. I went down the pet food aisle is all. All the dry cat and dog food appeared to me to have been increased by a dollar or dollars. One bag jumped out at 11.99
Staters is the cheapest. A Lucky's had opened near one and could not survive against it. Something is happening out there and it is coming your way regardless of store. No way an old and successful chain like Staters is going to put up those kinds of prices if its competitors were not soon going to be.
You do what you want with this glimpse. I don't care what your own little store is presently like out in timbucktoo or whether your personal opinion happens to agree with the facts or not. I'm outta here. I'm going out tomorrow to shop like it is the last time I am able to do so.
-- Paula (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999
All I can say is HAVE FUN shopping. I'd sure as hell hate to be without those minced onions if the shit hits the fan. If I were you, I'd buy at least 17 bottles of vanilla too. That's going to come in really handy. You can sniff that.
I hope your bizarre sensation of sureality passes.
-- (Polly@troll.com), November 29, 1999.
You love this don't you? Working youself into a berserker state over the market price of chopped onions, not just at ONE store -- no! one swallow don't make summer -- but by a conducting a rational and scientific survey of the price of chopped onions at TWO friggin' Stater Brtos.!! Ods Bodkin!! The surreality is so engulfing that now we witness the Dog Chow jumping off the shelves at YOU! Chow Babe.
Paula -- a little advice, friendly advice: get out of the malls, get out of the shops, and go find yourself some fresh air, Babe.
Squirrel Hunter >"<
-- SH (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
We've noticed all sorts of increases on soups (espcially Campbells), canned veggies (name brands. generics are still about the same) and other assorted sundries.
The cookie is crumbling,
-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), November 29, 1999.
This is not evidence of hyperinflation, but hyperventilation.
-- mrunderhill (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
I've seen the price of some foods in my area of AZ/NV double since July. When I started prepping a big bag of rice cost about $4.00, now the same bag costs over $8.00.
The wholesale prices that casinos pay for food has tripled, quadrupled all across the board. The cost of a prime rib roast has gone up an incredible 500% in the last few months.
-- Ocotillo (peeling@out.===), November 29, 1999.
I agree that Chow Babe's "survey" is limited, but it is my empirical observation that she is correct. For example, when I was purchasing canned chili, I could ALWAYS find a brand for under $1.00 a can, sometimes 2 for $1.00. In my recent supermarket forrays, the cheapest is $1.50 or so...with $2.00 being more average. Just food for thought...
-- No Polly (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Hyperinflation would be when the container of minced onion cost $699.99, not $6.99.
-- Ron Schwarz (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Let's be careful with the HTML.
-- Ron Schwarz (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Hey Polly Troll Why don't you get a life. Is bashing Paula all you have to do?
If prices at your store are cheap - great. Why don't you purchase some of your cheap stuff and send it to Paula? Or are you just an a--hole?
-- Gregg (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Paula, Are you expecting a hyperinflation that leads to bales of paper money for purchases? If so read on. Never in all of recorded economic history has inflation been preceeded by falling commodity prices. Commodities have been falling since about 1974. There will be no rise in commodities. Rather the system will give us deflation. That spells falling prices for everything.
-- earl (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
I live in Western PA. I can state affirmatively that food prices have not jumped at all in the past month -- at least. I think some people on this site are being gouged. Also, propane is plentiful and cheap, firewood is being given away, and gasoline, while increasing, is still below 1.20 / gallon.
-- Amused (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Here in the PNW I have noticed large price increases on food, even the discount stores (and I shop all of them weekly). The thing I noticed most in the last few months is that cans are getting smaller, soups, beef stew, pastas, etc. (I have checked the weights) The prices go up about .25 to $1, but the stuff IS getting smaller portions. IMHO this is 'hidden' inflation big time.
-- Sammie (email@example.com), November 29, 1999.
Hyperinflation. Our local was out of so many things today, there weren't the items to even be hyperinflated. No milk in the half gallons (a few gallon jugs there with stuff all over the carton). No drinking water. No paper towels (thats right NONE!). Only two packs of TP. A lot of the candy gone too. They did have turkeys. Granted, this is a local neighborhood store, but they have always had milk, and been well stocked. Clerk said people have been buying like there is a hurricane coming or something. Hum! Weve never had a hurricane here.
-- suzy (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 29, 1999.
Surreal indeed: Twin Peaks has nothing on Paula. Just how long has she been crying wolf? What irks me is that I think that one day she will be right, and I won't believe her. :(
-- Colin MacDonald (email@example.com), November 30, 1999.