4 for $11 or 2 for $5.50?
Tonight I discovered that this sort of thing really does confuse people to the store's advantage. I was shopping for soft drinks, and found that you could buy 2 12 packs of 12 oz Diet RC for $5.50 or 6 12 packs of 12 oz Diet Coke (with either Splenda or Nutrisweet) for $11. That is a wash, which is obvious when you compute that one 12 pack is $2.75, or 48 cans sell for $11. So, I bought one of each, to compare the taste of the two Splenda sweatened colas.
But then, I watched a woman grab a 24 can box of 12 oz Cokes. I figured that if the store was selling four 12 can boxes for $11, it would be cheaper to buy a 24 can box instead of two 12 can boxes. Larger packages are always cheaper.
Wrong. The 24 can box cost $6.99, $1.49 more than if she had bought two 12 can boxes. Worse, mixed in were 8 packs of 12 oz bottles for $5.99. This works out to $17.97 for 24 12 oz bottles.
So, within a foot or so in the Coke section the store had:
- 12 packs of 12 oz cans @ 48/$11
- 24 packs of 12 oz cans @ 48/$13.98
- 8 packs of 12 oz bottles @ 48/$35.94