Over the years people have become conditioned to ASSUME the larger
packages of things have a lower unit price.
Store owners, desperate to maintain profit margins, have gotten wise
to this and are now doing the opposite.
They justify it in their minds by saying that it's the consumer's
responsibility to know what they're buying, and technically they're
Last summer I discovered this "Landshark" beer that I really liked.
The local grocery store had it in 6-packs and 12-packs. $7.99 for the
6-pack, $15.99 for the 12-pack.
I buy cheese, two 8oz packs for $4. A 16oz pack of the same brand and
flavor is $4.99. A 24oz pack of the same brand and flavor is $7.49.
The store sells "club packs" of meat to compete with Sam's Club. Unit
price is usually higher than the individual portions, and I also have
to handle raw meat to rebag it and freeze it...
Larger quantities aren't always cheaper.
On May 18, 10:24 am, email@example.com wrote:
Andy writes :
OK , I just Have to add an observation of mine....
The local grocery store often has "chicken thighs and drumsticks" on
sale for 39 cents a pound..
They also, often , have "chicken breasts " on sale for 99 cents a
I eat a lot of chicken...
I bought a bunch of "thighs and legs" and weighed them. I then
discarded the parts I don't eat (skin, fat), and cooked them. And
then I weighted the parts (bones, gristle) left over..... The cost
for the meat I actually ate was about a dollar a pound....
I did the same for the "breasts"....The cost came out to
approx the same --- a dollar a pound.....
So, given that info, I will pay a dollar a pound for chicken....
If the store sells " thighs,legs" for MORE than 39c USD per
pound, I don't buy...
If "breasts" go for more than one dollar USD per pound, I don't buy...
When on sale, I usually by six months supply....
I have been doing this for several years, and and
very pleased with myself...
Any posters than can contribute with similar scientific
inquiry and assessment to further this research are
encouraged to vent their rath....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
I'm still smarting over trading in a 5 gallon empty tank of propane for
a full tank which in relatively small print on the side says it contains
15 lbs. Looking up the density of propane, I see I got about 3.6
gallons. To me that's fraud and I even sent a letter to our state
attorney general (that's Joe Biden Jr.) with no response.
Another story, a long time ago back in high school, a class mate worked
part time in a dry goods store. He said that something like a shirt
that normally sold for $2 would be put on sale at 2/$5. Maybe the store
had to recoup the cost of advertising the sale ;)
A lot of propane is sold that way (15lb in 20lb tank). I noticed that the
Walgreens store here has it from a company called "Heritage Propane" that
claims 17lb. Considering that the tanks aren't supposed to have more than
16.6lb (marked on tank), maybe that's what they're calling 17lb. It's still
more than 15lb.
I hear he's a nice kid but not as bright as his father. Lawyers joked
about him when he was in court. Took him at least 4 tries to pass the
Delaware bar and because of this he only had 3-4 years as a Delaware
lawyer before getting elected. Everyone in the Delaware legal community
was amazed that he got elected. Had he played his cards right, last
election, he would have had his father's old job.
I thought propane was sold, and the tanks measured, by the pound, not
I stop trading in tanks at HD since even though the price was
"cheaper" than the refill places, you only got 17 lbs - but it was
marked on the label, so you can't claim fraud. At price/17lbs, it was
more expensive than getting the filled. You pay for the convenience
of grab and go.
I have them filled at BJ's where you get the full 20lbs ( I think!)
for a much better place.
I don't who's right, but I can find lots of places on the web that say
the tare weight of a tank is ~17-18lbs. Add 20lb of propane and a full
tank should weigh 37 - 38 lbs.
I found one source that says 20lb of propane in a 20lb tank leaves 20%
space for vapor:
"A 20lb propane tank for example, is designed to hold 20lbs (4.72
gallons)of propane which when filled will provide a 20% vapor area."
Other's agree with you at 17 - 18lb of propane.
Problem is, all I'm finding is forums, not anything that I would deem
I haven't gotten to weigh an empty tank yer, but I have weighed a "full"
tank (one of those that claimed 15lb) and that seems right. I wanted to
weigh it full as a way to tell how much propane is left.
That may be true, and then the government decided that was not enough.
There are 3 places around here (Kroger, Wal-Mart, Lowes) that sell Blue
Rhino. Their labels all say 15lb.
HD has "AmeriGas", 15lb.
Walgreens (and CVS?) sell "Heritage Propane". Labels say 17lb.
The TANKS are marked (stamped in metal) with 16.6lb. That may be the weight
of an empty tank.
The first and only time I exchanged a tank at HD was back when it was
17lbs. It was AmeriGas back then too. It was more than a few years
ago, so obviously they've lowered the amount, but probably not the
price. Once I realized what I had just bought, I never went back - not
because I thought I was duped (caveat emptor) but because the price
per pound was higher than I could pay elsewhere.
I just called my local BJ's Wholesale where I get my tanks refilled
and asked them how much they put in the tank when they refill them.
With no hesitation, she said 20Lbs. The price fluctuates, but it's
always cheaper than any "tank exchange" price and I'm supposedly
getting the full 20lbs.
It's been a while since I've weighed an empty or full tank, but I
think I'll do it the next time I need a refill.
I don't have a tank in front of me, but it might say TW 16.6lb, which
would be it's tare weight - the weight of the empty tank.
Even without the TW, I'll bet dollars to donuts and a new propane tank
that the 16.6lb stamped into the tank is the tare weight.
On Wed, 18 May 2011 09:02:07 -0700 (PDT), Andy
Thats a steal. Around here it costs $50 an hour to rent a woman, just
to feel her breasts. If you want to do more to her than that, the
price goes up quite a lot. The weight of the breasts dont matter,
it's just charged by the hour. Actually, I dont know how anyone would
weigh breasts, without cutting them off first. Most women would
object to that.
On May 18, 12:53 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Personally, I like them by the pound, the heavier the better.
... but it's all just a "come on".... Bet you can't eat just one !!!!!
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Eureka, where old women are required to wear brassieres at mealtime
to avoid knocking the potatoes off their plates....
My local BJ's Wholsale carries Chicken Fillets, which are smaller and
much more tender than the boneless breasts. The chicken even comes
sealed in individual packages (~3/4 lb, ~4 fillets) within the bulk
When I asked the butcher why they were so much cheaper he said it was
because everyone just "naturally" buys the breasts, so they simply
charge more for them.
True, we have to handle more pieces per meal, but we find the fillets
better tasting and certainly cheaper.
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