I was doing some grocery shopping yesterday. In addition to the normal items of survival, I wanted some dried cranberries for a cold salad recipe I'm working on. I bought some earlier this week, reluctantly, at Giant Eagle. The $5.99 price killed me, but the salad I'm making is worth it (soon to be disclosed on webercam.com). I went to Marc's yesterday (Marcs.com, Henderson and Reed). Here is a comparison I made based on a handful of items:*
|Item||Marc's, $||Giant Eagle, $|
|walnuts, 1 lb||2.89||4.99|
|pecans, 8 oz||3.48||5.29|
|Bob's Red Mill Bulgur, 28 oz||1.98||3.49|
|snow peas, 8 oz||2.78||3.49|
|Dei Fratelli, diced tomatoes, 28 oz||1.09||1.69|
|Honey Nut Cheerios, 17 oz||3.50||3.99|
|Oatmeal Crisp, 17 oz||2.78||3.99|
|Fiber One Cereal, 16 oz||3.28||4.49|
|Organic Earth greens, 16 oz||4.69||5.99|
|Dannon Nat yogurt, 4 pk||1.85||2.29|
|Marzetti Sw. Vidalia dressing, 16 oz||1.50||4.49|
|Heinz ketchup, 24 oz||1.50||2.49|
|Red Star yeast, 3pk||1.19||1.35|
|Barilla plus, 14.5 oz||1.79||2.25|
|Mariani dried cranberries, 6 oz.||1.98||5.99|
Giant Eagle gives a 20¢ gasoline discount per $50 spent; an ingenious marketing campaign that, for a 14 to 28 gallon tank filled when the light comes on, amounts to a 5-10% discount. Charge 20-300% the price of another retailer tidily makes up for the gas discount.
I'll still go to Giant Eagle for some things because it's close to home, but they rob me almost daily.
*Note: These are the most egregious examples. The smaller discrepancies all favor Marc's as well.
Also, Marc's prices were determined 13-Dec-08, and Giant Eagle's this morning at 6:30.