Thursday, October 23, 2008

Potato Economics

Have you ever walked through a store and seen something that made you stop and say, “What the. . .”? It happened to me (again).

These russet potatoes have been pre-washed, wrapped in plastic, and are ready for the microwave.

They cost $1.79 each! They are located right next to the five-pound bags of russet potatoes that sell for $2.29. I’m no math whiz but it seems to me that you could buy the five-pound bag, spend a few minutes washing them yourself, and save a lot of money. The produce manager told me they can hardly keep the ‘ready to cook’ $1.79 ones in stock.

Then he said, “The $1.79 potatoes are really popular with people trying to fix our economy.”

Okay, I made that last sentence up.

15 Comments:

Anonymous DOR said...

I am a little bit of a "math wiz" and I agree that that is definately not a good deal. (oh, maybe I made up the math wiz comment, but sometimes I can get 14 year olds to call me things like math wiz, but sometimes i think they call me other things)

7:06 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

Those big taters are a waste of money, even if your to lazy to wash a potato!

11:26 PM  
Blogger bobbie said...

Sometimes I wish plastic had never been invented. Sealing up a potato in it just doesn't seem right.

6:44 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Ralph ~ I wish the people who are trying to fix our economy WERE eating $1.79 potatoes, but the truth is it is more like they are eating Iranian beluga caviar called Almas. It is pale amber in color; it comes from sturgeons that are between 60 and 100 years old. A 3.9-pound container will set them back about $48,750. AND... guess who's paying for it? ~ jb///

11:47 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I know teacher...I know.
But Jerry they know how to connect with the common folks. At least that's what they tell us.
About the spuds. They should give a bag of potato's to everyone who buys a plastic wrapped model. The stores are making folks buy potato's they can't afford. By giving away a bag to everyone the store could 'redistribute' the wealth. This will work until we run out of stores.
I know I can hardly wait.

1:25 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I can tell you that we got a lot of that sort of stuff donated to Second Helpings because it does not sell. The volunteers just love unwrapping those so they can chop them. Ugggh.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Rediculous!!! No one should be eating that size potato anyway. Prices are unbelievable. I bought two onions a few days ago at over $1.00 each.
Way back in the late 40's my grandma was shocked when a loaf of bread went from 20 cents to 25. She said, "You just wait and see. Someday bread will cost a dollar a loaf." My sweet grandma would be horrified at what a loaf of chemicalized bread sells for now.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I forgot to thank you for your prayers for my niece Teresa. I will update about her condition on my blog when I get one.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Ralph! I agree, "What the...."
I call this lazy. How hard is it to open a bag, get a brush and scrub the potato under water? I guess for some, very hard. Well I'm a cheap person, so I guess I'll spend a little more money and get a whole lot more potatoes. Lisa

5:11 PM  
Blogger GardenAuthor said...

Your last sentence was very amusing, with the ring of truth to it! Pretty fancy spuds, all ready to cook. Nothing like that around here... yet.

But this is Massachusetts (where we're having a Boston Tea Party moment - the rebellious among us are voting "yes" to abolish the state tax, while the state legislators are scheming, plotting and sharpening their veto pencils, in case this "binding referendum" passes) and I'll just bet we could come up with something equally foolish and outrageous.

Anyway, I'm passing on the 'spensive spuds, if they appear in a market near me. Now, call me old-fashioned, but what in the dickens is a "microwave?" /Deb

6:38 PM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

Hmmm...oddly enough, Ralph, people will drive to a so-called coffee store and pay +$4.00 for a cuppa coffee, when they coulda had several cups at home for about seven cents per cup--including cream and sugar.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

The name of the product is PotatOH. Should Be POTATOH CRAP, LOOK AT THE PRICE THEY'RE CHARGING FOR THIS.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I've seen those pre-washed & wrapped potatoes too, also, and I thought the same thing.

I'm all for convenience, but this is ridiculous.
How hard can it be to wash a dang potato??!!
I guess the really "hard" part is having to get out the plastic wrap and tear off a piece, then wrap the potato.
Whew! I'm winded just thinking about ALL that work.

:-)

12:56 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

Never underestimate the laziness of the consumer.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Jerry is right!!

12:27 AM  

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