I tend to do branded goods shopping for the family - quite often at Walmart. Other family members go to local grocery stores for fresher produce. I could not tell you what the price of lettuce is, but I do keep an eye on Charmin and Gillette and Duracell pricing.
Last month, I wrote I was shocked Walmart was so much more expensive than amazon when it came to Mach3 cartridges. Since then I have become even more vigilant.
Here are some recent observations
- Garmin Nuvi 205 - Walmart $ 126, Best Buy $ 106
- Pedigree 22 oz dog food various flavors - last year 87 c a can. This weekend $ 1.12 a can. Price increase of 29%.
- Travel size shaving cream. Gillette and Edge last year 99c (overpriced already for a 2.5 oz can). Last few weeks no Gillette in stock, so Edge raises prices to 1.49 a can. Price Increase of 50%.
Aberrations? I hope so. Walmart is the price leader and other retailers follow its benchmarks- if it allows products to go up 29 and 50% over the last few months, $ 4 gas will look real cheap in contrast.