Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Is it too much to ask...

...that a grocery store advertising whole chickens on sale in a flyer that goes into effect on Friday and lasts til the following Thursday actually has chickens in stock when I make a special trip on Sunday evening with two cranky kids in tow? (Yeah, March Rd. Loeb, I'm talkin' to you.)

A handwritten sign taped to the cooler display saying "Sorry, we are temporarily out of the advertised chickens" is not good enough. If you don't have a large enough supply to last the week, don't advertise. Now I'm not naive enough to not realize...wait.... yeah, I said that right, but let me rephrase: I'm not too stupid to understand the loss-leader concept, but I don't like that grocery chain, and that store in particular (really, what serious grocery store doesn't carry Bisquick?), so if they're out of the special, I'm not going to say, "Oh well, no chickens, but I'll buy my groceries here anyway". Hell no. I'm going to swear under my breath and drag my two tired and hungry kids home and make do with what's in the house until the next day when I can get to Brown's Independent or a Loblaws, where the produce is fresher, they don't run out of advertised specials, and they sell frickin' Bisquick.


Oh, and by the way, for some reason, TypePad and Wordpress have decided that I am SPAM, as have a couple of other domains. Either my email address or domain name is pissing them off somehow and I've been spamlisted. So, if I hang out at your blog and usually comment on your posts, and I've been strangely silent lately, I haven't a) died, b) left town, c) got amnesia, d) sworn off computers forever, or e) become pissed off at you. Check your spam directory and you'll probably find a couple of comments from me.


  1. oh wow, this is the same way i feel about our local supermarkets. so frustrating! nice blog.



  2. Anonymous1:54 PM

    I'll look in my spam list right now.

    I hate that.
    The Loeb near our part is useless unless you want milk. Speaking of which, is it just me or has it dramatically increased in price lately?

  3. yep - you had one comment in my spamfolder last week... shouldn't happen again *cross fingers*...

    why is it always chicken to go first? VERY annoying!!!

  4. Does your usual store not comp other places ads? Our Wal-Mart does so if I find a sale somewhere else I can still get all of my groceries in the same place.

  5. oh, I HATE it when that happens!

    Stupid grocery stores!

  6. Do you have "rainchecks" there-here if they are out of an advertised item, they have to give you a coupon so that you can come back and get it at the same price when more stock comes in-even it it's after sale date.

  7. Stacy - I haven't heard of grocery stores comping other stores' ads. Mattress stores, yes. Grocery stores, no.

    Mrs. G. - Yes, we do have rainchecks here. They aren't always offered on all sale items, but as they are expecting another shipment Wednesday, I was advised to go back tomorrow. I'd forgotten how much I really dislike that one store, so I don't think I will. Not even for cheap chicken.

  8. Ever since you sent me an email about the commenting isu, I always check my "spam" for you :)
    I would've walked out too hon.
    Seriously pisses me off when anywhere runs a special for a week and runs out 2 or 3 days in. Obviously they think their customers are nimrods.

  9. there's a another store that does that all the time - I can't remember the name of it but you have to bring your own grocery bags. took me awhile to catch on to the conspiracy of gettin' me in there....

  10. I don't know when good customer service became a thing of the past but it seems to be the norm more often than not!

  11. Anonymous10:27 PM

    after de-spamming your comments three times, another got through. apparently Wordpress got the message...