[LINK] Grocery Choice - what's the problem?

Richard rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Wed Jul 1 16:27:18 AEST 2009

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 11:57 AM 1/07/2009, David Boxall wrote:
>> Data automatically transmitted from backend databases is not subject to
>> outside manipulation and it can be as comprehensive as we want. The only
>> probable problems I see are failure to provide and distortion at source,
>> which is why I've suggested legislated compulsion and heavy penalties.
> The two biggies are not complying with unit pricing, either. They 
> generate labels for shelves based on prices that change often but in 
> my Safeway, the unit pricing is only generally appearing on their 
> Homebrand items. So where's the ability to price compare even within 
> the store? That was the point of the exercise after all. So I'm not 
> at all surprised that they don't want to expose their interstore 
> pricing differences.
> I can go to any of three Coles within a 6 or 7km distance and get 
> different prices depending on the price of housing in that area. By 
> the way, Bunnings is the same. This is the cat they really don't want 
> to expose.
I'm not sure they care. It pops up on TV from time to time, and the 
supermarkets always answer "rents are different in different places".

If rents are amortised across all stores, then the shopper in Penrith 
subsidises the shopper in Double Bay.

Now, how true is this? I don't know...

Differential pricing isn't just "exclusive to Coles"...

> Jan
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